Crime Data Comparison Paper

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Crime Data Comparison Paper
Criminology

The FBI's 2009 official Crime Report Comparison has just been released the 24th of this month. This data is important because it is the official report of Crime Statistics in the United States. For this comparison I have chosen 2 similarly sized (medium) cities separated largely by geographically and environmental as well as social and cultural influences. Anchorage, Alaska is the State's biggest city with 40% of the vast State's total population. Flanked by gorgeous sub-Arctic scenery, it is one of the most picturesque cities in the US although temperatures can hit -37 degrees. It has a small, new-town feel with a predominantly white population of 279,000. Aside from mining, tourism and resource extraction, one of the biggest income generators is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the 3rd busiest airport in the world due to its location between Asia and North America. The second city for the comparison is Birmingham, Alabama with a population of roughly 227,000 is the county seat of Jefferson County and was founded in 1871 just after the Civil War and has that Old-South feel. Birmingham is a large industrial city due to the cities railroad and highway crossroads. Thus, it is a city that many in Alabama had often gone to in search for factory and industrial work. In the 50's and 60's it became an important center for the Civil Rights Movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. (as immortalized in his ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’). The climate is humid subtropical being that the city is set in a valley immediately flanked by the parallel tailing ends of the Appalachian Mountain Range. The main economy of the city today is derived from the steel industry, research (biotech & medical), banking & insurance, and bottling. The racial makeup of the city is predominantly African American (over 70 %). I have chosen to look at the crime/offense of murder. The 2009 data for Anchorage shows that 14 murders have...
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