Violence in the US

A new report from Wallet Hub lists the cities with the highest growth in homicides during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The report highlights how widespread lethal violence has become in the US. Of course, that’s no surprise for anyone following US news.

New Orleans has always had the reputation as a wild city, and it leads the list in terms of increase in homicides. The Queen City, Cincinnati, is second, followed by the more usual suspects. However, Albuquerque (New Mexico), the college town of Durham (North Carolina) and the retirement community of St. Petersburg also make the top 20.

The top 20 cities for increases in homicides during COVID:

  1. New Orleans, Louisiana
  2. Cincinnati, Ohio
  3. Baltimore, Maryland
  4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  5. Detroit, Michigan
  6. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  7. Louisville, Kentucky
  8. Atlanta, Georgia
  9. Memphis, Tennessee
  10. Kansas City, Missouri
  11. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  12. St. Louis, Missouri
  13. St. Petersburg, Florida
  14. Washington, D.C.
  15. Indianapolis, Indiana
  16. Norfolk, Virginia
  17. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  18. Nashville, Tennessee
  19. Chicago, Illinois
  20. Durham, North Carolina

Tennessee and Missouri are notable for having two cities each in the top 20.

Notably missing from the top 20 are the largest US cities including New York City (ranked 38th), Los Angeles (33rd) and Dallas (30th).

A smaller but notable city, Boston, is 43rd, and San Francisco doesn’t make the top 50 at all, making these two safer and in my personal opinion more enjoyable to visit than most of the cities listed.

One anomaly in the list is the treatment of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. The two cities are adjacent, share a common airport, and are treated by the Census as a single metropolitan area. In this list, they are separated, with Dallas ranking 30th and Fort Worth at 37th.



  1. Don’t know about the other cities but in Cincinnati – my town – In 2021 so far, Cincinnati Police said 15% of homicides committed in the city have been domestic violence related; In 2020, only 5% of homicides were connected to domestic violence.

    In 2019, only 4% of homicides in Cincinnati were related to domestic violence.

    Being cooped up for pandemic with guns in too many homes has violent consequences, it appears.

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