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Murder in the U.S.: number of offenders by age 2019

2,345 murderers in the United States in 2019 were individuals between the ages of 20 and 24. In the same year, there were four murderers between the ages of one and four, and there were 91 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 age distribution of murder victims in the U.S. was similar to that of offenders in 2019. In that year, 2,149 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 2019, by age

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Release date

September 2020


United States

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