Number of murder victims in the United States in 2016, by weapon

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Number of murder victims
Handguns 7,105
Firearms, type not stated 3,077
Knives or cutting instruments 1,604
Other weapons or weapons not stated 903
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.)1 656
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 472
Rifles 374
Shotguns 262
Other guns 186
Narcotics 114
Fire 107
Strangulation 98
Asphyxiation 91
Poison 11
Drowning 9
Explosives 1

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This graph displays murder victims in the United States by weapon used in 2016. In 2016, around 11 people were poisoned to death.
America’s most popular murder weapons

Handguns were by far the most popular murder weapon used in the US in 2016. That year 7,105 people were murdered with handguns. Knives or cutting instruments were the second most popular weapon used, with 1,604 murders committed with a knife. In 2013, in most cases, the circumstances under which murders were committed in the U.S. were either unknown or unclear: 4,440 murders were committed due to unknown circumstances and 2,889 murders were committed due to unspecified arguments or disagreements. Robberies accounted for 686 murders in 2013. 30 children were killed by babysitters. Ninety-five lives were ended due to a romantic triangle.

Despite these macabre statistics, murder and non-negligent manslaughter accounted for only about 14,600 deaths in 2011. Murder was not within the top fifteen causes of death in the U.S. in 2010. Heart disease and cancer accounted for many more deaths that year. In 2010, about 174 deaths per 100,000 population were caused by heart disease alone. In 2010, 24.9 percent of deaths among men were caused by heart disease. Though rates of heart disease death among women were similar that year, a much smaller share of women died of unintentional injuries than men, only 3.5 percent of women’s deaths to 6.4 percent of men’s deaths. Suicide accounted for 2.3 percent of men’s deaths, while suicide was not within the top ten causes of death for women. About 2 percent more women died of stroke than men.

Though the death rate in America has dropped only slightly since 1990 from 8.6 deaths per 1,000 population to 8.07 deaths per 1,000 population in 2011 (195948), the cost of a funeral has risen dramatically since the 1960’s. As of 2006, a funeral cost, on average, 6,195 U.S. dollars. In 1960, the average funeral cost was 708 U.S. dollars.
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Release date
September 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
Supplementary notes
Pushed is included in personal weapons.

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