Total number of murders in the United States in 2015, by state

This graph displays the number of murders in the United States by state. In 2015, the number of murders in California amounted to 1,861 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 15,696 reported murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases in the U.S. in 2015. 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 2015, if measured by the number of murders per hundred thousand inhabitants, was Louisiana. The murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate in Louisiana came to 10.3 that year, more than twice the national average. The least dangerous state in 2015, 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 9,698 murders by firearm.

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 Number of murder victims
California 1,861
Texas 1,276
Pennsylvania 651
New York 611
Michigan 571
Georgia 565
North Carolina 506
Missouri 499
Illinois 497
Ohio 480
Louisiana 474
Tennessee 402
South Carolina 394
Virginia 383
Maryland 372
New Jersey 353
Arizona 278
Indiana 272
Wisconsin 238
Oklahoma 233
Kentucky 209
Washington 209
Nevada 177
Colorado 176
Arkansas 164
District of Columbia 162
Mississippi 159
Minnesota 133
Massachusetts 126
Kansas 125
Connecticut 107
New Mexico 94
Iowa 72
Oregon 71
Delaware 63
Nebraska 61
West Virginia 57
Alaska 57
Utah 54
Montana 36
Idaho 30
Rhode Island 27
South Dakota 27
Maine 23
Hawaii 19
North Dakota 17
Wyoming 16
New Hampshire 14
Vermont 10
Alabama 3
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