Tuesday December 4, 2007
Louisville Outranks All Other Communities in Region
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Louisville has once again been named one of the safest large cities in the United States by the Crime in Metropolitan America Report – outranking all other cities in the region.
“Our police officers are out on the street everyday engaging our residents to fight and prevent crime, but it’s always rewarding when national organizations recognize the work we’re doing to keep Louisville safe,” Abramson said.
Louisville is ranked with communities that have a population of 500,000 residents or more. This is the largest category in the report.
|Crime in Metropolitan America Report|
Safest Cities (500,000 or More Population)
|1. Honolulu, HI |
|2. El Paso, TX|
|3. San Jose, CA|
|4. New York, NY|
|5. Austin, TX |
|6. San Diego, CA |
|7. San Antonio, TX |
|8. Louisville, KY |
|9. Fort Worth, TX|
|10. Portland, OR |
When ranking cities, the organization compiles statistics for six basic crime categories – murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. The information is plugged into a formula that measures how a particular city or metro area compares to the national average for a given crime. The results for each of the six categories is then added together to yield a final score for each city.
“The results for Louisville are tremendous, but they’re even more impressive when you compare them to other cities of similar size in our region,” Abramson said.
St. Louis, Memphis, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio were ranked as some of the 25 Most Dangerous Cities in America. Indianapolis and Columbus were ranked respectively the ninth and tenth most dangerous communities in America in the large city category.
The fourteenth annual report was published by CQ Press, a division of Congressional Quarterly Inc. It was previously published by Morgan Quitno Press.
“While we appreciate the recognition of our efforts, we are not satisfied with our ranking because one crime is too many,” Abramson said. “We are always working on new programs and initiatives that will continue decreasing the crime rate in this community.”