As of Nov. 1, 354 people had been murdered in Chicago — which the Sun-Times notes is the city’s lowest murder total since 1965. New York, too, has seen fewer homicides in 2013 than in previous years — 279, as of Oct. 31. But New York’s population, of course, is significantly higher than Baltimore’s — more than 8 million as compared to under 650,000. Chicago’s population, as of the 2013 Census, is also much higher then Baltimore’s — over 2.7 million.
Detroit, meantime, has a population closer in size to Baltimore’s, of just over 700,000 at the time of the last Census. As of early August, which is when the Detroit police last updated their website, there had been 197 reported homicides. That number has gone up significantly in the last week alone, nearing 300 homicides.