The Importance Of Crime In The City Of York City

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Many people around the city of York and other cities throughout America are fearful to live and step within an inch of the city. Why are these people so afraid to be around York city in particular? It is not that the city of York has little entertainment, restaurants, markets or small businesses around to stimulate its population and visitors, but the issues that York city faces. Sadly, there are multiple factors that play a significant role in why so many people are afraid to live in York city. The high crime rate, lack of decent education and exorbitant pricing in housing causes many people to reconsider whether York city or any city for that matter is worth living in. I understand how the high crime rates in York spur people and myself to …show more content…
I remember the few times my family purposely avoided driving through the city, due to the continuous crime occurrences. In 2013, York city had over 12 murder cases, 33 rape cases, 129 assaults, 486 burglaries, 117 auto theft, 905 thefts and 21 cases of arson in that year alone. That year the average crime rate across the nation was 277.5, but in 2013 York city had a crime rate of 455.8. The crime rate in York is nearly two times the amount of crime rate found across the entire United States. The worst case of crime influx in York happened in 2011, where 16 murders occurred, 26 cases of arson, 60 cases of rape, 155 cases of auto theft, 312 cases of assault, 333 cases of robberies, 429 cases of burglaries and 1,147 thefts occurred in that year alone. York’s crime rate for that year was 731.9, nearly three times the national crime rate amount. (Crime, 2016) The highest amount of crime rate occurred in the innermost part of the city. Most of the crimes reported transpired around West Queen Street/Arch Street, West Market Street/North West Street, East Market Street/North Pine Street and even King Street. Over the past years data has been collected and out of all the cities York is only 8 percent safer than all the cities in Pennsylvania and only 10 percent safer than all the cities across the United States. Currently, 1 in 135 …show more content…
Although the housing in York city is cheaper than most cities across the United States the quality of the houses are deteriorating and many families can still cannot afford the housing. The average housing in York city cost around 80,000 dollars, in the inner most city some houses are even as cheap as 58,000 dollars. Only problem is that in 2014 the average income in York was 14,872 dollars, which is half the national average income. York city has one of the highest rates of poverty in the United States as over 38% of its population is well below the poverty line. Most of the housing is around 80,000 dollars and for those who pay rent are looking at an average amount of 812 dollars a month. The 38% of the people below the poverty line cannot afford that kind of housing. (York Real Estate, 2016) More problems have arose as people below the poverty line live in houses that are unaffordable to their income. On average a person should spend no more than 30% of their salary on housing. In that case those who only make 14,000 a year in York county should only spend 4,200 dollars in housing. For those who pay an average rent of 800 dollars a month spend around 9,600 dollars just on rent. That is 60% of the average worker’s paycheck right into the rent and housing, the 38% of people below

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