Minneapolis ranks sixth from bottom on police officers living in the city

In the wake of the Ferguson police shooting and subsequent unrest, there’s been much talk about the racial makeup of local police officers and whether officers should live in the cities they serve.

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight has prepared a graph of 75 large U.S. police forces to look at how many of their police officers live in the city. It includes total officers, white officers and officers of other races.

Minneapolis is sixth from the bottom of the list for total number of officers living inside the city, at about 10 percent. For white officers living within the city, Minneapolis is under 10 percent.

On average in the cities listed, 60 percent of police officers live outside the city limits, the story says. But in Chicago, 88 percent of police officers live within the city boundaries. Miami, with the lowest percentage, has only 7 percent of officers living within city limits.

Silver says the data came from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Census Bureau, which have details on the racial composition of government workers in large American cities. He said he learned of the data set from a Washington Post analysis of the racial demographics of each city’s police force.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 08/24/2014 - 10:23 pm.

    They know…

    How dangerous Minneapolis is. There is a lot of crime there. The media is very good about keeping it mum, but it is there. The Minneapolis policemen do not want to expose their families to it and I don’t blame them.

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