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Two cities in South Carolina are among the worst in the country for murder rates.

It’s not a list any city wants to end up on, but two South Carolina cities are ranked among the murder capitals of the United States.

The good people over at NeighborhoodScout.com, ranked the top 30 cities in the country with the highest murder rates. Our sister stations in Detroit, with writer Anne Erickson, first reported this story.

St. Louis was the worst in the country, with a massive increase year-over-year.

“The number one murder capital this year is St. Louis, MO, up from the number three spot on last year’s list,” Neighborhood Scout said in its report. “St. Louis, MO reported 263 murders, which is an increase of 36% compared to last year with a murder rate of .87 per 1,000 population.”

There were 14 new cities on the list of 30 this year, with one notable removal from the list. East St. Louis had previously had the worst murder rate for six straight years. But the population has plummeted in the city, and it fell under the threshold for measurement this year.

“The newcomer on this list with the highest murder rate is Saginaw, MI.  The number of murders in Saginaw more than doubled from the previous year.  Another newcomer, Milwaukee, WI, had the highest number of murders at 193, a 97% increase compared to last year’s murder count.”

Fortunately, no North Carolina cities were in the top 30, but two cities from South Carolina found their way onto the list of the murder capitals in the country, including one that’s pretty close by.

Here’s the Top 30 rankings, according to NeighborhoodScout.com:

  • 30. Richmond, Virginia

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .29
    • 4.5X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  66
  • 29. Washington, D.C.

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .29
    • 4.5X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  201
  • 28. Cincinnati, Ohio

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .30
    • 4.6X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  92
  • 27. Florence, South Carolina

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .30
    • 4.6X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  12
  • 26. San Bernardino, California

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .31
    • 4.7X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  68
  • 25. North Little Rock, Arkansas

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .31
    • 4.8X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  20
  • 24. Camden, New Jersey

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .32
    • 4.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  23
  • 23. North Charleston, South Carolina

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .33
    • 5.1X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  38
  • 22. Dayton, Ohio

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .33
    • 5.1X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  46
  • 21. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .33
    • 5.1X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  193
  • 20. Kansas City, Missouri

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .35
    • 5.3X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  176
  • 19. Portsmouth, Virginia

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .35
    • 5.3X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  34
  • 18. Shreveport, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .37
    • 5.7X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  69
  • 17. Inkster, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .38
    • 5.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  10
  • 16. Monroe, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .40
    • 6.1X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  19
  • 15. Alexandria, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .42
    • 6.5X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  19
  • 14. Riviera Beach, Florida

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .43
    • 6.5X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  16
  • 13. Cleveland, Ohio

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .43
    • 6.6X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  160
  • 12. Trenton, New Jersey

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .44
    • 6.8X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  40
  • 11. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .45
    • 6.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  102
  • 10. Wilmington, Delaware

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .45
    • 6.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  32
  • 9. Memphis, Tennessee

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .46
    • 7.0X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  289
  • 8. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .46
    • 7.1X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  23
  • 7. Detroit, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .52
    • 7.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  330
  • 6. New Orleans, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .52
    • 8.1X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  201
  • 5. Pine Bluff, Arkansas

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .56
    • 8.6X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  23
  • 4. Saginaw, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .57
    • 8.7X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  25
  • 3. Flint, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .58
    • 8.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  47
  • 2. Petersburg, Virginia

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .72
    • 11.0X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  24
  • 1. St. Louis, Missouri

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .87
    • 13.4X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders: 263
  • The Full Study

    NeighborhoodScout's Murder Capitals of America - 2022 - NeighborhoodScout

    2022 Top 30 Cities in the U.S. with the Highest Murder Rates, Ranked Big cities and small, our crime research reveal the 30 cities in America with the highest number of murders per 1,000 residents. Murder is the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.