Since 1981, the report shows the homicide rate fluctuating considerably, with the biggest changes in the 1980s and ’90s. Between 1985 and 1993, for instance, there was a steep rise of 83 percent, up to 15.9 homicides per 100,000 young people. Then, in the following five years, there was a 43 percent drop.
Crazy that Memphis, TN has the highest combined violent crime rate and second-highest property crime rate of the 50 largest metro areas. It also has one of the highest poverty rates at 19.3% which one would expect to be a contributing factor.
Conversely, Austin, Tx has the 5th lowest crime rate and the 6th lowest murder rate of the 50 largest metro areas. In addition it has a very low unemployment rate, ranking 4th lowest in the country.