Homicides in the City of Chicago

This data illustrates Chicago homicides within the years of 1990 and 2017.


The graphic above represents a Datawrapper Chart that illustrates the number of homicides between the years of 1990 and 2017 in the city of Chicago. Data from the Chicago Police Department was used to create this line graph.

During the year of 1990, the Chicago Police Department reported that there were 851 homicides in Chicago. In 2017, there were 672 reports of Chicago homicides during that year.

Over the span of 27 years, the city of Chicago has showed a decrease in homicides. However, as shown in the graph, the decrease was not constant throughout and various trends showed throughout the years.

The highest reports of homicide occurred during 1992. The number of homicides during that year was 942. Although this number dropped over the next few years, the number quickly rose up to 931 homicides in 1994.

Lower homicide reports started showing during the 2000’s. During this time, mixed income housing became normalized in Chicago. This led to the lowest homicide reports during 2004 and 2015. The highlighted portion in the graphic represents the years when homicides were at their lowest. 

During the 27 years, 2014 represented the best homicide rate for the city. During this year, 410 homicides were reported. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for these numbers to quickly increase in 2015 and 2016.

These years quickly showed the highest numbers of homicides since the mid-1990’s. Homicide rates rose up to 790 reports of homicides in 2016.

The most recent date on the graphic shows a decrease of homicides compared to the year before.  In 2017, there were 672 counts of homicides reported in Chicago.

Chicago homicide rates have increased and decreased between the years. Data supports that the ranges of homicides reported in Chicago between the years of 1990 and 2017 were between 410 counts and 943 counts.

Overall, this graphic demonstrates that between 1990 and 2017, the homicide rate in Chicago, thus far, has seen a pretty fair amount of better and worse days from the years before.



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