Murders Per Capita By City are Increasing In Virginia For 2024

In 2024, the cities in Virginia with the highest murder rates per person are Petersburg and Emporia. Do you live in one of the cities in Virginia with a high number of murders?

When we hear about a murder happening nearby, it’s common to feel horrified while watching the news. If there was a murder nearby, it’s understandable to feel uneasy. However, in general, the area where you live is probably safe.

We used Saturday Night Science to compare the FBI crime data on murders for the 31 cities in Virginia with over 5,000 residents. This helped us find the cities in Virginia with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita.

Murder Capitals Of Virginia For 2024


Population: 33,546
Murders: 21 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 62.6 (Most)


Population: 5,637
Murders: 3 (16th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 53.2 (2nd Most)


Population: 5,659
Murders: 3 (16th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 53.0 (3rd Most)


Population: 23,395
Murders: 9 (11th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 38.5

South Boston

Population: 7,884
Murders: 3 (16th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 38.1


Population: 8,292
Murders: 3 (16th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 36.2


Population: 233,419
Murders: 63 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 27.0


Population: 227,323
Murders: 59 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 26.0


Population: 5,158
Murders: 1 (26th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 19.4

Also read: New York City Becomes One of the Highest Violent Crime City in US

Method to find the murder capitals of Virginia

We wanted to use something other than speculation and opinion to determine which cities in a state are the most dangerous, so we looked at surveys and public polls. Instead, we used Saturday Night Science to compare the actual numbers from the FBI’s most recent report. We specifically examined the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, which provides a yearly summary of the number of murders in each city.

We examined all the cities in Virginia that had available FBI data for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States report. We were left with 31 cities to rank. We used the number of murders per person as the basis for ranking. Petersburg has the highest number of murders per person according to the latest data. We have ranked the places in Virginia with the highest number of murders per person for the tenth time. The list for 2024 has been updated.


In 2024, Petersburg and Emporia in Virginia have the highest murder rates per person, according to a report by Saturday Night Science. The study compared FBI crime data from 31 cities with over 5,000 residents, revealing that Petersburg has the highest murder rate per person. The report also ranked the places with the highest murder rates in Virginia for the tenth time.

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