THE 10 MURDER Capitals Of America For 2020


These are the cities in America where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our fourth time ranking the murder capitals of America. This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment — don’t freak out.

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Crime in America has been slowly but steadily dropping for the past several decades.

And despite a small, recent uptick, it’s basically as safe as it’s ever been.

However, much like how some parts of a city are more dangerous than others, there are parts of America that still haven’t got the memo that were in a more peaceful time. These are the cities in America were murder is relatively common — yet, we must stress, still very uncommon.

In an effort to you make you better aware of these potential danger zones, we dug into the most recent FBI data to determine where the murder rates are the highest amongst America’s largest cities.

In a surprise to no one that’s looked at the data before, Chicago isn’t in the top ten — it’s such a huge city that even high absolute numbers don’t translate into actually high murder rates.

The city with the highest murder rate according to the most recent FBI Data? That would be St. Louis with 0.0006 murders per capita — or about 1 for every 1,641 people, which is relatively low compared to historical norms and isn’t THAT dangerous.

So while murder might be a problem in these cities, we have a feeling that the top offenders will get their murder rates under control in the comming years.

Read on for more information on how we calculated these numbers, or feel free to check out something a little less dreary:

The 10 Cities With The Highest Murder Rate In America For 2020

St. Louis, MO

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Population: 306,875
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Murders: 187 (8th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0006 (1st worst)
More on St. Louis:  | Data | Photos

Review Of St. Louis by HomeSnacks User

Being in a new place is so different,everything is different but the people are great. I got tot meet some really good people along the way.

Of course the Arch stands out more than anything else in St. Louis. There is no bad side to it at all

Baltimore, MD

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Population: 605,436
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Murders: 309 (3rd worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0005 (2nd worst)
More on Baltimore:  | Data | Photos

Review Of Baltimore by HomeSnacks User

Too many bad folks and the city does not care about it.

Black people and their negative impact to the city.

Jackson, MS

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Population: 166,024
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Murders: 78 (26th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0005 (3rd worst)
More on Jackson:  | Data | Photos

Review Of Jackson by HomeSnacks User

horrible streets and roads, crime, businesses leaving the city or states, going out of business, losing airlines, low business environment, bad schools and less good doctors.

The horrible streets and roads the bad; which aren’t being repaired due to lack of funds in the budget.

Birmingham, AL

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Population: 210,564
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 88 (22nd worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0004 (4th worst)
More on Birmingham:  | Data | Photos

Review Of Birmingham by HomeSnacks User

This place is very racist and not good at all its like a ghost town.

Its very racist and not a good place to live.

Detroit, MI

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Population: 671,275
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Murders: 261 (6th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0004 (5th worst)
More on Detroit:  | Data | Photos

Review Of Detroit by HomeSnacks User

MICHIGAN IS A VERY GOOD STATE IN THE GREAT LAKES. IN THIS CITY HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 10 MILLION.

YOU’VE BEEN ON A MICHIGAN FALL COLORS TOUR OR TAKEN A DRIVE THROUGH THE COUNTRY IN THE FALL JUST TO SEE THE LEAVES CHANGING.

New Orleans, LA

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Population: 396,374
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Murders: 147 (13th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0004 (6th worst)
More on New Orleans:  | Data | Photos

Review Of New Orleans by HomeSnacks User

My experience was wonderful! Southern hospitality stood out in this city! We partied on burbon street and drank the famous hand grenades. We attended several Mardi Gras parades even though it wasn’t Mardi Gras season they still find any reason to have a parade.

The culture in New Orleans is unbeatable. The soul food made from recipes passed down generation to generation is like nothing you have ever tasted before. The historic buildings are beautiful sights. The night life is one giant party till the sun comes up.

Baton Rouge, LA

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Population: 224,790
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Murders: 79 (25th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0004 (7th worst)
More on Baton Rouge:  | Data | Photos

Review Of Baton Rouge by HomeSnacks User

This is probably one of the worst cities I’ve ever been too. The traffic is awful and almost as bad as Los Angeles, which has something like 5 times the population. Most of the areas outside of the central business district live in poverty, the schools are way below the national average, and the food pales in comparison to New Orleans. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone visit or move here.

The best part of Baton Rouge is that it is located pretty close to New Orleans, and is Louisiana’s state capital. The thing that stood out the most is the horrid traffic and degrading infrastructure.

Memphis, TN

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Population: 652,226
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Murders: 186 (9th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0003 (8th worst)
More on Memphis:  | Data | Photos

Review Of Memphis by HomeSnacks User

H20 will be the next statistic, he lives in a fantasy world. Nothing good about Memphis.

Staying off the streets, crime is a big big big problem.

Kansas City, MO

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Population: 493,115
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Murders: 137 (14th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0003 (9th worst)
More on Kansas City:  | Data | Photos

Newark, NJ

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Population: 282,258
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Murders: 75 (27th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0003 (10th worst)
More on Newark:  | Data | Photos

Review Of Newark by HomeSnacks User

there are no crimes and it has a very pleasant atmosphere and it also has a school and the local governance is good

liberty state park is my favorite place to hang out and new port is the best area to visit

How We Determined The Murder Capitals Of America For 2020

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that happen in each city per year.

