Is a good practice to sum each rate (i.e. crime rate per 100.000 people)?

Consider a dataset from 1990 to 2017 that contains the crime rate per 100,000 people in some cities from Latin America.

I want to measure which city is more complex according to this data and other indicators. I'm using The analytic hierarchy process proposed by Saaty.

Consider this example:

city_code  r1990  r1991 r1992 r1993 r1994 r1994
12345     120     80    91   110   105   99
23456      10     15    16    12     7   11
34567      90     91    85    75    77   65


According to my question, I want to sum each rate in each year, and then get for each year the mean of each rate based on the total.

Based on the example above:

city_code  total
12345     605
23456      71
34567     483

city_code  mean1990  mean1991 mean1992 mean1993 mean1994 mean1994
12345      0.20      0.13     0.15     0.18     0.17     0.16
23456      0.14      0.21     0.23     0.17     0.10     0.15
34567      0.19      0.19     0.18     0.16     0.16     0.13


So, is this a good practice? I couldn't find an example following this method? Any orientation about this subject will be appreciated.

• What do you mean by 'which city is more complex'? What does crime rate have to do with complexity? Feb 21 '18 at 14:48
• No, I mean in which city occurs more crimes than and other, for not saying which city is more dangerous. I think the concept complex could lead to confusion. I wll edit. Thanks. Feb 21 '18 at 15:28