Baltimore has surpassed New York City in homicides

Baltimore has surpassed New York City in homicides this year

Baltimore has surpassed New York City for homicides this year. 

A New York Police spokeswoman said the city had seen 208 homicides as of Wednesday. Baltimore recorded its 213th homicide Wednesday night.

It's a seemingly impossible milestone -- New York has more than 8.4 million people, Baltimore just 620,000.

New York peaked with 2,245 homicides in 1990, but that number has been tumbling and hit a historic low in 2014, with 328. 

Baltimore saw a peak of 353 killings in1993, and recorded 211 homicides in 2014.

Adjusted for population, Baltimore's murder rate through Aug. 19 is 34 per 100,000 people, while New York's is so far this year 2.5 per 100,000. If New York had Baltimore's murder rate, it would have seen 2,874 killings already this year.

Chicago has seen the most killings of any city, with 284. With 2.7 million people, Chicago's homicide rate is about 10.4 per 100,000 people so far this year.

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