- Chicago has a population of 2.7 million.
- Chicago's murder rate was 16 per cent greater in 2012 than in 2011.
- There have been over 2,000 US troop deaths in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001; Chicago has seen nearly 5,000 gunshot victims during the same period.
- In 2010 the number of suburban kids overdosing on heroin more than doubled from the previous two years.
- Dropping about 9% from 2011, Chicago police made 35,000 drug related arrests.
- The frequency of drug related arrests are higher than any other arrest category in Chicago.
- Gang borders in South Shore, Englewood, West Englewood, North Lawndale, Humboldt Park, Roseland and Austin are some of the most lethal parts of Chicago.
- An estimated 70, 000 Chicagoans are involved with gangs and staff the drug business that keeps gangs running.
- Chicago has the 3rd highest US urban poverty rate and the worst African American poverty rate in the nation. One third of Chicago's children are in poverty.
- Chicago's income inequality is similar to that of El Salvador, a nation of striking income inequality that in 2011 had the second highest murder rate in the world.
- Arrests for heroin went up 9 percent in 2012.
August 02, 2013
Windy City High Facts