Crime

Denver Neighborhoods With the Most Murders in 2022 So Far

The police line near a fatal stabbing in Globeville on July 30.
The police line near a fatal stabbing in Globeville on July 30. CBS4Denver
Late on July 31, a deadly shooting on westbound Interstate 70 near the Northfield/Quebec exit — one of six shootings or stabbings in the city over the weekend — raised the city's murder count through the end of July 2022 to 55, the highest total through the first seven months of the year in at least a decade.

During the same period in 2020 and 2021, Denver tallied 53 and 52 murders, respectively. By contrast, from January through July 2010, nine murders occurred, according to the Denver Police Department.

Many parts of the Mile High City haven't experienced a murder this year, based on information shared publicly on the DPD's Denver Crime Map. However, 31 of Denver's 78 officially recognized neighborhoods have been linked to at least one slaying, as has the Union Station area.

These numbers aren't precise: The Denver Crime Map currently ties only 48 of 2022's murders to a specific neighborhood, because in a handful of cases the location of the killing hasn't been definitively confirmed; the I-70 shooting isn't even on the map yet. Still, the available statistics show that seven neighborhoods have been tied to more than one murder this year: Five Points has tallied five, while West Colfax and East Colfax have each suffered four.

Continue to see where murders have happened in Denver in 2022, ranked from fewest to most. Included in listings for neighborhoods with at least one murder are figures for crime density: the number per square mile.

No murders through July 30:
Auraria, Barnum West, Belcaro, Berkeley, Chaffee Park, Cheesman Park, Cherry Creek, Central Business District (CBD), City Park West, Civic Center, Cole, Congress Park, Cory-Merrill, Country Club, Fort Logan, Goldsmith, Hale, Hampden South, Harvey Park, Hilltop, Indian Creek, Jefferson Park, Kennedy, Lowry Field, Northeast Park Hill, North Park Hill, Overland, Platt Park, Regis, Rosedale, Ruby Hill, Skyland, Sloan Lake, Southmoor Park, Speer, Sunnyside, Sun Valley, University, University Hills, University Park, Washington Virginia Vale, Valverde, Washington Park, Washington Park West, Wellshire, Westwood

Central Park
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.11 per square mile

Gateway/Green Valley Ranch
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.14 per square mile

Montbello
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.20 per square mile

Marston
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.32 per square mile

Hampden
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.35 per square mile

Elyria-Swansea
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.39 per square mile

Globeville
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.48 per square mile

Virginia Village
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.52 per square mile

Windsor
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.58 per square mile

Athmar Park
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.65 per square mile

Baker
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.67 per square mile

South Park Hill
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.67 per square mile

College View/South Platte
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.69 per square mile

Harvey Park South
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.73 per square mile

Bear Valley
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.74 per square mile

Lincoln Park
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.78 per square mile

Highland
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.87 per square mile

West Highland
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.89 per square mile

Montclair
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 0.99 per square mile

Villa Park
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 1.01 per square mile

Barnum
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 1.30 per square mile

City Park
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 1.30 per square mile

Clayton
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 1.30 per square mile

Whittier
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 1.78 per square mile

North Capitol Hill
Number of murders through July 30: 1
Crime density: 2.83 per square mile

Capitol Hill
Number of murders through July 30: 2
Crime density: 2.96 per square mile

Union Station
Number of murders through July 30: 2
Crime density: 4.56 per square mile

Denver International Airport
Number of murders through July 30: 3
Crime density: 0.07 per square mile

Mar Lee
Number of murders through July 30: 3
Crime density: 1.99 per square mile

West Colfax
Number of murders through July 30: 4
Crime density: 1.98 per square mile

East Colfax
Number of murders through July 30: 4
Crime density: 3.74 per square mile

Five Points
Number of murders through July 30: 5
Crime density: 2.84 per square mile
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