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Old November 28, 2012, 04:02 PM   #15
Brian Pfleuger
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Originally Posted by BlueTrain
So in other words, the crime rate per 100,000 makes no sense if there aren't that many people there to begin with.
Yes indeed.

Small towns that almost never have murders can suddenly appear to be the most dangerous place in an entire state if they have one murder in a single year and only 500 residents. Never mind that there's only been one murder in that town in the last 120 years, that one year looks REALLY bad with those "X per 100,000" counts.

We had just such an example in a tiny town near me a couple years ago. The murder rate must have been like 2,000 per 100,000 that year.
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