Orleans Parish was called the most-murderous county in the U.S. in a study of per-capita homicide rates spanning most of the past decade. The ignominious honor was bestowed upon New Orleans in a report posted on the law enforcement website PoliceOne.com, which looked at nationwide data from the seven-year period between 2009-15, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The study determined New Orleans’ rate of 43 homicides per 100,000 people was the highest of any county, independent city or district during the sampled period, exceeding the rates recorded in such murder hotspots as Chicago’s Cook County, Baltimore, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Chicago, which last year led the nation with 762 homicides, had a per-capita rate of 11 homicides per 100,000 people during the sampled period.
The study’s ranking of the nation’s Top 10 most-murderous counties: 1. Orleans Parish — 43 homicides per 100,000 people; 2. Coahoma County, Ms. Clarksdale) — 37 homicides per 100,000; 3. Phillips County, Ar. (Helena-West Helena) — 34 homicides per 100,000; 4 (tie). St. Louis and Baltimore, — 33 homicides per 100,000; 6. Petersburg, Va. — 32 homicides per 100,000; 7 (tie). Macon County, Al. (Tuskegee) and Washington, D.C. — 27 homicides per 100,000; 9. (tie). Washington County, Ms. (Greenville) and Dallas County, Al. (Selma) — 25 homicides per 100,000 PoliceOne.com said its methodology for the report included examination of County Health Rankings, mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control, FBI-compiled crime data, and other data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics.