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For this report, Atlanta is defined as that portion of the City of Atlanta located within Fulton County. Approximately 95% of the city's land mass and 91% (in 1984, 389 700 persons) of its population are within Fulton County.
All 1984 homicides (n = 27) meeting the inclusion criteria were selected. A stratified random sample (n = 150) of nonfatal incidents was selected from incident reports stratified across seven crime categories (i.e., rape, robbery, assault, disorderly conduct, family and children offense, sex offense, and other).