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Washington Post Locations of Unsolved Homicides in the US, 2008-2018

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Description:
This point shapefile represents locations of more than 52,000 criminal homicides between the years 2008-2018 (approximately) in 50 of the largest American cities. The data includes the location of the killing, whether an arrest was made and, in most cases, basic demographic information about each victim. Reporters from the Washington Post received data in many formats, including paper, and worked for months to clean and standardize it, comparing homicide counts and aggregate closure rates with FBI data to ensure the records were as accurate as possible. In some cases, departments provided only partial information about the homicides, so reporters consulted public records, including death certificates, court records and medical examiner reports, to fill in the gaps. The data is more specific than the federal homicide data gathered annually by the FBI from police agencies nationwide. The Post mapped each homicide, identifying arrest rates by geography in each city, sharing the analysis with the local police department prior to publication. This data was downloaded at the date of the data release and converted into a shapefile by NYU Data Services. The original data is available at: https://github.com/washingtonpost/data-homicides/.
Publisher:
Washington Post Company
Place(s):
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, Birmingham, Alabama, United States, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Buffalo, New York, United States, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, Chicago, Illinois, United States, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, Columbus, Ohio, United States, Dallas, Texas, United States, Denver, Colorado, United States, Detroit, Michigan, United States, Durham, North Carolina, United States, Fort Worth, Texas, United States, Fresno City, California, United States, Houston, Texas, United States, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, Kansas City, Missouri, United States, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, Long Beach, California, United States, Los Angeles, California, United States, Louisville, Kentucky, United States, Memphis, Tennessee, United States, Miami, Florida, United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, Nashville, Tennessee, United States, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, New York City, New York, United States, Oakland, California, United States, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, Omaha, Nebraska, United States, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Phoenix, Arizona, United States, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, Richmond, Virginia, United States, San Antonio, Texas, United States, Sacramento, California, United States, Savanah, Georgia, United States, San Bernardino, California, United States, San Diego, California, United States, San Francisco, California, United States, St Louis, Missouri, United States, Stockton, California, United States, Tampa, Florida, United States, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, and Washington DC, Washington, D.C., United States
Subject(s):
Homicide, Crime, Race, and Crime and race--United States
Format(s):
Shapefile
Year(s):
2008 and 2018
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NYU
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