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Crime rates in America have dropped steadily in the last 20 years. According to the Pew Research Center, violent crime rates fell over 50 percent from 1993 to 2015. Despite this overall trend, murder rates in the U.S. have gone up in the past two years. In some cities, murder rates increased at alarming speeds. For example, there were 496 murders in Chicago in 2015, compared with 762 in 2016.

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Which American cities experienced the highest murder rates in 2015? FindTheHome, a real estate intelligence site by Graphiq, found out using data collected by the 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The experts at FindTheHome ranked cities by their murder rate per 100,000 people. Only cities that had populations over 100,000 and murder rates over 10 were included. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program defines murder and nonnegligent manslaughter as the willful killing of one human being by another.


It’s important to note that although these 70 cities reflect a high murder rate in 2015, rates for the country overall are still historically low. Murder rates in the U.S. are down significantly from the 1980s and 1990s. Cities with higher murder rates range from large metropolises to smaller cities. Tackling crime and the murder rate in particular is a complex challenge for each city.

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Note: Some cities, including Cleveland, Ohio and Newark, New Jersey, have had higher than average murder rates in the past, but are not reported on by the 2015 FBI UCR.

Note: The data published here is meant solely to illustrate the relative rates of crime, and not to make assertions about the effectiveness of law enforcement. There are many factors that affect the rate and nature of crime — such as the degree of urbanization, composition of age groups, economic climate and modes of transportation within an area — which are not considered here. For more information on how to interpret FBI crime data, click here.

70. Jersey City, N.J.

  • Population: 265,159
  • Murder rate: 10.18 per 100K
    • 27 reported murders in 2015

69. Dallas, Texas

  • Population: 1,301,977
  • Murder rate: 10.45 per 100K
    • 136 reported murders in 2015

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

68. Omaha, Neb.

  • Population: 452,252
  • Murder rate: 10.61 per 100K
    • 48 reported murders in 2015

67. Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.

  • Population: 658,029
  • Murder rate: 10.94 per 100K
    • 72 reported murders in 2015

66. Pueblo, Colo.

  • Population: 108,810
  • Murder rate: 11.03 per 100K
    • 12 reported murders in 2015

65. Shreveport, La.

  • Population: 197,592
  • Murder rate: 11.13 per 100K
    • 22 reported murders in 2015

64. Jacksonville, Fla.

  • Population: 867,258
  • Murder rate: 11.18 per 100K
    • 97 reported murders in 2015
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63. Norfolk, Va.

  • Population: 245,400
  • Murder rate: 11.37 per 100K
    • 28 reported murders in 2015

62. Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Population: 413,479
  • Murder rate: 11.41 per 100K
    • 47 reported murders in 2015

61. Oklahoma City, Okla.

  • Population: 630,621
  • Murder rate: 11.58 per 100K
    • 73 reported murders in 2015

60. Hampton, Va.

  • Population: 136,381
  • Murder rate: 11.68 per 100K
    • 16 reported murders in 2015

59. Springfield, Mass.

  • Population: 154,090
  • Murder rate: 11.73 per 100K
    • 18 reported murders in 2015

58. Louisville/Jefferson County, Ky.

  • Population: 680,550
  • Murder rate: 11.85 per 100K
    • 81 reported murders in 2015
(AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)

57. Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Population: 185,638
  • Murder rate: 11.86 per 100K
    • 22 reported murders in 2015

56. Orlando, Fla.

  • Population: 268,438
  • Murder rate: 11.9 per 100K
    • 32 reported murders in 2015

55. Modesto, Calif.

  • Population: 210,794
  • Murder rate: 11.92 per 100K
    • 25 reported murders in 2015

54. Killeen, Texas

  • Population: 140,497
  • Murder rate: 12.06 per 100K
    • 17 reported murders in 2015

53. Charleston, S.C.

  • Population: 132,585
  • Murder rate: 12.07 per 100K
    • 16 reported murders in 2015

52. Wilmington, N.C.

  • Population: 115,434
  • Murder rate: 12.1 per 100K
    • 14 reported murders in 2015

51. Peoria, Ill.

  • Population: 116,066
  • Murder rate: 12.13 per 100K
    • 14 reported murders in 2015

50. Paterson, N.J.

  • Population: 146,588
  • Murder rate: 12.28 per 100K
    • 18 reported murders in 2015

49. Santa Maria, Calif.

  • Population: 104,355
  • Murder rate: 12.46 per 100K
    • 13 reported murders in 2015

48. Rockford, Ill.

  • Population: 148,178
  • Murder rate: 12.81 per 100K
    • 19 reported murders in 2015

47. Bridgeport, Conn.

  • Population: 148,313
  • Murder rate: 12.82 per 100K
    • 19 reported murders in 2015

46. Chattanooga, Tenn.

  • Population: 174,969
  • Murder rate: 13.15 per 100K
    • 23 reported murders in 2015

45. Durham, N.C.

  • Population: 257,911
  • Murder rate: 13.18 per 100K
    • 34 reported murders in 2015
(AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)

44. Houston, Texas

  • Population: 2,275,221
  • Murder rate: 13.32 per 100K
    • 303 reported murders in 2015

43. Beaumont, Texas

  • Population: 117,635
  • Murder rate: 13.6 per 100K
    • 16 reported murders in 2015

42. Tulsa, Okla.

  • Population: 401,520
  • Murder rate: 13.7 per 100K
    • 55 reported murders in 2015

41. Newport News, Va.

  • Population: 182,975
  • Murder rate: 14.17 per 100K
    • 26 reported murders in 2015

