, there were 215 murders in Baltimore City in 2012, 18 more than in all of 2011. This is the first time there was an increase in homicides since 2009. Baltimore's murder rate continues to outstrip those of neighboring cities, with 35 murders per 100,000 residents, compared to 21 per 100,000 in Philadelphia and 14 per 100,000 in Washington, D.C. If Baltimore had Philadelphia's homicide rate, 132 people would have been murdered so far this year. If we had D.C.'s rate, the body count would be just 86, and if we had New York City's, it would be 31.