Special Report

American Cities With the Highest Murder Rates

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45. Hazelwood, Missouri
> Murder rate: 24.0 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 6 — 283rd highest of 1,289 cities (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 654.7 — 201st highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 25,051 — 9th lowest of 1,289 cities

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44. Buffalo, New York
> Murder rate: 24.0 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 61 — 35th highest of 1,289 cities (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 1,018.0 — 61st highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 254,627 — 81st highest of 1,289 cities

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43. Atlantic City, New Jersey
> Murder rate: 24.0 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 9 — 198th highest of 1,289 cities (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 822.9 — 126th highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 37,550 — 362nd lowest of 1,289 cities

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42. Indianapolis, Indiana
> Murder rate: 24.3 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 216 — 9th highest of 1,289 cities
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 870.7 — 105th highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 890,672 — 16th highest of 1,289 cities

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41. Rocky Mount, North Carolina
> Murder rate: 24.3 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 13 — 154th highest of 1,289 cities (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 1,149.1 — 49th highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 53,520 — 627th lowest of 1,289 cities

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