Do you live in one of the murder capitals of New York?
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 New York.
The result is the 10 Murder Capitals of the Empire State for 2019:
- Buffalo (Photos)
- Newburgh (Photos)
- Syracuse (Photos)
- Rochester (Photos)
- Pound Ridge Town
- Troy (Photos)
- Hempstead Village
- Oneonta City
- Glens Falls (Photos)
- Albany (Photos)
The city with highest murder rate in New York? That would be Pound Ridge Town with 38.1 murders per 100,000 people.
While the city with highest number of murders period? New York with 292.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 49 cities in New York where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 158 places had no murder.
If you’re curious, here are the places in New York which had the least murder chances for its residents, based on population: New Rochelle, Cheektowaga Town, Tonawanda Town, Irondequoit Town, Greenburgh Town.
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How we calculated the murder capitals of New York
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 New York for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 49 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.
Buffalo is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of New York and the 81st-most populous city in the United States. As of July 2016, the population was 256,902, a slight decrease from the 2010 census. It is the principal municipality of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, a region with 1,134,210 residents in the MSA and 1,213,668 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Erie County. The city also is a major gateway for commerce and travel at the Canada-United States border, forming part of the bi-national Buffalo Niagara Region.
Newburgh is a city located in Orange County, New York, United States, 60 miles north of New York City, and 90 miles south of Albany, on the Hudson River. Newburgh is a part of the New York CSA. The Newburgh area was first settled in the early 18th century by the Germans and British. During the American Revolution, Newburgh served as the headquarters of the Continental Army. Prior to its chartering in 1865, the city of Newburgh was part of the town of Newburgh; the town now borders the city to the north and west. East of the city is the Hudson River; the city of Beacon, New York is across the river; and it is connected to Newburgh via the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. The entire southern boundary of the city is with the town of New Windsor. Most of this boundary is formed by Quassaick Creek. In May 2016, the city requested help for its PFOS contaminated water supply under Superfund.
Syracuse is a city in and the county seat of Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. It is the largest U.S. city with the name “Syracuse”, and is the fifth most populous city in the state of New York following New York City, Buffalo Rochester and Yonkers. At the 2010 census, the city population was 145,252, and its metropolitan area had a population of 662,577. It is the economic and educational hub of Central New York, a region with over one million inhabitants. Syracuse is also well-provided with convention sites, with a downtown convention complex. Syracuse was named after the original Greek city Syracuse, a city on the eastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily.
Rochester is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in Western New York. Rochester is the third most populous city in New York state with over 210,000 residents, and its metropolitan area has a population of nearly 1.1 million people.
5. Pound Ridge Town
Rank Last Year: 192
Murders: 2 (18th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 38.1 (1st Most)
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Troy is a city in the U.S. State of New York and the seat of Rensselaer County. The city is located on the western edge of Rensselaer County and on the eastern bank of the Hudson River. Troy has close ties to the nearby cities of Albany and Schenectady, forming a region popularly called the Capital District. The city is one of the three major centers for the Albany Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 1,170,483. At the 2010 census, the population of Troy was 50,129. Troy’s motto is Ilium fuit. Troja est, which means “Ilium was, Troy is”.
7. Hempstead Village
Rank Last Year: 59
Murders: 6 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.8 (15th Most)
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8. Oneonta City
Rank Last Year: 62
Murders: 2 (18th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.3 (7th Most)
More on Oneonta City:
Glens Falls is a city in Warren County, New York, United States and is the central city of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 14,700 at the 2010 census. The name was given by Colonel Johannes Glen, the falls referring to a large waterfall in the Hudson River at the southern end of the city.
Albany AWL-b-nee) is the capital of the U.S. state of New York and the seat of Albany County. Roughly 150 miles north of New York City, Albany developed on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 10 miles south of its confluence with the Mohawk River. The population of the City of Albany was 97,856 according to the 2010 census. Albany constitutes the economic and cultural core of the Capital District of New York State, which comprises the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area, including the nearby cities and suburbs of Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs. With a 2013 Census-estimated population of 1.1 million the Capital District is the third-most populous metropolitan region in the state and 38th in the United States.
There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In New York For 2019
If you’re looking at the places in New York 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 New York For 2019
|5||Pound Ridge Town, NY||2|
|7||Hempstead Village, NY||6|
|8||Oneonta City, NY||2|
|9||Glens Falls, NY||2|
|11||Mount Vernon, NY||6|
|13||New York, NY||292|
|16||Fairport Village, NY||1|
|17||Monticello Village, NY||1|
|18||Niagara Falls, NY||3|
|19||Hudson Falls Village, NY||1|
|24||Eden Town, NY||1|
|25||Brockport Village, NY||1|
|28||Greece Town, NY||3|
|37||Dewitt Town, NY||1|
|39||Gates Town, NY||1|
|43||Carmel Town, NY||1|
|44||West Seneca Town, NY||1|
|45||Greenburgh Town, NY||1|
|46||Irondequoit Town, NY||1|
|47||Tonawanda Town, NY||1|
|48||Cheektowaga Town, NY||1|
|49||New Rochelle, NY||1|