Philadelphia Murder Rate Drops to 45-Year Low

Only in Philadelphia would we celebrate 115 recorder murders on record. For the past 10 years or so, we’ve clocked a minimum of 300 murders a year, putting us at about 180 murders for the year at this point on average. However, our body count of 115 puts us at more than 42 percent below the murder rate for last year at this time, marking an amazing 45-year low in the rate at which we kill one another. However, with summer having solidly arrived, it’s likely that we’ll see those numbers increase, as this season is ordinarily one of the most violent times of year in the city. [Newsworks]