Baltimore has the highest homicide rate among the nation’s big cities, FBI data released Monday confirms, the Baltimore Sun reports. There were 342 homicides in Baltimore last year, 56 per 100,000 residents. That’s the highest rate of any U.S. city with more than 500,000 people. Detroit was next, with 40 homicides per 100,000 people, followed by Memphis. (28 per 100,000), Chicago (24 per 100,000), Philadelphia (20 per 100,000) and Milwaukee (20 per 100,000).
Many smaller cities reported an even higher homicide rate than Baltimore. St. Louis, which has a population of just over 300,000, had 205 homicides — a rate of 66 per 100,000. Worse yet, East St. Louis, a city of fewer than 27,000 people, had 30 homicides , a rate of 111 per 100,000. Wadesboro, N.C., a city of just 5,413 people, had six homicides, giving it a rate equal to that of East St. Louis. So far this year, homicides are down in Baltimore 16 percent from last year, according to data posted by Open Baltimore, a website operated by the city. There have been 216 homicides in Baltimore this year.