Murder Rate in the United States

There were 16,425 murders (including non negligent manslaughter) in U.S. and its rate (per 100,000) is 5.0 in 2019. While the murder rate has fallen by about 40% over 20 years, it has been up a little since 2014.

Number of murders

Murder rate (per 100,000)

Year Murder Rate Source
2019 16,425 5.0 [49]
2018 16,374 5.0 [49]
2017 17,294 5.3 [49]
2016 17,413 5.4 [49]
2015 15,883 4.9 [49]
2014 14,164 4.4 [49]
2013 14,319 4.5 [49]
2012 14,856 4.7 [49]
2011 14,661 4.7 [49]
2010 14,722 4.8 [49]
2009 15,399 5.0 [49]
2008 16,465 5.4 [49]
2007 17,128 5.7 [49]
2006 17,309 5.8 [49]
2005 16,740 5.6 [49]
2004 16,148 5.5 [49]
2003 16,528 5.7 [49]
2002 16,229 5.6 [49]
2001 16,037 5.6 [49]
2000 15,586 5.5 [49]
1999 15,522 5.7 [50]
1998 16,974 6.28 [50]
1997 18,208 6.80 [50]
1996 19,645 7.41 [50]
1995 21,606 8.22 [50]
1994 23,326 8.96 [50]
1993 24,526 9.51 [50]
1992 23,760 9.32 [50]
1991 24,703 9.80 [50]
1990 23,438 9.40 [50]
1989 21,500 8.71 [50]
1988 20,675 8.46 [50]
1987 20,096 8.29 [50]
1986 20,613 8.58 [50]
1985 18,976 7.98 [50]
1984 18,692 7.93 [50]
1983 19,308 8.26 [50]
1982 21,010 9.07 [50]
1981 22,520 9.81 [50]

crime rate = number / population * 100,000

FBI calculates the crime rates by using population data published by U.S. Census Bureau in all years.

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