Murder rates in cities are consistently higher than murder rates in regions. There are two groups of cities: high murder rate cities and low murder rate cities. The Pittsburgh region and the City of Pittsburgh both have comparatively low murder rates.
The Pittsburgh MSA’s murder rate per 100,000 population in 2015 was 4.7, a decline of 13 percent from 2014’s murder rate and the largest year-over-year decrease of all benchmark regions.
The City of Pittsburgh’s murder rate per 100,000 population in 2015 was 18.6, a decline of 17 percent from 2014’s murder rate and second-largest year-over-year decrease of all benchmark cities.