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U.S. Cities with the Highest Murder Rate

Name the major American cities with the highest murder rates.
Cities with a population of 250,000 or greater
Based on 2018 FBI stats
Change = change since 2014
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Last updated: October 4, 2019
First submittedOctober 29, 2012
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Cities
60.9
+ 21.6
St. Louis
51.3
+ 51.4
Baltimore
38.9
- 11.2
Detroit
37.1
- 4.9
New Orleans
28.5
+ 33.7
Memphis
27.8
+ 67.8
Kansas City
26.6
- 19.7
Newark
22.8
+ 43.1
Washington D.C.
22.4
+ 38.5
Cleveland
22.1
+ 37.9
Philadelphia
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Cities
22.1
- 4.7
Buffalo
20.7
+ 37.1
Chicago
18.9
- 6.1
Cincinnati
18.8
- 16.8
Pittsburgh
18.5
+ 15.5
Indianapolis
17.7
- 13.2
Atlanta
16.6
+ 10.6
Milwaukee
16.3
- 15.7
Oakland
15.9
+ 74.0
Louisville
14.9
+ 29.5
Tulsa
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level 32
Nov 26, 2012
One of my new favorites.
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level 29
Nov 26, 2012
damn Buffalo, what happened?
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level 47
Jul 6, 2014
shooting presidents since 1901
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level 34
May 19, 2015
LOL
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level 48
Jun 29, 2016
lol
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level 73
Oct 4, 2019
Now known as President Denali.
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level 58
May 19, 2015
Unfortunately, we get a shooting I'd say around once every week to 2 week's, sometimes multiple deaths in just one shooting case. Just in December 2014 we had a recorded 12 homicides. You eventually just get used to hearing it on the news.
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level 68
May 22, 2015
Where I grew up, Philly-area, they once announced on the evening news that there had been no murders that day. They used to have around 500 per year. Now its much less.
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level 52
Nov 29, 2015
Its odd, I live in the shitty part of a city in Europe. Plenty crime here but murders are fairly rare.
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level 76
Nov 30, 2015
^probably because the Americans are allowed to run around with guns.
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level 61
Apr 10, 2017
^try to tell that to people.
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level 55
May 4, 2018
@Sunisa yeah living in the UK, a murder makes the national news, very rare here
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level 76
Nov 7, 2019
Over the past few years London's homicide rate has ranged from 83 to around 140 homicides per year according to Wikipedia, and one year over 200 were reported. That's still lower than most US cities, but not what I would call rare.
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level 32
Nov 26, 2012
Missed a few obvious ones, but at least got Stockton
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level 73
May 19, 2015
me too...missed buffalo and philadelphia, but got stockton...go figure
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level 62
May 19, 2015
I missed Buffalo and Washington DC but got Newark.
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level 65
May 19, 2015
Totally forgot about Stockton. I feel silly.
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level 49
Nov 26, 2012
nice to see that nyc is not on the list. that's where i live and every morning when you turn on ur tv, u'll see a bunch of reports of shootings and murders and all that stuff. also, all of these cities are in the east coast or else in central but never in the west. seems like its safer there. im considering moving there. =/
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level 66
Nov 27, 2012
Except for Oakland ;)
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level 13
Nov 27, 2012
NYC has more murders than most other cities, but this is murder rate, so it doesn't qualify
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level 73
Oct 4, 2019
Wyoming, the least populous, very rural state, has a higher murder rate than NYC now.
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level 77
Oct 23, 2013
All American cities are safe if you use common sense, mind your own business, and don't go out of your way to do something stupid in a rough neighborhood. The west coast is nice but you could still get yourself killed if you wanted to go pick a fight with some gang bangers in Los Angeles or Oakland or San Diego.
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level 54
May 19, 2015
Right, because if we took the guns away, then all the socioeconomic disparity would just vanish with them. I'm facepalming at how simple it is!
