San Bernardino – The City of San Bernardino rated second, just behind the City of Compton in Los Angeles County, among California cities with the highest murder rates, according to the FBI’s most recent census figures.
Although California homicides increased for the second consecutive year in 2016, the increase impacted some cities more than others. The report also highlighted the direct correlation between high rates of homicides and poverty. Cities with low rates of poverty have very few, if any, homicides at all. On the other hand, cities with high rates of poverty experience high rates of murder.
The report showed that during 2016, six cities with a population of 50,000 saw murder rates triple the rate statewide, while 46 cities of equal size did not incur a single murder. Also, 80 percent of the state’s large cities did not experience any murders. These cities also had rates of poverty that were lower than the statewide average. In contrast, only 14 percent of the cities with the highest murder rates experienced poverty rates that were lower than the statewide average.
The City of San Bernardino experienced a total of 35 murders in 2016, the equivalent of 22.1 murders per 100,000 residents—a murder rate of 22.1 percent.
Overall, there were 1,930 homicides reported in 2016—a 3.7 percent increase over the 1,861 murders reported in 2015; yet it also represented a 14.5 percent decrease from the 2.258 murders reported in 2007.
In the past decade, the state’s murder rate has experienced highs and lows, swinging from a high of 6.2 in 2007 to a low of 4.4 in 2014. During this period, the majority of homicide victims were male, Hispanic, and between the ages of 18 and 29.
View the full 2016 Homicide in California report at openjustice.doj.ca.gov/downloads/ pdfs/hm16.pdf.