Murder Rates Nationally and By State

DATA SOURCES: 

FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2008 (Published Sept, 2009)

FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2009 (Published Sept, 2010)

FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2010 (Published Sept, 2011)

FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2011 (Published Oct, 2012)

FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2012 (Published Oct, 2013)

News and Developments - Current Year

News and Developments - Previous Years


REGIONAL MURDER RATES, 2001 - 2012
MURDER RATES PER 100,000 PEOPLE
 
REGION 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 EXECUTIONS SINCE 1976
(
As of 4/10/14)
South 5.5 5.5 5.6 6.1 6.6 7.0 6.8 6.6 6.6 6.9 6.8 6.7 1123
Midwest 4.7 4.5 4.4 4.6 4.8 4.9 5.0 4.9 4.7 4.9 5.1 5.3 164
West 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.6 5.0 5.3 5.6 5.8 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.5 84
Northeast 3.8 3.9 4.2 3.8 4.2 4.1 4.5 4.4 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.2 4
NATIONAL RATE 4.7 4.7 4.8 5.0 5.4 5.6 5.7 5.6 5.5 5.7 5.6 5.6  

 


NATIONWIDE MURDER RATES, 1996 - 2012

ALPHABETICAL BY STATE

MURDER RATES PER 100,000 PEOPLE

States marked in yellow have no death penalty statute

 

