There was a near 30% surge in homicides in the United States in 2020, the largest one-year increase ever recorded. Homicides increased once again in 2021, but by a smaller, 6% margin. Preliminary data from 2022 suggests that murders may finally be declining.

There are a total of 91 U.S. cities with populations of at least 250,000, an average of 10 homicides per year, or both that have also published 2022 homicide data. Based on early reports from police departments in these cities, homicides are down by about 3% compared to the same period last year.

While these early figures are encouraging, there are still several large American cities where murders have increased in 2022. In Colorado Springs, Colorado, for example, there have been 26 murders reported from Jan. 1 to August 14, 2022, up from the 13 homicides that were reported in the city over the same period in 2021.

The 100.0% year-over-year increase in homicides in Colorado Springs ranks as the second highest of the 91 cities reviewed.

All homicide data used in this story is preliminary and not necessarily indicative of how 2022 will compare to previous years' homicide data by the time annual homicide data are finalized.

 

RankCityYoY change in homicides (%)2022 murders, YTD2021 murders, YTDYTD range; 2021 & 2022
1Virginia Beach, VA114.3157Jan. 1 - Aug. 9
2Colorado Springs, CO100.02613Jan. 1 - Aug. 14
3Chula Vista, CA66.753Jan. 1 - June 30
4Honolulu, HI36.41511Jan. 1 - June 30
5Aurora, CO35.32317Jan. 1 - June 30
6Milwaukee, WI34.6148110Jan. 1 - Aug. 9
7New Orleans, LA28.4172134Jan. 1 - Aug. 14
8Tulsa, OK28.14132Jan. 1 - June 30
9Raleigh, NC26.71915Jan. 1 - June 30
10Phoenix, AZ25.611390Jan. 1 - June 30
11Birmingham, AL23.47964Jan. 1 - Aug. 7
12Denver, CO23.35343Jan. 1 - June 30
13Little Rock, AR22.54940Jan. 1 - Aug. 8
14Stockton, CA21.12319Jan. 1 - June 30
15Lexington, KY20.82924Jan. 1 - Aug. 13
16Pittsburgh, PA19.43731Jan. 1 - June 30
17San Antonio, TX18.23933Jan. 1 - March 31
18Long Beach, CA15.82219Jan. 1 - June 30
19San Diego, CA15.43026Jan. 1 - June 30
20Tampa, FL13.02623Jan. 1 - June 30
21Spokane, WA12.598Jan. 1 - Aug. 13
22Dallas, TX12.2147131Jan. 1 - Aug. 15
23Baltimore, MD9.6218199Jan. 1 - Aug. 6
24Washington, DC8.9134123Jan. 1 - Aug. 15
25Greensboro, NC8.72523Jan. 1 - July 31
26Charlotte, NC8.55147Jan. 1 - June 30
27Jacksonville, FL6.07167Jan. 1 - Aug. 3
28Atlanta, GA5.69590Jan. 1 - Aug. 6