I have a friend who likes to say she came to Baltimore for the murders and stayed for the heroin. I’m not sure how many more like her are out there, but they might want to move elsewhere, now that Baltimore has dropped off the list of the nation’s five deadliest cities.
The announcement comes from data compiled by the FBI in 2011 and released this Monday. The city’s murder rate dropped 12 percent last year, with the total number of homicides coming in at 196. That’s an average of 31.3 killings per 100,000 people, which isn’t great compared to Philadelphia (21.2) or New York (6.3), but still an improvement for Baltimore, which saw 282 murders in 2007 alone.