FBI data showed the United States had the highest spike in homicides in 2020 over the year before since the national crime records began in 1960.
In 2020, there were almost 5,000 more homicides across the country than in 2019. The total for the year was roughly 21,500, according to preliminary FBI data, The New York Times reported.
The FBI will release the data set on Monday as part of the agency’s annual Uniform Crime Report. The feds said that the increase in homicides happened in every U.S. region last year.
The U.S. saw a 30% rise in murders last year; the previous record increase was 12.7% in 1968, the report detailed. The report also found that 77% of murders were committed with guns last year, another record high.
The biggest cities saw the most murders, as cities with populations over 250,000 saw a 35% increase in homicides.