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level 77
May 19, 2015
Guns are certainly part of the problem. Just not the whole problem. There are countries (South Africa, Jamaica, El Salvador) with much higher murder rates than the USA that have much fewer guns per capita (none have more), as well as countries with very high numbers of firearms (Switzerland, Canada) where the murder rate is tiny. As well as countries with a lot of guns and a similar murder rate (Yemen).

By some ways of measuring (check WHO stats), there are countries as developed as the USA with higher murder and violent crime rates (the UK), but not that many, and none that have anywhere near as many gun-related deaths. It is a complex issue, more complex than both supporters and opponents of gun control like to make it out to be.
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level 77
May 19, 2015
Wealth inequality is another thing that seems at first glance like it may be correlated... but while the USA ranks near the top of the list in this category, both Switzerland and Denmark have more wealth inequality and almost no homicides. Switzerland has a ton of guns, Denmark has almost none. On the other hand, Yemen has very very high wealth equality, and Jamaica ranks better than Canada or Singapore. So again, it can't be the whole story.
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level 76
Dec 21, 2015
I wonder if there's a correlation with illegal drug use?
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level 35
Dec 27, 2015
The problem is that gangs are in big cities AND the fact that too many people have mental illness
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level 77
Jun 29, 2016
ander, moose: drugs and gangs play a very big part. When I said that by the WHO's way of measuring, the UK has more murder and violent crime than the USA, that's because the WHO doesn't include gang-related violence in the intentional homicide rate.

This also plays into what I was saying earlier about safety and common sense. If you don't join a gang in one of these cities, or try to sell drugs on someone else's turf, or do something to provoke a gang, probably you can go your whole life without seeing any violent crime perpetrated in front of you.
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level 77
Jun 29, 2016
Are you sure about that, Gandalf? I'd heard the same thing before. But I met a guy from Switzerland in Sofia recently, and we were having a discussion about gun control along with some gunsmith from St Louis that had been volunteering with the Peshmerga. Swiss guy said that this was not true, and that nobody is required to have a firearm in his country. ::shrug::
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level 59
Jan 2, 2018
I'm pretty sure most of these murders are used with other weapons than guns, like knives. And most of the time when it is a murder with a gun, it's a firearm that has been obtained illegally.
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level 59
Jan 27, 2018
"Wealth inequality is another thing that seems at first glance like it may be correlated... but while the USA ranks near the top of the list in this category, both Switzerland and Denmark have more wealth inequality and almost no homicides." Where did you get this info? Because from what I found, the wealth inequality index for Denmark is about 28 (making it one of the top 20 countries when it comes to wealth equality), Switzerland 32 and USA 41, making it the least equal out of the three (and not by such a small number either). I agree that wealth inequality isn't the ONLY problem America has in regards to violence, but don't twist reality.
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level 77
Jan 28, 2018
I'm not.
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level 57
Aug 16, 2018
Cray's stats are for income inequality, whereas kal's are for wealth inequality. I'm not sure why they would be different, or which is more important. Maybe the correlation is in income inequality. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_income_equality should give all the necessary evidence.
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level 77
Oct 14, 2018
wealth is the money you've already got. income is the money you're still getting.
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level 57
Nov 7, 2018
Thank you for those definitions. I already knew that. I just mean that income is be heavily correlated with wealth, so it is surprising that one of the more equal nations in income is one of the less equal ones in wealth. My suggestion was that maybe income inequality has more of a correlation with murder rate, and was wondering why it might be.
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level 77
Jul 22, 2019
A lot of comments above have gone missing. It looks like I'm talking to myself like a crazy person.
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level 76
Nov 7, 2019
Welcome to my world. :)
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level 69
Jan 27, 2018
New York City has some impressively low crime statistics. Homicide rate is only 3.4 per 100000 people! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_New_York_City
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level 73
Jun 18, 2018
Why not quote the actual government source instead of anyone's-an-editor Wikipedia?
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level 71
Nov 7, 2019
Age of building stock might actually have something to do with it. There is a well established correlation between violent crime rates and lead exposure as a child. It's uncanny how crime rates plummet as lead exposure drops. A lot of the affordable housing supply in older cities is still full of lead paint and has lead service lines for water. Western cities have expanded much more recently and are significantly less likely to have either.
