When the Founders chose the swampy marshland along the Potomac River to serve as the home for the federal government, they couldn’t have envisioned it would one day become a cesspool of violence. While crime rates have steadily declined in the rest of the country, the trajectory in the District is up. Or maybe it’s down. It depends on whom you ask.
The only certainty is that the odds of being a crime victim are much higher in D.C. than anywhere nearby. There were 108 homicides in Washington last year, but neighboring Montgomery County and Fairfax County each only saw 16 homicides last year, despite having significantly higher populations.
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