Crime and violence in the cities of the United States has been an issue since cities first emerged. Much research has been dedicated to presumed factors that trigger high rates of crime in central cities, as this phenomenon continues. This study examines the role that the underclass’ spatial and racial isolation has on urban homicide. A regression analysis is used to determine the factors that influence homicide in the city of Chicago. The demographics and neighborhood characteristics within Chicago are observed and used in this study to test the hypothesis that these factors contribute to urban homicide.


Burnell, James

Second Advisor

Fitz Gibbon, Heather


Urban Studies

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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