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U.S.: reported murder and nonnegligent manslaughter cases 1990-2019

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In 2019, there were 16,425 reported cases of murder or non-negligent manslaughter in the United States. This figure has decreased since 1991, when there were 24,700 reported murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases.

Murder vs. Manslaughter

While it is can be easy to confuse the two terms, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter are two different crimes. While there is some variation from state to state, murder is usually seen as having some planning or forethought involved in the crime, while manslaughter is considered to be a “crime of passion,” with the absence of forethought. Courts tend to differentiate between the states of mind of the accused when bringing manslaughter or murder charges against them.

The victims

In 2017, there were far more male murder victims than female murder victims, with Black victims making up a large proportion of the total number of victims. Additionally, many murders are perpetrated by either an acquaintance of the victim or a stranger.

Number of reported murder and nonnegligent manslaughter cases in the United States from 1990 to 2019

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Release date

September 2020


United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program defines murder and nonnegligent manslaughter as the willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another.

The data from previous years can be accessed at the Uniform Crime Reports section on the Website of the FBI.

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