Murder rate in U.S. cities with 250k or more residents in 2018

In 2018, St. Louis, Missouri had the highest homicide rate in U.S. cities with a population over 250,000, at 60.94 homicides per 100,000 residents. In comparison, Virginia Beach, Virginia had one of the lowest, with a homicide rate of 1.55 homicides per 100,000 residents.

St. Louis


St. Louis is the second-largest city by population in Missouri. It is home to many famous treasures such as the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, Washington University in St. Louis, the Saint Louis Zoo, and the renowned Gateway Arch. It is home to many corporations such as Monsanto, Arch Coal, and Emerson Electric. The economy of St. Louis is centered around business and healthcare, and in addition is home to ten Fortune 500 companies.

Crime in St. Louis


Despite all of this, St. Louis suffers from high levels of crime and violence. In 2018, it was listed as the 15th most dangerous city in the world as a result of their extremely high murder rate. Not only did St. Louis have the highest homicide rate in the United States, it also had the fifth highest number of violent crimes in 2018. In spite of high crime levels, the GDP of the St. Louis metropolitan area has been increasing since 2001, and saw a significant spike between 2017 and 2018.

Rate of homicides in U.S. cities with populations greater than 250,000 in 2018

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Sources

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Rate calculated by Statista per 100,000 residents
The source does not include data for cities in the the New York-New Jersey-Newark Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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