Fraction Of U.S. Counties Responsible For 42 Percent Of America’s Homicides

Study shows murders concentrated in specific areas
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 05: Police tape is pictured near the scene of the fatal fire in the Fairmount neighborhood on January 5, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A fire killed 13 people, including seven children, in a Philadelphia rowhouse on Wednesday morning, officials said. (Photo by Hannah Beier/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Research released on Tuesday from the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 31 counties accounted for 42 percent of America’s homicides in 2020.
  • The 31 counties make up about one-fifth of the U.S. population.
  • Seventy-three percent of the homicides occurred in the worst 5 percent of counties.

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