These Are The 10 Murder Capitals Of America For 2019


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

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

And despite a small, recent up-tick, 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 0.0007 murders per capita — or about 1 for every 1,513 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:

How We Determined The Murder Capitals Of America For 2019

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 283 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 2019”.

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

Here’s a look at the top ten.

St. Louis, MO

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Population: 310,284
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Murders: 205 (8th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0007 (1st worst)
More on St. Louis:  | Data | Photos

Baltimore, MD

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Population: 613,217
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Murders: 342 (2nd worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0006 (2nd worst)
More on Baltimore:  | Data | Photos

Detroit, MI

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Population: 670,792
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Murders: 267 (7th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0004 (3rd worst)
More on Detroit:  | Data | Photos

New Orleans, LA

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Population: 397,447
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Murders: 157 (12th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0004 (4th worst)
More on New Orleans:  | Data | Photos

Baton Rouge, LA

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Population: 227,403
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 16)
Murders: 87 (23rd worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0004 (5th worst)
More on Baton Rouge:  | Data | Photos

Jackson, MS

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Population: 168,397
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Murders: 60 (32nd worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0004 (6th worst)
More on Jackson:  | Data | Photos

North Charleston, SC

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Population: 111,305
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Murders: 35 (56th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0003 (7th worst)
More on North Charleston:  | Data | Photos

Kansas City, MO

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Population: 484,948
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Murders: 150 (15th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0003 (8th worst)
More on Kansas City:  | Data | Photos

Cleveland, OH

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Population: 385,351
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Murders: 107 (22nd worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0003 (9th worst)
More on Cleveland:  | Data | Photos

Memphis, TN

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Population: 652,765
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Murders: 181 (10th worst)
Murders Per Capita: 0.0003 (10th worst)
More on Memphis:  | Data | Photos

Locking Up Murders Row For 2019

There you have it — a look at the cities with the highest 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 West Covina, CA and Cary, NC.

For more reading around America:

The 100 Cities In America With The Most Murder For 2019

Rank City Population Murders
1 St. Louis, MO 310,284 205
2 Baltimore, MD 613,217 342
3 Detroit, MI 670,792 267
4 New Orleans, LA 397,447 157
5 Baton Rouge, LA 227,403 87
6 Jackson, MS 168,397 60
7 North Charleston, SC 111,305 35
8 Kansas City, MO 484,948 150
9 Cleveland, OH 385,351 107
10 Memphis, TN 652,765 181
11 Little Rock, AR 199,314 55
12 Newark, NJ 283,673 77
13 Shreveport, LA 193,937 52
14 Chicago, IL 2,706,171 653
15 Hartford, CT 122,891 29
16 Cincinnati, OH 299,116 70
17 West Palm Beach, FL 109,459 25
18 Dayton, OH 140,171 30
19 Topeka, KS 126,624 27
20 Akron, OH 197,412 42
21 Mobile, AL 248,431 50
22 Philadelphia, PA 1,575,595 316
23 Milwaukee, WI 595,168 118
24 Montgomery, AL 199,099 38
25 Pittsburgh, PA 305,932 55
26 Indianapolis, IN 870,788 156
27 High Point, NC 112,368 20
28 Stockton, CA 309,566 55
29 Salinas, CA 158,313 28
30 Columbus, GA 198,832 35
31 Knoxville, TN 187,539 33
32 Chattanooga, TN 178,753 31
33 Tulsa, OK 404,868 70
34 Lafayette, LA 128,691 22
35 Evansville, IN 119,371 20
36 Washington, DC 693,972 116
37 Miami Gardens, FL 114,008 19
38 Atlanta, GA 481,343 79
39 Columbus, OH 872,205 142
40 Oakland, CA 424,915 69
41 Roanoke, VA 100,027 16
42 Louisville, KY 684,362 109
43 Greensboro, NC 290,051 46
44 San Bernardino, CA 217,259 34
45 Buffalo, NY 256,169 40
46 Wilmington, NC 119,422 18
47 South Bend, IN 101,857 15
48 Norfolk, VA 245,190 36
49 Bridgeport, CT 146,110 21
50 Paterson, NJ 147,690 21
51 Syracuse, NY 143,069 20
52 Fort Wayne, IN 266,259 37
53 Beaumont, TX 118,456 16
54 Allentown, PA 120,823 16
55 Newport News, VA 181,738 24
56 Rochester, NY 208,591 27
57 Des Moines, IA 217,277 28
58 Davenport, IA 103,063 13
59 Hampton, VA 134,929 17
60 Las Vegas, NV 1,627,244 205
61 Oklahoma City, OK 648,260 81
62 Dallas, TX 1,338,551 167
63 Albuquerque, NM 561,375 70
64 Killeen, TX 145,912 18
65 Vallejo, CA 122,174 15
66 Rockford, IL 146,770 18
67 Jacksonville, FL 894,638 109
68 Lansing, MI 116,302 14
69 Pomona, CA 153,066 18
70 Inglewood, CA 110,811 13
71 Fayetteville, NC 205,432 24
72 Houston, TX 2,338,235 269
73 Victorville, CA 123,284 14
74 Huntsville, AL 195,173 22
75 Miami, FL 463,009 52
76 Bakersfield, CA 381,154 41
77 Fresno, CA 526,371 56
78 Peoria, IL 114,157 12
79 Waterbury, CT 107,924 11
80 Tampa, FL 384,360 39
81 Joliet, IL 148,342 15
82 Minneapolis, MN 418,971 42
83 Phoenix, AZ 1,644,177 157
84 Springfield, IL 115,568 11
85 Independence, MO 117,055 11
86 Modesto, CA 213,677 20
87 Lancaster, CA 160,653 15
88 Clarksville, TN 153,294 14
89 Anchorage, AK 296,188 27
90 North Las Vegas, NV 242,537 22
91 Springfield, MA 154,562 14
92 Richmond, CA 110,804 10
93 Pueblo, CO 110,872 10
94 Lexington, KY 322,332 29
95 Wichita, KS 391,084 35
96 Antioch, CA 112,252 10
97 Tuscaloosa, AL 101,124 9
98 Tallahassee, FL 192,455 17
99 Tucson, AZ 532,323 46
100 Fairfield, CA 116,372 10

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