No one is surprised to know that most of the murders in the US take place in larger metropolitan areas. Not only are there larger concentrations of people in larger city areas, but they also have larger concentrations of people living in poverty and higher unemployment rates. Unfortunately, poverty and unemployment often breed crime. Many turn to drug trafficking and prostitution as a way to make a living. Others turn to stealing and selling the stolen goods for pennies on the dollar, just earn enough money to buy food, alcohol or drugs. Even more unfortunately, with higher drug related crime, the higher the murder rate in those same areas.
The Crime Prevention Research Center tracks locations of various crimes, including murder. They track them by state and county. They use what is known as the Federal Information Processing Standards FIPS) code. Each state and territory is given a 2-digit code. Each county within the states is given a 3-digit code. Combining them in a 5-digit code, one can track every county in every state. An example, California’s state code is 06 and the code for Los Angeles County is 037, so the combined FIPS code for Los Angeles County is 06 037. All toll, the FIPS code lists 3,177 counties.
From 1977 to 2000, 73% of all US counties had zero murders. However, based upon 2014 figures, that percentage of murder-free counties has dropped to 53.6% (1,704 counties). Murders have been spreading to more rural counties in conjunction with the spread of heroin-opioid drug use into more rural areas, thanks largely to Barack Obama’s open border policies and failure to secure the border.
Based on the 2014 figures. 68% of all murders occurred in just 5% of US counties. Boiling that down even further, 37% of all murders occurred in just 1% of US counties.
Using the list provided by the Crime Prevention Research Center, there were 13,973 murders or homicides in the US in 2014. There were only 23 counites that accounted for 100 or more murders in that year. Those 23 counties, only 0.007% of total US counties, accounted for 4,377 murders (31.3%).
Leading the list with the most murders was Los County, California with 526 murders. Number two on the list in 2014 was Cook County, Illinois, home of Chicago. In 2014, Chicago reported 476 murders. However, I would not be surprised to see Cook County take over the #1 spot as the murder capital of the nation over the past couple of years.
Number three on list is Wayne County, Michigan, home of Detroit, with 341 murders. Fourth was Harris County, Texas, home of Houston, with 321 murders. Rounding out the top 5 is Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, home of the City of Brotherly Love, with 248 homicides.
Numbers 6 through 10 are:
Miami-Dade County, Florida with 212 homicides.
Baltimore City, Maryland, with 211 homicides.
Maricopa County, Arizona, with 186 homicides.
St. Louis City, Missouri, with 163 homicides.
Orleans Parris, Louisiana, with 150 homicides.
Of top ten homicide counties in the nation, at least half of them have strict gun control laws. Several of them have large populations of illegal aliens and drug trafficking. The facts support the arguments against gun control laws and illegal aliens.
It doesn’t surprise me to see Maricopa County on the top ten list of counties with the most homicides. After living there for 36 and with many connections still there, I’m told that at least 70% of all crime, including homicides and gun violence is directly or indirectly associated with illegal aliens and illegal drug trafficking. I suspect the same is true for Los Angeles, Miami—Dade and Harris Counties.
It is ironic that Cook County and Baltimore City are on the list as they have some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, and yet they are still in the top ten of counties with murders.
Do you live in a county with a high murder rate? Click here to access the Crime Prevention Research Center’s Excel file of murders per county. The identification is by the FIPS code, which you can decipher here.