YEAR 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996
Alabama 7.1 6.2 5.7 6.8 7.6 8.9 8.3 8.2 5.6 6.6 6.8 8.5 7.4 7.9 8.1 9.9 10.4
Alaska 4.1 4.1 4.3 3.1 4.1 6.4 5.4 4.8 5.6 6 5.1 6.1 4.3 8.6 6.7 8.9 7.4
Arizona 5.5 6.1 6.4 5.8 6.3 7.4 7.5 7.5 7.2 7.9 7.1 7.5 7.0 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.5
Arkansas 5.9 5.4 4.6 6.2 5.7 6.7 7.3 6.7 6.4 6.4 5.2 5.5 6.3 5.6 8.0 9.9 8.7
California 5.0 4.8 4.8 5.3 5.8 6.2 6.8 6.9 6.7 6.8 6.8 6.4 6.1 6.0 6.6 8 9.1
Colorado 3.1 3.0 2.6 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.3 3.7 4.4 3.9 4.0 3.6 3.1 4.6 4.6 4 4.7
Connecticut 4.1 3.6 3.7 3.0 3.5 3.0 3.1 2.9 2.6 3.0 2.3 3.1 2.9 3.3 4.1 3.8 4.8
Delaware 6.2 5.3 5.7 4.6 6.5 4.3 4.9 4.4 2.0 2.9 3.2 2.9 3.2 3.2 2.8 2.5 4.3
Florida 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.5 6.4 6.6 6.2 5.0 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.3 5.6 5.7 6.5 6.9 7.5
Georgia 5.9 5.6 5.7 5.8 6.6 7.5 6.4 6.2 6.9 7.6 7.1 7.1 8.0 7.5 8.1 7.5 9.5
Hawaii 2.1 1.5 1.8 1.8 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.9 2.6 1.7 1.9 2.6 2.9 3.7 2 4 3.4
Idaho 1.8 2.2 1.4 1.6 1.5 3.3 2.5 2.4 2.2 1.8 2.7 2.3 1.2 2 2.9 3.2 3.6
Illinois 5.8 6.1 5.5 6.0 6.1 5.9 6.1 6 6.1 7.1 7.5 7.9 7.2 7.7 8.4 9.2 10
Indiana 4.7 4.7 4.1 4.9 5.1 5.6 5.8 5.7 5.1 5.5 5.9 6.8 5.8 6.6 7.7 7.3 7.2
Iowa 1.5 1.4 1.2 1.3 2.5 1.2 1.8 1.3 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.9 1.8 1.9
Kansas 2.9 3.9 3.4 4.4 4 3.9 4.6 3.7 4.5 4.5 2.9 3.4 6.3 6 5.9 6 6.6
Kentucky 4.5 3.5 4.3 4.3 4.6 4.8 4 4.6 5.7 4.6 4.5 4.7 4.8 5.4 4.6 5.8 5.9
Louisiana 10.8 11.1 11.0 11.8 11.9 14.2 12.4 9.9 12.7 13 13.2 11.2 12.5 10.7 12.8 15.7 17.5
Maine 1.9 2.0 1.8 2.0 2.4 1.6 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.2 1.1 1.4 1.2 2.2 2 2 2
Maryland 6.3 6.8 7.4 7.7 8.8 9.8 9.7 9.9 9.4 9.5 9.4 8.3 8.1 9 10 9.9 11.6
Massachusetts 1.8 2.8 3.3 2.6 2.6 2.9 2.9 2.7 2.6 2.2 2.7 2.3 2 2 2 1.9 2.6
Michigan 7.0 6.2 5.9 6.2 5.4 6.7 7.1 6.1 6.4 6.1 6.7 6.7 6.7 7 7.3 7.8 7.5
Minnesota 1.8 1.4 1.8 1.4 2.1 2.2 2.4 2.2 2.2 2.5 2.2 2.4 3.1 2.8 2.6 2.8 3.6
