Homicide rates have risen in these Bay Area cities: report

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Since 2020, homicide rates have risen across the United States — and they’re still rising, according to a new report.

These rates have increased by an average of 18% in 50 of the most populous US cities, according to a recent report by Wallethub.

In the Financial Advice Blog’s 50 Cities list, four cities in the Golden State were named, including Oakland and San Francisco.

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On Monday night, a day after multiple shootings took place in Oakland, the police department said in 2022 alone it had recorded 68 homicides in the city, up from 75 at the same time last year.

Oakland was listed at no. 31 on the Wallethub 50 cities ranking. The city recorded 4.5 homicide cases per capita in the second quarter of 2022. Oakland received a score of 29.89.

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The San Francisco Police Department has reported 27 homicide cases since Jan. 1, down 10 percent from the same time last year.

San Francisco ranked no. 35 on Wallethub’s list, receiving a total score of 26.02. The city recorded 1.71 homicide cases per capita in the second quarter of 2022.

The report also listed Los Angeles and Riverside as two other cities that have seen rapid increases in homicide rates.

In his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden pledged to reduce crime rates in 2022 and beyond.

“I worked on these issues for a long time. I know what works: Invest in crime prevention and community policing who will keep pace, know the neighborhood and can restore trust and safety. So let’s not abandon our streets. Or choose between security and equal justice,” he said in March.

Wallethub used data collected from the US Census Bureau and Local Crime Statistics to create the report.

Read the full report here.


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Amanda J. Marsh