The homicide rate for 2012 (homicides per 100,000 residents) is estimated to be 35.6. This assumes a city population of 317,000, a number derived from updated Census estimates. While the rate eeked up a bit due to an assumed population decline, it remains near the rates of the early 2000s and lower than many other years.
*yearly estimates average decennial population changes assuming a uniform yearly change
More from the Understanding St. Louis series on nextSTL:
Understanding St. Louis: Total Crime Index and Crime-Ridden Neighborhoods
Understanding St. Louis: Total Crime Index, Violent Crimes and Property Crimes in City Neighborhoods
Understanding St. Louis: The 12 Neighborhoods of the 30-Day Anit-crime Initiative
The St. Louis Metropolitan Region: Safer than Santa Fe (and 101 other MSA's)