HIGH POINT, N.C. — High Point Police say there were 20 homicides in High Point last year.
There have been 16 criminal homicides so far in 2019.
Police say almost 300 firearms have been seized, and the year isn't over yet.
Chicago Police say there have been 371 criminal homicides so far this year.
Again, in High Point, officials say there have been 16.
The numbers sound dramatically different, but let's take population into account.
Chicago is 24 times bigger than High Point in terms of population (2.7 million versus 112,000).
So if you do the math: 16 x 24 equals 384. That means statistically speaking, if High Point was as populated as Chicago, the number or murders would be about the same. In fact, a little higher (371 versus 384).
So we can verify: Yes, High Point is right on par with Chicago's homicide rate.