Number of murder victims in the United States in 2017, by race/ethnicity and gender

Murder in the U.S.: number of victims by race/ethnicity and gender 2017 This graph displays murder victims in the United States by race/ethnicity and gender in 2017. In 2017, 3,222 murder victims were female.
Additional information on black/African American murder victims in the United States

According to male deaths by firearm-related injuries by ethnicity, the amount of black victims has fallen by over half since 1970 in proportion to the population. While this improvement has been welcomed, black males remained twice as likely to be the victim of a gun related death compared with white males. This inequality has lead to a rise in political action and demonstration around what is perceived as inaction or ignorance over the issue by government and wider society. The high profile death of Trayvon Martin in Florida followed by the deaths at the hand of police Freddie Gray and Michael Brown served as the catalyst for such movements.
The wider issue of violence beyond murder also appears to have systemic correlations. The percentage of violent crime victims with socio-emotional problems by race demonstrates that black Americans experienced socio-emotional issues at a greater rate. Moreover, the issue of a higher exposure to violence for black Americans stretches to the schooling system where 8.4 percent of black children were threatened or injured with a weapon in 2013.
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TotalMaleFemaleUnknown
Total15,12911,8623,22245
White 6,5794,6161,9585
Black 7,8516,7891,0602
Other race 4563151410
Unknown race 2431426338
Hispanic or Latino2,3541,8994541
Not Hispanic or Latino9,7617,6922,0654
Unknown2,0851,55051025
TotalMaleFemaleUnknown
Total15,12911,8623,22245
White 6,5794,6161,9585
Black 7,8516,7891,0602
Other race 4563151410
Unknown race 2431426338
Hispanic or Latino2,3541,8994541
Not Hispanic or Latino9,7617,6922,0654
Unknown2,0851,55051025
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This graph displays murder victims in the United States by race/ethnicity and gender in 2017. In 2017, 3,222 murder victims were female.
Additional information on black/African American murder victims in the United States

According to male deaths by firearm-related injuries by ethnicity, the amount of black victims has fallen by over half since 1970 in proportion to the population. While this improvement has been welcomed, black males remained twice as likely to be the victim of a gun related death compared with white males. This inequality has lead to a rise in political action and demonstration around what is perceived as inaction or ignorance over the issue by government and wider society. The high profile death of Trayvon Martin in Florida followed by the deaths at the hand of police Freddie Gray and Michael Brown served as the catalyst for such movements.
The wider issue of violence beyond murder also appears to have systemic correlations. The percentage of violent crime victims with socio-emotional problems by race demonstrates that black Americans experienced socio-emotional issues at a greater rate. Moreover, the issue of a higher exposure to violence for black Americans stretches to the schooling system where 8.4 percent of black children were threatened or injured with a weapon in 2013.
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Release date
September 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017
Supplementary notes
Not all agencies provide ethnicity data; therefore, the ethnicity totals do not equal the total number of victims.

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