Apr 20th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Population Growth and Crime Rates: The Case of Boise
Dr. Samia Islam
As the global population continues to grow, more and more people are moving into urban areas. This rise in urban density is leading to rising crime rates in many of the world’s metropolitan areas, although research shows that there is a high degree of cross-city variance of crime rates across U.S. urban areas. The Boise City-Nampa area has been one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States given the high quality of life and business opportunities that the Treasure Valley has to offer. Even with substantial population growth, the Boise area has seen a decline in crime rates over the past ten years. Our group will be examining the infrastructure and resources that Boise has utilized over the past ten years, compared to cities of similar size that have not had as positive an experience to determine the factors that have led to the decline in Boise’s crime rate. We will also be analyzing future needs and demands of the Boise area that could be crucial in maintaining Boise’s low crime profile.