Murder map: Deadliest U.S. cities (2023)

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65. Hampton, Virginia 64. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 63. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 62. Knoxville, Tennessee 61. Bridgeport, Connecticut 59 (TIE). Nashville, Tennessee 59 (TIE). Charlotte, North Carolina 58. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 57. Toledo, Ohio 56. Winston-Salem, North Carolina 55. Fayetteville, North Carolina 54. Springfield, Massachusetts 53. Paterson, New Jersey 52. Durham, North Carolina 51. Syracuse, New York 50. Newport News, Virginia 49. Akron, Ohio 48. Tulsa, Oklahoma 47. South Bend, Indiana 46. Louisville, Kentucky 45. Jacksonville, Florida 44. Greensboro, North Carolina 43. Norfolk, Virginia 42. Dallas, Texas 41. Albuquerque, New Mexico 40. West Palm Beach, Florida 39. Richmond, California 38. Beaumont, Texas 37. Rochester, New York 36. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 35. Savannah, Georgia 34. High Point, North Carolina 33. Hartford, Connecticut 32. Augusta, Georgia 31. Oakland, California 30. Newark, New Jersey 29. Chattanooga, Tennessee 28. Chicago, Illinois 27. Buffalo, New York 26. Montgomery, Alabama 25. Shreveport, Louisiana 24. Little Rock, Arkansas 23. Indianapolis, Indiana 22. Atlanta, Georgia 21. Tuscaloosa, Alabama 20. Columbus, Georgia 19. Cincinnati, Ohio 18. San Bernardino, California 17. Columbia, South Carolina 16. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 15. Peoria, Illinois 14. North Charleston, South Carolina 13. Washington, D.C. 12. Miami Gardens, Florida 11. Richmond, Virginia 10. Cleveland, Ohio 9. Memphis, Tennessee 8. Kansas City, Missouri 7. New Orleans, Louisiana 6. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 5. Dayton, Ohio 4. Detroit, Michigan 3. Birmingham, Alabama 2. Baltimore, Maryland 1. St. Louis, Missouri FAQs Videos
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By Elisha Fieldstadt

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In America, an estimated 16,425 people were murdered in 2019. This was a 0.3% increase from the 2018 estimate.

Here are murder rates in 65 major U.S. cities (cities with greater than 100,000 residents) for 2019. These rates are calculated using the latest statistics available — theFBI's 2019 Crime in the United States data, as well as data culled directly from city police officials and the U.S. Census Bureau.

65. Hampton, Virginia

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The murder rate in Hampton is 11.26 per 100,000.

64. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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The murder rate in Fort Lauderdale is 11.37 per 100,000.

63. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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The murder rate in Oklahoma City is 11.40 per 100,000.

62. Knoxville, Tennessee

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The murder rate in Knoxville is 11.66 per 100,000.

In 2015, Zaevion Dobson, 15, was shot and killed while shielding three friends from gunfire.

61. Bridgeport, Connecticut

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In 2019, the murder rate in Bridgeport was 11.73 per 100,000.

59 (TIE). Nashville, Tennessee

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The murder rate in Nashville is 12.08 per 100,000.

59 (TIE). Charlotte, North Carolina

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The murder rate in Charlotte is 12.08 per 100,000.

58. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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The murder rate in Pittsburgh is 12.32 per 100,000.

57. Toledo, Ohio

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The murder rate in Toledo is 12.43 per 100,000.

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In 2018, James Worley was sentenced to death for murdering 20-year-old University of Toledo student Sierah Joughin. Police discovered a hidden room outfitted with restraints inside a barn on Worley's property.

56. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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The murder rate in Winston-Salem is 12.5 per 100,000.

55. Fayetteville, North Carolina

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The murder rate in Fayetteville is 12.76 per 100,000.

54. Springfield, Massachusetts

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The murder rate in Springfield is 12.96 per 100,000.

53. Paterson, New Jersey

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In 2019, the murder rate in Paterson was 13.08 per 100,000.

52. Durham, North Carolina

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The murder rate in Durham is 13.20 per 100,000.

51. Syracuse, New York

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The murder rate in Syracuse is 13.34 per 100,000.

