According to the State of Minnesota, Bureau of Criminal Apprehensions, there were 201 murders and 68 negligent homicides in 2021.
Homicides in Minnesota exploded alongside the Black Lives Matter riots that rocked the state.
Year: # of homicides (population, homicide rate)
1995: 182 (4,610k, 3.9 per 100k) – highest rate in history
1996: 167 (4,658k, 3.6 per 100k) – 2nd highest in history
2016: 101 (5,525k, 1.8 per 100k)
2017: 114 (5,569k, 2.0 per 100k)
2018: 107 (5,609k, 1.9 per 100k)
2019: 117 (5,640k, 2.1 per 100k)
2020: 190 (5,657k, 3.4 per 100k) – 4th highest in history
2021: 201 (5,707k, 3.5 per 100k) – 3rd highest in history
Note: Records go back to 1960. So these are the four highest known homicide rates.
According to state data, there was 122 people arrested for murder in 2020.
56.6% – Black
36.9% – White/Latino/Other
5.7% – American Indian
0.8% – Asian
In data submitted to the FBI, 62.5% of known homicide offenders in Minnesota were Black in 2020.
According to the 2021 Minnesota BCA report:
Murder (non-negligent homicides):
76.0% of known offenders were Black
65.4% of homicide victims were Black
86.8% of known offenders were Black
56.7% of victims were White
52.0% of known offenders were Black
50.3% of victims are were White
Blacks made up roughly 8% of the population of Minnesota, but committed homicide and other major crimes at rates that are hard to even believe. However, this website has already compiled data that supports this. We analyzed all the homicides in St. Paul, MN In 2020. The city set a new all time record for its highest homicide rate. While St. Paul is about 17% Black, 89.7% of homicides, where the race of the offender is known, had a Black offender.
The 2021 report does not list arrest details for these crimes. Some Minnesota law enforcement agencies report this data to the FBI. However, data for the largest cities is missing.
Note: The category “White” includes all Latino and many other groups.