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Public Safety / Murder

Murder rates in cities are consistently higher than murder rates in regions. There are two groups of cities: high murder rate cities and low murder rate cities. The Pittsburgh region and the City of Pittsburgh both have comparatively low murder rates.

The Pittsburgh MSA's murder rate per 100,000 population in 2014 was 5.4, an increase of 31.7 percent from 2013's murder rate and the largest year-over-year increase of all benchmark regions.

The City of Pittsburgh's murder rate per 100,000 population in 2014 was 22.4, an increase of 53.4 percent from 2013's murder rate and also the largest year-over-year increase of all benchmark cities.

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FBI Uniform Crime Reports

The Cleveland and Boston MSAs were excluded from the murder rate measure in the 2014 FBI Crime in the United States by Metropolitan Statistical Area report. Additionally, data were not reported for the cities of Cleveland and Boston.