As we see crime rates across the country rise many cities are gaining media attention including some in Wisconsin. Many people watched the news intently over the summer as Kenosha Wisconsin and Milwaukee Wisconsin dealt with shootings and major conflicts in the street. This made us decide to dive deeper and look at the crime statistics of various cities in Wisconsin and what law enforcement has to deal with on a daily basis.
Ranking crime rates in Wisconsin wasn’t easy data to compile since 2020 has been a record breaking year. As of May Milwaukee was already on track to triple it’s homicide rates from 2019. Milwaukee had 97 homicides in 2019 and already was at 49 homicides as of May of 2020. This is showing a drastic increase in homicide. Although Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin it is not the only community dealing with increases in crime rates.
Another major city in Wisconsin gaining the spot like for crime rates is Kenosha Wisconsin. Many people have heard of Kenosha due to the recent shootings that came from the protests during the summer that caused two death’s which is a current court case and area of a lot of media attention. According to the most recent data from the FBI, the total crime rate in Kenosha is 1,834.0 per 100,000 people. You can see this is a little scary at first but when you crunch the numbers and get now to the raw data of murder it shows a different story. Kenosha has a murder rate of 4 per 100,000 resident. A lot lower then many people would imagine and that’s a good thing.
There next city we are going to travel to is Oshkosh Wisconsin. Oshkosh is a much smaller community but has had it’s fair share of crime as well. Looking into the statistics we see there is 172.3 per 100,000 people. Not so bad but if you talk to people in the community you may find that they still worry about murders in Oshkosh just like any other city in Wisconsin.
You can find additional information on some other cities in Wisconsin.