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At their core, annual crime statistics are a snapshot of the year that was. The first year Maclean’s compiled its national crime rankings, Arthabaska, Que., was the murder capital, with a homicide rate 302 per cent above that of Canada as a whole. Yet in 2009, the region of 70,000 witnessed no murders. Last year, its two homicides put it 77 per cent above the national rate.
For all the annual variations, some cities are repeat offenders. Year after year, western cities dominate the rankings as the worst for crime. And, in reverse, the most populous cities in Ontario and Quebec consistently score well. Toronto’s overall crime score ranking is No. 52, exactly where it was in 2000. To see how well your community or province did in 2010, go to our interactive chart for a complete listing. Our interactive map of Canada’s safest and most dangerous cities allows you to quickly zoom in and see how cities stack up against one another. You can also click on the buttons below to see the rankings for each of the six criminal offenses included in the overall rankings.
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Methodology:Maclean’s obtained annual crime data from Statistics Canada for municipal police services serving the nation’s 100 largest populations, each encompassing a city or town of at least 10,000 people. Using 2010 rates per 100,000 people for six crimes—homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, vehicle theft, robbery plus breaking and entering—Maclean’s calculated the percentage difference from the national rate. The overall crime score ranking for the 100 communities was created in consultation with StatsCan, using its Crime Severity Index (CSI) score and calculating the percentage difference from the national score. Maclean’s calculated the ratios by dividing population of the area by the raw number of crimes.