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level 49
Nov 7, 2019
"My sister got bit by a rat last night, And Whitey on the moon." "
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level 29
Jul 27, 2013
I only got Stockton XD
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level 61
Nov 24, 2014
Stockton suckssssssssssssssssssss (with that many "s"s).
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level 73
Aug 7, 2013
Tulsa? Wow.
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level 34
Apr 22, 2014
Where ya from? Oakland, smokin'....
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level 45
Jul 6, 2014
Tried to think of the cities with the strictest gunlaws!
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level 75
Nov 15, 2015
And I went with southern cities and rust belt cities (which also have a large "southern" population arriving during the great migration of the early 20th century).
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level 71
Nov 7, 2019
Yeah, that would have been a miserable failure for getting these answers.
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level 56
Jul 24, 2014
This was an interesting quiz! The rates seemed so high I had to check what is the murder rate for US in total. According to Wikipedia it's 4.8. Not even close to these top cities but anyway quite high for a developed country, compared to Western Europe (0.9), Eastern Asia (1.0), Australasia (1.1) or even the neighbour Canada (1.6).
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level 64
May 19, 2015
Gun control. You yanks love them weapons.
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level 63
May 19, 2015
In Britain, the progressive restrictions on guns have not affected the murder rate.
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level 77
May 19, 2015
Yeah, and criminals all love to follow laws. We'll just tell them they can't have them, problem solved!
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level 77
May 19, 2015
@fuanacdc: such airtight logic!! I guess we should legalize or decriminalize things like rape, theft and murder as well, right? Because... what's the use? Criminals won't follow the laws anyway! There's just no point trying.
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level 77
May 19, 2015
Though SophR is actually correct. If you throw out gang-related murders in both countries (which occur more in the US.. spillover from Latin American drug gangs mostly), the UK has a higher murder rate than the US and a much higher rate of assault, robbery, and various other violent crimes. They just use knives and clubs and whatnot.
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level 72
Jun 6, 2016
Why would you take out the gang-related crime? Dead is dead, regardless of who pulled the trigger. Also, the major Latin-American gangs were founded in the USA and exported to Latin America, so their crimes can't be attributed to foreigners. Aaaannnd...the rate of violent crime in the UK is nowhere near the rate of the United States. It's not only not in the same ballpark, it's a completely different sport. This was a claim made by some TV person a few years back and repeated ad infinitum by the US gun lobby but, like many of the claims made by the US gun lobby, it's not true. The way the UK records violent crime is so very different from the way the US records violent crime that it's difficult to make a comparison. All that is certain is that violent crime in the USA is much worse than in the UK.
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level 77
Jun 29, 2016
@Wombat: I guess because most people know if they're in a gang or not and it's their choice? I'm talking about gang-on-gang violence. I didn't compile those stats and they had nothing to do with the gun lobby. I've walked through Baltimore and London before in the middle of the night and felt perfectly safe both places. However, I think last year I was trying to find those same stats again and couldn't locate them. So.. ::shrug:: You really have to go out of your way either place most of the time to be the victim of violent crime.
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level 56
Jun 29, 2016
Although it's worth pointing out that the US suicide rate is almost double the UK rate. An often overlooked effect of access to weapons is suicide, not homicide. Complex issue for the people of the US to tackle, not helped by politicians more interested in their campaign finances than actual informed debate. Too many politicians use Second Amendment rights as a fig leaf.
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level 77
Jun 29, 2016
But those statistics are also hysterically pointed to and exaggerated by people who think they mean something, when in reality, your chances of getting shot are miniscule in either location. It makes sense to point this out. I mean... I meet so many people who actually believe the USA is dangerous. Which is just insane. I have to laugh out loud when they ask me.. is it safe to travel to so and so? I lived in the country almost 30 years and never once did I witness so much as someone being slapped in public, much less gunned down. I had some British friends come to Florida and we were playing basketball outside. Every time a car started driving up the street they would get skittish because they expected a drive-by shooting. Saying "much higher risk" makes it sound like there is a real and salient difference, which is just dumb.
