Murder in the U.S.: number of offenders by age 2018

2,254 murderers in the United States in 2018 were individuals between the ages of 20 and 24. In the same year, the youngest murder offender was between the ages of one and four, and there were 93 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 2018. In that year, 2,199 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.

Number of murder offenders in the United States in 2018, by age

Age of offender in yearsNumber of offenders
Infant (<1) 0
1 to 4 1
5 to 8 1
9 to 12 8
13 to 16 496
17 to 19 1,479
20 to 24 2,254
25 to 29 1,998
30 to 34 1,440
35 to 39 1,161
40 to 44 651
45 to 49 495
50 to 54 439
55 to 59 346
60 to 64 186
65 to 69 106
70 to 74 82
75+ 93
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Release date

September 2019


United States

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