Originally Posted by texasdave
Well, I posted and highlighted it twice. If that's not good enough, forget it. Believe what you want.
I think the problem Yachtzee was speaking of was how this site classified "similarly sized communities."
As he pointed out, Cincinnati's smaller geographic footprint makes the crime that happens in a few specific areas look worse. This is because the city has a much smaller official population than many similar "Metropolitan centers."
For instance, I don't think you'd have much of an argument that Cincinnati and Indianapolis are fairly similarly sized communities.
In the data reported, Indianapolis came in as a 10, Cincinnati came in as a 1.
However, when looking at the violent crime data provided, Indianapolis had 5,752 "violent crimes" while Cincinnati had 3,657 violent crimes.
The secret to Indy's comparably good rating is it's larger geography. The city and county merged all but a few areas a few decades back. So Indianapolis has a population of 820,445, while the Queen City has almost a third of that at 296,943.
Take a look at the cities on this list. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._by_population
Of the cities above or below Cincinnati's population by about 10K, how many would you actually believe Cincinnati is like? Maybe Pittsburgh?
It's not a surprise that Cincinnati has a higher crime rate than Toledo, or Lexington, or Anchorage. There are more people congregating there, even if they don't officially live within the city limits.