Saturday, June 18, 2016

Memphis, Tenn., Most Dangerous City; Reading, Pa., the Safest, 1915

 “8,000 Murders in U.S.,” from the Topeka Daily State Journal, Dec. 23, 1915
Memphis, Tenn., the Greatest Crime City in Nation; Reading, Pa., Safest Place to Live
New York, Dec. 23—Eight thousand persons were murdered in the United States last year, 80 per cent of the victims being men. Memphis, Tenn., was the most dangerous of American cities from the homicide viewpoint, with a murder rate of 72.2 for every 100,000 of population. Reading, Pa., with a corresponding rate of 1 for 100,000, was the safest. New York had a murder rate of 6.1 for 100,000; Chicago’s rate was 9.1.

These and many other interesting facts are recounted in the article on “The Homicide Record of American Cities for 1914,” which appears in today’s issue of The Spectator, an insurance journal.

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