The Murder Capitals Of Louisiana For 2021

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

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

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 Louisiana.

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

  1. New Orleans (Photos)
  2. Baton Rouge (Photos)
  3. Opelousas (Photos)
  4. Shreveport (Photos)
  5. Alexandria (Photos)
  6. Monroe (Photos)
  7. Thibodaux (Photos)
  8. Carencro (Photos)
  9. Natchitoches (Photos)
  10. Lake Charles (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Louisiana? That would be Opelousas with 37.4 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? New Orleans with 121.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 26 cities in Louisiana where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 18 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Pelican State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Louisiana For 2021

New Orleans, LA

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Population: 394,498
Rank Last Year: 15
Murders: 121 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 30.7 (4th Most)
More on New Orleans:  Data | Photos

Baton Rouge, LA

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Population: 220,648
Rank Last Year: 14
Murders: 70 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 31.7 (3rd Most)
More on Baton Rouge:  Data | Photos

Opelousas, LA

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Population: 16,049
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 6 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 37.4 (Most)
More on Opelousas:  Data | Photos

Shreveport, LA

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Population: 187,556
Rank Last Year: 17
Murders: 35 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.7 (10th Most)
More on Shreveport:  Data | Photos

Alexandria, LA

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Population: 46,630
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 9 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 19.3 (8th Most)
More on Alexandria:  Data | Photos

Monroe, LA

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Population: 47,746
Rank Last Year: 7
Murders: 9 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.8 (9th Most)
More on Monroe:  Data | Photos

Thibodaux, LA

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Population: 14,587
Rank Last Year: 33
Murders: 4 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 27.4 (5th Most)
More on Thibodaux:  Data | Photos

Carencro, LA

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Population: 9,387
Rank Last Year: 43
Murders: 3 (13th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 32.0 (2nd Most)
More on Carencro:  Data | Photos

Natchitoches, LA

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Population: 17,747
Rank Last Year: 12
Murders: 4 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 22.5 (6th Most)
More on Natchitoches:  Data | Photos

Lake Charles, LA

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Population: 78,733
Rank Last Year: 20
Murders: 11 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.0 (14th Most)
More on Lake Charles:  Data | Photos

How we calculated the murder capitals of Louisiana

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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana For 2021

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

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 New Orleans, LA 121 30.67
2 Baton Rouge, LA 70 31.72
3 Opelousas, LA 6 37.39
4 Shreveport, LA 35 18.66
5 Alexandria, LA 9 19.3
6 Monroe, LA 9 18.85
7 Thibodaux, LA 4 27.42
8 Carencro, LA 3 31.96
9 Natchitoches, LA 4 22.54
10 Lake Charles, LA 11 13.97
11 Lafayette, LA 14 11.05
12 Eunice, LA 2 20.12
13 Houma, LA 4 12.21
14 Ruston, LA 3 13.55
15 Gonzales, LA 2 18.28
16 Bogalusa, LA 2 17.12
17 Mandeville, LA 2 16.22
18 Kenner, LA 4 6.0
19 Gretna, LA 2 11.28
20 Breaux Bridge, LA 1 12.14
21 Bossier City, LA 2 2.9
22 Minden, LA 1 8.34
23 Abbeville, LA 1 8.24
24 Crowley, LA 1 7.92
25 Baker, LA 1 7.55
26 Slidell, LA 1 3.6

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