Despite economic improvements in recent years — with rising median household income, falling unemployment, and a nearly complete recovery from the Great Recession by a number of measures — violent crime is on the rise. There were 17,250 murders in 2016, approximately 1,400 more than in 2015.
Just 25 cities accounted for nearly 1 in every 5 homicides last year. In these high-crime areas, increasing gang violence, drug trafficking, and domestic violence contributed to the uptick in homicides nationwide.
One city, however, was largely responsible for the increase in violent crime nationwide over the last year. In Chicago, there were 287 more murders in 2016 than in the year prior, increasing the city’s homicide rate from 18 murders per 100,000 residents to 28 incidents per 100,000. The uptick in murders in Chicago accounted for 21% of the total increase in homicides nationwide.
To identify America’s 25 murder capitals, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program in 2016’s “Crime in the United States Report.” In the 25 cities with the highest homicide rate, there were more than 19 murders per 100,000 residents — nearly four times the national rate of 4.7 murders for every 100,000 Americans.