Six Cities With Worst Murder Rates In United States

CBS Chicago

By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — During roughly the past three decades, there have been six cities that have been the worst for murders, per capita.

If you said Chicago made that list you would be …

Wrong.

As CBS Chicago correspondent Mason Johnson has reported in great detail, Chicago is not the “murder capital” of anything.

Officially the FBI states the Chicago metro area murder rate is about 7 per 100,000 residents, but that includes much more than just the city itself.

Within the city limits, that rate climbs to around 18–about four times the national average rate of around 4.7 murders per 100,000 people.

Obviously, that is too many murders. In recent years, New York City and Los Angeles have fewer murders than Chicago.

Still, that figure comes nowhere close to the worst rates historically in the United States.

Here is the breakdown, according to an analysis by…

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