Murders Increased by 29 Percent in 2020, Biggest Bump Since Record-Keeping Began

Murders Increased by 29 Percent in 2020, Biggest Bump Since Record-Keeping Began

Murders rose by almost 30 percent nationwide in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a tumultuous presidential election and pushback against police-related killings of Black people, according to data gathered by the FBI for its annual Uniform Crime Report, reports The New York Times.

The Times said it appeared to be the biggest spike in murder since national record-keeping began in 1960.

Data indicates that murders continue to rise in 2021, although at a slower rate, and that the national rate – murders per 100,000 – remains below its levels in the early 1990s. The 29 percent rise in murders in 2020 was the biggest since the FBI started collecting crime records in 1960, according to the Times.The FBI date also says:

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