WalletHub’s “Cities with the Biggest Homicide Rate Problems” study is out and suggests that blue city residents have a higher chance of becoming a homicide victim.
The homicide rate in the U.S. has seen a rapid increase during the past few years. In this study, WalletHub compared 45 of the largest U.S. cities based on per capita homicides in Q4 2022, as well as per capita homicides in Q4 2022 vs. Q4 2021 and Q4 2020.
The top five worst cities for homicide, beginning with No. 1, are: Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Las Vegas and Kansas City, Mo.
The top five best cities for homicide rates, beginning with No. 41, are: Scottsdale, Arizona; Anchorage, Alaska; Fort Worth, Texas; Dallas; and St. Petersburg, Florida.
The list is dominated by cities with strong Democrat governments with the only Republican city within the top 10 being Jacksonville, Florida, at No. 9. The only other two Republican-controlled cities to make the list are Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at No. 27 and Fort Worth, Texas, at No. 43.
Additionally, reliably red states only contribute to 19 spots on the list, with reliably blue states contributing 26. With a lower number meaning a higher chance of homicide, WalletHub ranked blue cities as having a 22.29 average rank with red states contributing a 25.78 average rank.
“Fear of random crime and violence has always been a driving force that impacts public perception of public safety, public order and community wellbeing,” said Brian N. Williams, associate professor of public policy at the University of Virginia. “As a result, there comes an increase in sensitivity to the overall quality of life or the standard of health, security, contentment and happiness at both the individual and communal level when crime and violence is random.”