DENVER (KDVR) – Pueblo is still the state’s most violent city per capita, but Denver and Aurora produce the lion’s share of the most violent crime in Colorado.
Colorado’s violent and property crime increased in 2020
The pandemic year saw a surge in violent crime nationwide, and Colorado was no exception. Here in Centennial State, violent crimes rose 6.52% between 2019 and 2020, with murder cases increasing 29%, grievous bodily harm increasing 17%, and robbery increasing 6.5%.
Most of it came from Denver and Aurora, according to a data desk analysis.
These two cities were responsible for 40% of the state’s violent crimes in 2020 – 36% of its murders, 29% of its sexual offenses, 41% of its gross assaults, and 51% of its robberies.
Thirty-three percent of the state’s murders occurred in Denver, up from 20 percent in 2014. The Colorado Bureau of Investigations database only dates back to 2008, but Denver has not reported a higher percentage in the past 12 years.
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Denver and Aurora hold 12% and 7% of the state’s population, respectively. This means that for non-sexual violent crimes, each city has committed roughly twice as many violent crimes as its share of the state’s population, and three times as many as in the Denver murder case.
Denver’s share of Colorado’s violence is always the highest in the state, but it moved to second place in 2020. In the past 12 years, Colorado Springs has caused the second largest proportion of Colorado’s violent crime. In 2020, Aurora overtook Colorado Springs for second place.
The total number of violent crimes per 100,000 has also increased in Aurora.
With over 100,000 residents, Pueblo is still the most violent city in the state per capita. Three times the violent crime rate in Colorado is 1,142 violent crimes per 100,000. Aurora is now runner-up with 1,118 violent crimes per 100,000, just ahead of Denver in third place.
Aurora’s violent crime rate has doubled in the past five years alone.
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