These Are The 10 Murder Capitals Of Rhode Island For 2018

These are the places in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island?

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 Rhode Island.

The result is the 10 Murder Capitals of the Ocean State for 2018:

  1. East Providence (Photos)
  2. West Greenwich
  3. Tiverton (Photos)
  4. Middletown
  5. Portsmouth
  6. Central Falls (Photos)
  7. Newport (Photos)
  8. Johnston
  9. North Providence
  10. Woonsocket (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Rhode Island? That would be West Greenwich with 16.3 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? East Providence with 2.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 12 cities in Rhode Island where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 20 places had no murder.

If you’re curious, here are the places in Rhode Island which had the least murder chances for its residents, based on population: Warwick, Cranston, Woonsocket, North Providence, Johnston.

For more reading on the Ocean State check out:


How we calculated the murder capitals of Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island for which FBI data was available as of 2016, which is the last year the report was available. That left us with 12 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.


1. East Providence

East Providence, Ri

Population: 47,456
Murders: 2 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.2 (6th Most)

2. West Greenwich

West Greenwich, Ri

Population: 6,132
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.3 (1st Most)

3. Tiverton

Tiverton, Ri

Source: Public domain

Population: 15,768
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 6.3 (2nd Most)

4. Middletown

Middletown, Ri

Population: 16,035
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 6.2 (3rd Most)

5. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, Ri

Population: 17,362
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.8 (4th Most)

6. Central Falls

Central Falls, Ri

Population: 19,277
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.2 (5th Most)

7. Newport

Newport, Ri

Population: 24,077
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.2 (7th Most)

8. Johnston

Johnston, Ri

Population: 29,322
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 3.4 (8th Most)

9. North Providence

North Providence, Ri

Population: 32,540
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 3.1 (9th Most)

10. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Ri

Source: Public domain

Population: 41,511
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 2.4 (10th Most)

There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Rhode Island

If you’re looking at the places in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Rhode Island

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 East Providence 2 4.21
2 West Greenwich 1 16.31
3 Tiverton 1 6.34
4 Middletown 1 6.24
5 Portsmouth 1 5.76
6 Central Falls 1 5.19
7 Newport 1 4.15
8 Johnston 1 3.41
9 North Providence 1 3.07
10 Woonsocket 1 2.41
11 Cranston 1 1.23
12 Warwick 1 1.23

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