We only looked at cities in America with over 100,000 people — that left us with 293 cities in America to analyze.

We then calculated the number of murders per capita for these cities to make everything an apples to apples comparison along with the raw number of murders — because more absolute murder is more murder.

We then averaged the two rankings together to create a Murder Index.

The cities with a higher Murder Index were deemed the “Murder Capitals of America For 2020”. You can download the data here.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred.

Locking Up Murders Row For 2020

There you have it — a look at the cities with the highhest murder rates in America for 2019 with St. Louis at the top of the list.

If you’re looking for the safest cities in America when it comes to murder, check out Mcallen and Allen.

For more reading around America:

The 100 Cities In America With The Most Murders For 2020

Rank City Population Murders
1 St. Louis, MO 306,875 187
2 Baltimore, MD 605,436 309
3 Jackson, MS 166,024 78
4 Birmingham, AL 210,564 88
5 Detroit, MI 671,275 261
6 New Orleans, LA 396,374 147
7 Baton Rouge, LA 224,790 79
8 Memphis, TN 652,226 186
9 Kansas City, MO 493,115 137
10 Newark, NJ 282,258 75
11 Dayton, OH 140,094 37
12 Shreveport, LA 190,808 49
13 West Palm Beach, FL 111,659 27
14 Washington, DC 702,455 160
15 Richmond, VA 229,927 52
16 San Bernardino, CA 217,986 49
17 Cleveland, OH 384,666 86
18 North Charleston, SC 112,840 25
19 Philadelphia, PA 1,586,916 351
20 Buffalo, NY 258,219 57
21 Miami Gardens, FL 114,670 24
22 Chicago, IL 2,719,151 563
23 Little Rock, AR 199,288 40
24 Peoria, IL 112,595 22
25 Akron, OH 197,690 38
26 Cincinnati, OH 301,952 57
27 Pittsburgh, PA 302,544 57
28 Indianapolis, IN 877,584 162
29 Atlanta, GA 496,106 88
30 Hartford, CT 123,117 21
31 High Point, NC 112,526 19
32 Milwaukee, WI 595,619 99
33 Oakland, CA 430,230 70
34 Syracuse, NY 143,129 23
35 Rockford, IL 146,198 23
36 Richmond, CA 110,982 17
37 Fort Wayne, IN 267,634 40
38 Tulsa, OK 403,147 60
39 Norfolk, VA 244,347 36
40 Montgomery, AL 198,662 29
41 Rochester, NY 207,701 29
42 Orlando, FL 286,679 39
43 Inglewood, CA 110,726 15
44 Toledo, OH 275,023 37
45 Newport News, VA 178,734 24
46 North Las Vegas, NV 246,951 33
47 Nashville, TN 686,492 91
48 Des Moines, IA 217,277 28
49 Greensboro, NC 293,298 37
50 Davenport, IA 103,063 13
51 Albuquerque, NM 560,235 69
52 Springfield, MA 155,179 19
53 Jacksonville, FL 903,213 110
54 Durham, NC 273,759 33
55 Roanoke, VA 100,042 12
56 Columbia, SC 133,540 16
57 Salinas, CA 158,590 19
58 Hampton, VA 133,965 16
59 Houston, TX 2,344,966 276
60 Dallas, TX 1,362,465 155
61 Columbus, OH 892,576 99
62 Topeka, KS 126,399 14
63 Pomona, CA 153,496 17
64 Fort Lauderdale, FL 182,150 20
65 Beaumont, TX 119,368 13
66 Thousand Oaks, CA 129,319 14
67 Knoxville, TN 188,653 20
68 Mobile, AL 245,475 26
69 Stockton, CA 313,158 33
70 Chattanooga, TN 180,397 19
71 Miami, FL 473,047 46
72 Wichita, KS 391,726 38
73 Clarksville, TN 156,264 15
74 Springfield, MO 168,537 16
75 Allentown, PA 121,743 11
76 Denver, CO 720,745 65
77 Anchorage, AK 291,992 26
78 Paterson, NJ 146,893 13
79 South Bend, IN 102,397 9
80 Tucson, AZ 537,392 47
81 Independence, MO 117,368 10
82 Norwalk, CA 106,158 9
83 Evansville, IN 118,765 10
84 Tallahassee, FL 192,443 16
85 Waterbury, CT 108,378 9
86 Boston, MA 694,673 56
87 Pueblo, CO 111,756 9
88 Bakersfield, CA 385,609 31
89 Phoenix, AZ 1,653,080 132
90 Palm Bay, FL 112,902 9
91 Oklahoma City, OK 652,936 52
92 St. Petersburg, FL 265,942 21
93 Tacoma, WA 215,687 17
94 Springfield, IL 114,623 9
95 Murfreesboro, TN 140,702 11
96 New Haven, CT 131,181 10
97 Bridgeport, CT 146,819 11
98 Wilmington, NC 120,920 9
99 Modesto, CA 215,822 16
100 Corpus Christi, TX 328,614 24

Murder Places By State

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