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

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Number of murder victims
California 1,861
Texas 1,316
Florida 1,041
Pennsylvania 658
Georgia 615
New York 609
Michigan 571
North Carolina 517
Maryland 516
Missouri 502
Ohio 500
Louisiana 481
Tennessee 406
South Carolina 399
Virginia 383
Indiana 373
New Jersey 363
Alabama 348
Arizona 309
Mississippi 259
Wisconsin 240
Oklahoma 234
Washington 211
Kentucky 209
Arkansas 181
Nevada 178
Colorado 176
District of Columbia 162
Minnesota 133
Kansas 128
Massachusetts 128
Connecticut 117
New Mexico 117
Oregon 99
Iowa 72
West Virginia 70
Delaware 63
Nebraska 62
Alaska 59
Utah 54
Montana 36
South Dakota 32
Idaho 32
Rhode Island 29
Maine 23
North Dakota 21
Hawaii 19
Wyoming 16
New Hampshire 14
Vermont 10

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This graph displays the number of murders in the United States by state. Data includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter. In 2015, the number of murders in California amounted to 1,861 victims.
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.

The ranking of the most dangerous cities in the world based on murder rate per capita can be accessed here.
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September 2016
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Data includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter.

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