Compared to the national average, Providence has an average rate of violent crime and a higher rate  of property crime per 100,000 inhabitants.  In 2010, there were 15 murders, down from 24 in 2009.  In 2010, Providence fared better regarding violent crime than most of its peer cities. Springfield, Massachusetts has approximately 20,000 fewer residents than Providence but reported 15 murders in 2009, the same number of homicides as Providence but a slightly higher rate per capita.  New Haven, Connecticut and Hartford, Connecticut have approximately 50,000 fewer people than Providence, but they reported 24 and 26 murders respectively in 2010, significantly higher murder rates per capita than Providence.   The police chief asserted that Providence's violence was not stranger-to-stranger, but relationship-driven.  The pattern of violent crime was highly specific by neighborhood, with the vast majority of the murders taking place in the poorer sections of Providence such as Olneyville, Elmwood, South Providence, and the West End.