Total number of murders in the United States in 2016, by state

Homicide - number of murders by U.S. state in 2016 This graph displays the number of murders in the United States by state. Data includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter. In 2016, the number of murders in California amounted to 1,930 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 17,250 reported murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases in the U.S. in 2016. 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 2016, if measured by the number of murders per hundred thousand inhabitants, was Louisiana. The murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate in Louisiana came to 11.8 that year, more than twice the national average. The least dangerous state in 2016, on the other hand, was New Hampshire, with a murder rate of 1.3.

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 39 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 73 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 11,004murders 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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Number of murder victims
California 1,930
Texas 1,459
Illinois3 941
Pennsylvania 655
Georgia 646
New York 628
Ohio 627
Michigan 597
North Carolina 595
Louisiana 543
Missouri 535
Tennessee 486
Virginia 482
Maryland 430
New Jersey 372
South Carolina 363
Indiana 348
Arizona 336
Kentucky 260
Oklahoma 243
Wisconsin 226
Arkansas 209
Nevada 209
Colorado 202
Washington 195
Mississippi 154
District of Columbia 136
Massachusetts 132
Oregon 100
New Mexico 99
Minnesota 99
Kansas 96
West Virginia 76
Connecticut 76
Utah 71
Iowa 71
Delaware 56
Alaska 52
Idaho 47
Nebraska 41
Hawaii 35
Montana 34
Rhode Island 29
South Dakota 21
Maine 20
Wyoming 19
New Hampshire 16
North Dakota 14
Vermont 14
Alabama*3
Number of murder victims
California 1,930
Texas 1,459
Illinois3 941
Pennsylvania 655
Georgia 646
New York 628
Ohio 627
Michigan 597
North Carolina 595
Louisiana 543
Missouri 535
Tennessee 486
Virginia 482
Maryland 430
New Jersey 372
South Carolina 363
Indiana 348
Arizona 336
Kentucky 260
Oklahoma 243
Wisconsin 226
Arkansas 209
Nevada 209
Colorado 202
Washington 195
Mississippi 154
District of Columbia 136
Massachusetts 132
Oregon 100
New Mexico 99
Minnesota 99
Kansas 96
West Virginia 76
Connecticut 76
Utah 71
Iowa 71
Delaware 56
Alaska 52
Idaho 47
Nebraska 41
Hawaii 35
Montana 34
Rhode Island 29
South Dakota 21
Maine 20
Wyoming 19
New Hampshire 16
North Dakota 14
Vermont 14
Alabama*3

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This graph displays the number of murders in the United States by state. Data includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter. In 2016, the number of murders in California amounted to 1,930 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 17,250 reported murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases in the U.S. in 2016. 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 2016, if measured by the number of murders per hundred thousand inhabitants, was Louisiana. The murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate in Louisiana came to 11.8 that year, more than twice the national average. The least dangerous state in 2016, on the other hand, was New Hampshire, with a murder rate of 1.3.

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 39 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 73 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 11,004murders 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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Release date
September 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
Supplementary notes
Data includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter. *Limited supplemental homicide data were received.

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