Where in the United States can the highest murder rates be found? The insights team at TruePeopleSearch sought this answer out by comparing the murder and non-negligent manslaughter rates of every metropolitan statistical area in the country. Not only did they find the metro areas with the highest rates of murder, but they also found the areas that saw the largest increase, as well as decrease, in murder rates between 2010 and 2018. You may be surprised to see some smaller metro areas top the list with huge increases in their rate of murder.
Pine Bluff, a small metro area in Arkansas, even tops the list for the highest murder rate in the country at 22.3 murders per every 100,000 residents. The metro area that came in second, Danville, Illinois; with a murder rate of 20.8 was found to have the largest increase since 2010 when the murder rate was just 1.3. As this chart shows, smaller cities have begun to fall victim to an increase in crime as opportunities become more scarce.