According to The Advocate, Flint, Mich., had the highest number of murders per capita in the United States in 2012. The data is based on the FBI's Crime in the United States report for 2012, released in mid-2013.
Detroit, Mich., had the second-highest per capita murder rate in 2012, while New Orleans, La., had the third highest. The FBI report for 2011 stated that New Orleans had the highest per capita murder rate in the country. The Advocate notes that New Orleans saw only a slight decrease in homicides between 2011 and 2012 but also saw an increase in population. In contrast, the populations of Flint and Detroit dropped, and homicides increased.