Homicide - number of murders by U.S. state in 2018

This statistic displays the number of murders in the United States by state. Data includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter. In 2018, the number of murders in California amounted to 1,739 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 16,214 reported murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases in the U.S. in 2018. 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 2018, if measured by the number of murders per hundred thousand inhabitants, was Louisiana. The murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate in Louisiana came to 11.4 that year, more than twice the national average. The least dangerous state in 2018, on the other hand, was South Dakota, with a murder rate of 1.4.

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 43 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 63 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 10,265 murders by firearm.

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

Total number of murders in the United States in 2018, by state

Number of murder victims
California 1,739
Texas 1,322
Florida 1,107
Illinois 884
Pennsylvania 784
Georgia 642
North Carolina628
Missouri 607
Ohio 564
New York 562
Michigan 551
Louisiana 530
Tennessee 498
Maryland 490
Indiana 438
South Carolina 392
Virginia 391
Alabama 383
Arizona 369
New Jersey 286
Kentucky 244
Washington 236
Arkansas 216
Colorado 210
Oklahoma 206
Nevada 202
Wisconsin 176
Mississippi 171
New Mexico 167
District of Columbia 160
Massachusetts 136
Kansas 113
Minnesota 106
Connecticut 83
Oregon 82
West Virginia 67
Utah 60
Iowa 54
Delaware 48
Alaska 47
Nebraska 44
Hawaii 36
Idaho 35
Montana 34
Maine 24
New Hampshire 21
North Dakota 18
Rhode Island 16
Wyoming 13
South Dakota 12
Vermont 10
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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

Data includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter.

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