Study shows Richmond among top 25 murder capitals in America

Published: Nov. 30, 2016 at 2:16 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2016 at 2:23 AM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond is one of the top 25 U.S. cities with the highest murder rates in the country, according to a study by 24/7 Wall St.

Richmond ranked 19th on the list, with a murder rate of 19.5 per 100,000 people, and a violent crime rate of 515.8 per 100,000. In comparison, Chicago has a murder rate of 17.5 per 100,000 people, despite a catastrophic level of gun violence on its streets.

24/7 Wall St. cites poor economic conditions as the main cause for Richmond, noting that "about one in four residents live below the poverty line, a far larger share than the 15.6% national poverty rate."

Richmond had 43 murders in 2015 - more than half remain unsolved.

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