The Murder Capitals Of California For 2021


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

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in California and is updated for 2021.

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

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 California.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Golden State for 2021:

  1. San Bernardino (Photos)
  2. Oakland (Photos)
  3. Compton (Photos)
  4. Richmond (Photos)
  5. Stockton (Photos)
  6. Delano (Photos)
  7. Lompoc (Photos)
  8. Bakersfield (Photos)
  9. Antioch (Photos)
  10. Palm Springs (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in California? That would be Orinda with 24.9 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Los Angeles with 258.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 216 cities in California where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 199 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Golden State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of California For 2021

San Bernardino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 216,715
Rank Last Year: 7
Murders: 46 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 21.2 (3rd Most)
More on San Bernardino:  Data | Photos

Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 434,036
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 78 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.0 (8th Most)
More on Oakland:  Data | Photos

Compton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 96,638
Rank Last Year: 42
Murders: 18 (11th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.6 (7th Most)
More on Compton:  Data | Photos

Richmond, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 110,988
Rank Last Year: 16
Murders: 16 (13th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.4 (15th Most)
More on Richmond:  Data | Photos

Stockton, CA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 313,604
Rank Last Year: 12
Murders: 34 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.8 (25th Most)
More on Stockton:  Data | Photos

Delano, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 53,002
Rank Last Year: 79
Murders: 8 (24th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 15.1 (13th Most)
More on Delano:  Data | Photos

Lompoc, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 42,818
Rank Last Year: 118
Murders: 7 (30th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.3 (11th Most)
More on Lompoc:  Data | Photos

Bakersfield, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 388,080
Rank Last Year: 39
Murders: 34 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 8.8 (35th Most)
More on Bakersfield:  Data | Photos

Antioch, CA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 112,641
Rank Last Year: 52
Murders: 12 (19th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.7 (26th Most)
More on Antioch:  Data | Photos

Palm Springs, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 48,846
Rank Last Year: 29
Murders: 7 (30th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.3 (16th Most)
More on Palm Springs:  Data | Photos

How we calculated the murder capitals of California

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 California for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 216 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 California For 2021

If you're looking at the places in California 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.

For more california reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In California For 2021

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 San Bernardino, CA 46.0 21.23
2 Oakland, CA 78.0 17.97
3 Compton, CA 18.0 18.63
4 Richmond, CA 16.0 14.42
5 Stockton, CA 34.0 10.84
6 Delano, CA 8.0 15.09
7 Lompoc, CA 7.0 16.35
8 Bakersfield, CA 34.0 8.76
9 Antioch, CA 12.0 10.65
10 Palm Springs, CA 7.0 14.33
11 Orinda, CA 5.0 24.91
12 Vallejo, CA 12.0 9.78
13 Cathedral City, CA 7.0 12.65
14 Barstow, CA 5.0 20.73
15 Highland, CA 7.0 12.57
16 Desert Hot Springs, CA 5.0 17.18
17 Long Beach, CA 34.0 7.27
18 Pomona, CA 12.0 7.85
19 Pittsburg, CA 7.0 9.51
20 Los Angeles, CA 258.0 6.43
21 Hesperia, CA 8.0 8.34
22 Sacramento, CA 34.0 6.62
23 Moreno Valley, CA 15.0 7.11
24 La Quinta, CA 5.0 11.89
25 Rialto, CA 8.0 7.69
26 Azusa, CA 5.0 9.92
27 Oxnard, CA 13.0 6.15
28 Modesto, CA 13.0 6.0
29 Gilroy, CA 5.0 8.32
30 Grass Valley, CA 3.0 23.22
31 McFarland, CA 3.0 19.32
32 Riverside, CA 17.0 5.1
33 Ontario, CA 10.0 5.45
34 Arvin, CA 3.0 13.75
35 San Francisco, CA 40.0 4.51
36 Rancho Cordova, CA 5.0 6.59
37 Selma, CA 3.0 12.01
38 West Covina, CA 6.0 5.64
39 Eureka, CA 3.0 11.12
40 Salinas, CA 8.0 5.1
41 Palmdale, CA 8.0 5.09
42 Paramount, CA 4.0 7.35
43 Ridgecrest, CA 3.0 10.31
44 Merced, CA 5.0 5.96
45 Jurupa Valley, CA 6.0 5.45
46 Newport Beach, CA 5.0 5.86
47 Hemet, CA 5.0 5.81
48 Seaside, CA 3.0 8.81
49 Carson, CA 5.0 5.44
50 Tulare, CA 4.0 6.14
51 Stanton, CA 3.0 7.84
52 Tracy, CA 5.0 5.38
53 San Diego, CA 50.0 3.47
54 Lancaster, CA 7.0 4.39
55 Tehachapi, CA 2.0 16.38
56 La Puente, CA 3.0 7.52
57 Santa Ana, CA 13.0 3.9
58 Marysville, CA 2.0 15.91
59 El Centro, CA 3.0 6.77
60 Norwalk, CA 5.0 4.76
61 Apple Valley, CA 4.0 5.4
62 Santa Fe Springs, CA 2.0 11.09
63 San Jose, CA 32.0 3.08
64 Oroville, CA 2.0 10.38
65 Perris, CA 4.0 4.97
66 Fairfield, CA 5.0 4.22
67 South Lake Tahoe, CA 2.0 9.04
68 Victorville, CA 5.0 4.06
69 Palm Desert, CA 3.0 5.58
70 Cudahy, CA 2.0 8.39
71 Yucaipa, CA 3.0 5.56
72 Garden Grove, CA 6.0 3.47
73 South Gate, CA 4.0 4.24
74 Huntington Park, CA 3.0 5.16
75 Brawley, CA 2.0 7.58
76 Lemon Grove, CA 2.0 7.36
77 Gardena, CA 3.0 5.01
78 Maywood, CA 2.0 7.33
79 Woodland, CA 3.0 4.9
80 Petaluma, CA 3.0 4.81
81 Pico Rivera, CA 3.0 4.77
82 Santa Paula, CA 2.0 6.64
83 Hayward, CA 5.0 3.09
84 Fontana, CA 6.0 2.78
85 Yuba City, CA 3.0 4.47
86 San Pablo, CA 2.0 6.38
87 Needles, CA 1.0 20.0
88 Lodi, CA 3.0 4.44
89 Banning, CA 2.0 6.36
90 Downey, CA 4.0 3.56
91 Anaheim, CA 8.0 2.26
92 Lake Elsinore, CA 3.0 4.27
93 Fowler, CA 1.0 14.48
94 Cotati, CA 1.0 13.09
95 San Juan Capistrano, CA 2.0 5.52
96 Visalia, CA 4.0 2.96
97 Upland, CA 3.0 3.88
98 Glendale, CA 5.0 2.47
99 Roseville, CA 4.0 2.82
100 Manteca, CA 3.0 3.59

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