The Murder Capitals Of Florida For 2021


These are the places in Florida 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 Florida and is updated for 2021.

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 city with highest murder rate in Florida? That would be Opa Locka with 66.7 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Jacksonville with 129.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 120 cities in Florida where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 87 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Sunshine State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Florida For 2021

Miami Gardens, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 113,786
Rank Last Year: 26
Murders: 26 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 22.8 (8th Most)
More on Miami Gardens:  Data | Photos

Opa Locka, FL

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 16,501
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 11 (12th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 66.7 (Most)
More on Opa Locka:  Data | Photos

Fort Pierce, FL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 46,597
Rank Last Year: 73
Murders: 10 (13th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 21.5 (9th Most)
More on Fort Pierce:  Data | Photos

Daytona Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 69,834
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 13 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.6 (14th Most)
More on Daytona Beach:  Data | Photos

Lauderhill, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 72,746
Rank Last Year: 44
Murders: 13 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 17.9 (16th Most)
More on Lauderhill:  Data | Photos

Jacksonville, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 909,142
Rank Last Year: 54
Murders: 129 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.2 (27th Most)
More on Jacksonville:  Data | Photos

Sebring, FL

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 11,008
Rank Last Year: 20
Murders: 6 (26th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 54.5 (2nd Most)
More on Sebring:  Data | Photos

Riviera Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 35,130
Rank Last Year: 14
Murders: 7 (20th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 19.9 (10th Most)
More on Riviera Beach:  Data | Photos

West Palm Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 112,798
Rank Last Year: 19
Murders: 17 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 15.1 (23rd Most)
More on West Palm Beach:  Data | Photos

North Lauderdale, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 44,808
Rank Last Year: 100
Murders: 7 (20th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 15.6 (20th Most)
More on North Lauderdale:  Data | Photos

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 120 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 Florida For 2021

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.

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

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Miami Gardens, FL 26 22.85
2 Opa Locka, FL 11 66.66
3 Fort Pierce, FL 10 21.46
4 Daytona Beach, FL 13 18.62
5 Lauderhill, FL 13 17.87
6 Jacksonville, FL 129 14.19
7 Sebring, FL 6 54.51
8 Riviera Beach, FL 7 19.93
9 West Palm Beach, FL 17 15.07
10 North Lauderdale, FL 7 15.62
11 Fort Lauderdale, FL 21 11.37
12 Florida City, FL 4 32.84
13 Miami, FL 43 8.95
14 Tallahassee, FL 20 10.25
15 Lake Worth, FL 6 15.5
16 Belle Glade, FL 4 19.7
17 Orlando, FL 25 8.56
18 Tampa, FL 31 7.74
19 Arcadia, FL 3 36.26
20 Fort Myers, FL 9 10.57
21 Ocala, FL 7 11.49
22 West Park, FL 3 19.68
23 Bradenton, FL 6 10.21
24 DeLand, FL 4 11.6
25 Pompano Beach, FL 8 7.05
26 Mascotte, FL 2 33.46
27 St. Petersburg, FL 17 6.35
28 Palm Bay, FL 8 6.93
29 Pembroke Park, FL 2 29.42
30 Lake Park, FL 2 23.07
31 Hollywood, FL 10 6.38
32 Deerfield Beach, FL 6 7.35
33 Crestview, FL 3 11.93
34 Tarpon Springs, FL 3 11.61
35 Delray Beach, FL 5 7.09
36 Lake City, FL 2 16.47
37 Lakeland, FL 7 6.24
38 Miami Beach, FL 6 6.51
39 Panama City Beach, FL 2 15.08
40 Sarasota, FL 4 6.84
41 Plant City, FL 3 7.55
42 Stuart, FL 2 12.18
43 Largo, FL 5 5.83
44 North Miami, FL 4 6.29
45 Cocoa, FL 2 10.63
46 Winter Haven, FL 3 6.79
47 Cutler Bay, FL 3 6.6
48 Bartow, FL 2 9.85
49 Oakland Park, FL 3 6.54
50 Fort Walton Beach, FL 2 8.83
51 Pembroke Pines, FL 7 4.01
52 Homestead, FL 4 5.57
53 South Bay, FL 1 19.14
54 Boynton Beach, FL 4 5.04
55 Starke, FL 1 18.51
56 Port St. Lucie, FL 7 3.51
57 Fellsmere, FL 1 17.15
58 Ocoee, FL 3 6.07
59 Tequesta, FL 1 16.14
60 Pensacola, FL 3 5.68
61 Pinellas Park, FL 3 5.6
62 Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 1 14.83
63 Sunrise, FL 4 4.13
64 Gulf Breeze, FL 1 14.61
65 Treasure Island, FL 1 14.33
66 Quincy, FL 1 14.0
67 Tamarac, FL 3 4.49
68 Clewiston, FL 1 12.35
69 Hialeah, FL 6 2.49
70 Winter Park, FL 2 6.35
71 Cape Coral, FL 5 2.57
72 Dania Beach, FL 2 6.14
73 Kissimmee, FL 3 3.97
74 Fruitland Park, FL 1 8.76
75 Lauderdale Lakes, FL 2 5.44
76 Panama City, FL 2 5.38
77 Cocoa Beach, FL 1 8.47
78 South Miami, FL 1 8.14
79 Hallandale Beach, FL 2 4.96
80 Fernandina Beach, FL 1 7.87
81 Boca Raton, FL 3 2.97
82 Wilton Manors, FL 1 7.72
83 Winter Garden, FL 2 4.28
84 Palmetto, FL 1 7.22
85 Titusville, FL 2 4.27
86 Atlantic Beach, FL 1 7.15
87 Miramar, FL 3 2.09
88 St. Augustine, FL 1 6.77
89 St. Cloud, FL 2 3.54
90 Sanford, FL 2 3.29
91 Coconut Creek, FL 2 3.2
92 Zephyrhills, FL 1 6.31
93 Jupiter, FL 2 2.99
94 Safety Harbor, FL 1 5.5
95 Plantation, FL 2 2.09
96 Davie, FL 2 1.84
97 Eustis, FL 1 4.67
98 Clearwater, FL 2 1.7
99 Naples, FL 1 4.47
100 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 1 4.45

About Chris Kolmar

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One thought on “The Murder Capitals Of Florida For 2021

  1. Like your info . I only like to visit Florida cocoa beach Lauderdale by the sea, Tampa . A lot of dangerous places too. I am a cautious US NAVY VETERAN, THANKS!

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