Mississippi 7.4 7.8 6.9 6.6 8.1 7.1 7.7 7.3 7.8 9.3 9.2 9.9 9 7.7 11.4 13.1 11.1
Missouri 6.5 6.1 7.0 6.5 7.7 6.5 6.3 6.9 6.2 5 5.8 6.6 6.2 6.6 7.3 7.9 8.1
Montana 2.7 2.9 2.5 3.3 2.4 1.5 1.8 1.9 3.2 3.3 1.8 3.8 1.8 2.6 4.1 4.8 3.9
Nebraska 2.9 3.7 3.0 2.3 3.8 3.8 2.8 2.5 2.3 3.2 2.8 2.5 3.7 3.6 3.1 3 2.9
Nevada 4.5 5.1 5.8 5.9 6.3 7.5 9 8.5 7.4 8.8 8.3 8.5 6.5 9.1 9.7 11.2 13.7
New Hampshire 1.1 1.3 1.0 0.8 1 1.1 1 1.4 1.4 1.4 0.9 1.4 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.4 1.7
New Jersey 4.4 4.3 4.2 3.7 4.3 4.4 4.9 4.8 4.5 4.7 3.9 4 3.4 3.5 4 4.2 4.2
New Mexico 5.6 7.6 6.8 9.9 7.2 8.2 6.8 7.4 8.9 6 8.2 5.4 7.4 9.8 10.9 7.7 11.5
New York 3.5 3.9 4.5 4.0 4.3 4.2 4.8 4.5 4.6 4.9 4.7 5 5 5 5.1 6 7.4
North Carolina 4.9 5.2 5.0 5.2 6.5 6.5 6.1 6.7 6.2 6.1 6.6 6.2 7 7.2 8.1 8.3 8.5
North Dakota 4.0 3.5 1.5 1.9 0.5 1.9 1.3 1.1 1.4 1.9 0.8 1.1 0.6 1.6 1.1 0.9 2.2
Ohio 4.3 4.4 4.2 4.6 4.7 4.5 4.7 5.1 4.5 4.6 4.6 4 3.7 3.5 4 4.7 4.8
Oklahoma 5.7 5.6 5.2 6.3 5.8 6.1 5.8 5.3 5.3 5.9 4.7 5.3 5.3 6.9 6.1 6.9 6.8
Oregon 2.4 2.2 2.5 2.3 2.2 1.9 2.3 2.2 2.5 1.9 2 2.4 2 2.7 3.8 2.9 4
Pennsylvania 5.4 5.0 5.1 5.3 5.6 5.8 5.9 6.1 5.2 5.3 5.1 5.3 4.9 4.9 5.3 5.9 5.7
Rhode Island 3.2 1.3 2.8 3.0 2.8 1.8 2.6 3.2 2.4 2.3 3.8 3.7 4.3 3.6 2.4 2.5 2.5
South Carolina 6.9 6.8 5.7 6.7 6.8 8 8.3 7.4 6.9 7.2 7.3 6.3 5.8 6.6 8 8.4 9
South Dakota 3.0 2.4 2.8 3.7 3.2 2.1 1.2 2.3 2.3 1.3 1.4 0.9 0.9 2.5 1.4 1.4 1.2
Tennessee 6.0 5.9 5.6 7.4 6.6 6.4 6.8 7.2 5.9 6.8 7.2 7.4 7.2 7.1 8.5 9.5 9.5
Texas 4.4 4.4 4.9 5.4 5.6 5.9 5.9 6.2 6.1 6.4 6 6.2 5.9 6.1 6.8 6.8 7.7
Utah 1.8 1.8 1.9 1.4 1.4 2.2 1.8 2.3 1.9 2.5 2 3 1.9 2.1 3.1 2.4 3.2
Vermont 1.3 1.8 1.1 1.3 2.7 1.9 1.9 1.3 2.6 2.3 2.1 1.1 1.5 2.9 2.6 1.5 1.9
Virginia 3.8 3.8 4.7 4.7 4.7 5.3 5.2 6.1 5.2 5.6 5.3 5.1 5.7 5.7 6.2 7.2 7.5
Washington 3.0 2.4 2.3 2.9 2.9 2.7 3 3.3 3.1 3 3 3 3.3 3 3.9 4.3 4.6
West Virginia 3.9 4.7 3.1 4.6 3.3 3.5 4.1 4.4 3.7 3.5 3.2 2.2 2.5 4.4 4.3 4.1 3.8
Wisconsin 3.0 2.4 2.7 2.6 2.6 3.3 3 3.5 2.8 3.3 2.8 3.6 3.2 3.4 3.6 4 4.2
Wyoming 2.4 3.2 1.4 2.0 1.9 3.1 1.7 2.7 2.2 2.8 3 1.8 2.4 2.3 4.8 3.5 3.3

