New Orleans Takes Over Top Spot As Murder Capital Of America

As violent crime continues to surge nationwide during the Biden administration, New Orleans has taken over the notorious distinction as the “murder capital of America,” passing St. Louis for the top spot. New Orleans is experiencing a 141% increase in homicides over the last three years.

The New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission tracks crime in the Crescent City and reports that the homicide rate in the city for 2022 is 52 per 100,000 residents through September 11.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department reported a 2022 homicide rate there of 45 per 100,000 residents through September 17.

Chicago’s homicide rate this year is nearly 18 per 100,000 residents, and in New York City the rate is 3.5 homicides per 100,000 residents.

The homicide rate in New Orleans is up 78% from a year ago and 141% when compared to 2019. Through September 11, there have been 205 reported homicides in the Crescent City in 2022.

Shootings with injury are up 100% in New Orleans compared to 2019. City officials announced a new $80 million initiative on September 8 to combat violent crime. The money will go to pay increases for police officers, expanded health care benefits, and up to $30,000 in hiring incentives for new officers.

New Orleans has also recently hired former chief of the New York City Police Department patrol division Fausto Pichardo. He is being tasked with developing tactics for improving the city’s ability to combat violent crime.

Pichardo issued a report last week saying that immediate action by city officials must be taken “if there is ever a chance to save the city and bring the reputation of being a city where tourists can come to party and celebrate and not become victims.”

One of Pichardo’s first recommendations was to redeploy 212 police officers from detective and administrative work to regular patrol duty.

Other cities topping the list for highest homicide rates through the first half of the year are Baltimore, Birmingham, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Rochester, NY, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Kansas City.

Other cities that made the top ten list last year include Memphis, Baton Rouge, Dayton, and Detroit.