I've heard that the city has had 151 murders to date this year.
Murder rates are measured on a "per 100,000" basis.
Figuring on a population of around 187,000 people and thow in a few more murders in the last 2 weeks of 2006, you get a murder rate of 80 per 100,000 people.
For perspective, the national average is 8 per 100,000 people. Washington DC has about 35. Baghdad (before things completely went to shit) had 100 per 100,000 people.
We're closer to Baghdad than DC. That says something...
(151 Murders to Date)