10 US Cities Plagued by Murder

St. Louis' murder rate is highest, with 59.8 murders for every 100,000 residents
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2018 1:20 PM CST
10 US Cities Plagued by Murder
Sorry, St. Louis.   (Getty Images/Prathaan)

It's not exactly an honor any US city wants to claim, but 10 of them have been dubbed the "murder capitals" of America, per 24/7 Wall St. The site, which notes a recent spike in murders (nearly 1,400 more across the nation in 2016 than in 2015), looked at the FBI's 2016 "Crime in the United States Report" to compare cities' murder rates per 100,000 citizens. What's contributing to individual cities' rising homicide rates: domestic violence, drug trafficking, an uptick in gang violence, and mass shooting events, like Orlando's in June 2016. Here, the top 10 cities, with their corresponding murder rates:

10. North Charleston, SC; 29 per 100,000
9. Memphis, Tenn.; 29.9 per 100,000
8. Orlando, Fla.; 30.2 per 100,000
7. Jackson, Miss.; 34.1 per 100,000
6. Cleveland; 35 per 100,000

Read on for the top five murder capitals in America

5. Newark, NJ; 35.5 per 100,000
4. New Orleans; 43.8 per 100,000
3. Detroit; 45.2 per 100,000
2. Baltimore; 51.4 per 100,000
1. St. Louis; 59.8 per 100,000

See what other cities made the list. (The 10 safest, and least safe, cities in America.)

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