We were tempted to quote the entire opinion piece, but we’ll stick to the part about crime.
People are terrible at analyzing risk, especially when it comes to personal safety. Most US cities, the country as a whole, and the entire world are all the safest they’ve ever been and are getting safer.
Last year there were 352 murders in New York City. This was a bit higher than the number in 2014, but far below the 2245 murders that took place in 1990, the city’s worst year. In fact, as measured by the murder rate, New York is now basically as safe as it has ever been, going all the way back to the 19th century.
National crime statistics, and numbers for all violent crimes, paint an only slightly less cheerful picture. And it’s not just a matter of numbers; our big cities look and feel far safer than they did a generation ago, because they are. People of a certain age always have the sense that America isn’t the country they remember from their youth, and in this case they’re right — it has gotten much better.
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