How dangerous is New York for a big city?

Institute Professor and Director of CUSP Maurizio Porfiri led a team exploring the role that population size of cities plays on the incidences of gun homicides, gun ownership and licensed gun sellers, finding that firearm homicide and robbery rates scale superlinearly, disproportionately concentrating in larger cities like NYC. In more rural areas, on the other hand, there are more guns but fewer gun homicides. So while cities have fewer guns per capita, said Porfiri, “they are responsible for more violence than what would happen in a rural area.”