For 2012, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 4.7, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 3.7

For 2011, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 4.7, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 3.1

For 2010, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 4.6, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 2.9

For 2009, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 4.9, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 2.8

For 2008, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 5.2, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 3.3

For a weighted average which takes into account the population of each state, see additional murder rate data.


NATIONWIDE MURDER RATES

BY 2012 RANK, HIGHEST TO LOWEST
(2010 to 1996 Shown for Comparison)
MURDER RATES PER 100,000 PEOPLE
YEAR 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996
Louisiana 10.8 11.1 11.0 11.8 11.9 14.2 12.4 9.9 12.7 13 13.2 11.2 12.5 10.7 12.8 15.7 17.5
Mississippi 7.4 7.8 6.9 6.6 8.1 7.1 7.7 7.3 7.8 9.3 9.2 9.9 9 7.7 11.4 13.1 11.1
Alabama 7.1 6.2 5.7 6.8 7.6 8.9 8.3 8.2 5.6 6.6 6.8 8.5 7.4 7.9 8.1 9.9 10.4
Michigan 7.0 6.2 5.9 6.2 5.4 6.7 7.1 6.1 6.4 6.1 6.7 6.7 6.7 7 7.3 7.5  
South Carolina 6.9 6.8 5.7 6.7 6.8 8 8.3 7.4 6.9 7.2 7.3 6.3 5.8 6.6 8 8.4 9
Missouri 6.5 6.1 7.0 6.5 7.7 6.5 6.3 6.9 6.2 5 5.8 6.6 6.2 6.6 7.3 7.9 8.1
Maryland 6.3 6.8 7.4 7.7 8.8 9.8 9.7 9.9 9.4 9.5 9.4 8.3 8.1 9 10 9.9 11.6
Delaware 6.2 5.3 5.7 4.6 6.5 4.3 4.9 4.4 2 2.9 3.2 2.9 3.2 3.2 2.8 2.5 4.3
Tennessee 6.0 5.9 5.6 7.4 6.6 6.4 6.8 7.2 5.9 6.8 7.2 7.4 7.2 7.1 8.5 9.5 9.5
Arkansas 5.9 5.4 4.6 6.2 5.7 6.7 7.3 6.7 6.4 6.4 5.2 5.5 6.3 5.6 8 9.9 8.7
Georgia 5.9 5.6 5.7 5.8 6.6 7.5 6.4 6.2 6.9 7.6 7.1 7.1 8 7.5 8.1 7.5 9.5
Illinois 5.8 6.1 5.5 6.0 6.1 5.9 6.1 6 6.1 7.1 7.5 7.9 7.2 7.7 8.4 9.2 10
Oklahoma 5.7 5.6 5.2 6.3 5.8 6.1 5.8 5.3 5.3 5.9 4.7 5.3 5.3 6.9 6.1 6.9 6.8
New Mexico 5.6 7.6 6.8 9.9 7.2 8.2 6.8 7.4 8.9 6 8.2 5.4 7.4 9.8 10.9 7.7 11.5
Arizona 5.5 6.1 6.4 5.8 6.3 7.4 7.5 7.5 7.2 7.9 7.1 7.5 7 8 8.1 8.2 8.5
Pennsylvania 5.4 5.0 5.1 5.3 5.6 5.8 5.9 6.1 5.2 5.3 5.1 5.3 4.9 4.9 5.3 5.9 5.7
Florida 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.5 6.4 6.6 6.2 5 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.3 5.6 6.7 6.5 6.9 7.5
California 5.0 4.8 4.8 5.3 5.8 6.2 6.8 6.9 6.7 6.8 6.8 6.4 6.1 6 6.6 8 9.1
North Carolina 4.9 5.2 5.0 5.2 6.5 6.5 6.1 6.7 6.2 6.1 6.6 6.2 7 7.2 8.1 8.3 8.5
Indiana 4.7 4.7 4.1 4.9 5.1 5.6 5.8 5.7 5.1 5.5 5.9 6.8 5.8 6.6 7.7 7.3 7.2
Kentucky 4.5 3.5 4.3 4.3 4.6 4.8 4 4.6 5.7 4.6 4.5 4.7 4.8 5.4 4.6 5.8 5.9
Nevada 4.5 5.1 5.8 5.9 6.3 7.5 9 8.5 7.4 8.8 8.3 8.5 6.5 9.1 9.7 11.2 13.7
New Jersey 4.4 4.3 4.2  3.7 4.3 4.4 4.9 4.8 4.5 4.7 3.9 4 3.4 3.5 4 4.2 4.2
Texas 4.4 4.4 4.9 5.4 5.6 5.9 5.9 6.2 6.1 6.4 6 6.2 5.9 6.1 6.8 6.8 7.7
