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Death rate for homicide in the U.S. 1950-2017

This statistic shows the death rate for homicide in the U.S. from 1950 to 2017. In 1950, there were 5.1 deaths by homicide per 100,000 resident population in the United States.

Homicides in the United States

The term homicide is used when a human being is killed by another human being. Criminal homicide takes several forms, for example murder; but homicide is not always a crime, it also includes affirmative defense, insanity, self-defense or the execution of convicted criminals.

Youth homicide is especially seen as a problem of urban areas, poverty, no adult supervision, involvement in drug and gang activities and school failure. Young men, aged 15-24 show the highest risk of being killed in the United States in 2008. There is a large difference between female and male 15-24 agers: about 20.1 male homicide deaths per 100,000 residents and 3.3 female homicide deaths per 100,000 residents were counted that year.

Comparing regions around the world, Africa is the continent with the highest number of homicides in 2010. America is ranked second, with a homicide rate of 15.5 homicides per 100,000 of population.

As of 2008, about 90 percent of homicide victims in the Unites States were male and only 10 percent of homicide victims were female. Whereas in Europe, about 27 percent of homicide victims were female and approximately 73 percent of homicide victims were male.

Deaths by homicide per 100,000 resident population in the U.S. from 1950 to 2017

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Release date

October 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1950 to 2017

Supplementary notes

Data for 1950 and 1960 Include deaths of persons who were not residents of the 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.). Underlying cause of death was coded according to the 6th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) in 1950, 7th Revision in 1960, 8th Revision in 1970, and 9th Revision in 1980-1998. Starting with 1999 data, cause of death is coded according to ICD-10.
Rates are age-adjusted. Age-adjusted rates are calculated using the year 2000 standard population. Prior to 2003, age-adjusted rates were calculated using standard million proportions based on rounded population numbers. Starting with 2003 data, unrounded population numbers are used to calculate age-adjusted rates.
Data for years not listed in the pdf-version of "Health, United States, 2011" are taken from the attached excel-version of the report.

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