These Are The 10 Murder Capitals Of Missouri For 2019

These are the places in MO 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 Missouri?

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 Missouri.

The result is the 10 Murder Capitals of the Show Me State for 2019:

  1. St. Louis (Photos)
  2. Vinita Park
  3. Kansas City (Photos)
  4. Ferguson (Photos)
  5. Berkeley (Photos)
  6. Charleston (Photos)
  7. Bellefontaine Neighbors (Photos)
  8. Independence (Photos)
  9. Cape Girardeau (Photos)
  10. Springfield (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Missouri? That would be Vinita Park with 81.4 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? St. Louis with 205.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 43 cities in Missouri where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 81 places had no murder.

If you’re curious, here are the places in Missouri which had the least murder chances for its residents, based on population: Lee’S Summit, O’Fallon, Gladstone, Grandview, Belton.

For more reading on the Show Me State check out:

How we calculated the murder capitals of Missouri

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 Missouri for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 43 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.

St. Louis, MO

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Population: 310,284
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 205 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 66.1 (3rd Most)
More on St. Louis:  Data | Photos

St. Louis is an independent city and major U.S. port in the state of Missouri, built along the western bank of the Mississippi River, on the border with Illinois. The city had an estimated 2016 population of 311,404, and is the cultural and economic center of the Greater St. Louis area, making it the largest metropolitan area in Missouri and the 19th-largest in the United States.

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Population: 11,061
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 9 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 81.4 (1st Most)
More on Vinita Park:  Data

Kansas City, MO

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Population: 484,948
Rank Last Year: 11
Murders: 150 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 30.9 (6th Most)
More on Kansas City:  Data | Photos

Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri, United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had an estimated population of 481,420 in 2016, making it the 37th largest city by population in the United States. It is the central city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the Kansas-Missouri border. Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west. On June 1, 1850 the town of Kansas was incorporated; shortly after came the establishment of the Kansas Territory. Confusion between the two ensued and the name Kansas City was assigned to distinguish them soon thereafter.

Ferguson, MO

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Population: 20,789
Rank Last Year: 10
Murders: 11 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 52.9 (4th Most)
More on Ferguson:  Data | Photos

Ferguson is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. It is part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. The population was 21,203 at the 2010 census.

Berkeley, MO

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Population: 8,958
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 7 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 78.1 (2nd Most)
More on Berkeley:  Data | Photos

Berkeley is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,978 at the 2010 census. Portions of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport are within the city limits.

Charleston, MO

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Population: 5,698
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 3 (14th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 52.7 (5th Most)
More on Charleston:  Data | Photos

Charleston is a city in Mississippi County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,947 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Mississippi County. It is a home to a local correctional facility.

Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO

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Population: 10,678
Rank Last Year: 27
Murders: 3 (14th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 28.1 (7th Most)
More on Bellefontaine Neighbors:  Data | Photos

Bellefontaine Neighbors is an inner-ring suburb city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 10,860 at the 2010 census. At 22 letters, it has the longest name of any incorporated place in the United States.

Independence, MO

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Population: 117,055
Rank Last Year: 19
Murders: 11 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 9.4 (20th Most)
More on Independence:  Data | Photos

Independence is the fifth-largest city in the state of Missouri. It lies within Jackson County, of which it is the county seat. Independence is a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri, and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. In 2010, it had a total population of 116,830.

Cape Girardeau, MO

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Population: 39,887
Rank Last Year: 24
Murders: 5 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 12.5 (15th Most)
More on Cape Girardeau:  Data | Photos

Cape Girardeau ; colloquially referred to as “Cape”) is a city in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is located approximately 115 miles southeast of St. Louis and 175 miles north of Memphis. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city’s population was 37,941, making it the 16th-largest city in Missouri, and the largest city in Southeast Missouri. An emerging college town, it is the home of Southeast Missouri State University.

Springfield, MO

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Population: 168,654
Rank Last Year: 1
Murders: 14 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 8.3 (24th Most)
More on Springfield:  Data | Photos

Springfield is the third-largest city in the state of Missouri and the county seat of Greene County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 159,498. As of 2016, the Census Bureau estimated its population at 167,319. It is one of the two principal cities of the Springfield-Branson Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 541,991 and includes the counties of Christian, Dallas, Greene, Polk, Webster, Stone and Taney. Springfield’s nickname is “Queen City of the Ozarks” and it is known as the “Birthplace of Route 66”. It is home to several universities, including Missouri State University, Drury University, and Evangel University.

There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Missouri For 2019

If you’re looking at the places in Missouri 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 Missouri For 2019

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 St. Louis, MO 205 66.07
2 Vinita Park, MO 9 81.37
3 Kansas City, MO 150 30.93
4 Ferguson, MO 11 52.91
5 Berkeley, MO 7 78.14
6 Charleston, MO 3 52.65
7 Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO 3 28.1
8 Independence, MO 11 9.4
9 Cape Girardeau, MO 5 12.54
10 Springfield, MO 14 8.3
11 Webster Groves, MO 3 13.06
12 Moberly, MO 2 14.45
13 St. Joseph, MO 7 9.16
14 Jefferson City, MO 4 9.3
15 Columbia, MO 9 7.34
16 Macon, MO 1 18.66
17 Shrewsbury, MO 1 16.3
18 St. John, MO 1 15.68
19 Sullivan, MO 1 14.02
20 Marshfield, MO 1 13.62
21 Raytown, MO 2 6.84
22 Joplin, MO 3 5.72
23 Richmond Heights, MO 1 11.96
24 Blue Springs, MO 3 5.48
25 Ladue, MO 1 11.64
26 Clinton, MO 1 11.34
27 University City, MO 2 5.78
28 Kennett, MO 1 9.52
29 Bridgeton, MO 1 8.54
30 West Plains, MO 1 8.09
31 Florissant, MO 2 3.87
32 St. Charles, MO 2 2.87
33 Overland, MO 1 6.35
34 Republic, MO 1 6.13
35 Sikeston, MO 1 6.13
36 Poplar Bluff, MO 1 5.79
37 Kirksville, MO 1 5.71
38 Farmington, MO 1 5.34
39 Belton, MO 1 4.29
40 Grandview, MO 1 3.95
41 Gladstone, MO 1 3.65
42 O’Fallon, MO 1 1.14
43 Lee’s Summit, MO 1 1.03

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