We live in a world where, unfortunately, gun attacks, and even massacres aren’t a rare thing – just the opposite.
They seem to happen more often as time goes by. It is not something to be proud of, and yet, it seems to have become sort of a trend, not only in the U.S. but in the whole world. Luckily, over the last decade the murder rates in major U.S. cities have declined, and NYC went from 2,000 homicides in 1990 to ‘only’ 300. However, the situation hasn’t improved everywhere.
Here are the cities that should definitely be ashamed of the statistics which are among the top 10 cities of all sizes and populations with the highest murder rates in the entire U.S.
1. Detroit, Michigan
With a population of around 700,000 citizens, this city has the highest rate of violent crime compared to any U.S. city with a population of over 200,000 according to the FBI. In Detroit, city officials reported 386 criminal homicides in 2012, which is the highest number since 1992. In 2013, there were 333, which is a bit less, but still a huge number.
So if you are thinking of moving to Detroit, you might want to rethink it, or at least pick a safer part of the city – the Michigan Metropolitan Information Center says that Downtown Detroit has a much smaller homicide rate than the city average.
2. Baltimore, Maryland
In 2011, there were 196 murders in Baltimore, which was the lowest number since 1978. But, alas, the decline was short-lived, since they made up for the shortage in the two following years (219 in 2012 and 235 in 2013).
And it seems to be getting even worse: in May this year, Baltimore recorded the highest homicide rate in more than 40 years. There were over a hundred (108 to be exact) non-fatal shootings, and 43 homicides in 30 days. Who knows what the total sum will be at the end of the year? This information makes you feel a bit chilly and you probably want to get as far away from this town as you can, don’t you?
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans has struggled with murder rates for quite some time now, and this year is no exception. In fact, there may even be more murders compared to last year’s numbers. This rise in deadly violence may be connected with the decrease in the number of homicide detectives, whose number is the lowest this year compared to the last five years.
This city saw a slight drop (six or less) in the number of murders in 2014, so they hoped that the number will continue to drop, but this was not the case. It was an unrealistic expectation, since they decreased the number of homicide detectives from 29 to 22, so there weren’t enough people to catch murderers and stop them from killing again.
4. Louis, Missouri
Crime rates in St. Louis are generally high, and according to the latest report from June this year, there were 4,456 crimes in May. The St. Louis Police Department reported 15 homicides only in May, while there were 20 reported murders in April (compared to 8 in May last year).
According to the report, there have been a total of 70 murders up until now this year. You have to agree, this is a very high number of murders for one city, and these reports are really enough to make us scared about even thinking of moving to St. Louis.
5. East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana
With a population of 29,698 according to the 2010 census, this city is relatively small, but the crime rates are unbelievably high.
According to city data, your chance of being a victim of homicide in this city is 1 in 15. That is not something you should take lightly. East Chicago ranks 15 on the list of 100 cities in the U.S. with the highest murder rates, and even though it is not very large, more murders happen here than in some much bigger cities (much, much bigger). Fortunately, it seems that the number of murders is much lower than it was in 2008 and 2010, and maybe we are close to the light at the end of the dark tunnel.
6. San Bernardino, California
When all the communities of all sizes in the U.S. are taken into account, San Bernardino still makes the list as one of the cities with the highest crime rates. Your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime is 1 in 97. This city has one of the highest violent crime rates in all America. An average number of murders that happen annually in this city is 46, which is a much lower number than the rates of other crimes in this city, such as rape, robbery and assault.
According to the 2010 census, there are 209,924 people living in this city, and it is the poorest city of this population-size in California, and right after Detroit the second poorest in all America. Maybe this has to do with the high murder rates, as it has been noticed that poorer communities tend to have higher crime rates.
7. Compton, L.A. County, California
This is another city in California that made it to the list of the cities with the highest murder rates.
According to the 2010 census, the total population of this city was 96,455. In the last year, Compton has become the 14th deadliest community in L.A. There were 2.3 murders per 10,000 people, which means that only in one year, in this relatively small community, there have been around 22 murders. The murders here are usually racially based, and African Americans are the ones who are killed most frequently. This town puts shame on what America is trying to be.
8. Harvey, Cook County, Illinois
According to the 2010 census, this city has a population of 25,282. Compared to the other mentioned cities this one has the lowest population. Here, unemployment rates are high and poverty is widespread, so it is no wonder that the crime rates are high.
The annual average number of murders here is around 10 per 1,000 citizens, according to reports from Neighborhood Scout. Compared to all the communities in America, of all sizes, Harvey is among the cities with the highest crime rates. In Illinois, 99 percent of communities have less crime than Harvey.
This is a very dangerous place to live, and who would want to move here anyway, when poverty is the force that rules this city? The FBI released a report according to which your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Harvey is 1 in 62.