Special Report

Homicides Are Up This Year in Colorado Springs, CO

There was a near 30% surge in homicides in the United States in 2020, the largest one-year increase ever recorded. Homicides increased once again in 2021, but by a smaller, 6% margin. Preliminary data from 2022 suggests that murders may finally be declining.

There are a total of 91 U.S. cities with populations of at least 250,000, an average of 10 homicides per year, or both that have also published 2022 homicide data. Based on early reports from police departments in these cities, homicides are down by about 3% compared to the same period last year.

While these early figures are encouraging, there are still several large American cities where murders have increased in 2022. In Colorado Springs, Colorado, for example, there have been 26 murders reported from Jan. 1 to August 14, 2022, up from the 13 homicides that were reported in the city over the same period in 2021.

The 100.0% year-over-year increase in homicides in Colorado Springs ranks as the second highest of the 91 cities reviewed.

All homicide data used in this story is preliminary and not necessarily indicative of how 2022 will compare to previous years’ homicide data by the time annual homicide data are finalized.

 

Rank City YoY change in homicides (%) 2022 murders, YTD 2021 murders, YTD YTD range; 2021 & 2022
1 Virginia Beach, VA 114.3 15 7 Jan. 1 – Aug. 9
2 Colorado Springs, CO 100.0 26 13 Jan. 1 – Aug. 14
3 Chula Vista, CA 66.7 5 3 Jan. 1 – June 30
4 Honolulu, HI 36.4 15 11 Jan. 1 – June 30
5 Aurora, CO 35.3 23 17 Jan. 1 – June 30
6 Milwaukee, WI 34.6 148 110 Jan. 1 – Aug. 9
7 New Orleans, LA 28.4 172 134 Jan. 1 – Aug. 14
8 Tulsa, OK 28.1 41 32 Jan. 1 – June 30
9 Raleigh, NC 26.7 19 15 Jan. 1 – June 30
10 Phoenix, AZ 25.6 113 90 Jan. 1 – June 30
11 Birmingham, AL 23.4 79 64 Jan. 1 – Aug. 7
12 Denver, CO 23.3 53 43 Jan. 1 – June 30
13 Little Rock, AR 22.5 49 40 Jan. 1 – Aug. 8
14 Stockton, CA 21.1 23 19 Jan. 1 – June 30
15 Lexington, KY 20.8 29 24 Jan. 1 – Aug. 13
16 Pittsburgh, PA 19.4 37 31 Jan. 1 – June 30
17 San Antonio, TX 18.2 39 33 Jan. 1 – March 31
18 Long Beach, CA 15.8 22 19 Jan. 1 – June 30
19 San Diego, CA 15.4 30 26 Jan. 1 – June 30
20 Tampa, FL 13.0 26 23 Jan. 1 – June 30
21 Spokane, WA 12.5 9 8 Jan. 1 – Aug. 13
22 Dallas, TX 12.2 147 131 Jan. 1 – Aug. 15
23 Baltimore, MD 9.6 218 199 Jan. 1 – Aug. 6
24 Washington, DC 8.9 134 123 Jan. 1 – Aug. 15
25 Greensboro, NC 8.7 25 23 Jan. 1 – July 31
26 Charlotte, NC 8.5 51 47 Jan. 1 – June 30
27 Jacksonville, FL 6.0 71 67 Jan. 1 – Aug. 3
28 Atlanta, GA 5.6 95 90 Jan. 1 – Aug. 6

 

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