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Oct 8, 2019

2018 Top Murder Cities in The U.S.

Murder in America

In America, an estimated 16,214 people were murdered in 2018. This was a 6.2% decrease from the 2017 estimate.
Here are murder rates in 65 major U.S. cities (cities with greater than 100,000 residents) for 2018. These rates are calculated using the FBI's 2018 Crime in the United States data.

Only two Alabama cities made it on the CBS News list of the most murderous cities in America in 2018:

Mobile, ranked 54th.
Montgomery, ranked 33rd.

Frankly, I'm astounded Birmingham is not on the list.  There were 107 homicides in Alabama's largest city in 2018. Montgomery had 39.

[UPDATE: apparently Birmingham has not been sharing its crime stats with the FBI. Same thing happened in 2017 according to a column by John Archibald.]

I am not surprised to see so many of the murders---almost half--- happened in the South:
"Of the estimated number of murders in the United States, 46.2 percent were reported in the South, 22.0 percent were reported in the Midwest, 19.9 percent were reported in the West, and 11.9 percent were reported in the Northeast. (See Table 3.)"

Both of the runoff candidates in today's mayoral election have made crime on of their top issues. Today's CBS story is likely to make it even more so as voters to go the polls starting at 7:00 AM.

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