Friday, May 20, 2022

Ten States with the Lowest Homicide Rates

Over 24,500 deaths in the United States in 2020 were attributable to homicides according to data compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics, a unit of the CDC. A closer inspection of that data reveals the states in the table below to be the ten states with the lowest homicide rates in 2020.  This group collectively was home to 9% of the total U.S. population but accounted for only 3.7% of all U.S. homicide deaths in 2020.  At 3.1 deaths per 100,000 population, the collective homicide rate of this group was nearly 59% lower than the national homicide rate in 2020.

Ten States with the Lowest Homicide Rates

** State Deaths Population Death Rate*
41 North Dakota 30 765,309 3.9
42 Oregon 157 4,241,507 3.7
43 Minnesota 198 5,657,342 3.5
44 Iowa 106 3,163,561 3.4
45 Hawaii 46 1,407,006 3.3
46 Utah 95 3,249,879 2.9
47 Massachusetts 183 6,893,574 2.7
48 Rhode Island 29 1,057,125 2.7
49 Idaho 42 1,826,913 2.3
50 Maine 21 1,350,141 1.6
    Sub-total 907 29,612,357 3.1
U.S. 24,576 329,484,123 7.5

(**) death rate ranking from highest to lowest (minimum 20 reported deaths)
(*) number of homicide deaths per 100,000 population

Report Period: 2020

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on May 14, 2022

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Medical Records Specialist Pay in New England

The latest occupational employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows more than 180,000 medical records specialists at work in the United States as of May 2021. With just under 7,200 medical records specialists employed as of May 2021, the six-state New England region accounted for about 4% of medical records specialist employment in the U.S.  The region was one of the stronger ones nationally for medical records specialist pay.  Although two New England states ranked in the bottom quartile of all states for medical records specialist annual mean wages, Connecticut and Massachusetts both ranked among the top five states nationally for that pay metric, and those two states were home to over 60% of the region's medical records specialist jobs. From May 2021 BLS data, here is a closer look at medical records specialist pay in New England:

Medical Records Specialist Pay in New England

Medical Records Specialist Pay in New England

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CT 1,230 $57,480 5th
MA 3,160 $58,950 3rd
ME 1,010 $41,120 48th
NH 710 $43,790 39th
RI 600 $51,520 14th
VT 470 $45,090 30th
U.S. 180,570 $48,310 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data accessed on May 14, 2022