Friday, April 29, 2022

Homicide Rates in the Great Lakes Region

In 2020, more than 24,500 fatalities in the U.S. were attributed to homicide incidents.  The five-state Great Lakes region accounted for over 4,100 homicide deaths in 2020, or about 16.8% of all homicides in the U.S. that year.  The region's homicide rate of 8.8 deaths per 100,000 population was the second highest regionally in the U.S., with only the Southeast recording a higher homicide death rate.  A closer study of state-level data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about homicide rates in the Great Lakes region:

Homicide Rates in the Great Lakes Region

Homicide Rates in the Great Lakes Region

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
IL 1,353 12,587,530 10.7
IN 620 6,754,953 9.2
MI 811 9,966,555 8.1
OH 1,004 11,693,217 8.6
WI 334 5,832,655 5.7
     Region 4,122 46,834,910 8.8
U.S. 24,576 329,484,123 7.5

(*) 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 April 25, 2022

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