In 2020, homicide rates rose significantly in most cities across the United States. A variety of factors may have contributed to the surge, experts say, including social isolation, stress and high unemployment due to COVID-19, and an increase in gun ownership. However, not all cities saw more homicides. For instance, in Garland, Texas, and Virginia Beach, Va., the murder rate dropped.
Source: “Are progressive prosecutors to blame for an American homicide wave?” The Economist, Feb. 19, 2022, https://tinyurl.com/2asftsmx
Data for the graphic are as follows:
|City and State||Percentage Change in Murder Rate|
|Colorado Springs, Colo.||+88%|
|Virginia Beach, Va.||-43%|