The Murder Capitals Of Kentucky For 2021

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

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

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 Kentucky.

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

  1. Shively (Photos)
  2. Louisville Metro
  3. Owensboro (Photos)
  4. Murray (Photos)
  5. Ashland (Photos)
  6. Alexandria (Photos)
  7. Lexington (Photos)
  8. Frankfort (Photos)
  9. Mayfield (Photos)
  10. Elizabethtown (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Kentucky? That would be Shively with 31.6 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Louisville Metro with 94.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 21 cities in Kentucky where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 54 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Bluegrass State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Kentucky For 2021

Shively, KY

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Population: 15,845
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 5 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 31.6 (Most)
More on Shively:  Data | Photos

2. Louisville Metro

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Population: 675,501
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 94 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 13.9 (7th Most)
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Owensboro, KY

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Population: 60,107
Rank Last Year: 7
Murders: 6 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.0 (9th Most)
More on Owensboro:  Data | Photos

Murray, KY

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Population: 19,545
Rank Last Year: 42
Murders: 3 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 15.3 (5th Most)
More on Murray:  Data | Photos

Ashland, KY

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Population: 20,222
Rank Last Year: 29
Murders: 3 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.8 (6th Most)
More on Ashland:  Data | Photos

Alexandria, KY

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Population: 9,692
Rank Last Year: 61
Murders: 2 (13th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 20.6 (2nd Most)
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Lexington, KY

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Population: 326,070
Rank Last Year: 11
Murders: 26 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 8.0 (14th Most)
More on Lexington:  Data | Photos

Frankfort, KY

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Population: 27,723
Rank Last Year: 9
Murders: 3 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.8 (8th Most)
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Mayfield, KY

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Population: 9,851
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 2 (13th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 20.3 (3rd Most)
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Elizabethtown, KY

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Population: 30,383
Rank Last Year: 38
Murders: 3 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 9.9 (10th Most)
More on Elizabethtown:  Data | Photos

How we calculated the murder capitals of Kentucky

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 Kentucky for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 21 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 Kentucky For 2021

If you're looking at the places in Kentucky 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 Kentucky For 2021

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Shively, KY 5 31.56
2 Louisville Metro, KY 94 13.92
3 Owensboro, KY 6 9.98
4 Murray, KY 3 15.35
5 Ashland, KY 3 14.84
6 Alexandria, KY 2 20.64
7 Lexington, KY 26 7.97
8 Frankfort, KY 3 10.82
9 Mayfield, KY 2 20.3
10 Elizabethtown, KY 3 9.87
11 Hopkinsville, KY 3 9.71
12 Williamsburg, KY 1 18.88
13 Bowling Green, KY 4 5.74
14 Radcliff, KY 2 8.7
15 Henderson, KY 2 7.05
16 Somerset, KY 1 8.68
17 Covington, KY 2 4.96
18 Bardstown, KY 1 7.55
19 Newport, KY 1 6.68
20 Madisonville, KY 1 5.34
21 Florence, KY 1 3.04

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