10 Murder Capitals Of Indiana For 2020

These are the places in Indiana 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 Indiana?

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 Indiana.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Hoosier State for 2020:

  1. Gary (Photos)
  2. Indianapolis (Photos)
  3. Marion (Photos)
  4. Fort Wayne (Photos)
  5. Elkhart (Photos)
  6. Evansville (Photos)
  7. South Bend (Photos)
  8. Lawrence (Photos)
  9. Hobart (Photos)
  10. Anderson (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Indiana? That would be Gary with 53.0 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Indianapolis with 162.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 26 cities in Indiana where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 49 places had no murder.

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The 10 Murder Capitals Of Indiana For 2020

Gary, IN

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Population: 75,426
Rank Last Year: 10
Murders: 40 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 53.0 (1st Most)
More on Gary:  Data | Photos

Gary is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States, 25 miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Indianapolis, IN

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Population: 877,584
Rank Last Year: 1
Murders: 162 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.5 (3rd Most)
More on Indianapolis:  Data | Photos

Indianapolis is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. It is in the East North Central region of the Midwestern United States. With an estimated population of 855,164 in 2016, Indianapolis is the second most populous city in the Midwest and 15th most populous in the U.S. The city is the economic and cultural center of the Indianapolis metropolitan area, home to 2 million people, the 34th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the U.S. Its combined statistical area ranks 27th, with 2.38 million inhabitants. Indianapolis covers 368 square miles, making it the 16th largest city by land area in the U.S.

Marion, IN

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Population: 28,116
Rank Last Year: 21
Murders: 9 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 32.0 (2nd Most)
More on Marion:  Data | Photos

Marion is a city in Grant County, Indiana, United States. The population was 29,948 as of the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Grant County. It is named for Francis Marion, a Brigadier General from South Carolina in the American Revolutionary War.

Fort Wayne, IN

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Population: 267,634
Rank Last Year: 25
Murders: 40 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.9 (6th Most)
More on Fort Wayne:  Data | Photos

Coordinates: 410449.62N 850820.94W 41.0804500; -85.1391500

Elkhart, IN

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Population: 52,659
Rank Last Year: 6
Murders: 7 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 13.3 (8th Most)
More on Elkhart:  Data | Photos

Elkhart is a city in Elkhart County, Indiana, United States. The city is located 15 miles east of South Bend, Indiana, 110 miles east of Chicago, Illinois, and 150 miles north of Indianapolis, Indiana. Elkhart has the larger population of the two principal cities of the Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn is part of the South Bend-Elkhart-Mishawaka Combined Statistical Area, in a region commonly known as Michiana. The population was 50,949 at the 2010 census. Despite the shared name, it is not the county seat of Elkhart County; that position is held by the city of Goshen, located about 10 miles southeast of Elkhart.

Evansville, IN

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Population: 118,765
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 10 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 8.4 (13th Most)
More on Evansville:  Data | Photos

Evansville is a city in and the county seat of Vanderburgh County, Indiana, United States. The population was 117,429 at the 2010 census, making it the state’s third-most populous city after Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, the largest city in Southern Indiana, and the 232nd-most populous city in the United States. It is the commercial, medical, and cultural hub of Southwestern Indiana and the Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky tri-state area, home to over 911,000 people. The 38th parallel crosses the north side of the city and is marked on Interstate 69.

South Bend, IN

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Population: 102,397
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 9 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 8.8 (12th Most)
More on South Bend:  Data | Photos

South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States, on the St. Joseph River near its southernmost bend, from which it derives its name. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total of 101,168 residents; its Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 318,586 and Combined Statistical Area of 721,296. It is the fourth-largest city in Indiana, serving as the economic and cultural hub of Northern Indiana. The highly ranked University of Notre Dame is located just to the north in unincorporated Notre Dame, Indiana and is an integral contributor to the region’s economy.

Lawrence, IN

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Population: 49,093
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 5 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.2 (9th Most)
More on Lawrence:  Data | Photos

Lawrence is a city in Marion County, Indiana, United States. It is one of four “excluded cities” in Marion County. The city is home to Fort Benjamin Harrison within Fort Harrison State Park. The population was 46,001 at the 2010 census. The city is also adjacent to the east side of Indianapolis.

Hobart, IN

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Population: 28,101
Rank Last Year: 13
Murders: 4 (12th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.2 (7th Most)
More on Hobart:  Data | Photos

Hobart is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 29,059 at the 2010 census. Although it has been historically primarily residential, recent annexation has added a significant retail corridor to the city.

Anderson, IN

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Population: 54,925
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 5 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 9.1 (11th Most)
More on Anderson:  Data | Photos

Anderson is a city in and the county seat of Madison County, Indiana, United States. It is the principal city of the Anderson, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses Madison County. Anderson is the headquarters of the Church of God and home of Anderson University, which is affiliated with that denomination. Highlights of the city include the historic Paramount Theatre and the Gruenewald Historic House.

How we calculated the murder capitals of Indiana

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 Indiana for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 26 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 Indiana For 2020

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

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Gary, IN 40.0 53.03
2 Indianapolis, IN 162.0 18.46
3 Marion, IN 9.0 32.01
4 Fort Wayne, IN 40.0 14.95
5 Elkhart, IN 7.0 13.29
6 Evansville, IN 10.0 8.42
7 South Bend, IN 9.0 8.79
8 Lawrence, IN 5.0 10.18
9 Hobart, IN 4.0 14.23
10 Anderson, IN 5.0 9.1
11 Michigan City, IN 3.0 9.68
12 Mishawaka, IN 4.0 8.11
13 Cumberland, IN 1.0 17.42
14 Kokomo, IN 4.0 6.92
15 Rensselaer, IN 1.0 17.05
16 Lafayette, IN 4.0 5.49
17 Hammond, IN 4.0 5.26
18 Jeffersonville, IN 3.0 6.29
19 Bloomington, IN 2.0 2.33
20 Brownsburg, IN 1.0 3.77
21 Crown Point, IN 1.0 3.35
22 Plainfield, IN 1.0 2.97
23 Greenwood, IN 1.0 1.71
24 Noblesville, IN 1.0 1.58
25 Muncie, IN 1.0 1.46
26 Fishers, IN 1.0 1.06

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