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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Orlando ranked among top murder capitals in America

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 1:16 PM

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Orlando was one of two Florida cities listed as “Murder Capitals of America” for 2018, coming in at No. 20.

Prepared by NeighborhoodScout, a web-based platform from Location Inc., the list includes 30 cities across the U.S. and was determined using the highest number of murders per 1,000 residents according to crime data from the FBI – only cities with a population of 25,000 or more were included. The data was then compared to the population of each city provided by the latest information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

In Orlando, with a population hovering around 277,000, there were 84 murders in 2016, according to the latest full year for which FBI figures are provided. That equates to a murder rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. (An important note: These numbers were inflated by the Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016, when a crazed gunman murdered 49 individuals and injured 58 others. At the time, it was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.)

Lake Worth was the other Florida city coming in on NeighborhoodScout’s list, at No. 30. A city of about 38,000 people, Lake Worth saw 10 murders occur in 2016 for a murder rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents.

For a full list of the Murder Capitals of America in 2018, click here.

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