Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Alabama?
We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.
So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Alabama.
The result is the 10 Murder Capitals of the Heart Of Dixie for 2019:
- Anniston (Photos)
- Fairfield (Photos)
- Bessemer (Photos)
- Prichard (Photos)
- Mobile (Photos)
- Tarrant (Photos)
- Phenix City (Photos)
- Montgomery (Photos)
- Tuskegee (Photos)
The city with highest murder rate in Alabama? That would be Fairfield with 74.4 murders per 100,000 people.
While the city with highest number of murders period? Mobile with 50.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 46 cities in Alabama where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 35 places had no murder.
If you’re curious, here are the places in Alabama which had the least murder chances for its residents, based on population: Florence, Vestavia Hills, Enterprise, Athens, Oxford.
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How we calculated the murder capitals of Alabama
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 may happen in each city per year.
We only looked every single city in Alabama for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 46 cities to rank.
Finally, averaged two scores:
- The raw number of murders in each city
- The murders per person
We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with one murder.
We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently.
Anniston is a city in Calhoun County in the state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 23,106. According to 2013 Census estimates, the city had a population of 22,666. The city is the county seat of Calhoun County and one of two urban centers/principal cities of and included in the Anniston-Oxford Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Fairfield is a city in western Jefferson County, Alabama, United States. It is part of the Birmingham metropolitan area and is located southeast of Pleasant Grove. The population was 11,117 at the 2010 census.
Bessemer is a city southwest of Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, 8 miles west of Hoover. The population was 27,456 at the 2010 Census.
Prichard is a city in Mobile County, Alabama, United States.
Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. The population within the city limits was 195,111 as of the 2010 United States Census, making it the third most populous city in Alabama, the most populous in Mobile County, and the largest municipality on the Gulf Coast between New Orleans, Louisiana, and St. Petersburg, Florida.
Tarrant is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, southeast of Fultondale. At the 2010 census the population was 6,397. It is home to the ABC Coke plant owned by the Drummond Company, “the largest single producer of foundry coke in the U.S.”.
Phenix City is a city in Lee and Russell counties in the State of Alabama, and the county seat of Russell County. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 32,822.
Montgomery is a major city and the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Montgomery County. Named for Richard Montgomery, it is located on the Alabama River, in the Gulf Coastal Plain. As of the 2013 Census, Montgomery has a population of 201,332. It is the second-largest city in Alabama, after Birmingham, and is the 115th largest in the United States. The Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area had a 2010 estimated population of 374,536. It is the fourth-largest in the state and 136th among United States metropolitan areas.
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 3 (18th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 58.4 (4th Most)
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Tuskegee is a city in Macon County, Alabama, United States. It was founded and laid out in 1833 by General Thomas Simpson Woodward, a Creek War veteran under Andrew Jackson, and made the county seat that year. It was incorporated in 1843. It is also the largest city in Macon County. At the 2010 census the population was 9,865, down from 11,846 in 2000.
There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Alabama For 2019
If you’re looking at the places in Alabama with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.
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Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Alabama For 2019
|7||Phenix City, AL||9|
|15||Alexander City, AL||3|
|31||Bay Minette, AL||1|
|34||Gulf Shores, AL||1|
|37||Muscle Shoals, AL||1|
|45||Vestavia Hills, AL||1|