These Are The Major U.S. Cities With The Highest Murder Rates, According To The FBI

11/12/2014 05:33 pm ET | Updated Nov 12, 2014
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The FBI has released its annual stats for major U.S. cities with the highest crime figures. Topping the list -- with far and away the worst murder and violent crime rates -- is Detroit.

The bureau on Monday published its 2013 Uniform Crime Reporting statistics, which show in part that Detroit has both the highest rates of murder and violent crime for cities with a population over 200,000. In 2013, the Michigan city recorded 316 murders (which includes non-negligent manslaughter), or 45 per 100,000 people. That's 10 times the national average and the highest of all large U.S. cities. Detroit also notched 14,500 violent crimes, or 2,070 per 100,000 people.

The FBI defines murder and non-negligent manslaughter as the "willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another." Violent crime includes those offenses, as well as rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Coming in behind the Motor City, New Orleans had the second-highest murder rate, and Oakland had the second-highest rate of violent crime.

One bright spot for Detroit is that crime rates actually took a dive from 2012, when there were 55 murders per 100,000 people, as well as a higher rate of all violent crimes.

"We will continue our focus on eradicating violence, and certainly dismantling these street gangs," Detroit Police Chief James Craig said last month after a 3-year-old girl was killed and four others were injured in a shooting.

The FBI warns against using Uniform Crime Reporting statistics to make assumptions about locales or to rank law enforcement agencies. The statistics, the bureau says, exclude factors such as population density, economic conditions and employment rates, which can affect crime differently across different cities.

Below, see the 10 U.S. cities with populations over 200,000 that had the highest murder rates in 2013, according to the FBI's data.

  • 10 Kansas City, Missouri
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  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 21 Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 99 Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 1,260 Total violent crimes: 5,864 Population: 465,514
    All data from FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Report.
  • 9 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 21 Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 49 Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 924 Total violent crimes: 2,127 Population: 230,212
    All data from FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Report.
  • 8 Oakland, California
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  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 22 Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 90 Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 1,977 Total violent crimes: 7,984 Population: 403,887
    All data from FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Report.
  • 7 Cincinnati, Ohio
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  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 24 Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 70 Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 953 Total violent crimes: 2,826 Population: 296,491
    All data from FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Report.
  • 6 Birmingham, Alabama
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  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 30 Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 63 Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 1,345 Total violent crimes: 2,852 Population: 212,001
    All data from FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Report.
  • 5 Baltimore, Maryland
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  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 37 Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 233 Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 1,401 Total violent crimes: 8,725 Population: 622,671
    All data from FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Report.
  • 4 St. Louis, Missouri
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  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 38 Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 120 Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 1,594 Total violent crimes: 5,077 Population: 318,563
    All data from FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Report.
  • 3 Newark, New Jersey
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  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 40 Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 112 Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 1,264 Total violent crimes: 3,516 Population: 278,246
    All data from FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Report.
  • 2 New Orleans, Louisiana
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  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 41 Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 156 Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 786 Total violent crimes: 2,965 Population: 377,022
    All data from FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Report.
  • 1 Detroit, Michigan
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  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 45 Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 316 Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 2,072 Total violent crimes: 14,504 Population: 699,889
    All data from FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Report.

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