June 10, 2022
The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR) assessed publicly available data sources to develop the following report on homicides and nonfatal shootings in Atlanta, GA between January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Though the data is incomplete, valuable assessments and conclusions can be drawn from the large sample of data that is available. During the period of January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, the City experienced 158 homicides and 392 nonfatal shootings. An interactive map showing the location and available characteristics of all 158 homicides was prepared by NICJR.This analysis is particularly important because of the large spike in violence that Atlanta and other cities have experienced amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, Atlanta tallied 157 homicides, with the City recording 158 homicides in 2021. The homicide rate in Atlanta in 2021 was 31.7 per 100,000 and reflected the highest number of homicides in the City's history dating back to 1997. When comparing the 2010 homicide rate with the 2020 homicide rate, there is a staggering 58.3 percent increase. Even when juxtaposing the 2019 homicide rate with the 2020 homicide rate, there was a large increase of 62.6 percent. Recent Atlanta Police Department statistics from January 1, 2022 to March 12, 2022 illustrate there was a 34.8 percent increase in homicides when assessing the same period in 2021.