Special Report

American Cities With the Highest Murder Rates

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30. Richmond, Virginia
> Murder rate: 28.3 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 66 — 33rd highest of 1,289 cities
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 348.8 — 544th highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 233,350 — 88th highest of 1,289 cities

29. Jacksonville, Arkansas
> Murder rate: 28.4 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 8 — 223rd highest of 1,289 cities (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 1,158.9 — 46th highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 28,217 — 117th lowest of 1,289 cities (tied)

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28. Chicago, Illinois
> Murder rate: 28.6 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 771 — the highest of 1,289 cities
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 986.9 — 71st highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 2,693,598 — 3rd highest of 1,289 cities

27. North Little Rock, Arkansas
> Murder rate: 30.2 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 20 — 103rd highest of 1,289 cities (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 1,003.0 — 66th highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 66,303 — 518th highest of 1,289 cities

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26. Cincinnati, Ohio
> Murder rate: 30.2 per 100,000 people
> Murders reported in 2020: 92 — 26th highest of 1,289 cities
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 892.9 — 97th highest of 1,287 cities
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 304,724 — 58th highest of 1,289 cities

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