Miami’s crime rate dropped significantly again in 2018 and the city is now safer than it has been in decades, new statistics reported by the Herald show.
There were just 51 homicides recorded in the city, and only 39 of those were by gunfire. It is the lowest homicide total since at least 1967.
The city’s population is now almost 500,000, a new record. It has been among the fastest growing nationally, so the per capita crime rate is dropping even faster. Miami’s daytime population also more than doubles to nearly 1 million thanks to tourists and office workers, making the real per capita crime rate even lower.
By comparison, Baltimore saw over 300 homicides last year, with a population of over 600,000.
Burglaries, Robberies, and Assaults and batteries also saw significant drops in Miami during 2018. Sex offenses was the only category with a significant increase.
A similar pattern was also reported in unincorporated Miami-Dade, with violent crime at historic lows last year.