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

In 2018, there were 10,306 murder offenders in the United States who were male, which is more than seven times the number of female murder offenders in the same year. However, there many murder offenders where their gender is unknown.

Homicides in the U.S.

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter in the United States is defined as the willful killing of another human being. Justifiable homicides, or cases where a felon is killed by an officer in the line of duty or a felon is killed during a felony by a private citizen, are not included in murder counts by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The total number of murders varies from state to state in the U.S., with more populous states have higher numbers of murders.

Murder offenders and victims

Most murder offenders in the United States are between the ages of 20 and 39, with the number of offenders declining steadily after age 40. Additionally, the highest rate of death by homicide was found among males between the ages of 15 and 24. The highest rate of death by homicide for females was for girls under the age of one.

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

Number of offenders
Male10,306
Female1,443
Unknown4,586
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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

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