Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Homicide Rates in the Far Western U.S.

In 2020, homicides accounted for over 24,500 deaths in the United States.  In the six-state Far Western U.S., there were 3,165 homicide deaths in 2020, or about 12.9% of all U.S. homicide deaths that year.  At 5.6 deaths per 100,000 population, the Far West's homicide death rate was the third lowest of any region in the country.  Only the Rocky Mountain region and New England had lower homicide rates than did the Far Western region of the country.  Further study of state-level data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics details the following about homicide rates in the Far Western U.S.:

Homicide Rates in the Far Western U.S.

Homicide Rates in the Far Western U.S.

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
AK 55 731,158 7.5
CA 2,368 39,368,078 6.0
HI 46 1,407,006 3.3
NV 217 3,138,259 6.9
OR 157 4,241,507 3.7
WA 322 7,693,612 4.2
     Region 3,165 56,579,620 5.6
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 May 7, 2022

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