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2011 U.S. Census estimated population: 2.70 million Homicides from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2013: 72 Homicide rate per 100,000 residents: 2.66 After seeing the worst January in 10 years for homicides, Chicago logged record-lows in February and March. Homicides were down 40 percent in the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year. Cavan Images / Getty Images