We will be adding states as 2021 homicide data becomes available.

When we say highest homicide rate in history, this means the highest on record. The records generally go back to 1960.

Year: # of homicides (population, homicide rate)

Kentucky:

2019: 221 (4,472k, 4.9 per 100k)
2020: 323 (4,477k, 7.2 per 100k) – highest rate since 1990
2021: 365+ (4,509k, 8.1 per 100k) – highest rate since 1983

Note: 2021 homicide total is incomplete and will probably rise.

Illinois:

The state of Illinois has not published an official number. However, Cook County, which constitutes a large majority of all homicides in the state, has.

Cook County:

2019: 675 (5,145k, 13.1 per 100k)
2020: 986 (5,108k, 19.3 per 100k)
2021: 1,087 (5,173k, 21.0 per 100k) – 2nd highest in history (1994 record)

Minnesota:

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

1995 was the record at 3.9 per 100k

Missouri:

2019: 578 (6,140k, 9.4 per 100k)
2020: 732 (6,152k, 11.9 per 100k) – highest rate in history
2021: 602 (6,168k, 9.8 per 100k)

North Carolina:

2019: 632 (10,630k, 5.9 per 100k)
2020: 852 (10,710, 8.0 per 100k)
2021: 960+ (10,550, 9.1+ per 100k) – highest rate since 1995

The state of Georgia lists 960 homicides and a rate of 9.7 per 100k for 2021. However, they only used data that covers about 95% of the state.

North Dakota:

2019: 24 (762k, 3.1 per 100k)
2020: 32 (765k, 4.2 per 100k) – highest rate in history
2021: 17 (774k, 2.2 per 100k)

Oregon:

2019: 116 (4,216k, 2.8 per 100k)
2020: 125 (4,242k, 2.9 per 100k) – highest rate since 1998
2021: 182 (4,246k, 4.3 per 100k) – highest rate since 1994

Ohio:

The state government of Ohio has not posted new details on crime since 2017.

Columbus, and Toledo had their highest homicides rates in history in 2021
Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Akron had their highest homicide rates in history in 2020.

Ohio law enforcement agencies reported more homicides to the FBI in 2021 than in 2020, even though fewer law enforcement agencies participated.

The Ohio homicide rate for 2020 was the highest since 1991. Based on partial data submitted to the FBI by Ohio law enforcement agencies, the Ohio homicide rate went up again in 2021. We expect the 2021 homicide rate to be the highest rate in Ohio since 1981.

Pennsylvania:

2019: 703 (12,800k, 5.4 per 100k)
2020: 922 (12,780k, 7.2 per 100k) – 2nd highest in history
2021: 1,029 (12,960k, 7.9 per 100k) – highest rate in history

Note: FBI reports different figures than PA State Police for 2019 and 2020. They report a lot less in 2019 and a lot more in 2020. The homicide rate for 2020 was still a new state record at the time no matter which numbers you use.

Washington:

2019: 201 (7,614k, 2.6 per 100k)
2020: 301 (7,694k, 3.9 per 100k)
2021: 325 (7,739k, 4.2 per 100k) – highest rate since 1997

The record is 1988.

Wisconsin:

1991: 239 (4,955k, 4.8 per 100k) former record for highest homicide rate
2019: 185 (5,825k, 3.2 per 100k)
2020: 308 (5,833k, 5.28 per 100k) new record for highest homicide rate
2021: 315 (5,896k, 5.34 per 100k) new record for highest homicide rate

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