It’s interesting to browse this page.
Based on a very casual and unsystematic perusal of the data, and even allowing for variabilities in reporting, I note some striking differences between cities. For example, in 2003:
-There were no murders in Fargo, ND;
-The murder rate in Gary, IN was almost 9 times the national average;
-NYC looks very good, though it’s not broken down into sub-regions — I suspect that there are big differences in crime rates between different parts of NYC;
-The murder rate in Buffalo, NY is almost 3 times the national average;
-Many cities with high murder rates, like Gary, do not have exceptionally high rates of other violent crimes or property crimes;
-In general, the South, and big cities with big ex-southern populations, have much higher rates of violent crime than do cities in the Midwest;
-I think they are cooking the books in some of these places, e.g., Gary, IN — I’ll bet that the murder rate is generally the most accurate statistic, since it’s probably the most difficult statistic to misreport;
-In general it appears that demography predicts crime rates, except that good or bad local government (e.g., NYC vs. Chicago) make a big difference.
There is nothing new in any of this but it’s nice to refresh one’s memory.
(Thanks to commenter Tex for the link to CityRating.com.)