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level 77
Jun 30, 2016
To put this in real terms, if you are a British tourist visiting the United States, to pull stats from one particularly murderous year (4 British tourists killed out of about 5 million), your chances of being killed on your trip are about 0.0000008%.
To pick out another particularly murderous year in British history (1 American tourist killed out of 1.3 million), then your chances of being killed on a trip to the UK is 0.00000078%.

So... a difference of 0.00000002%. Wow. Staggering difference. You're right, Drunken Gandalf. The US is practically a warzone.
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level 59
Aug 5, 2017
It's not the guns, statistically cities with more gun owners have a lower crime rate, probably a reason why not Texas cities are a murder capitol.
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level 57
Aug 16, 2018
While I disagree with the use of statistics to support a claim that they don't actually relate to, and think it is dangerously stupid to believe that it is unsafe to travel to the USA because of the murder rate, I disagree with excluding gang violence in murder statistics. If you exclude certain types of murder on the grounds that "it doesn't affect the average person", then you will need to exclude pretty much all murder. If you are putting together statistics advising people about which countries to visit based on murder rates, you should exclude murders committed by a family member or spouse or ex-spouse. These constitute the majority of murders in many countries. Keep it simple. A murder is a murder.
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level 77
Oct 14, 2018
^ well whatever. It's still a minuscule difference and both the United States and virtually all of Europe are extremely safe.
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level 57
Nov 7, 2018
It depends what you're worried about. If you are a traveller deciding which countries to go to based on murder rate, basically stop basing your decision based on that. It's pretty pointless because the probability is tiny wherever you go (possibly with some exceptions that don't include the US or the vast majority of Europe). If, on the other hand, you are a public policy maker wanting to devise a system whereby crime can be prevented, then reducing the murder rate fivefold (which is approximately the difference between the rates in the US and UK, for example) is a useful achievement because it actually is a significant release of burden on the justice system and prisons (or in some parts of the US, and Belarus, executioners). It is possible for the difference in probability to be negligible while the differences in the actual numbers are not.
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level 54
Oct 27, 2014
KC? wow. Did not realize it is safer to go to DC.
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level 57
Nov 15, 2014
I live in KC. You will usually hear on the news about a kidnap, murder, or shooting every day.
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level 58
Mar 30, 2015
I'm pretty sure it's Kansas City, MO, that made the list, not Kansas City, KS. I know they're connected, but there is still technically a difference. (I live in KC, too. Kansas side).
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level 31
Nov 17, 2014
I've been to 15 of these not sure how to feel about that
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level 70
May 19, 2015
I guessed Camden and then Trenton, but missed Newark. I knew New Jersey had to be on this list somewhere!
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level 83
May 19, 2015
It's all about city size - Newark is the only city in the state big enough to be eligible for this list.
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level 78
May 19, 2015
Two of my guesses as well. But both are smaller than the minimum 250,000 population for the quiz.
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level 62
May 19, 2015
Wow...only 31% got Oakland...Oakland has a reputation of being really dangerous.
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level 65
Nov 30, 2015
In CA, anyway. Most people I've encountered outside CA haven't heard of it.
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level 54
Jan 27, 2018
The reputation exists out here in New England, at least my friends and I have heard of it.
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level 39
May 19, 2015
Regarding UK v US rates, I have just read an article entitled Dispelling the myth:the UK is not more violent the USA. This shows data from British crime rates and the FBI and is worth a read.
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level 77
Jan 27, 2018
I read the same article and I think it came down to something about differences in reporting?

At any rate what I said above still absolutely stands. If you actually believe that a Londoner who takes a vacation to the USA is putting their lives in jeopardy, you are a twit.
