The Murder Capitals Of Nevada For 2020

These are the places in Nevada 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 Nevada?

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 Nevada.

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

  1. North Las Vegas (Photos)
  2. Las Vegas (Photos)
  3. Elko (Photos)
  4. Henderson (Photos)
  5. Winnemucca (Photos)
  6. Reno (Photos)
  7. Sparks (Photos)
  8. Boulder City (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Nevada? That would be Elko with 14.4 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Las Vegas with 120.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 8 cities in Nevada where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 3 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Silver State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Nevada For 2020

North Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 246,951
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 33 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 13.4 (2nd Most)
More on North Las Vegas:  Data | Photos

North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, in the Las Vegas Valley. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 216,961, with an estimated population of 249,180 in 2017. The city was incorporated on May 16, 1946. It is in the Las Vegas-Paradise, NV MSA and is the fourth largest city in the state of Nevada.

Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 1,644,390
Rank Last Year: 4
Murders: 120 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 7.3 (4th Most)
More on Las Vegas:  Data | Photos

Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

Elko, NV

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Population: 20,764
Rank Last Year: 6
Murders: 3 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.4 (1st Most)
More on Elko:  Data | Photos

Coordinates: 4050N 11546W 40.833; -115.767 Elko is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 18,297 at the 2010 census. The city straddles the Humboldt River.

Henderson, NV

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Population: 309,586
Rank Last Year: 10
Murders: 15 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.8 (6th Most)
More on Henderson:  Data | Photos

Henderson, officially the City of Henderson, is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It is the second-largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas, with an estimated population of 292,969 in 2016. The city is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of approximately 1,330 feet.

Winnemucca, NV

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Population: 7,832
Rank Last Year: 9
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 12.8 (3rd Most)
More on Winnemucca:  Data | Photos

Winnemucca ) is the only incorporated city in and is the county seat of Humboldt County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 7,396, up 3.1 percent from the 2000 census figure of 7,174. Interstate 80 passes through the city, where it meets U.S. Route 95.

Reno, NV

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Population: 252,341
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 6 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 2.4 (8th Most)
More on Reno:  Data | Photos

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles from Lake Tahoe. Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”, Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos and as the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment. It is the county seat of Washoe County, in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. It is named after Jesse L. Reno.

Sparks, NV

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Population: 102,354
Rank Last Year: 7
Murders: 4 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 3.9 (7th Most)
More on Sparks:  Data | Photos

Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905, and is located just east of Reno. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population count was 90,264. It is the fifth most populous city in Nevada. It is named after the late Nevada Governor John Sparks, a member of the Silver Party.

Boulder City, NV

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Population: 16,112
Rank Last Year: 12
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 6.2 (5th Most)
More on Boulder City:  Data | Photos

Boulder City is a city in Clark County, Nevada. It is approximately 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas. As of the 2010 census, the population of Boulder City was 15,023.

How we calculated the murder capitals of Nevada

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 Nevada for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 8 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 Nevada For 2020

If you’re looking at the places in Nevada 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.

For more nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Nevada For 2020

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 North Las Vegas, NV 33.0 13.36
2 Las Vegas, NV 120.0 7.3
3 Elko, NV 3.0 14.45
4 Henderson, NV 15.0 4.85
5 Winnemucca, NV 1.0 12.77
6 Reno, NV 6.0 2.38
7 Sparks, NV 4.0 3.91
8 Boulder City, NV 1.0 6.21

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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