In 2016, Ryan Lawrence, seen here,pleaded guiltyto beating to death his 21-month-old daughter Maddox before burning her body and dumping her ashes in the Onondaga Creek.

50. Newport News, Virginia

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The murder rate in Newport News is 13.53 per 100,000.

49. Akron, Ohio

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The murder rate in Akron is 13.64 per 100,000. The murder rate dropped in the city — by 5.5 per 100,000 residents — from 2018 to 2019.

48. Tulsa, Oklahoma

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The murder rate in Tulsa is 13.69 per 100,000.

Josh Mills, pictured here, sits outside of the Tulsa home where friend Jeremy Lake was killed in 2014. Shannon Kepler, a white police officer, fatally shot Lake, who was Black, while Lake was visiting his girlfriend, Kepler's daughter. Kepler is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for first-degree manslaughter.

47. South Bend, Indiana

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The murder rate in South Bend is 13.72 per 100,000.

46. Louisville, Kentucky

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The murder rate in Louisville is 13.92 per 100,000.

45. Jacksonville, Florida

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The murder rate in Jacksonville is 14.19 per 100,000. Jacksonville's murder rate increased by 1.99 per 100,000 from 2018 to 2019.

Michael Dunn was sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting a teenagerat a Jacksonville gas station.

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44. Greensboro, North Carolina

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The murder rate in Greensboro is 14.43 per 100,000.

43. Norfolk, Virginia

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The murder rate in Norfolk is 14.83 per 100,000.

42. Dallas, Texas

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In 2019, the murder rate in Dallas was 14.89 per 100,000.

41. Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The murder rate in Albuquerque is 14.95 per 100,000.

40. West Palm Beach, Florida

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The murder rate in West Palm Beach is 15.07 per 100,000. The murder rate plummeted in the city from 2018 to 2019, dropping by more than 9 per 100,000 residents.

39. Richmond, California

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The murder rate in Richmond is 15.38 per 100,000.

38. Beaumont, Texas

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The murder rate in Beaumont is 16.03 per 100,000.

37. Rochester, New York

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The murder rate in Rochester is 16.04 per 100,000.

36. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The murder rate in Milwaukee is 16.41 per 100,000.

35. Savannah, Georgia

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The murder rate in Savannah is 16.61 per 100,000.

Barbara O'Neal started the group Mothers of Murdered Sons in Savannah after her 20-year-old son, Alan, was fatally shot during an attempted robbery in 2011.

34. High Point, North Carolina

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The murder rate in High Point is 16.77 per 100,000.

33. Hartford, Connecticut

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The murder rate in Hartford is 17.18 per 100,000.

Denise Moreno speaks at the sentencing of her son, Tony Moreno, after he was convicted of throwing his 7-month-old son to his death from the Arrigoni Bridge.

32. Augusta, Georgia

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The murder rate in Augusta is 17.69 per 100,000.

31. Oakland, California

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The murder rate in Oakland is 17.97 per 100,000.

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30. Newark, New Jersey

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In 2019, the murder rate in Newark was 18.08 per 100,000.

29. Chattanooga, Tennessee

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The murder rate in Chattanooga is 18.15 per 100,000.

28. Chicago, Illinois

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The murder rate in Chicago is 18.26 per 100,000.

Here, Shomari Legghette enters a Chicago courtroom to receive his sentence — life in prison —after he was convicted of murder in the 2018 death of Police Commander Paul Bauer.

27. Buffalo, New York

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The murder rate in Buffalo is 18.38 per 100,000.

26. Montgomery, Alabama

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The murder rate in Montgomery is 18.54 per 100,000.

25. Shreveport, Louisiana

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The murder rate in Shreveport is 18.66 per 100,000.

24. Little Rock, Arkansas

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The murder rate in Little Rock is 19.15 per 100,000.

23. Indianapolis, Indiana

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In 2019, the murder rate in Indianapolis was 19.51 per 100,000.

22. Atlanta, Georgia

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The murder rate in Atlanta is 19.53 per 100,000.

A gunman shot and killed eight people at three Atlanta spa locations on March 17, 2021. Six of the eight victims were of Asian heritage.

21. Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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The murder rate in Tuscaloosa is 20.77 per 100,000.

20. Columbus, Georgia

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The murder rate in Columbus is 20.94 per 100,000.

19. Cincinnati, Ohio

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The murder rate in Cincinnati is 21.1 per 100,000. The murder rate increased in the city by 2.2 per 100,000 from 2018 to 2019.

18. San Bernardino, California

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The murder rate in San Bernardino is 21.23 per 100,000.

17. Columbia, South Carolina

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The murder rate in Columbia is 21.68 per 100,000.

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16. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The murder rate in Philadelphia is 22.47 per 100,000.

15. Peoria, Illinois

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The murder rate in Peoria is 22.53 per 100,000.

14. North Charleston, South Carolina

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The murder rate in North Charleston is 22.55 per 100,000.

13. Washington, D.C.

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The murder rate in Washington, D.C., is 23.52 per 100,000.

12. Miami Gardens, Florida

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In Miami Gardens, the murder rate is 23.64 per 100,000.

11. Richmond, Virginia

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The murder rate in Richmond is 23.84 per 100,000.

10. Cleveland, Ohio

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The murder rate in Cleveland is 24.09 per 100,000.

9. Memphis, Tennessee

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The murder rate in Memphis is 29.21 per 100,000.

8. Kansas City, Missouri

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The murder rate in Kansas City is 29.88 per 100,000.

7. New Orleans, Louisiana

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The murder rate in New Orleans is 30.67 per 100,000.

6. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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The murder rate in Baton Rouge is 31.72 per 100,000.

5. Dayton, Ohio

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The murder rate in Dayton is 34.18 per 100,000. That number spiked nearly 7.8 per 100,000 residents from 2018 to 2019.

4. Detroit, Michigan

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The murder rate in Detroit is 41.45 per 100,000 residents.

In 2019, 275 people were murdered in that city.

3. Birmingham, Alabama

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In 2019, the murder rate in Birmingham was 50.62 per 100,000.

2. Baltimore, Maryland

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The murder rate in Baltimore is 58.27 per 100,000.

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1. St. Louis, Missouri

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With 64.54 murders per 100,000 residents, St. Louis had the highest murder rate for any major American city in 2019.

FAQs

What city in the us has the highest Murders? ›

RankingCityHomicides for Year
1Jackson133
2New Orleans280
3Birmingham144
4St. Louis200
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Jan 6, 2023

Who has the highest murder rate in the United States? ›

According to FBI data, the St. Louis metro area has the highest murder rate in the U.S., with 61 murders per 100,000 residents.

What state has the highest murder rate right now? ›

Texas recorded the largest number of homicides in 2021, at 2,064 for the year.
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Total number of homicides in the United States in 2021, by state.
CharacteristicNumber of murder victims
Texas2,064
North Carolina928
Ohio824
Michigan747
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Oct 14, 2022

Where is the murder capital of the US? ›

The city of New Orleans has been declared the murder capital of the United States for the first half of 2022, according to the Metropolitan Crime Commission. The MCC said when comparing the number of homicides with the population, the homicide rate in New Orleans is significantly higher than in any other American city.

What are the top 10 states with the most murders? ›

Highest Murder Rates in the US
  • South Carolina – 17.4.
  • Arkansas – 16.1.
  • Tennessee – 14.
  • Alaska – 12.3.
  • Maryland – 11.9.
  • Oklahoma – 11.9.
  • Mississippi – 11.8.
  • North Carolina – 11.4.

What are the 10 highest crime cities in the United States? ›

The latest dangerous list by 2023, The top 10 most dangerous cities in the US are Memphis, Detroit, Little Rock, Tacoma, Pueblo, St. Louis, Kansas City, Cleveland, Springfield and Rockford. As per FBI Crime data, Most dangerous cities in US List Updated in Jan, 2023.