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level 53
Feb 5, 2018
No one in this thread ever said that. You are the only one who brought that up when they pointed out that you feeling equally safe in one american city and one London city is useless information. They referred to statistics which on this website you usually do to. If you want to continue the debate, don't deviate and respond to his critique. Making stuff up or saying that the difference is so minuscule does not actually discredit his argument.
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level 77
Feb 6, 2018
Why do you think that this user felt the need to respond to my comment that I felt perfectly safe walking around an American city by saying that my feeling was irrelevant? Did you miss the part where I brought up statistics to prove my point that this feeling was perfectly valid? When did I make stuff up? WTF are you talking about?
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level 77
Feb 6, 2018
"That you have felt safe in that one city that one time has absolutely no bearing on the argument. It's precisely why we have statistics, and statistics show that you run a much higher risk of getting shot in the US than pretty much anywhere else in the developped world."

To which I responded, with actual statistics, proving that this purported "much higher risk" was nonsense of the highest order.
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level 50
May 19, 2015
lol two from Ohio. That's mildly frightening.
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level 30
May 22, 2015
It's strange, Cleveland and Cincinnati have high murder rates and are shrinking cities. Columbus is growing and it's not on the list. They must be doing something right there.
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level 58
Jun 29, 2016
Well, there's a reason people are moving out...
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level 48
May 20, 2015
Confused by the comments on US v UK. Wikipedia, (perhaps not best source but...) says that US murder rate is 4.8 per 100,000 while the UK is 1 per 100,000, how are they comparable?
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level 77
May 28, 2015
It's a bit confusing as there are different ways to measure different things and stats are calculated differently in different places. The murder rate in the USA is, by most accounts, higher than that in the UK. However, until recently the WHO measured "intentional homicide rate" by ignoring deaths that were the result of inter-gang violence, drug turf wars, et cetera, and also deaths that were accidental, I think under the assumption that this sort of thing doesn't affect the average person. By this metric, there were more homicides per capita in the UK than in the USA, though the gun-related death rate in the USA was still much larger. Also if you look at total crime or violent crime rates in the UK or England and compare them to the USA, the rates are significantly higher in the UK. Some places claim as much as 4x or 5x higher in the UK- though this may be due to a broader definition of "violent crime" used in England and Wales.
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level ∞
May 29, 2015
Source? I'm intrigued.
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level 77
Jun 1, 2015
I know I saw this before. I posted it twice on friends' timelines on Facebook along with links to the source data. Did some digging. Can't find it now.
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level 77
Jun 1, 2015
Here's something from Politifact about the violent crime rate being higher in the UK. Though they rate the meme as "false," if you read the whole reasoning behind the rating you find out it's because even though the UK appears to have a significantly higher rate of violent crime, it's not as big a difference as the meme they were fact checking suggests.
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level ∞
Jun 2, 2015
Interesting. After reading that I would say its definitely possible that the UK has a higher violent crime rate than the U.S. But what about murders?
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level 77
Jun 7, 2015
I can't find the data I did anymore about murders. And the data I found previously was, like I mentioned, factored an unusual way which discounted murders that were the result of gang violence, drug turf wars, war and so on. I believe it was from the WHO, but, I've been to the WHO's website and now their data agrees with what is on Wikipedia so either they've altered their methodology or I'm confused and thinking of a different website.
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level 60
Sep 18, 2016
Curious reasoning behind your unsubstantiated claim comparing USA & UK. Maybe you thought Midsomer murders was a documentary?
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level 77
Oct 29, 2016
don't know what you're talking about como, but no. It's as I said above. Most homicides in US cities have to do with gang violence or drug turf wars.
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level 75
Feb 15, 2018
Speaking as a Brit, your odds on getting your head kicked in by a drunken cretin on a Saturday in the city is reasonably high. We tend to drink heavily and there's a laddish 'banter' culture which often ends badly. I've never experienced it anywhere else. I've never felt like my life's in danger, but I've been beaten up 3 or 4 times.
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level 7
May 21, 2015
Richmond was the Murder capital as well. Richmond, VA
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level 24
Feb 19, 2016
Killadelphia Pistolvania
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level 57
Feb 23, 2016
That made me chuckle.
