The Murder Capitals Of Wisconsin For 2021

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

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

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 Wisconsin.

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

  1. Milwaukee (Photos)
  2. Beloit (Photos)
  3. Delavan (Photos)
  4. Kenosha (Photos)
  5. Racine (Photos)
  6. Franklin
  7. Delavan Town
  8. Lake Hallie
  9. Mukwonago (Photos)
  10. La Crosse (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Wisconsin? That would be Delavan with 20.2 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Milwaukee with 97.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 30 cities in Wisconsin where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 110 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Badger State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Wisconsin For 2021

Milwaukee, WI

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Population: 590,923
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 97 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.4 (3rd Most)
More on Milwaukee:  Data | Photos

Beloit, WI

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Population: 37,025
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 4 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.8 (6th Most)
More on Beloit:  Data | Photos

Delavan, WI

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Population: 9,889
Rank Last Year: 23
Murders: 2 (9th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 20.2 (Most)
More on Delavan:  Data | Photos

Kenosha, WI

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Population: 100,255
Rank Last Year: 30
Murders: 5 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.0 (14th Most)
More on Kenosha:  Data | Photos

Racine, WI

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Population: 77,269
Rank Last Year: 13
Murders: 4 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.2 (13th Most)
More on Racine:  Data | Photos

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Population: 35,875
Rank Last Year: 109
Murders: 2 (9th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.6 (12th Most)
More on Franklin:  Data

7. Delavan Town

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Population: 5,339
Rank Last Year: 137
Murders: 1 (2Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.7 (2nd Most)
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Population: 6,724
Rank Last Year: 68
Murders: 1 (2Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.9 (4th Most)
More on Lake Hallie:  Data

Mukwonago, WI

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Population: 8,144
Rank Last Year: 94
Murders: 1 (2Most)
Murders Per 100k: 12.3 (5th Most)
More on Mukwonago:  Data | Photos

La Crosse, WI

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Population: 51,591
Rank Last Year: 9
Murders: 2 (9th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 3.9 (18th Most)
More on La Crosse:  Data | Photos

How we calculated the murder capitals of Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 30 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 Wisconsin For 2021

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

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Milwaukee, WI 97 16.41
2 Beloit, WI 4 10.8
3 Delavan, WI 2 20.22
4 Kenosha, WI 5 4.99
5 Racine, WI 4 5.18
6 Franklin, WI 2 5.57
7 Delavan Town, WI 1 18.73
8 Lake Hallie, WI 1 14.87
9 Mukwonago, WI 1 12.28
10 La Crosse, WI 2 3.88
11 Tomah, WI 1 10.63
12 Green Bay, WI 3 2.86
13 Waupun, WI 1 8.84
14 West Allis, WI 2 3.37
15 Grafton, WI 1 8.48
16 Glendale, WI 1 7.82
17 Beaver Dam, WI 1 6.11
18 Madison, WI 4 1.53
19 Appleton, WI 2 2.68
20 South Milwaukee, WI 1 4.82
21 Pleasant Prairie, WI 1 4.75
22 De Pere, WI 1 3.97
23 Stevens Point, WI 1 3.83
24 Neenah, WI 1 3.83
25 Fitchburg, WI 1 3.24
26 Greenfield, WI 1 2.67
27 Wausau, WI 1 2.6
28 New Berlin, WI 1 2.52
29 Janesville, WI 1 1.55
30 Waukesha, WI 1 1.38

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