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San Diego police canvasing the scene of a stabbing in September. Courtesy OnSceneTV

A report released Tuesday by New York University predicts that San Diego will end the year the lowest murder rate among the 30 largest American cities.

The report by the university’s Brennan Center for Justice predicted that San Diego would record 325.1 violent crimes and 1.9 murders per 100,000 residents in all of 2018.

It is the lowest murder rate among the 30 cities, and is down 21.7 percent from 2017.

Baltimore has the highest murder rate at 51.1 per 100,000 people.

San Diego’s overall violent crime rate was also the lowest, but comparative data on this was not available for eight cities.

The Brennan Center report noted that crime rates are declining across the country, with murders down 5.8 percent and overall violent crime down 2.7 percent from 2017.

“Rates of crime, violent crime, and murder in major American cities are estimated to decline through the end of 2018,” the report concluded.

However, murder rates in some cities remained above the 2015 level, a fact that the Brennan Center said demonstrated “a continued need for evidence-based solutions to violent crime.”

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.