Louisiana has the highest murder rate relative to its population. In 2023, there were 24.6 homicides per 100,000 people.
There are several reasons for Louisiana's high homicide rate. The state is characterized by high levels of poverty and unemployment, and high rates of gun ownership.
Homicides in Louisiana are often linked to street violence, drug disputes and domestic violence.
To reduce the homicide rate in Louisiana, the state government is taking steps to combat poverty and unemployment, tighten gun laws and provide violence prevention programs.
Other high homicide rate states include Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.