FBI Report Shows US Murder Rate Increased Nearly 30 Percent In 2020

Headline Roundup September 27th, 2021

The U.S. experienced a 29.4 percent increase in murders in 2020 compared to the previous year, marking the largest spike since national records were instituted in 1960. According to new figures released Monday by the FBI, there were an estimated 21,570 homicides in the United States last year — 4,901 more than recorded in 2019. Preliminary data also suggests that the murder rate has continued to grow in 2021, but has slowed down as the year progresses. Several cities across the midwest such as Albuquerque, Des Moines, Memphis and Milwaukee logged their highest homicide rate ever. Although the FBI noted an overall 5.6 percent increase in overall violent crimes, 2020 marked the 18th consecutive year where property crimes have declined. Since 2,722 of the eligible 18,619 law enforcement agencies didn't submit their numbers to the FBI last year, the data remains incomplete.

Numbers and data stayed consistent across the spectrum, with some outlets comparing the murder rates to other countries. Right-rated outlets were more likely to emphasize the George Floyd "riots" and the "drop in morale among law enforcement" as the main agent of violence. Some left-rated voices called last year an "aberration," indicating that these increasing numbers are "not indicative of a longer-term trend."

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The number of murders in the United States jumped by nearly 30 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year in the largest single-year increase ever recorded in the country, according to official FBI statistics released Monday.

The data show 21,570 homicides in the U.S. in 2020, which is a staggering 4,901 more than in 2019. The tally makes clear — in concrete terms — just how violent last year was.

The overall violent crime rate, which includes murder, assault, robbery and rape, inched up around 5 percent, while property...

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The United States experienced its biggest one-year increase on record in murders in 2020, according to new figures released Monday by the F.B.I., with some cities hitting record highs.

Although major crimes were down overall, an additional 4,901 murders were committed in 2020 compared with the year before, the largest leap since national records started in 1960. The significant rise in homicides has roughly coincided with the 18 months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The high murder rate has continued into 2021, although the pace has slowed as the year has...

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The U.S. murder rate increased nearly 30% in 2020, according to the FBI, making that the largest percentage increase in modern U.S. history with almost 5,000 more murders last year than the year before, although it is still down from heights reached during the violent 1990s.

The bureau released its Uniform Crime Report statistics on Monday and estimated there were 21,570 murders in the United States last year, an increase of 29.4% from 2019, with 4,901 additional murders in 2020. In raw numbers, 2020 saw more total murders than any year since 1995, when...

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