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Homicide rates were highest in King County neighborhoods with the highest poverty rates. 

Crime diminishes the health of our communities through fear, erosion of community cohesion, diversion of public resources, property damage, injury, incarceration, and death. 

In the ten-year period from 2001 to 2010, the overall homicide rate in King County was 3.4 per 100,000 population. 

  • The homicide rate was lowest in low-poverty neighborhoods.
  • The homicide rate in high-poverty neighborhoods was about 3 times the rate in low-poverty neighborhoods.