Here’s how many Americas have died in mass shootings

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The Buffalo supermarket shooting, the massacre of elementary school children in Uvalde, Texas, the attack on a doctor and bystanders in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the workplace shooting at a Maryland concrete plant; mass shootings have dominated headlines in the United States and around the world for the past weeks. But beyond these highly publicized events, there are actually many more gun massacres that don’t make the front pages, highlighting the even larger extend of mass gun violence in the country.

 

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Lone-shooter events in public places that are carried out over short periods of time are typically those that make national news. A database curated by Mother Jones recorded five such shootings in 2022 so far; the above ones and a less publicized killing in which a father shot his three children and a minder at a visitation in a church near Sacramento, California, in February. Applying a threshold of three people killed similar to the one Mother Jones uses, data by Gun Violence Archive shows that a much higher 23 mass shootings have already taken place in the U.S. this year when considering all circumstances.

 

Even avid news readers have probably not heard about a shooting in Biloxi, Mississippi, on April 27 that according to local news outlet WLOX started as an argument between hotel staff and guests and left five dead including the shooter and a person he carjacked. On Feb. 5, a gunman shot seven and ended the life of five of his family members in Corsicana, Texas, before killing himself. The only coverage in non-local news came out of Canada and the UK. A Jan. 23 sextuple homicide in Milwaukee did eventually appear on national news. One shooter was arrested for what court documents allegedly call a botched drug robbery. A second shooter may still be at large.

 

While data by Mother Jones shows a significant dip in lone-shooter, public-setting mass shootings in the pandemic year of 2020, this is not the case for all gun deaths or even all mass shooting events. Violent gun deaths spiked 35 percent in 2020 and homicide numbers – which are shootings in 80 percent of cases – remained just as high in 2021 as they had been in the previous year. Mass shootings of any circumstance also peaked in 2021, a total of 77 were recorded by Gun Violence Archive, while the number of mass shootings in 2020 was about average.

 

While mass shootings in the U.S. killed an average of 55 to 230 people every year in roughly the past decade, depending on how they are defined, the number of all gun assault victims is much higher, having averaged around 14,500 annually over the same time period. In 2020, they even came close to 20,000.

 

This article originally appeared on Statista.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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Many people assume that small cities and towns are safer than big cities. MoneyGeek sought to test that assumption.

 

Lining up the data for large and small cities, we found that small cities and towns do tend to be safer than large cities. However, the distribution of crime costs also shows a significant overlap between crime costs in large cities and smaller cities and towns. In that overlap, small and large cities may have the same per capita cost of crime.

 

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Still, the data show many unsafe small cities and towns with crime levels comparable to their big-city counterparts.

 

For example, the per capita cost of crime in the least safe small and large cities is comparable. In Petersburg, Virginia, the least safe small city, the per capita cost of crime is $9,022, nearly as high as St. Louis, Missouri, where the per capita cost of crime is $11,574. Federal Way, Washington (pop. 97,071) has a cost of crime per capita of $1,203, comparable to New York City (pop. 8.4 million), which has a cost of crime per capita of $1,204.

 

While the safest places to live tend to be smaller, there is not a perfect correlation between population size and crime levels.

 

Here are the safest cities in every state.

 

Note: Data was not available for Alabama, Hawaii or Nevada.

 

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Crime cost per capita: $1,931

 

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Crime cost per capita: $532

 

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Crime cost per capita: $126

 

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Crime cost per capita: $78

 

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Crime cost per capita: $193

 

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Crime cost per capita: $69

 

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Crime cost per capita: $376

 

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Crime cost per capita: $62

 

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Crime cost per capita: $90

 

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Crime cost per capita: $240

 

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Crime cost per capita: $599

 

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Crime cost per capita:  $22

 

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Crime cost per capita: $97

 

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Crime cost per capita: $161

 

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Crime cost per capita: $384

 

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Crime cost per capita: $971

 

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Crime cost per capita: $32

 

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Crime cost per capita: $354

 

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Crime cost per capita: $358

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Crime cost per capita: $69

 

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Crime cost per capita: $132

 

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Crime cost per capita: $134

 

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Crime cost per capita: $1,197

 

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Crime cost per capita: $548

 

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Crime cost per capita: $122

 

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Crime cost per capita: $343

 

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Crime cost per capita: $676

 

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Crime cost per capita: $241

 

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Crime cost per capita: $39

 

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Crime cost per capita: $2,144

 

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Crime cost per capita: $35

 

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Crime cost per capita: $65

 

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Crime cost per capita: $410

 

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Crime cost per capita: $200

 

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Crime cost per capita: $6,018

 

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Crime cost per capita: $104

 

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Crime cost per capita: $210

 

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Crime cost per capita: $3,179

 

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Crime cost per capita: $101

 

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Crime cost per capita: $89

 

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Crime cost per capita: $74

 

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Crime cost per capita: $159

 

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Crime cost per capita: $906

 

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Crime cost per capita: $238

 

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Crime cost per capita: $175

 

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Crime cost per capita: $356

 

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Crime cost per capita: $926

 

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To rank the safest small cities and towns in the United States, MoneyGeek started with standardized crime statistics reported to the FBI. To determine crime rates per 100,000 people, population data accessed from the FBI was added to the analysis. For purposes of this analysis, MoneyGeek focused on cities with a population between 30,000 and 100,000 residents.

 

MoneyGeek relied on research by professors Kathryn McCollister and Michael French of the University of Miami and Hai Fang of the University of Colorado Denver to determine the cost of crime to society. Their findings were integrated into the broader data set to better understand the societal cost of crime within individual cities.

 

This article originally appeared on MoneyGeek.comand was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

 

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