The Murder Capitals Of Ohio For 2021


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

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

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 Ohio.

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

  1. Cleveland (Photos)
  2. Dayton (Photos)
  3. Cincinnati (Photos)
  4. Whitehall (Photos)
  5. Akron (Photos)
  6. Toledo (Photos)
  7. Moraine (Photos)
  8. Upper Arlington (Photos)
  9. Warren (Photos)
  10. Columbus (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Ohio? That would be Moraine with 46.5 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Cleveland with 92.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 57 cities in Ohio where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 175 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Buckeye State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Ohio For 2021

Cleveland, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 381,829
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 92 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 24.1 (4th Most)
More on Cleveland:  Data | Photos

Dayton, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 140,427
Rank Last Year: 4
Murders: 48 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 34.2 (2nd Most)
More on Dayton:  Data | Photos

Cincinnati, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 303,335
Rank Last Year: 6
Murders: 64 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 21.1 (5th Most)
More on Cincinnati:  Data | Photos

Whitehall, OH

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 19,121
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 6 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 31.4 (3rd Most)
More on Whitehall:  Data | Photos

Akron, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 197,882
Rank Last Year: 13
Murders: 27 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 13.6 (12th Most)
More on Akron:  Data | Photos

Toledo, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 273,505
Rank Last Year: 12
Murders: 34 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 12.4 (14th Most)
More on Toledo:  Data | Photos

Moraine, OH

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,455
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 3 (18th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 46.5 (Most)
More on Moraine:  Data | Photos

Upper Arlington, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 35,754
Rank Last Year: 189
Murders: 5 (9th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.0 (11th Most)
More on Upper Arlington:  Data | Photos

Warren, OH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 38,012
Rank Last Year: 15
Murders: 5 (9th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 13.2 (13th Most)
More on Warren:  Data | Photos

Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 906,120
Rank Last Year: 23
Murders: 81 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 8.9 (23rd Most)
More on Columbus:  Data | Photos

How we calculated the murder capitals of Ohio

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 Ohio for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 57 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 Ohio For 2021

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

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Cleveland, OH 92 24.09
2 Dayton, OH 48 34.18
3 Cincinnati, OH 64 21.1
4 Whitehall, OH 6 31.38
5 Akron, OH 27 13.64
6 Toledo, OH 34 12.43
7 Moraine, OH 3 46.48
8 Upper Arlington, OH 5 13.98
9 Warren, OH 5 13.15
10 Columbus, OH 81 8.94
11 East Cleveland, OH 3 17.65
12 Steubenville, OH 3 16.88
13 Canton, OH 6 8.55
14 Lima, OH 4 10.91
15 London, OH 2 19.38
16 Elyria, OH 4 7.43
17 Niles, OH 2 10.98
18 Hamilton, OH 4 6.44
19 Westerville, OH 3 7.33
20 West Chester Township, OH 4 6.4
21 Germantown, OH 1 18.18
22 Trotwood, OH 2 8.18
23 Mansfield, OH 3 6.46
24 Barberton, OH 2 7.69
25 Huron, OH 1 14.57
26 Euclid, OH 3 6.43
27 Miami Township, Montgomery County, OH 2 6.85
28 Grandview Heights, OH 1 11.65
29 Olmsted Falls, OH 1 11.29
30 Sheffield Lake, OH 1 11.19
31 Springfield, OH 3 5.07
32 Lorain, OH 3 4.69
33 Richmond Heights, OH 1 9.67
34 Brimfield Township, OH 1 9.63
35 Springfield Township, Hamilton County, OH 2 5.45
36 Ironton, OH 1 9.46
37 Reynoldsburg, OH 2 5.18
38 Dover, OH 1 7.85
39 Circleville, OH 1 7.13
40 Springfield Township, Summit County, OH 1 6.87
41 Bay Village, OH 1 6.56
42 Defiance, OH 1 6.02
43 Forest Park, OH 1 5.36
44 Twinsburg, OH 1 5.23
45 Ashland, OH 1 4.9
46 Wadsworth, OH 1 4.16
47 Zanesville, OH 1 3.95
48 Massillon, OH 1 3.08
49 Gahanna, OH 1 2.79
50 Grove City, OH 1 2.36
51 Fairfield, OH 1 2.35
52 Miami Township, Clermont County, OH 1 2.34
53 Cleveland Heights, OH 1 2.27
54 Middletown, OH 1 2.05
55 Newark, OH 1 1.99
56 Kettering, OH 1 1.82
57 Colerain Township, OH 1 1.68

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