* The Guardian drills down…
The map of America’s gun violence epidemic can seem overwhelming. There were more than 13,000 gun homicides in the US in 2015, across nearly 3,500 cities and towns. But the toll of this gun violence was not distributed equally.
Half of America’s gun homicides in 2015 were clustered in just 127 cities and towns, according to a new geographic analysis by the Guardian, even though they contain less than a quarter of the nation’s population. […]
Though these neighborhood areas contain just 1.5% of the country’s population, they saw 26% of America’s total gun homicides… People who live in these neighborhood areas face an average gun homicide rate about 400 times higher than the rate across those high-income countries. […]
In 2015, Chicago had the highest total number of gun homicides of any city in America. But the city’s gun homicide rate per person was much lower than St Louis.
Just 13% of census tracts in Chicago saw multiple gun murders in 2015, and these tracts were responsible for 65% of the city’s gun homicides.
The publication also looked at how those homicide clusters lined up with people living below the poverty line, people with high school diplomas and people living in highly segregated communities and found a pretty consistent match. Go check out the whole thing.