Murder is the most heinous crime so often we are led to believe that murder is a very common crime in the United States. The statistics provided in the FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for 2013 present a different picture. While this chart shows the top 500 cities for murder in the U.S., the true image of this statistic is seen in the rate as a percentage to the population.
When we look at the percentages, murder, though a terrible crime, is not the leading crime facing the criminal justice system and societyt. Of all the crimes reported in the UCR, this is perhaps the one which is nearest to actual. Many crimes in the nation go unreported each year for various reasons:
- Rape victims often do not report because of shame,
- theft victims often do not report because perhaps they were involved in an activity they do not want known, and
- there can be any number of reasons why various other crimes are not reported.
Murder on the other hand, is always reported when there is a body; the report is the body. Of course, missing persons have often been murdered, but without a body, there is generally no crime declared. When a body finally is discovered it becomes a statistic. So, this particular crime, murder (properly termed homicide) is perhaps the closest to accurate reporting of all the crimes in the FBI UCR.
Top 500 U.S. Cities Murder/Homicide 2013
Following is the chart of the Top 500 Cities for Murder in terms of actual crimes committed. This chart is downloadable and may be opened in Google Doc Viewer.
Top 500 U.S. Cities Murder/Homicide 2013 as a Percent to Population
As mentioned at the outset, the best way to view murder rates in a city is as a percent to the population. This is because comparing the rates as a percentage of the population reveals the cities having the highest rates per capita. By viewing the data in this way, those researching homicide rates can draw more accurate comparisons. The following spreadsheet may be downloaded and opened using the same tools as the chart above. ‘