Murder in the U.S.: number of offenders by age 2017

Number of murder offenders in the United States in 2017, by age

by Statista Research Department, last edited May 13, 2019
Murder in the U.S.: number of offenders by age 2017 2,519 murderers in the United States in 2017 were individuals between the ages of 20 and 24. In the same year, the youngest murder offender was between the ages of five and eight, and there were 92 murder offenders over the age of 75.
Murder rate in the United States

Despite some feeling that violent crime in the United States is on the rise, perhaps due to sensationalized media coverage, the murder and nonnegligent manslaughter rate has declined steeply since 1990. The murder rate has risen some since 2014, but it is nowhere near its peak in 1991.

Murder victims in the U.S.

The figures for the number of murder victims were similar to those of offenders in 2017. In that year, 2,428 murder victims were between the ages of 20 and 24, although the total number of victims was much higher than the number of offenders. The vast majority of murders in the U.S. were committed with firearms, including handguns, rifles, shotguns, and other unidentified guns or firearms. This is generally attributed to the high rate of gun ownership in the United States, which makes guns more accessible than in other countries.
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Number of murder offenders in the United States in 2017, by age

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Age of offender in yearsNumber of offenders
Infant (<1) 0
1 to 4 0
5 to 8 1
9 to 12 7
13 to 16 405
17 to 19 1,467
20 to 24 2,519
25 to 29 2,053
30 to 34 1,465
35 to 39 1,062
40 to 44 754
45 to 49 566
50 to 54 421
55 to 59 335
60 to 64 179
65 to 69 93
70 to 74 53
75+ 92
Unknown5,779
Age of offender in yearsNumber of offenders
Infant (<1) 0
1 to 4 0
5 to 8 1
9 to 12 7
13 to 16 405
17 to 19 1,467
20 to 24 2,519
25 to 29 2,053
30 to 34 1,465
35 to 39 1,062
40 to 44 754
45 to 49 566
50 to 54 421
55 to 59 335
60 to 64 179
65 to 69 93
70 to 74 53
75+ 92
Unknown5,779
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by Statista Research Department, last edited May 13, 2019
2,519 murderers in the United States in 2017 were individuals between the ages of 20 and 24. In the same year, the youngest murder offender was between the ages of five and eight, and there were 92 murder offenders over the age of 75.
Murder rate in the United States

Despite some feeling that violent crime in the United States is on the rise, perhaps due to sensationalized media coverage, the murder and nonnegligent manslaughter rate has declined steeply since 1990. The murder rate has risen some since 2014, but it is nowhere near its peak in 1991.

Murder victims in the U.S.

The figures for the number of murder victims were similar to those of offenders in 2017. In that year, 2,428 murder victims were between the ages of 20 and 24, although the total number of victims was much higher than the number of offenders. The vast majority of murders in the U.S. were committed with firearms, including handguns, rifles, shotguns, and other unidentified guns or firearms. This is generally attributed to the high rate of gun ownership in the United States, which makes guns more accessible than in other countries.
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