TULSA - Seventy-two.
That is a number we don't hope to ever reach again. It represents the new record number of homicides in the city of Tulsa in a single year, with 29 days left in 2016. But how does T-Town compare with the other cities in Oklahoma? According to the 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report, Tulsa's murder* rate was the highest among the 10 largest cities in the state.
The FBI report also shows the murder rates in Tulsa and Oklahoma are actually greater than the national average. In 2015, Tulsa averaged 13.7 murders per 100,000 people. Oklahoma averaged 6 murders per 100,000 people. The average in the U.S. was 4.9 per 100,000. The data below shows this trend goes back to at least 2007.
The map below shows the location and information about the city's 72 homicides this year.
*There is a legal difference between homicide and murder. Homicide is the criminal, excusable, or justifiable killing of one person by another. Murder is one person intended to kill another.
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