The number of murders in NYC in 2020 was about 1/3rd your quoted amount. (There were 468 murders in NYC in 2020)here is the thing with statistics, total homicides in St Louis in 2020 was 267, total for NYC in 2020 was 1,531. which one had more killings? NYC, which one had the higher rate per 100,000 people? St Louis did. subjective on which one is safer. do you go by the per 100,000 rate or total number?