Special Report

US Metro Areas Where Murder Rate Is Soaring

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50. Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
> 1-yr. change in reported homicides per 100K people: +2.9
> Homicides reported in 2020: 30 — 58th highest of 211 metros (tied)
> Homicides per 100K people in 2020: 5.2 — 104th highest of 211 metros
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime per 100K people: -31.0 — 21st lowest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 350.0 — 101st lowest of 210 metros
> Population: 568,521

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49. Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
> 1-yr. change in reported homicides per 100K people: +3.0
> Homicides reported in 2020: 20 — 80th highest of 211 metros (tied)
> Homicides per 100K people in 2020: 7.5 — 54th highest of 211 metros
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime per 100K people: +90.7 — 20th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 663.3 — 22nd highest of 210 metros
> Population: 265,066

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48. Gainesville, FL
> 1-yr. change in reported homicides per 100K people: +3.0
> Homicides reported in 2020: 17 — 89th highest of 211 metros (tied)
> Homicides per 100K people in 2020: 5.1 — 105th lowest of 211 metros
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime per 100K people: +68.2 — 29th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 760.3 — 13th highest of 210 metros
> Population: 328,517

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47. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
> 1-yr. change in reported homicides per 100K people: +3.0
> Homicides reported in 2020: 98 — 20th highest of 211 metros
> Homicides per 100K people in 2020: 13.1 — 9th highest of 211 metros
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime per 100K people: +156.6 — 4th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 938.8 — 7th highest of 210 metros
> Population: 744,483

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46. Akron, OH
> 1-yr. change in reported homicides per 100K people: +3.1
> Homicides reported in 2020: 55 — 33rd highest of 211 metros
> Homicides per 100K people in 2020: 7.8 — 51st highest of 211 metros
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime per 100K people: +6.7 — 91st lowest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 378.4 — 87th highest of 210 metros
> Population: 703,479

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