Violent crime in the United StatesThe Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that violent crime fell nationwide in the period from 1990 to 2021. Violent crime was at a height of 1.93 million crimes in 1992, but has since reached a low of 1.15 million violent crimes in 2014. When conducting crime reporting, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program considered murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault to be violent crimes, because they are offenses which involve force or threat of violence.
In 2020, there were 21,570 reported murder and nonnegligent manslaughter cases in the United States. California, with 2,203 murders in 2020, ranked first on a list of U.S. states by number of murders, followed by Texas (1,931 murders), and Florida (1,290 murders).
The greatest number of murders were committed by murderers of unknown relationship to their victim. “Girlfriend” was the fourth most common relationship of victim to offender in 2020, with a reported 577 partners murdering their girlfriends that year. Sixth most common was “wife.” Five people were murdered by their employees, and two people were murdered by their employers.
The most used murder weapon in 2020 was the handgun, which was used in 8,029 murders that year. According to the FBI, firearms (of all types) were used in more than half of the nation’s murders. The total number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. in 2017 reached 9,052,628 units.