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level 21
May 20, 2016
I typed NYC at first, and then was surprised to see that it is not. I watch many crime dramas, and many of them are based in NYC. It makes no sense to me that NYC is not on there.
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level 39
Jun 9, 2016
Impressive that NYC and LA managed to remove themselves from the list entirely. Even 20 or 30 years ago, they would have featured prominently. Surprised that Chicago is so low on the list.
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level ∞
Jun 9, 2016
Source? I'm not sure L.A. would have ever appeared on the list.
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level 59
Aug 5, 2017
Grafakos is probably thinking of Compton when it comes to Los Angeles.
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level 62
Feb 12, 2018
Many people might think Chicago has a really high murder rate, but those people are very wrong. Many people somehow have this strange impression of Chicago as a poor, ugly, war-torn, criminal ridden, gloomy city (I'm not saying you are one of these people, Grafakos. It's just that you reminded me of them and that they do exist). But I am from Chicago, and it is nothing like that. Few murders or criminal acts of any kind have occurred close to where I live. People in my neighborhood were surprised, sad, and confused when there was even one shooting in the area, and that was when the shooting was done by police to a person they weren't trying to kill. I have been around the city a lot, and other neighborhoods are just the same in that aspect. In Chicago, we don't worry much about criminals because there aren't many to worry about. And for the gloomy and gray part, that's very wrong. We have many plants, and colorful, beautiful, well built stuff. Chicago is great compared to other cities.
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level 10
Jun 26, 2016
Seems I hear about a homicide here in St. Louis at least once or twice a week. Usually a result of gang activity or drugs.
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level 43
Jun 29, 2016
Surprised that New York City was not on the list.
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level 71
Jun 29, 2016
Plenty of murders but a massive population so murder rate is relatively low
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level 56
Jun 29, 2016
16/20 but I forgot Detroit! Just finished the cities chain quiz and Detroit was an answer there so I thought I had entered it here. Does anyone else ever think they enter the answer only to realize they entered it on another quiz?
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level 76
Jun 29, 2016
Happens to me all too often.
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level 20
Jun 29, 2016
Lol this whole argument about USA vs UK is ridiculous. If we're talking about murder then why are you excluding gang murders etc? Just because a gang did it doesn't mean it didn't happen! Someone still died...
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level 77
Nov 1, 2017
It wasn't an argument. You see it that way because of the emotional response your defensiveness provokes upon reading something that challenges your preconceptions.
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level 51
Jun 29, 2016
St. Louis is #1 for the year 2014 with a 14.6% increase in murders from 2011. It's almost as if something happened in the St. Louis area in 2014 that caused a spike in the murder rate. I wonder what it could possibly be?
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level 61
Jan 29, 2018
These rates are for the city proper only. Within the city limits, there are only just over 300,000 people and a total are of only 66 square miles. Because the per capita murder rate is only rated for wihin the city limits, and most of the crime happens within those city limits, the numbers are not representative of the greater St. Louis region. The entire metro area has about 2.8 million people.
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level 50
Jun 30, 2016
From the murder capital where we murder for capital.
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level 61
Jul 1, 2016
Damn. Beat me to it.
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level 72
Aug 2, 2016
"Change = change in absolute rate..."? The numbers look more like the change of percentage rate.
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level 55
Nov 25, 2016
Cincinnati cuz of harambe :(
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level 71
Nov 10, 2017
Still too soon.
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level 48
Nov 29, 2016
I think somewhere in those long comments there's an application for joining Kal's cult! ;) ...can always rely on you, Kal, for substantial and thorough input :D
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level 39
Jan 10, 2017
New York City? Los Angeles? Houston? Las Vegas?
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level 49
Mar 30, 2017
Murder in Las Vegas is on the rise. I did expect to see it in the list.
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level 65
Nov 3, 2017
Whelp, I guess now that murder rate is going to skyrocket...
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level 74
Nov 8, 2017
Yeah, next year we'll have Vegas with an asterisk on the list.
