Monday Trivia #141 [Mark Thompson Wins!]

These are the largest 100 cities, in a particular order:

Washington (DC), Newark, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, St. Louis, Birmingham, Cleveland, Memphis, Jersey City, Cincinnati, Boston, Norfolk, Baton Rouge, Detroit, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Orlando, Kansas City, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Francisco, Savannah, Tampa, Los Angeles, Greensboro, Miami, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Winston-Salem, St. Petersburg, Honolulu, Seattle, Charlotte, Jacksonville, St. Paul, Nashville, Durham, Mobile, Phoenix, Austin, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Aurora, Albuquerque, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Louisville, Tulsa, Madison, Tucson, Scottsdale, Raleigh, Laredo, Lexington, Toledo, Fort Wayne, Virginia Beach, Oklahoma City, Fayetteville, El Paso, Mesa, Omaha, Portland, Lubbock, Wichita, Glendale, Oakland, San Antonio, Arlington, Fresno, Irving, Chesapeake, Hialeah, Colorado Springs, Corpus Christi, Sacramento, Garland, Reno, Boise, San Diego, Chandler, Henderson, San Jose, North Las Vegas, Anchorage, Lincoln, Riverside, Plano, Stockton, Anaheim, Bakersfield, Santa Ana, Chula Vista, Gilbert, and Irvine.

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32 thoughts on “Monday Trivia #141 [Mark Thompson Wins!]

  1. My initial guess was that it was something to do with the proportion of the population that identifies as African-American. But Detroit is too low. Seeing other people think/insist it has to do with crime makes me feel a little squirrely on some level, though I’m not sure I should.

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  2. Is there a sports thing going on? A lot of those early cities have pro teams, and I see Greensboro and Winston-Salem up there. None of the lower cities have significant sports activity that I can think of.

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  3. Percentage drop of African-American’s in the past twenty years within the metro area? I’m only guessing this because #1 is DC and gentrification has gone crazy there.

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      • Huh. So it is a crime thing. Vegas surprises me, though. I’d think that a tourist destination, especially one that caters to the decadant side, would have to have a large police force. New Orleans does. Even Orlando does.

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      • That is interesting. Then again, Henderson and North Las Vegas are both in the bottom 15 while Vegas itself is pretty much in the middle of the list, suggesting that the baseline number of cops without the tourism is remarkably low. Looking at the numbers a bit, Vegas has about 50% more cops per capita than Henderson and North LV, so that actually does seem to be a pretty heft tourism premium. I’d wager that Las Vegas’ numbers are also pushed down a bit further by what has to be about the highest ratio of private security guards in the country, who I’d assume act as something equivalent to a supplemental police force, handling the preliminary work on a lot of stuff that would be handled by regular cops in most places and/or acting as de facto beat cops within the casinos and hotels.

        FWIW, the way I figured this one out was that it really did look like it correlated with crime rates 20 or so years ago, and it occurred to me that one of the residual effects of a really high crime rate, even long after it’s fallen, is probably that police forces are beefed up, and it’s not easy to undo that once it’s been put in place.

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      • Though the DC numbers could be further enhanced if data Wiil T used also includes all the sworn police forces that are not part of the metropolitan police department (like the Capitol police and the Park police)

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      • It seems likely that D.C. is so high because it has so many different police forces, unless this is just a measure of the municipal police department and nothing else. Likewise, a place like Madison, a state capital with a flagship state university, has the MPD, the State Capitol Police, the UW Police, and also a fair portion of the Dane County Sheriff’s Dept. working within its limits on any given day.

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