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NeighborhoodScout’s Top 30 Murder Capitals of America – 2019

Jan 2, 2019 | by: Dr. Andrew Schiller | Crime
NeighborhoodScout’s Top 30 Murder Capitals of America – 2019

The murder capital of America isn’t Chicago.  But it is in Illinois.  With more than one murder per 1,000 residents, this year’s murder capital has a murder rate 21.3 times the national average, and nearly 5 times Chicago’s murder rate.  You may never have heard of it, until now.

This and other surprising findings were revealed in NeighborhoodScout’s annual Top 30 Murder Capitals of America Report, released today.

Among the surprises: the murder capital of Florida isn’t Miami, but a city of 35,000 that is a scant 8 miles from the famous Mar-a-Lago Club. Alaska, the nation’s largest and least densely populated state, now has a city with one of the highest murder rates anywhere in America.  And the vacation destination with the highest murder rate in America is located on the New Jersey shore.

Big cities and small, our crime research reveals the 30 cities in America with the highest number of murders per 1,000 residents. Murder is the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another. We limited our research to cities with 25,000 or more people. Data used for this research are 1) the number of murders reported to have occurred in each city, and 2) the population of each city.

Based on the latest national data available at the time of publication, representing calendar year 2017 and released in September 2018, this report reveals interesting patterns about crime and murder in America.

Click on any city in the list below to see a full crime report and neighborhood crime map.  For more information, see our FAQ on how we rank the cities with the highest murder rates in America.

 

30. Goldsboro, NC

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .28
  • 5.3X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  10

29. Albany, GA

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .30
  • 5.7X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  22

28. Chicago Heights, IL

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .30
  • 5.7X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  9

27. Kansas City, MO

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .31
  • 5.8X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  150

26. Camden, NJ

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .31
  • 5.8X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  23

25. North Charleston, SC

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .32
  • 6X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  35

24. Fairbanks, AK

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .32
  • 6X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  10

23. Danville, VA

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .32
  • 6X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  13

22. York, PA

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .32
  • 6X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  14

21. Riviera Beach, FL

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .32
  • 6X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  11

20. Danville, IL

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .32
  • 6X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  10

19. Saginaw, MI

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .33
  • 6.2X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  16

18. Atlantic City, NJ

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .34
  • 6.4X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  13

17. Huntington, WV

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .34
  • 6.4X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  16

16. Youngstown, OH

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .36
  • 6.8X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  23

15.  Alexandria, LA

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .36
  • 6.8X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  17

14. Jackson, MS

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .36
  • 6.8X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  60

13. Petersburg, VA

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .38
  • 7.2X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  12

12. Bessemer, AL

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .38
  • 7.2X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  10

11. Flint, MI

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .38
  • 7.2X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  37

10. Baton Rouge, LA

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .39
  • 7.4X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  88

9. Detroit, MI

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .40
  • 7.5X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  268

8. New Orleans, LA

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .40
  • 7.5X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  157

7. Wilmington, DE

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .49
  • 9.2X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  35

6. Pine Bluff, AR

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .51
  • 9.6X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  22

5. Baltimore, MD

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .56
  • 10.6X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  342

4. Gary, IN

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .63
  • 11.9X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  48

3. St. Louis, MO

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .66
  • 12.5X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  205

2. Chester, PA

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .85
  • 16X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders:  29

1.  East St. Louis, IL

  • Murder Rate per 1,000 population: 1.13
  • 21.3X U.S. Average
  • No. of Murders: 30