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)

FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2013 (Published Nov, 2014)

FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2014 (Published Oct, 2015)

News and Developments - Current Year

News and Developments - Previous Years


REGIONAL MURDER RATES, 2001 - 2014 


MURDER RATES PER 100,000 PEOPLE
 

 

REGION

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

EXECUTIONS SINCE 1976

(As of 4/28/16)

South

5.5

5.3

5.5

5.5

5.6

6.1

6.6

7.0

6.8

6.6

6.6

6.9

6.8

6.7

1169

Midwest

4.3

4.5

4.7

4.5

4.4

4.6

4.8

4.9

5.0

4.9

4.7

4.9

5.1

5.3

178

West

3.9

4.0

4.2

4.2

4.2

4.6

5.0

5.3

5.6

5.8

5.7

5.7

5.7

5.5

85

Northeast

3.3

3.5

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

4.5

4.5

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 - 2014 


ALPHABETICAL BY STATE

MURDER RATES PER 100,000 PEOPLE

States marked in yellow have no death penalty statute and murder rates have been highlighted from the year of abolition in that state.

YEAR

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

1997

1996

Alabama

5.7

7.2

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

5.6

4.6

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

4.7

5.4

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

5.6

5.4

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

4.4

4.6

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

8.0

9.1

Colorado

2.8

3.4

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

4.0

4.7

Connecticut

2.4

2.4

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

5.8

4.2

6.1

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

5.8

5.0

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

5.7

5.6

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

1.8

1.5

1.5

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

2.0

4.0

3.4

Idaho

2.0

1.7

1.9

2.2

1.4

1.6

1.5

3.3

2.5

2.4

2.2

1.8

2.7

2.3

1.2

2.0

2.9

3.2

3.6

Illinois

5.3

5.5

6.0

6.1

5.5

6.0

6.1

5.9

6.1

6.0

6.1

7.1

7.5

7.9

7.2

7.7

8.4

9.2

10

Indiana

5.0

5.4

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

1.9

1.4

1.6

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

3.1

3.9

2.9

3.9

3.4

4.4

4.0

3.9

4.6

3.7

4.5

4.5

2.9

3.4

6.3

6.0

5.9

6.0

6.6

Kentucky

3.6

3.8

4.6

3.5

4.3

4.3

4.6

4.8

4.0

4.6

5.7

4.6

4.5

4.7

4.8

5.4

4.6

5.8

5.9

Louisiana

10.3

10.8

10.6

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

1.6

1.8

2.0

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

6.1

6.4

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

9.0

10.0

9.9

11.6

Massachusetts

2.0

2.0

1.8

2.8

3.3

2.6

2.6

2.9

2.9

2.7

2.6

2.2

2.7

2.3

2.0

2.0

2.0

1.9

2.6

Michigan

5.4

6.4

7.1

6.2

5.9

6.2

5.4

6.7

7.1

6.1

6.4

6.1

6.7

6.7

6.7

7.0

7.3

7.8

7.5

Minnesota

1.6

2.1

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

8.6

6.5

7.1

7.8

6.9

6.6

8.1

7.1

7.7

7.3

7.8

9.3

9.2

9.9

9.0

7.7

11.4

13.1

11.1

Missouri

6.6

6.1

6.5

6.1

7.0

6.5

7.7

6.5

6.3

6.9

6.2

5.0

5.8

6.6

6.2

6.6

7.3

7.9

8.1

Montana

3.6

2.2

2.9

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

3.1

2.8

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

3.0

2.9

Nevada

6.0

5.8

4.5

5.1

5.8

5.9

6.3

7.5

9.0

8.5

7.4

8.8

8.3

8.5

6.5

9.1

9.7

11.2

13.7

New Hampshire

0.9

1.7

1.1

1.3

1.0

0.8

1.0

1.1

1.0

1.4

1.4

1.4

0.9

1.4

1.8

1.5

1.5

1.4

1.7

New Jersey

3.9

4.5

4.4

4.3

4.2

3.7

4.3

4.4

4.9

4.8

4.5

4.7

3.9

4.0

3.4

3.5

4.0

4.2

4.2

New Mexico

4.8

6.0

5.6

7.6

6.8

9.9

7.2

8.2

6.8

7.4

8.9

6.0

8.2

5.4

7.4

9.8

10.9

7.7

11.5

New York

3.1

3.3

3.5

3.9

4.5

4.0

4.3

4.2

4.8

4.5

4.6

4.9

4.7

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.1

6

7.4

North Carolina

5.1

4.8

4.9

5.2

5.0

5.2

6.5

6.5

6.1

6.7

6.2

6.1

6.6

6.2

7.0

7.2

8.1

8.3

8.5

North Dakota

3.0

2.2

3.6

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

4.0

3.9

4.1

4.4

4.2

4.6

4.7

4.5

4.7

5.1

4.5

4.6

4.6

4.0

3.7

3.5

4

4.7

4.8

Oklahoma

4.5

5.1

5.8

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

2.0

2.0

2.3

2.2

2.5

2.3

2.2

1.9

2.3

2.2

2.5

1.9

2.0

2.4

2.0

2.7

3.8

2.9

4.0

Pennsylvania

4.8

4.7

5.5

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

2.4

2.9

3.4

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

6.4

6.2

7.0

6.8

5.7

6.7

6.8

8.0

8.3

7.4

6.9

7.2

7.3

6.3

5.8

6.6

8.0

8.4

9.0

South Dakota

2.3

2.4

2.8

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

5.7

5.0

6.2

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

4.3

4.4

4.4

4.9

5.4

5.6

5.9

5.9

6.2

6.1

6.4

6.0

6.2

5.9

6.1

6.8

6.8

7.7

Utah

2.3

1.7

1.8

1.8

1.9

1.4

1.4

2.2

1.8

2.3

1.9

2.5

2.0

3.0

1.9

2.1

3.1

2.4

3.2

Vermont

1.6

1.6

