The Murder Capitals Of North Carolina For 2021


These are the places in North Carolina 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 North Carolina and is updated for 2021.

Do you live in one of the murder capitals of North Carolina?

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 North Carolina.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Tar Heel State for 2021:

  1. Henderson (Photos)
  2. Rocky Mount (Photos)
  3. Greensboro (Photos)
  4. High Point (Photos)
  5. Oxford (Photos)
  6. Burlington (Photos)
  7. Waynesville (Photos)
  8. Durham (Photos)
  9. Roanoke Rapids (Photos)
  10. Eden (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in North Carolina? That would be Henderson with 53.8 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Charlotte-Mecklenburg with 103.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 55 cities in North Carolina where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 36 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Tar Heel State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of North Carolina For 2021

Henderson, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,883
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 8 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 53.8 (Most)
More on Henderson:  Data | Photos

Rocky Mount, NC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 53,827
Rank Last Year: 23
Murders: 16 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 29.7 (6th Most)
More on Rocky Mount:  Data | Photos

Greensboro, NC

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 298,025
Rank Last Year: 26
Murders: 43 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.4 (16th Most)
More on Greensboro:  Data | Photos

High Point, NC

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 113,307
Rank Last Year: 30
Murders: 19 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.8 (13th Most)
More on High Point:  Data | Photos

Oxford, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,851
Rank Last Year: 6
Murders: 4 (16th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 45.2 (2nd Most)
More on Oxford:  Data | Photos

Burlington, NC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 54,108
Rank Last Year: 18
Murders: 10 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.5 (12th Most)
More on Burlington:  Data | Photos

Waynesville, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,146
Rank Last Year: 15
Murders: 4 (16th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 39.4 (4th Most)
More on Waynesville:  Data | Photos

Durham, NC

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 280,282
Rank Last Year: 19
Murders: 37 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 13.2 (2Most)
More on Durham:  Data | Photos

Roanoke Rapids, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,354
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 4 (16th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 27.9 (8th Most)
More on Roanoke Rapids:  Data | Photos

Eden, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 14,773
Rank Last Year: 32
Murders: 4 (16th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 27.1 (9th Most)
More on Eden:  Data | Photos

How we calculated the murder capitals of North Carolina

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 North Carolina for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 55 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 North Carolina For 2021

If you're looking at the places in North Carolina 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 North Carolina For 2021

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Henderson, NC 8 53.75
2 Rocky Mount, NC 16 29.72
3 Greensboro, NC 43 14.43
4 High Point, NC 19 16.77
5 Oxford, NC 4 45.19
6 Burlington, NC 10 18.48
7 Waynesville, NC 4 39.42
8 Durham, NC 37 13.2
9 Roanoke Rapids, NC 4 27.87
10 Eden, NC 4 27.08
11 Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC 103 10.91
12 Fayetteville, NC 24 11.45
13 Raeford, NC 2 39.99
14 Laurinburg, NC 3 20.1
15 Whiteville, NC 2 37.47
16 Mint Hill, NC 4 14.4
17 King, NC 2 29.08
18 Smithfield, NC 2 15.53
19 Asheville, NC 6 6.41
20 Hickory, NC 4 9.75
21 Hendersonville, NC 2 14.05
22 Matthews, NC 3 8.99
23 Wilmington, NC 7 5.61
24 Lexington, NC 2 10.57
25 Williamston, NC 1 19.17
26 Greenville, NC 5 5.31
27 Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 1 16.03
28 Garner, NC 2 6.42
29 Selma, NC 1 14.25
30 Concord, NC 4 4.16
31 Forest City, NC 1 14.05
32 Raleigh, NC 5 1.05
33 Siler City, NC 1 12.14
34 Salisbury, NC 2 5.9
35 Roxboro, NC 1 12.05
36 Goldsboro, NC 2 5.87
37 Rockingham, NC 1 11.51
38 Monroe, NC 2 5.61
39 Pineville, NC 1 11.0
40 Dunn, NC 1 10.24
41 Wilson, NC 2 4.05
42 Kings Mountain, NC 1 9.12
43 Southern Pines, NC 1 6.89
44 Hope Mills, NC 1 6.3
45 Albemarle, NC 1 6.2
46 Pinehurst, NC 1 6.05
47 Morganton, NC 1 6.05
48 Elizabeth City, NC 1 5.74
49 Clayton, NC 1 4.19
50 Holly Springs, NC 1 2.59
51 Mooresville, NC 1 2.57
52 Wake Forest, NC 1 2.17
53 Kannapolis, NC 1 1.97
54 Huntersville, NC 1 1.71
55 Cary, NC 1 0.58

About Chris Kolmar

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3 thoughts on “The Murder Capitals Of North Carolina For 2021

  1. Monroe has more then 1 murder, just 2 of my friends got killed this year. there’s been at least 5 or 6 people killed

  2. Winston Salem reports a number of murders according to the news, yet I couldn’t find mention of their apparent problem.

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