WalletHub’s “Cities with the Highest Homicide Rate Problems” study is out and suggests that residents of blue cities have a higher chance of becoming a homicide victim.
The homicide rate in the United States has seen a rapid increase in recent years. In this study, WalletHub compared 45 of the largest US cities based on homicides per capita in Q4 2022, as well as homicides per capita in Q4 2022 versus Q4 2021 and Q4 2020.
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The top five worst cities for homicide, starting with #1, are: Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Las Vegas and Kansas City, Missouri.
The top five best cities for homicide rates, starting with no. 41, are: Scottsdale, Arizona; Anchorage, Alaska; Fort Worth, Texas; Dallas; and St. Petersburg, Florida.
The list is dominated by cities with strong Democratic governments with the only Republican city in the top 10 being Jacksonville, Florida at No. 9. The only other two Republican-controlled cities to make the list are Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at No. 27 and Fort Worth, Texas at no. 43.
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Additionally, reputable red states contribute only 19 spots on the list, with reputable blue states contributing 26. With lower numbers meaning a higher chance of murder, WalletHub ranked blue cities with an average score of 22, 29 with red states contributing an average score of 25.78.
“The fear of random crime and violence has always been a driving force affecting public perceptions of public safety, public order, and community well-being,” said Brian N. Williams, associate professor of public policy at the University of Virginia. “Consequently, there is increased sensitivity to overall quality of life or level of health, safety, fulfillment and happiness at both the individual and community levels when crime and violence are random.”
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