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level 17
Mar 30, 2017
gg ez
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level 61
May 3, 2017
Strange. I always feel so much safer in Pittsburgh than in Philadelphia.
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level 69
Jan 27, 2018
These numbers aren't really a perfect measure of how safe a city is. It depends on how the city boundaries are defined - maybe the official Philadelphia city boundaries include more suburbs than Pittsburgh. I definitely agree with your sentiment though - I live in Pittsburgh and it always seems very safe to me. It depends on which part of the city you're in though. I was in the Hill District at night a few months ago and it was pretty sketchy.
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level 76
Nov 4, 2017
The only thing I know about St Louis is it being the setting for "Meet Me In St Louis". Jars a little with it having the highest murder rate in the US.
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level 62
Jan 27, 2018
Yep. It's been on quite the decline
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level 60
Nov 4, 2017
"Plenty of murders in NYC but it's huge so it doesn't make the list " 328 murders is miniscule for a city of 8 million people. Very proud of my city
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level 62
Nov 5, 2017
Good info on the murder rate in Chicago
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level 71
Nov 10, 2017
Glad to see Buffalo's on the upswing, so shouldn't their change percentage been in green now because it's negative, like Cincinnati and Pittsburgh? (And kudos to all you Buffalonians out there for killing each other a full 26% less last year!)
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level ∞
Nov 10, 2017
Fixed the color
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level 66
Nov 17, 2017
So does this count the muslim in Orlando who killed around 50 people? Orlando has over a 400% increase since last year so I'm assuming this is the case. I wonder how much the single incident skewed the stats.
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level 59
Jan 2, 2018
Why is Stockton no longer on the list?
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level 59
Jan 2, 2018
I was about to ask, "What happened in Orlando?" Then I remembered...
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level 58
Jan 27, 2018
Of this list, 80% of the cities are east of the Mississippi River---and if you include St Louis which is right ON the river, it goes to 85%. Tulsa, Kansas City & Oakland are the only west cities. Rocky Mountain States: -0-. Rocky Mountain High, for sure.
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level 41
Jan 27, 2018
Love that this featured on the day I'm moving to Baltimore. My friend was googling this list just a few hours ago and listed the cities... I still did poorly
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level 67
Jan 27, 2018
Interestingly enough, whereas cities/states that vote Republican traditionally score worse on the "Least Educated States", most of these metro areas are predominantly Democrat in voting (not trying to argue, just presenting an interesting observation)
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level 77
Jan 29, 2018
All urban areas tend to vote more Democratic than the surrounding rural areas. And here we've got cities from Missouri, Louisiana, Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky... not exactly known for their Democratic party support. Though Democratic-leaning states tend to have more large cities, the list is dominated by cities in Republican-leaning states. Also not trying to argue, but your observation perhaps isn't interesting in the way you thought it was.
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level 61
Jan 29, 2018
St. Louis city votes almost entirely Democrat. Most of the crime happens within the city limits. So that argument doesn't work for the "most dangerous" city in America.
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level 77
Feb 3, 2018
Which part of "not trying to argue" did you not understand? Are you imagining things that I didn't and wouldn't say so that you have something to argue against? Or do you not know what a state is?
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level 67
Jan 27, 2018
Think you know where the States of USA are? ….. try my "Walk the coast of USA quiz"…… here it is
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level 60
Jan 28, 2018
Damn I live in Oakland I thought it was safe D;
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level 70
Jan 28, 2018
I live in NJ & I'm in Newark all the time. It sure doesn't feel like a murder capital there. I know the crime is concentrated in a few wards, generally towards Irvington, but I don't hesitate to go to a Devils hockey game or to the Ironbound district for dinner or lunch. So the areas I don't see have to be in really, really bad shape.
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level 54
Jan 28, 2018
Koala, even though those drugs gangs were formed in the US they were formed by foreigners from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala so in a way they they were from a foreign source. Also why has Orlando had such a spike in Murders?