What is the murder capital of the world? ›

Rankings (2019)
RankCityHomicides per 100,000 per year
1Tijuana134.24
2Juárez104.54
3Uruapan85.54
4Irapuato80.74
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What state has the most crime? ›

What crime data does the FBI publish?
LocationProperty Crime Rate (2020)Violent Crime Rate (2020)
United States1,958.2398.5
Alabama2,136.8453.6
Alaska2,260.5837.8
Arizona2,227.7484.8
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Oct 6, 2022

What state has the lowest crime rate? ›

Vermont is the safest state in the United States, according to a new report from WalletHub. The ranking is based on 53 different indicators ranging from unemployment rates to assaults per capita. Vermont is followed by Maine, New Hampshire, Utah, and Hawaii, respectively.

What is the safest state to live in? ›

The safest state in the USA is Vermont. It has the lowest violent crime rate in America, with only 1.46 per 1,000 people out of a population of 647,064. In 2022, there were only 15 murders, 64 robberies, and 790 assaults in Vermont. Residents have a 1 in 595 chance of becoming victims of a violent crime.

Which US State has the lowest murder rate? ›

Maine has the lowest murder rate in the United States with less than 1 murder per 100,000 residents.

What state has the most serial killer cases? ›

1. Alaska. Proportional to its population, Alaska is, without a doubt, the most popular state among serial killers, with 15.65 serial killings per one million inhabitants.

What are the top 10 cities for murders? ›

St. Louis, Missouri has the highest murder rate of any US city of 69.4 murders per 100,000 people.
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Cities with Most Murders 2023
  • St. Louis, MO (69.4)
  • Baltimore, MD (51.1)
  • New Orleans, LA (40.6)
  • Detroit, MI (39.7)
  • Cleveland, OH (33.7)
  • Las Vegas, NV (31.4)
  • Kansas City, MO (31.2)
  • Memphis, TN (27.1)

Where is the most serial killer? ›

1. United States — 3,204. When it comes to serial killers, the United States leads the way, and the race isn't even close. Not only did the US write the book on serial killers there are also about a billion books covering the more than 3,000 serial killers from the US.

What city has the highest crime rate? ›

The most dangerous city in the US is Memphis, Tennessee. With a population of 628,127, Memphis has a crime rate that is 237% higher than the national average. Memphis has 7,913 crimes per 100,000 people, with an exceptionally high violent crime rate.

What are the top 5 states for crime in America? ›

Read on to discover the ten most dangerous states in America based on violent crime rates between 2020 and 2022.
  • 10 Most Dangerous States in the US: 2022.
  • Alaska.
  • New Mexico.
  • Tennessee.
  • Arkansas.
  • Arizona.
  • Louisiana.
  • Missouri.
Nov 15, 2022

Which US city has the lowest crime rate? ›

1. Glens Falls, New York
  • Population: 124,339.
  • Violent crime rate: 1.
  • Property crime rate: 7.
  • Median household income: $50,071.
  • Median home price: $211,692.
Nov 23, 2022

Where is the safest place to live in the United States from crime? ›

Coming in at the top of the list as the safest city in America is Columbia, Maryland.

What state has the highest crime rate 2022? ›

Here are the 10 states with the highest crime rates:
  • South Carolina - 5,972.84 per 100,000 people.
  • Arkansas - 5,898.75 per 100,000 people.
  • Oklahoma - 5,869.82 per 100,000 people.
  • Washington - 5,758.57 per 100,000 people.
  • Tennessee - 5,658.30 per 100,000 people.
  • Oregon - 5,609.89 per 100,000 people.

What is the world's killer? ›

The world's biggest killer is ischaemic heart disease, responsible for 16% of the world's total deaths.

What is the biggest murder in the world? ›

But both Hitler and Stalin were outdone by Mao Zedong. From 1958 to 1962, his Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million people—easily making it the biggest episode of mass murder ever recorded.

Where is the highest murder rate in the world? ›

Murder Rate by Country
#CountryMurder Rate
1Jamaica44.95 per 100k
2Honduras36.33 per 100k
3South Africa33.46 per 100k
4Mexico28.37 per 100k
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What is the murder rate in the United States? ›

U.S. Murder/Homicide Rate 1990-2023
U.S. Murder/Homicide Rate - Historical Data
YearPer 100K PopulationAnnual % Change
20206.5228.64%
20195.071.19%
20185.01-5.90%
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