Ohio 4.3 4.3 4.2  4.6 4.7 4.5 4.7 5.1 4.5 4.6 4.6 4 3.7 3.5 4 4.7 4.8
Alaska 4.1 4.1 4.3  3.1 4.1 6.4 5.4 4.8 5.6 6 5.1 6.1 4.3 8.6 6.7 8.9 7.4
Connecticut 4.1 3.6 3.7  3.0 3.5 3 3.1 2.9 2.6 3 2.3 3.1 2.9 3.3 4.1 3.8 4.8
North Dakota 4.0 3.5 1.5  1.9 0.5 1.9 1.3 1.1 1.4 1.9 0.8 1.1 0.6 1.6 1.1 0.9 2.2
West Virginia 3.9 4.7 3.1 4.6 3.3 3.5 4.1 4.4 3.7 3.5 3.2 2.2 2.5 4.4 4.3 4.1 3.8
Virginia 3.8 3.8 4.7 4.7 4.7 5.3 5.2 6.1 5.2 5.6 5.3 5.1 5.7 5.7 6.2 7.2 7.5
New York 3.5 3.9 4.5  4.0 4.3 4.2 4.8 4.5 4.6 4.9 4.7 5 5 5 5.1 6 7.4
Rhode Island 3.2 1.9 2.8  3.0 2.8 1.8 2.6 3.2 2.4 2.3 3.8 3.7 4.3 3.6 2.4 2.5 2.5
Colorado 3.1 3.0 2.6  3.2 3.2 3.1 3.3 3.7 4.4 3.9 4 3.6 3.1 4.6 4.6 4 4.7
South Dakota 3.0 2.4 2.8 3.7 3.2 2.1 1.2 2.3 2.3 1.3 1.4 0.9 0.9 2.5 1.4 1.4 1.2
Wisconsin 3.0 2.4 2.7  2.6 2.6 3.3 3 3.5 2.8 3.3 2.8 3.6 3.2 3.4 3.6 4 4.2
Washington 3.0 2.4 2.3  2.9 2.9 2.7 3 3.3 3.1 3 3 3 3.3 3 3.9 4.3 4.6
Kansas 2.9 3.9 3.4  4.4 4 3.9 4.6 3.7 4.5 4.5 2.9 3.4 6.3 6 5.9 6 6.6
Nebraska 2.9 3.7 3.0  2.3 3.8 3.8 2.8 2.5 2.3 3.2 2.8 2.5 3.7 3.6 3.1 3 2.9
Montana 2.7 2.9 2.5  3.3 2.4 1.5 1.8 1.9 3.2 3.3 1.8 3.8 1.8 2.6 4.1 4.8 3.9
Wyoming 2.4 3.2 1.4  2.0 1.9 3.1 1.7 2.7 2.2 2.8 3 1.8 2.4 2.3 4.8 3.5 3.3
Oregon 2.4 2.2 2.5  2.3 2.2 1.9 2.3 2.2 2.5 1.9 2 2.4 2 2.7 3.8 2.9 4
Hawaii 2.1 1.5 1.8  1.8 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.9 2.6 1.7 1.9 2.6 2.9 3.7 2 4 3.4
Maine 1.9 2.0 1.8  2.0 2.4 1.6 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.2 1.1 1.4 1.2 2.2 2 2 2
Massachusetts 1.8 2.8 3.3  2.6 2.6 2.9 2.9 2.7 2.6 2.2 2.7 2.3 2 2 2 1.9 2.6
Idaho 1.8 2.2 1.4  1.6 1.5 3.3 2.5 2.4 2.2 1.8 2.7 2.3 1.2 2 2.9 3.2 3.6
Utah 1.8 1.8 1.9  1.4 1.4 2.2 1.8 2.3 1.9 2.5 2 3 1.9 2.1 3.1 2.4 3.2
Minnesota 1.8 1.4 1.8  1.4 2.1 2.2 2.4 2.2 2.2 2.5 2.2 2.4 3.1 2.8 2.6 2.8 3.6
Iowa 1.5 1.4 1.2  1.3 2.5 1.2 1.8 1.3 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.9 1.8 1.9
Vermont 1.3 1.8 1.1  1.3 2.7 1.9 1.9 1.3 2.6 2.3 2.1 1.1 1.5 2.9 2.6 1.5 1.9
New Hampshire 1.1 1.2 1.0  0.8 1 1.1 1 1.4 1.4 1.4 0.9 1.4 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.4 1.7

For 2012, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 4.7, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 3.7

For 2011, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 4.7, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 3.1

For 2010, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 4.6, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 2.9

For 2009, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 4.9, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 2.8

For 2008, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 5.2, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 3.3

For a weighted average which takes into account the population of each state, see additional murder rate data.