Total number of murders in the United States in 2014, by state

This graph displays the number of murders in the United States by state. In 2014, the number of murders in Alaska amounted to 41 victims.

The ranking of the most dangerous cities in the world based on murder rate per capita can be accessed here.

Murder in the United States

Violent crime statistics, particularly murder and homicide data, provide key insights into law enforcement in the United States and inform national debate surrounding crime policies.

There were a total of 14,827 reported murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases in the U.S. in 2012. Although the number of cases has declined in the past twenty years, when viewed in international comparison, the U.S. murder rate is still high. In 2012, Germany’s murder rate stood at 0.8, compared to 4.7 in the United States.

The most dangerous U.S. state in 2012, if measured by the number of murders per hundred thousand inhabitants, was Louisiana. The murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate in Louisiana came to 10.8 that year, more than twice the national average. The least dangerous state in 2012, on the other hand, was New Hampshire, with a murder rate of 1.1.

Murder, homicide and violent crime statistics regularly influence America’s current political debate on gun law. Under the Second Amendment, U.S. citizens are entitled to own and carry firearms, though gun control and regulation laws are hotly contested. The amount of firearms in circulation in the U.S. is fairly high, when compared with European countries. About 45 percent of American households have a gun in their home.

Though any causal connection between firearm circulation and homicide rate is purely speculative, murder by firearm is nonetheless high. About 60 percent of murders and non-negligent manslaughter cases in the U.S. were carried out using a firearm, including handguns, rifles, and shotguns. This number sums up to 8,855 murders by firearm.

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 Number of murder victims
California 1,697
Texas 1,141
New York 613
Pennsylvania 609
Georgia 540
Michigan 531
North Carolina 469
Ohio 436
Illinois 428
Louisiana 407
Missouri 402
Tennessee 370
Virginia 337
New Jersey 337
Maryland 309
South Carolina 301
Indiana 299
Arizona 258
Washington 172
Nevada 169
Oklahoma 167
Mississippi 161
Kentucky 160
Wisconsin 158
Arkansas 154
Colorado 149
Massachusetts 131
District of Columbia 105
New Mexico 96
Kansas 89
Connecticut 83
Minnesota 82
Oregon 73
West Virginia 62
Utah 61
Iowa 55
Delaware 54
Nebraska 51
Alaska 41
Idaho 30
Montana 27
Rhode Island 25
Maine 21
South Dakota 15
North Dakota 14
Wyoming 13
New Hampshire 12
Vermont 10
Hawaii 5
Alabama 1
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