Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Florida?
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 Florida.
The result is the Murder Capitals of the Sunshine State for 2023:
What city has the highest murder rate in Florida? The city with the highest murder rate in Florida is Opa Locka with 72.7 murders per 100,000 people.
What is the city in Florida with highest number of murders? The city in Florida with the highest number of murders is Jacksonville with 140 murders.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town in Florida ranked. There were ‘only’ 109 cities in Florida where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 98 places had no murder.
Methodology: How we calculated the murder capitals of Florida
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 Florida for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 109 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.
This article is an opinion based on facts. It is our tenth time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in Florida and is updated for 2023.
Summary: The Places With The Most Murders In Florida For 2023
If you’re looking at the places in Florida 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.