U.S.: Number of Murders, by state

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 28, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

California leads in murder victims

California reported the highest number of murder victims in 2022 with 2,197, significantly outpacing Texas, which had 2,020 victims, making these two states the most affected by homicides in the U.S.

Lowest murder rates in northeastern states

Northeastern states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine reported the lowest numbers of murder victims, with 25, 22, and 30 respectively, showcasing a stark contrast in violent crime rates compared to larger states.

Significant variation across states

The variation in the number of murder victims across states is significant, ranging from 14 in Wyoming to 2,197 in California, highlighting the diverse crime landscapes across the U.S.

Southern states exhibit higher murder counts

States in the South such as Georgia, North Carolina, and Louisiana reported high numbers of murder victims, with 830, 821, and 408 respectively, indicating a regional trend of higher homicide rates.

Midwestern and Eastern states with moderate counts

Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, from the Midwest and East, had substantial numbers of murder victims, with 881, 857, and 692 respectively, reflecting the challenges of addressing violent crime in these regions.

Rare occurrences in smaller states

Smaller states such as Delaware, Montana, and South Dakota reported relatively low murder numbers, with 49, 49, and 39 respectively, indicating lower incidences of violent crime in less populated areas.

Western states show varied crime rates

Western states presented a mixed picture, with California leading in homicides at 2,197, whereas states like Idaho and Wyoming reported much lower figures, with 53 and 14 respectively, illustrating the varied nature of crime across this region.

Significant numbers in traditionally safer regions

Even states traditionally viewed as safer, such as Massachusetts and Connecticut, reported notable numbers of murder victims, with 148 and 136 respectively, challenging perceptions of safety based on geographic location.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which US state reported the highest number of murder victims in 2022?

In 2022, California reported the highest number of murder victims with 2,197 victims.

Which states reported the lowest numbers of murder victims?

New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine reported the lowest numbers of murder victims with 25, 22, and 30 victims respectively.

How do murder counts vary across southern states?

Southern states like Georgia, North Carolina, and Louisiana reported high numbers of murder victims, with 830, 821, and 408 victims respectively.

Terms and Definitions

Murder is a serious crime that involves the intentional killing of one human being by another. This unlawful action is carried out with malice aforethought, meaning the perpetrator intended to take a life or cause serious harm, leading to death.

Aggravated murder, which is sometimes referred to as first-degree murder, is considered the most serious type of homicide. This is a preplanned act where the perpetrator purposely and knowingly causes death. The act is often accompanied by other serious crimes such as robbery, rape, or torture.

State crime rates refer to the number of criminal occurrences reported within a given state, divided by the state's population, and then multiplied by a constant, typically 100,000, for ease of comparison. This figure helps compare the safety across different regions and aid in policy-making.

Homicide is a legal term for any killing of a human being by another human being. Homicide itself is not necessarily a crime, for instance in cases of self-defense or legally justifiable killings. The different types of homicide include murder, justifiable homicide, and manslaughter.

Manslaughter is a form of homicide where the perpetrator causes the death of another person but without malice aforethought. This means the offender did not have a previous intention to kill. It is often divided into two categories: voluntary manslaughter (act of passion) and involuntary manslaughter (caused by recklessness or negligence).

Violent crime is a broad term used to describe criminal offenses involving the use or threat of violence against another individual. These include offenses such as murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery.

Crime rate per capita refers to the number of crimes committed per unit of population within a specified time period. This figure is typically represented per 1000 or 100,000 residents and is used to allow for fair comparison between different population sizes.

Crime data refers to the collection of statistics related to crime within a specific region. This can include the types of crimes committed, the frequency of these crimes, locations, and information about offenders and victims. Data can be collected and reported by various law enforcement agencies.

Victimology is the study of victims of crimes, including their relationship to offenders, their experiences and response to victimization, and the psychological effects of the crime. It also includes the study of societal perceptions and reactions towards victims.
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