U.S.: reported murder and nonnegligent manslaughter cases 1990-2018

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In 2018, there were 16,214 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 2018

Number of reported cases
201816,214
201717,294
201617,413
201515,883
201414,164
201314,319
201214,856
201114,661
201014,722
200915,399
200816,465
200717,128
200617,309
200516,740
200416,148
200316,528
200216,229
200115,980
200015,586
199915,522
199816,974
199718,210
199619,650
199521,610
199423,330
199324,530
199223,760
199124,700
199023,440
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Sources

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

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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