Special Report

American Cities With the Highest Murder Rates

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5. Saginaw, Michigan
> Murder rate: 50.2 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 24 — 88th highest of 1,289 cities (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 2,154.2 — 4th highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 47,767 — 548th lowest of 1,289 cities

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4. New Orleans, Louisiana
> Murder rate: 51.0 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 201 — 10th highest of 1,289 cities
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 1,324.3 — 29th highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 393,779 — 46th highest of 1,289 cities

3. Pine Bluff, Arkansas
> Murder rate: 56.5 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 23 — 94th highest of 1,289 cities (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 1,832.1 — 8th highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 40,718 — 431st lowest of 1,289 cities

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2. Petersburg, Virginia
> Murder rate: 76.9 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 24 — 88th highest of 1,289 cities (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 631.5 — 215th highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 31,195 — 210th lowest of 1,289 cities

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1. St. Louis, Missouri
> Murder rate: 88.1 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 263 — 7th highest of 1,289 cities
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 2,016.3 — 5th highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 298,422 — 60th highest of 1,289 cities

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