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 Murder Capitals of the Heart of Dixie for 2020:
- Birmingham (Photos)
- Fairfield (Photos)
- Anniston (Photos)
- Prichard (Photos)
- Troy (Photos)
- Montgomery (Photos)
- Phenix City (Photos)
- Talladega (Photos)
- Dothan (Photos)
- Sylacauga (Photos)
The city with highest murder rate in Alabama? That would be Fairfield with 75.3 murders per 100,000 people.
While the city with highest number of murders period? Birmingham with 88.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 40 cities in Alabama where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 36 places had no murder.
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The 10 Murder Capitals Of Alabama For 2020
Birmingham is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Jefferson County. The city’s population was 212,237 in the 2010 United States Census. In the 2010 US Census, the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of about 1,128,047, which is approximately one-quarter of Alabama’s population.
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.
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.
Prichard is a city in Mobile County, Alabama, United States.
Troy is a city in Pike County, Alabama, United States. The city is the county seat of Pike County. It was formally incorporated on February 4, 1843.
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.
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.
Talladega is a city in Talladega County, Alabama, United States. It was incorporated in 1835. At the 2010 census the population was 15,676. The city is the county seat of Talladega County. Talladega is approximately 50 miles east of Birmingham.
The city is home to the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind and the Talladega Municipal Airport, a public general aviation airport. The Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega College and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame are located nearby. The First National Bank of Talladega is the oldest bank in the State of Alabama, being founded in 1848.
Dothan is a city in Dale, Henry, and Houston counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. Located in the state’s southeastern corner, approximately 20 miles west of the Georgia state line and 16 miles north of Florida, it is the county seat of Houston County. Its name derives from Genesis 37:17: “let us go to Dothan.” The population was 65,496 at the 2010 census.
Sylacauga is a city in Talladega County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 12,749.
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 40 cities to rank.
Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:
- 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 three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. 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 most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.
There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Alabama For 2020
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 2020
|7||Phenix City, AL||7.0|
|15||Muscle Shoals, AL||2.0|
|18||Alexander City, AL||2.0|
|22||Orange Beach, AL||1.0|