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 10 Murder Capitals of the Hoosier State for 2019:
- Gary (Photos)
- Indianapolis (Photos)
- Evansville (Photos)
- South Bend (Photos)
- Fort Wayne (Photos)
- Hammond (Photos)
- East Chicago (Photos)
- Lake Station
- Kokomo (Photos)
- Elkhart (Photos)
The city with highest murder rate in Indiana? That would be Gary with 63.3 murders per 100,000 people.
While the city with highest number of murders period? Indianapolis with 156.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 27 cities in Indiana where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 55 places had no murder.
If you’re curious, here are the places in Indiana which had the least murder chances for its residents, based on population: Fishers, Greenwood, Anderson, Columbus, Goshen.
For more reading on the Hoosier State check out:
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- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana
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 27 cities to rank.
Finally, averaged two scores:
- 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 one murder.
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.
Gary is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States, 25 miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois.
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.
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 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.
Coordinates: 410449.62N 850820.94W 41.0804500; -85.1391500
Hammond is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. First settled in the mid-19th century, it is one of the oldest cities of northern Lake County. As of the 2010 United States census, it is also the largest in population: the 2010 population was 80,830, replacing Gary as the most populous city in Lake County. From north to south, Hammond runs from Lake Michigan down to the Little Calumet River; from east to west along its southern border, it runs from the Illinois state line to Cline Avenue. The city is traversed by numerous railroads and expressways, including the South Shore Line, Borman Expressway, and Indiana Toll Road.
East Chicago is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 29,698 at the 2010 census. It is the home of Marktown, Clayton Mark’s planned worker community.
Rank Last Year: 27
Murders: 2 (13th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.9 (3rd Most)
More on Lake Station: Data
Lake Station is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 12,572 at the 2010 census.
Kokomo is a city in and the county seat of Howard County, Indiana, United States. Kokomo is Indiana’s 13th-largest city. It is the principal city of the Kokomo, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Howard and Tipton counties. Kokomo’s population was 46,113 at the 2000 census, and 45,468 at the 2010 census. On January 1, 2012, Kokomo successfully annexed more than 7 square miles on the south and west sides of the city, including Alto and Indian Heights, increasing the city’s population to nearly 57,000 people.
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.
There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Indiana For 2019
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 2019
|4||South Bend, IN||15|
|5||Fort Wayne, IN||37|
|7||East Chicago, IN||4|
|8||Lake Station, IN||2|
|17||New Haven, IN||1|