Related Stories 57,000 fewer children will be in the Head Start program because of spending cuts, the White House says WASHINGTON Any doubt about New York being a city of haves and have-nots goes out the window in a major Census Bureau survey released Thursday. No other major American city has such income inequality when it comes to rich and poor as New York, according to the data, released Thursday.The annual American Community Survey, a treasure trove used by governments, retailers and planners, is packed with numbers on everything from the jobs we have to the transportation we take to work. But one bottom line supports the campaign refrain of Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio, who says New York is a tale of two cities. Of the 30 most populous American cities, New York is tops in the inequality between the rich and poor. Of major cities, New Orleans and Miami come close but dont surpass New York, according to Adam Bee, an economist in the income statistics branch of the bureau. Poverty persists in New York. In 2007, before the recession hit, 18.5% of the residents of the citys five boroughs lived below the poverty level. By 2012, 21.2% were living below the poverty line, defined as total annual income of $23,283 for a family of four. When the surrounding suburbs are included, 14.8% live below the poverty line. But there also is good news in the new numbers. More New Yorkers have health insurance, an increase largely explained by more baby boomers becoming eligible for Medicare. In the metro area, 12.8% lacked insurance last year, a drop from 13.2% in 2011. Other data is very eclectic.
New York reported 419 murders last year, compared with 515 in 2011. But residents of Chicago and New York were much less likely to be victims of a homicide than residents of Flint, Mich. Sixty-three murders occurred in 2012 in Flint, a city of 101,632, meaning one in every 1,613 city residents were homicide victims. Detroit, which experienced 386 homicides in 2012, was almost as unsafe; thats enough murders to account for one in every 1,832 residents. Also on GovBeat: How governments incentivize longer prison terms Violent crime dropped in the Northeast and the South (Graphic credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation) Altogether, violent crime rose by 0.7 percent across the nation, the FBI reported. Thats a modest rise after a decade in which violent crime declined precipitously; the 2012 estimated violent crime total was 12.9 percent below 2008 levels and 12.2 percent below 2003 levels. Violent crimes fell by 1.2 percent in the Northeast and 0.3 percent in the South, the data show , but violent crime was up 3.2 percent in the West and 1.5 percent in the Midwest. While the number of murders and aggravated assaults rose across the nation, the number of robberies declined slightly. And the number of property crimes declined by 0.9 percent, the 10th straight year property crimes have fallen. Also on GovBeat: How states can prevent 86,000 deaths a year The murder rate rose by 9.7 percent in cities with populations between 500,000 and 1 million , the FBI reported. And while the murder rate fell by 5.2 percent among metropolitan counties, it rose 4.7 percent in non-metropolitan counties. And firearms were used in the vast majority of murders. According to FBI data, 69.3 percent of all homicides involved a gun. More than 40 percent of all violent crimes took place in the South, which accounts for 37.4 percent of the countrys population. Violent crime was less likely to be reported in the Northeast and Midwest, the data show.
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