In 1991, the homicide rate in Washington, DC hit 80.6 per 100k. In 2004, it finally dipped below 40 per 100k. In 2011, it went below 20 per 100k. However, by 2015 it was already rising again.
In 2020, Washington DC authorities conducted stand downs and allowed BLM and Antifa to conduct violent riots with near impunity. Homicides surged alongside this rioting. The city had its highest homicide rate since 2008. In 2021, the city had its highest homicide rate since 2004.
In 2022, city officials bragged that homicides declined. Population-wise, DC has also been in freefall during the past few years.
For 2023, Washington, DC is currently on track to exceed the number of homicides in 2021.
Washington DC Homicides:
2023: On track for a homicide rate of around 37 per 100k
2020 Homicide data sent to the FBI:
Known homicide suspects: 98.4% Black, 1.6% White or Latino
Homicide victims: 95.5% Black, 4.5% White or Latino
2019 Homicide data sent to the FBI:
Known homicide suspects: 96.2% Black, 2.5% White or Latino, 1.3% Asian
Homicide victims: 93.3% Black, 6.1% White or Latino, 0.6% Asian
DC is about 45% Black. The Washington DC police appear to have submitted incomplete data to the FBI for 2021.
Since the start of nationwide BLM rioting, at least six states have set new all-time homicide rate records. These include Wisconsin, North Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. However, a lot of data has yet to become available. We are anticipating that more states set new all-time records in 2021 or 2022. (Note: All-time record means at least since 1960.)
Could Washington DC ever return to the dark days of the early 90s?