Some of these towns may not be so far from home…

Take a deep breath for this one…

According to the Global Peace Index, the United States of America is the 128th safest country in the world. There are 195 countries in the world.

That’s a pretty disturbing statistic.

A big factor that determines the safety index of countries is their murder rate.

The United States’ safety rank has decreased each year since 2016.

The murder rate varies greatly between cities in the United States and this becomes quite evident. All it takes is a 30 minute car ride touring a couple of towns to see what kind of dire straits some communities are in. The divide between the wealthy and the poor couldn’t be more evident.

Crime rates are affected by several factors. Factors that influence crime rates include lower arrest probabilities, social influences, and family structures. Many attribute the high violent crime rates to gangs and gang violence in urban areas.

The United States also has a mass shooting occur, on average, every 200 days. These mass shootings drastically bring up murder rates in the cities that they occur in.

A common misconception is that the cities with larger populations have the highest murder rates.

New York City, for example, has a population of 8.39 million people but with 300 murders and a murder rate of 3.4 in 2017, it doesn’t even make it into the top 50 most deadly cities.

Cities with the Most Murders 2022

The 20 cities in the United States with the highest murder rates (murders per 100,000 people) are:

  1. St. Louis, MO (69.4)
  2. Baltimore, MD (51.1)
  3. New Orleans, LA (40.6)
  4. Detroit, MI (39.7)
  5. Cleveland, OH (33.7)
  6. Las Vegas, NV (31.4)
  7. Kansas City, MO (31.2)
  8. Memphis, TN (27.1)
  9. Newark, NJ (25.6)
  10. Chicago, IL (24)
  11. Cincinnati, OH (23.8)
  12. Philadelphia, PA (20.2)
  13. Milwaukee, WI (20.0)
  14. Tulsa, OK (18.6)
  15. Pittsburgh, PA (18.4)
  16. Indianapolis, IN (17.7)
  17. Louisville, KY (17.5)
  18. Oakland, CA (17.1)
  19. Washington D.C. (17.0)
  20. Atlanta, GA (16.7)

St. Louis, Missouri has the highest murder rate of any US city with 69.4 murders per 100,000 people.

The high likelihood of violence is attributed to the parts of the city, such as East St. Louis, that experience conditions that increase this likelihood such as unsafe housing, a failing economy, and poor school systems.

Although murder rates in US cities are extremely high compared to other countries, some cities are experiencing their lowest numbers of murders in years. Newark, New Jersey had 72 murders in 2017, down from 94 in 2016. New York City’s 300 murders in 2017 is the lowest number the city has had since the 1950s.

New York City crime has increased by 26% in ONE YEAR.

Throughout the year, crime in New York City has shown increases in crime every month, and August was no exception.

According to NYPD statistics, crime in New York City increased by 26% in 2022 compared to 2021.

There were 8,906 crimes in August 2021 and 11,619 crimes in August 2022.


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