The city was dubbed “Murderapolis” in the mid-1990s when murder rates spiked, with 97 killings in 1995 alone. In a city with only 370,000 to 380,000 residents at the time, that put Minneapolis’ murder rate above New York’s. Though Minneapolis’ murder count has plummeted since then--there were 18 murders and nonnegligent manslaughters in 2009--its overall crime rate is still more than three times the national rate.
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