Readers of TTAG know all how Murder City, USA gained its moniker. But Wirepoints, a non-profit research service, evaluated homicide statistics from America’s 75 largest states and confirmed that in sheer numbers, Chicago easily earns the top spot. In fact, Chicago has earned that spot for eleven years in a row!
Meanwhile, in terms of the homicide rate, New Orleans captured the crown for most killings per 100,000.
Chicago earned the title of most homicides with 697 according to Wirepoints. HeyJackass.com, the local authority, pegs the true number at 737. Why the difference? Because Lori Lightfoot’s administration massaged the numbers to exclude homicides that take place where the Chicago PD doesn’t have primary jurisdiction…think: Interstates, university property, forest preserves, etc.
It’s all part of the games they play to pretend that crime isn’t as bad in the Windy City as it really is. Her Honor really wanted that homidice total to start with a six instead of a seven.
Wirepoints has the dirty details . . .
Just 90 minutes into the new year came Chicago’s first criminal homicide of 2023. Dead was 38-year-old Austin McAllister. No activists picketed City Hall the next morning. No one cried, “Say His Name.” Why? 2022 had just ended with far too many Chicago homicides to remember any names – a nation-leading 697.
In Baltimore, after yet another December murder, Mayor Brandon Scott could only ask, “why are people shooting and killing each other?” And in New Orleans, when pressed for answers on the city’s nation-leading homicide rate, Mayor LaToya Cantrell could only resort to blaming covid and guns.
Local governments in America’s homicide hot-spots continue to falter in their role as protectors of public safety, even though the nation is now more than two years removed from George Floyd’s murder and the pandemic is largely in the rear view mirror.
Wirepoints surveyed publicly-available crime data from the 75 largest U.S. cities to identify which suffered the most and least criminal homicides in 2022, and to track the upward trend in violence since 2019. That was the year before George Floyd’s death roiled the nation and helped spark an ongoing wave of violent crime. See Appendix A for the complete 75-city ranking.
This report ends with a deeper look at the causes of the crises occurring in the nation’s worst homicide hubs. Chicago suffers from a trifecta of failure: Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, the county’s Chief Judge Timothy Evans and Mayor Lori Lightfoot have crippled criminal justice and destroyed police morale. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner blames everything but his own permissive policies for his city’s crime wave. And New Orleans’ ethically-challenged Mayor Cantrell has shown no leadership in dealing with her city’s worsening violence.
This report’s key findings include:
- Chicago’s 697 criminal homicides in 2022 were the most in the nation for the 11th-straight year. Philadelphia suffered the 2nd-most with 516. New York City (438), Houston (435) and Los Angeles (382) rounded out the top 5. By contrast, cities with the fewest homicides out of the 75 surveyed were Plano, TX and Gilbert, AZ. They suffered 1 and 3 murders, respectively.
- New Orleans’ 2022 homicide rate of 74.3 homicides per 100,000 residents was the nation’s highest of the 75 cities surveyed. Rounding out the top 5 were St. Louis (68.2), Baltimore (58.1), Detroit (48.9) and Memphis (45.9). By comparison the nationwide homicide rate was 6.5 per 100,000 in 2020 (the most recent reliable national rate).
- The safest of the nation’s 75 largest cities by homicide rate was Plano, TX with just 0.3 per 100,000. Following were Gilbert, AZ at 1.1 per 100,000, Henderson, NV with 1.6, Chandler, AZ at 3.2 and San Jose, CA with 3.6.
- The nation’s safe havens are increasingly concentrated in the West. All but one of the 10 cities with the nation’s highest homicide rates were located on or east of the Mississippi River in 2022. Of the 10 cities with the lowest homicide rates, all but one were located west of the Mississippi.
- 2022 homicide rates were typically much worse across the nation’s 20 “homicide hubs” compared to 2019. Half of those cities experienced a 50 percent or higher increase in their homicide rate versus 2019. Pittsburgh’s homicide rate grew 92 percent between 2019 and 2022. New Orleans’ rate grew 139 percent and Milwaukee’s 129 percent.
There’s a LOT more… go read the rest here.
It’s a damning indictment of the “progressive” soft-on-crime policies and non-prosecuting prosecutors that make these cities hellholes for law-abiding people who haven’t yet moved to safer spaces.
It also makes claims that Atlanta is “too dangerous” to host the Democrat National Convention because of Georgia’s commitment to safeguarding Constitutional rights even more laughable. No serious person could make that argument.
Meanwhile, in Florida under the leadership of Ron DeSantis, crime is at 50-year lows. This despite an influx of new immigrants. Go figure.