10 Murder Capitals Of Arizona For 2020

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

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Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Arizona?

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 Arizona.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Grand Canyon State for 2020:

  1. Tucson (Photos)
  2. Phoenix (Photos)
  3. Yuma (Photos)
  4. Tolleson (Photos)
  5. Globe (Photos)
  6. Surprise (Photos)
  7. Avondale (Photos)
  8. Glendale (Photos)
  9. Mesa (Photos)
  10. Somerton (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Arizona? That would be Tolleson with 41.1 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Phoenix with 132.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 30 cities in Arizona where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 18 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Grand Canyon State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Arizona For 2020

Tucson, AZ

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Population: 537,392
Rank Last Year: 4
Murders: 47 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 8.7 (7th Most)
More on Tucson:  Data | Photos

Tucson is a city and the county seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, and home to the University of Arizona. The 2010 United States Census put the population at 520,116, while the 2015 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan statistical area was 980,263. The Tucson MSA forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area, with a total population of 1,010,025 as of the 2010 Census. Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, both of which anchor the Arizona Sun Corridor. The city is located 108 miles southeast of Phoenix and 60mi north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Tucson is the 33rd largest city and the 53rd largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Phoenix, AZ

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Population: 1,653,080
Rank Last Year: 11
Murders: 132 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 8.0 (9th Most)
More on Phoenix:  Data | Photos

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. With 1,615,017 people, Phoenix is the fifth most populous city nationwide, the most populous state capital in the United States, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.

Yuma, AZ

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Population: 96,121
Rank Last Year: 15
Murders: 9 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 9.4 (6th Most)
More on Yuma:  Data | Photos

Yuma is a city in and the county seat of Yuma County, Arizona, United States. It is located in the southwestern corner of the state, and the population of the city was 93,064 at the 2010 census, up from the 2000 census population of 77,515.

Tolleson, AZ

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Population: 7,305
Rank Last Year: 1
Murders: 3 (12th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 41.1 (1st Most)
More on Tolleson:  Data | Photos

Tolleson is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 6,545.

Globe, AZ

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Population: 7,330
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 3 (12th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 40.9 (2nd Most)
More on Globe:  Data | Photos

Globe is a city in Gila County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 7,532. The city is the county seat of Gila County. Globe was founded c. 1875 as a mining camp. Mining, tourism, government and retirees are most important in the present-day Globe economy.

Surprise, AZ

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Population: 136,611
Rank Last Year: 40
Murders: 7 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.1 (11th Most)
More on Surprise:  Data | Photos

Surprise is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. The population was 30,848 at the 2000 census; however, rapid expansion has boosted the city’s population to 117,517 at the 2010 census, an increase of 281%. As such, it is the second fastest-expanding municipality in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and, between 1990 and 2000, it was the sixth fastest-expanding place among all cities and towns in Arizona.

Avondale, AZ

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Population: 85,204
Rank Last Year: 16
Murders: 6 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 7.0 (10th Most)
More on Avondale:  Data | Photos

Glendale, AZ

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Population: 249,799
Rank Last Year: 7
Murders: 9 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 3.6 (14th Most)
More on Glendale:  Data | Photos

Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located about nine miles northwest from Downtown Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 226,721.

Mesa, AZ

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Population: 504,873
Rank Last Year: 24
Murders: 17 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 3.4 (16th Most)
More on Mesa:  Data | Photos

Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is a suburb located about 20 miles east of Phoenix. Mesa is the central city of the East Valley section of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is bordered by Tempe on the west, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler and Gilbert on the south along with Queen Creek, and Apache Junction on the east.

Somerton, AZ

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Population: 16,380
Rank Last Year: 44
Murders: 2 (17th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 12.2 (3rd Most)
More on Somerton:  Data | Photos

Somerton is a city in Yuma County, Arizona, United States.

Somerton has an annual Tamale Festival that benefits students from the area who will be attending Arizona State University. More than 20,000 visitors attend the festival each year. The festival is put together by The El Diablito Arizona State University Alumni chapter.

How we calculated the murder capitals of Arizona

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 Arizona for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 30 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 Arizona For 2020

If you’re looking at the places in Arizona 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 Arizona For 2020

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Tucson, AZ 47.0 8.75
2 Phoenix, AZ 132.0 7.99
3 Yuma, AZ 9.0 9.36
4 Tolleson, AZ 3.0 41.07
5 Globe, AZ 3.0 40.93
6 Surprise, AZ 7.0 5.12
7 Avondale, AZ 6.0 7.04
8 Glendale, AZ 9.0 3.6
9 Mesa, AZ 17.0 3.37
10 Somerton, AZ 2.0 12.21
11 Nogales, AZ 2.0 10.01
12 Scottsdale, AZ 7.0 2.75
13 Prescott, AZ 2.0 4.63
14 Winslow, AZ 1.0 10.68
15 Tempe, AZ 5.0 2.65
16 Lake Havasu City, AZ 2.0 3.66
17 Chino Valley, AZ 1.0 8.45
18 Flagstaff, AZ 2.0 2.75
19 Chandler, AZ 4.0 1.56
20 Peoria, AZ 3.0 1.76
21 Goodyear, AZ 2.0 2.43
22 Kingman, AZ 1.0 3.37
23 San Luis, AZ 1.0 3.02
24 El Mirage, AZ 1.0 2.8
25 Gilbert, AZ 2.0 0.81
26 Bullhead City, AZ 1.0 2.48
27 Prescott Valley, AZ 1.0 2.21
28 Maricopa, AZ 1.0 2.06
29 Casa Grande, AZ 1.0 1.77
30 Buckeye, AZ 1.0 1.4

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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