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Murder in the U.S.: number of victims by race/ethnicity and gender 2019

This statistic displays the number of murder victims in the United States by race/ethnicity and gender in 2019. In 2019, 2,991 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 Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri followed by the deaths at the hand of police of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, served as the catalyst for an unprecedented number of protests across the United States in 2020.
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 7.8 percent of black children were threatened or injured with a weapon in 2017.

Number of murder victims in the United States in 2019, by race/ethnicity and gender

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Release date

September 2020


United States

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

Not all agencies provide ethnicity data; therefore, the ethnicity totals do not equal the total number of victims.

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