London and New York Murder Rate 2018

In the first six months of 2018 New York had 76% more Homicides than London

141 Homicides in New York (76% higher than London)
80 Homicides in London

The London Metropolitan Police area has a population of about 8.8 million
The New York Police area has a population of about 8.6 million

Very similar sized regions but vastly different Homicide rate.

February 2018 was a very quite month for New York, but the other 5 months were 102% higher in total.
February 2018 was very high month for London

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In February 2018 London had More Homicides than New York.

But what about every other month?


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In February 2018, the New York and London Police Departments were reported to have dealt with:

14 Homicides in New York (11 were originally stated with 3 non suspicious, although these were later re-classified)
16 Homicides in London (15 London Metropolitan Police + 1 City of London Police)

Homicide = murder, manslaughter and infanticide.

In the first six months of 2018 (January to July) the figures were somewhat different.

141 Homicides in New York (76% higher than London)
80 Homicides in London


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An average of:

23.3 Homicides per month in New York
13.3 Homicides per month in London

February 2018 was an odd month during that period, as New York had its lowest rate of Homicide.

How should these numbers compare, when looking at the populations of each region?

The London Metropolitan Police area has a population of about 8.8 million
The New York Police area has a population of about 8.6 million
The two regions are very similar in population

New York Homicide Rates January to June 2018

20 in January 2018  (100% higher than London)
14 in February 2018  (18% lower than London)
21 in March 2018  (31% higher than London)
22 in April 2018  (57% higher than London)
34 in May 2018  (162% higher than London)
30 in June 2018  (233% higher than London)
Note: February 2018 was New York’s lowest rate

London Homicide Rates January to June 2018

10 in January 2018
17 in February 2018
16 in March 2018
14 in April 2018
13 in May 2018
9 in June 2018
Note: February 2018 was London’s highest rate

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In January 2018 New York had More Homicides than London

New York 20, London 10

In March 2018 New York had More Homicides than London

New York 21, London 16

In April 2018 New York had More Homicides than London

New York 22, London 14

In May 2018 New York had More Homicides than London

New York 34, London 13

In June 2018 New York had More Homicides than London

New York 30, London 9

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