2011 U.S. Census estimated population: 8.24 million Homicides from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2013: 66 Homicide rate per 100,000 residents: 0.80 New York made headlines last year for cutting its 2012 homicide total to 418 deaths, a 50-year low. America's largest city recorded 515 killings in 2011. The decline continues into this year as the city saw 28 fewer homicides in the first three months of 2013 than over the same period in 2012, resulting in a 29.8 percent decrease.
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