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

4.1

3.8

3.9

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

2.5

2.3

3.1

2.4

2.3

2.9

2.9

2.7

3.0

3.3

3.1

3.0

3.0

3.0

3.3

3.0

3.9

4.3

4.6

West Virginia

4.0

3.3

3.8

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

2.9

2.8

3.0

2.4

2.7

2.6

2.6

3.3

3.0

3.5

2.8

3.3

2.8

3.6

3.2

3.4

3.6

4.0

4.2

Wyoming

2.7

2.9

2.4

3.2

1.4

2.0

1.9

3.1

1.7

2.7

2.2

2.8

3.0

1.8

2.4

2.3

4.8

3.5

3.3

For 2013, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty states was 4.4, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 3.4

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 2014 RANK, HIGHEST TO LOWEST 
(other years shown for comparison)
MURDER RATES PER 100,000 PEOPLE 

YEAR

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

1997

1996

Louisiana

10.3

10.8

10.6

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

8.6

6.5

7.1

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

6.6

6.1

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

South Carolina

6.4

6.2

7.0

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

Maryland

6.1

6.4

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

Nevada

6.0

5.8

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

Delaware

5.8

4.2

6.1

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

5.8

5.0

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

Alabama

5.7

7.2

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

Georgia

5.7

5.6

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

Tennessee

5.7

5.0

6.2

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

Alaska

5.6

4.6

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

Arkansas

5.6

5.4

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

Michigan

5.4

6.4

7.1

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

Illinois

5.3

5.5

6.0

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

North Carolina

5.1

4.8

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

5.0

5.4

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

New Mexico

4.8

6.0

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

Pennsylvania

4.8

4.7

5.5

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

Arizona

4.7

5.4

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

Oklahoma

4.5

5.1

5.8

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

California

4.4

4.6

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

Texas

4.4

4.3

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

Virginia

4.1

3.8

3.9

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

Ohio

4.0

3.9

4.1

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

West Virginia

4.0

3.3

3.8

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

New Jersey

3.9

4.5

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

Kentucky

3.6

3.8

4.6

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

Montana

3.6

2.2

2.9

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

Kansas

3.1

3.9

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

New York

3.1

3.3

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 Dakota

3.0

2.2

3.6

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

Nebraska

2.9

3.1

2.8

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

Wisconsin

2.9

2.8

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

Colorado

2.8

3.4

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

Wyoming

2.7

2.9

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

Washington

2.5

2.3

3.1

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

Connecticut

2.4

2.4

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

Rhode Island

2.4

2.9

3.4

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 Dakota

2.3

2.4

2.8

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

Utah

2.3

1.7

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

Idaho

2.0

1.7

1.9

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

Massachusetts

2.0

2.0

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

Oregon

2.0

2.0

2.3

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

Iowa

1.9

1.4

1.6

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

Hawaii

1.8

1.5

1.5

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

1.6

1.8

2.0

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

Minnesota

1.6

2.1

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

Vermont

1.6

1.6

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

0.9

1.7

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

For 2014, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty states was 4.7, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 3.8

For 2013, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty states was 4.4, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 3.4

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.