the violence in Iraq compared to some U.S. cities

26 04 2007

Do you think the society in Iraq is more violent than ours in the United States?  Overall, yes, but there are some cities here that are worse.  Check out these statistics…

At the first of 2007, this was released by the Associated Press :

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Government officials on Monday reported that 16,273 Iraqi civilians, soldiers and police died violent deaths in 2006. …

The tabulation by the Iraqi ministries of Health, Defense and Interior, showed that 14,298 civilians, 1,348 police and 627 soldiers were killed in the violence that raged in the country last year.

Iraq has a population of 28,807,000, which puts the murder rate at 56 per 100,000.

Here’s the murder rate for some U.S. cities per 100,000 people in 2005 :

Compton, CA — 67
Gary, IN — 58
Baltimore, MD — 42
Detroit, MI — 39
Washington DC — 35

I wonder if we should “cut and run” from those cities, too…

You can see the 100 U.S. cities with the highest murder rate at this site.

Pre-Katrina New Orleans had a homicide rate of 57.7 per 100K, higher than Iraq.  (Source: Crime rates for selected large cities in 2003.)

If you want more statistics, here’s a site by the FBI for Crime in the United States in 2005, broken down by state and then by city.

The United Nations and some of the mainstream media claim that on average 100 Iraqis die daily, which is more than twice the number reported by the Iraqi government officials.  I wonder which one is based more on actual facts and calculations…

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