Monday, May 2, 2022

Homicide Rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

More than 24,500 homicides were recorded in the U.S. in 2020.  The Mid-Eastern U.S., a region that encompasses five-states and the District of Columbia, accounted for over 3,150 homicide deaths in 2020, or about 12.8% of all homicides that year in the United States.  The region's homicide rate of 6.5 deaths per 100,000 population was about 13.3% lower than the national average, thanks in large part to relatively low homicide rates in New York and New Jersey.  Further examination of state-level data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics yields the following details about homicide rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S.:

Homicide Rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

Homicide Rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
DC 187 712,816 26.2
DE 86 986,809 8.7
MD 649 6,055,802 10.7
NJ 362 8,882,371 4.1
NY 875 19,336,776 4.5
PA 994 12,783,254 7.8
     Region 3,153 48,757,828 6.5
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 27, 2022

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