The Top Six Deadliest US Cities
6. Las Vegas, Nevada
The murder rate in Las Vegas is 31.4 per 100,000, making it America's sixth deadliest city.
This number includes the 58 people who were killed in the mass shooting at a country music festival in October 2017.
5. Cleveland, Ohio
In 2017, homicides in Cleveland came in at 33.7 per 100,000 people, making it America's fifth deadliest city.
4. Detroit, Michigan
The murder rate in Detroit is 39.7 per 100,000 residents.
In 2017, 267 people were murdered in that city, making it America's fourth deadliest.
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
Coming in at number three on the list is New Orleans, with a murder rate of 40.6 per 100,000.
2. Baltimore, Maryland
The second deadliest city in the US is Baltimore, just 60 kilometres north east of Washington DC, with a murder rate of 51.1 per 100,000.
1. St. Louis, Missouri
And the number one deadliest city in the US is St. Louis, in America's midwest, with an incredible murder rate of 64.9 per 100,000 people.
In 2017, 205 people were murdered in Saint Louis. In 2016, 188 were murdered there.
But what other US cities made the cut? Keep scrolling for five honourable mentions.
Holiday hotspot Honolulu, Hawaii is a surprise entry on the list, beating out Los Angeles by one tenth of a percentage point with a murder rate of 7.2 per 100,000 people.
The stat makes the island paradise the 43rd most dangerous US city, also beating out New York.
Los Angeles, California
The murder rate in Los Angeles is 7.1 per 100,000.
More than 280 people were murdered in 2017, making it the 44th deadliest US city.
Another surprise is Portland, Oregon, which tied New York City with a murder rate of 3.4 per 100,000 residents, making it the equal-52nd most deadly city in the US.
New York, New York
And topping off our list is the Big Apple, which has a murder rate of 3.4 per 100,000 residents.
Of 62 cities surveyed, New York appeared near the bottom of the list, at number 52. There were fewer than 300 murders in the city in 2017, the lowest number since the 1950s.
What about Australia?
To put those numbers in perspective, the latest data puts Australia's national murder rate at 1 person per 100,000. The highest incidents of homicide occur in the Northern Territory, which logged a murder rate of 6.5 per 100,000 in 2013-14, and the lowest is is in the ACT, which recorded a murder rate of 0.3.
Breakdown by state/territory:
Across America's city centres, an incredible 6,791 people were murdered in 2017, according to the latest official survey. That's actually down from 2016, by 252 deaths.
Here are the murder rates in 10 major cities for 2017, including a countdown of the five most deadly. Some may surprise you, including one of the top tropical tourist destinations Aussies head to every year -- it beat out both New York and Los Angeles.
The rates are calculated per capita, based on the most recent population data, with the number one deadliest city logging a terrifying 64.9 murders per 100,000 people.