40. Akron, Ohio

  • Population: 197,587
  • Murder rate: 14.21 per 100K
    • 28 reported murders in 2015

39. Vallejo, Calif.

  • Population: 121,257
  • Murder rate: 14.84 per 100K
    • 18 reported murders in 2015

38. Lafayette, La.

  • Population: 127,273
  • Murder rate: 14.93 per 100K
    • 19 reported murders in 2015

37. Syracuse, N.Y.

  • Population: 144,027
  • Murder rate: 15.27 per 100K
    • 22 reported murders in 2015
(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

36. Rochester, N.Y.

  • Population: 209,922
  • Murder rate: 15.72 per 100K
    • 33 reported murders in 2015

35. Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Population: 258,096
  • Murder rate: 15.86 per 100K
    • 41 reported murders in 2015

34. Miami Gardens, Fla.

  • Population: 113,469
  • Murder rate: 15.89 per 100K
    • 18 reported murders in 2015

33. Stockton, Calif.

  • Population: 304,890
  • Murder rate: 16.07 per 100K
    • 49 reported murders in 2015

32. Little Rock, Ark.

  • Population: 198,647
  • Murder rate: 16.11 per 100K
    • 32 reported murders in 2015

31. Montgomery, Ala.

  • Population: 199,139
  • Murder rate: 16.57 per 100K
    • 33 reported murders in 2015

30. Waco, Texas

  • Population: 131,413
  • Murder rate: 16.74 per 100K
    • 22 reported murders in 2015

29. South Bend, Ind.

  • Population: 101,240
  • Murder rate: 16.79 per 100K
    • 17 reported murders in 2015

28. Indianapolis, Ind.

  • Population: 863,675
  • Murder rate: 17.12 per 100K
    • 148 reported murders in 2015
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

27. Miami, Fla.

  • Population: 437,969
  • Murder rate: 17.14 per 100K
    • 75 reported murders in 2015

26. North Charleston, S.C.

  • Population: 109,051
  • Murder rate: 17.42 per 100K
    • 19 reported murders in 2015

25. Chicago, Ill.

  • Population: 2,728,695
  • Murder rate: 17.52 per 100K
    • 478 reported murders in 2015

24. Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Population: 1,567,810
  • Murder rate: 17.86 per 100K
    • 280 reported murders in 2015
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

23. Dayton, Ohio

  • Population: 140,683
  • Murder rate: 18.48 per 100K
    • 26 reported murders in 2015

22. Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • Population: 306,870
  • Murder rate: 18.57 per 100K
    • 57 reported murders in 2015

21. Kansas City, Kan.

  • Population: 150,370
  • Murder rate: 18.62 per 100K
    • 28 reported murders in 2015

20. Richmond, Va.

  • Population: 220,802
  • Murder rate: 19.47 per 100K
    • 43 reported murders in 2015

19. Atlanta, Ga.

  • Population: 464,710
  • Murder rate: 20.23 per 100K
    • 94 reported murders in 2015
(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

18. San Bernardino, Calif.

  • Population: 216,477
  • Murder rate: 20.26 per 100K
    • 44 reported murders in 2015

17. Oakland, Calif.

  • Population: 419,481
  • Murder rate: 20.33 per 100K
    • 85 reported murders in 2015

16. Memphis, Tenn.

  • Population: 657,936
  • Murder rate: 20.52 per 100K
    • 135 reported murders in 2015

15. West Palm Beach, Fla.

  • Population: 104,919
  • Murder rate: 20.97 per 100K
    • 22 reported murders in 2015

14. Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Population: 298,478
  • Murder rate: 22.11 per 100K
    • 66 reported murders in 2015
(Flickr / Travis Estell)

13. Savannah, Ga.

  • Population: 240,178
  • Murder rate: 22.48 per 100K
    • 54 reported murders in 2015

12. Kansas City, Mo.

  • Population: 473,373
  • Murder rate: 23.03 per 100K
    • 109 reported murders in 2015

11. Washington, D.C.

  • Population: 672,228
  • Murder rate: 24.1 per 100K
    • 162 reported murders in 2015

10. Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Population: 600,400
  • Murder rate: 24.15 per 100K
    • 145 reported murders in 2015

9. Salinas, Calif.

  • Population: 158,185
  • Murder rate: 25.29 per 100K
    • 40 reported murders in 2015

8. Hartford, Conn.

  • Population: 124,553
  • Murder rate: 25.69 per 100K
    • 32 reported murders in 2015

7. Baton Rouge, La.

  • Population: 228,727
  • Murder rate: 26.23 per 100K
    • 60 reported murders in 2015

6. Jackson, Miss.

  • Population: 170,508
  • Murder rate: 31.08 per 100K
    • 53 reported murders in 2015
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

5. Birmingham, Ala.

  • Population: 212,291
  • Murder rate: 37.21 per 100K
    • 79 reported murders in 2015

4. New Orleans, La.

  • Population: 393,447
  • Murder rate: 41.68 per 100K
    • 164 reported murders in 2015

3. Detroit, Mich.

  • Population: 673,225
  • Murder rate: 43.82 per 100K
    • 295 reported murders in 2015

2. Baltimore, Md.

  • Population: 621,252
  • Murder rate: 55.37 per 100K
    • 344 reported murders in 2015

1. St. Louis, Mo.

  • Population: 317,095
  • Murder rate: 59.29 per 100K
    • 188 reported murders in 2015

Tessa Boyce, FindTheHome |