2011 U.S. Census estimated population: 2.14 million Homicides from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2013: 49 Homicide rate per 100,000 residents: 2.28 Houston saw 216 homicides in 2012, a 9 percent increase from 2011, according to media reports. The 2012 homicide toll was the second-lowest number of homicides in Houston since 1966. Houston has seen 49 homicides this year through March, down from 56 homicides during the same period last year, according to unofficial numbers from the Houston Police Department.
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