I hadn’t ever seen a time series of violent crime in Boston. The current rate of violent crime is really quite low by historical standards — shockingly so. The Uniform Crime Reports website is poorly run, but go to a UCR-navigating website, select cities whose population is between 500k and 999,999, go to the next and select Boston, then click Get Table. I cached the results before they vanish down the Trump memory hole.
Violent crimes are down 60% from where they were in 1985, while the city’s population is up 14%.
The numbers for New York are quite similar.
Somehow Chicago doesn’t report violent-crime numbers into the UCR. Not sure why.