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The homicide rate falls in America’s largest cities.

According to year-end data, homicides fell sharply in 2013 in America’s largest cities, to levels not seen since the 1960s. New York saw a 20% drop last year to 333 homicides, the lowest level since the city’s police first began keeping standardized data fifty years ago.

The decline follows 419 homicide deaths in 2012 and 649 in 2001. The homicidal tendencies of New Yorkers reached their peak in 1990, with an astonishing 2,262 murders, but have fallen steadily since. The phenomenon has been mirrored in the country’s second largest city, Los Angeles, which saw a 17% drop last year to 246 homicide deaths with respect to 295 in the year before that.

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