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level 77
Jan 29, 2018
one incident
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level 65
Jan 29, 2018
Got every one but Louisville. I look at rate of sexual crimes, especially rape, in assessing a place's safety. Murder gets all the headlines but sexual violence is extremely devastating to individuals, families and communities. Cities' sexual violence statistics do not seem to be especially correlative to their murder rates. Many cities may not have tons of murders, but are very dangerous places for sexual violence. It's really amazing how statistically safe New York City is these days, especially given its history.
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level 44
Jan 30, 2018
What the f***'s going down in St Louis in the middle of nowhere in Missouri and why?
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level 45
Feb 4, 2018
Where is San Andreas, Los Santos and Vice City? I personally murdered millions in there.
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level 55
Dec 12, 2018
There is a striking similarity between these answers and answers on some other quiz with a different topic that I did a couple of days ago, but nevermind... :)
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level 39
Apr 29, 2019
Just started guessing places in the end!
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level ∞
Oct 4, 2019
Sadly, it would seem that protests against police brutality in St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago have led to a decrease in the police presence in those areas, and a corresponding increase in murders. There needs to be a more constructive dialogue to decrease the amount of police brutality while also acknowledging the incredibly stressful job that officers are asked to perform.
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level ∞
Oct 4, 2019
More interesting stats:

  • The city of Irvine California (population 288,052) had NO murders in 2018.
  • New York City had a murder rate of 3.46. This is down from a peak of 30.7 in 1990.
  • Vinita Park, Missouri (murder rate 118.1) was the most dangerous city with a population over 10,000. The introductory sentence of their website says "Vinita Park is a Safe City". Wow.
  • Think things in St. Louis are bad? Just be glad you don't live in East St. Louis (murder rate 86.4)
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level 65
Oct 5, 2019
Irvine is amazing. Every city in America should be taking notes from them.
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level 46
Nov 7, 2019
As a resident of St. Louis, I want to clear up some things about St Louis. There are certain areas in St Louis which are incredibly dangerous, and every local knows exactly where those areas are. Almost every suburb is very safe, and many parts of the city are too. Ask a local where not to go and we will give you very specific instructions. St Louis as a whole gets a bad rap from a small amount of incredibly dangerous areas.
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level 57
Nov 7, 2019
The common link is .............................................................................................................................Democrats !
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level 70
Nov 7, 2019
And who would want to murder Democrats the most?


Republicans!
Republicans is the Murderer!
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level 21
Nov 7, 2019
Nothing to be proud of.
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level 44
Nov 7, 2019
Glad to see Detroit down
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level 50
Nov 8, 2019
Some nonsense on here - the UK has one fifth the murder rate of the US. and around 35 times fewer gun murders Violent crime is more complicated - because what is counted as a violent crime varies greatly between countries. The correlation between levels of gun ownership and gun violence is exceptionally clear. It is not the only factor - but in countries that are in other ways similar - wealth, democracy etc..., those with more guns have more gun deaths
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level 57
Nov 9, 2019
Anyone who has watched 'The Wire' would have got Baltimore.
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level 77
Nov 9, 2019
I watched every episode of Dexter and Breaking Bad but that didn't help.
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level 58
Nov 10, 2019
Why is the average score so low? 10?
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level 61
Nov 12, 2019
High murder rates do not necessarily mean these cities as a whole are unsafe. Chicago, for instance, is an exceptionally safe city as long as you stay out of the really bad parts. The overwhelming majority of murders are committed in two small clusters of neighborhoods, one on the West Side and one on the South Side. Those areas are absolute war zones, and their murders count as much as any other, but they're mostly committed in gang wars, and nobody would ever wander into those neighborhoods by accident. The North Side, downtown, and near west and near south sides (basically anywhere a visitor would go) are all very safe. I'm sure this is true of other cities on this list. That's not to belittle the horrific violence in those neighborhoods or the people there who have to deal with it, but those neighborhoods really skew the stats. I've lived here eight years, and the only crime victims I know are all from the same very distressed West Side neighborhood.