Special Report

25 Cities Where Murders are on the Rise

There were 16,425 murders in the United States in 2019, according to the FBI’s most recent statistics

While violent crime decreased 0.5% overall from the year prior across the country thanks largely to a decrease in cases of both rape (-0.5%) and robbery (-4.7%) — murders increased by 0.3% from 2018, as did aggravated assaults, by 1.3%.

Statistically, 16,425 murders translates to five for every 100,000 people living in the United States. The FBI figure is drawn from police department numbers across the country, and doesn’t include attempted murders, deaths due to negligence, suicides, or accidents. Nor does it count “justified” homicides — those “determined through law enforcement investigation to be justifiable.” These include, as the FBI phrases it, “the killing of a felon by a peace officer in the line of duty” and “the killing of a felon, during the commission of a felony, by a private citizen.” 

The FBI report shows that some parts of the United States are more deadly than others. Some 48.7% of murders reported in 2019 occurred in the South, compared to the Midwest (19.3%), the West (19.3%), and the Northeast (11.2%). (These are America’s 50 most dangerous cities.)

While the cities listed here may have seen their murder rates increase in 2019, please keep in mind that many of them have shown a decrease in violent crime as a whole. On the other hand, these are 25 cities where crime is soaring.

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