Friday, February 3, 2023

Male vs. Female Homicide Death Rates in the Southeastern U.S.

More than 24,500 homicide deaths were recorded in the U.S. in 2020.  The twelve-state Southeastern U.S. accounted for 8,405 of those homicide fatalities.   In a pattern seen in all regions of the country, the homicide rate per 100,000 population in the Southeastern U.S. ran materially higher for men than it did for women.  Overall, the Southeast had the worst regional homicide death rate in 2020.  Consistent with that standing, both genders in the region suffered homicide rates that were significantly higher than the national rates for the respective genders. A closer review of data from the National Center for Health Statistics produces the following details about male vs. female homicide rates in the Southeastern U.S.:

Male vs. Female Homicide Death Rates in the Southeastern U.S.

Male vs. Female Homicide Death Rates in the Southeastern U.S.

Deaths Population Death Rate*
Regionwide 8,405 85,565,785 9.8
     Male 6,807 41,736,692 16.3
     Female 1,598 43,829,093 3.6
Nationwide     24,576 329,484,123 7.5
     Male 19,958 162,256,202 12.3
     Female 4,618 167,227,921 2.8

(*) number of homicide deaths per 100,000 population

Report Period: 2020

States in Region:  Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

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 January 21, 2023

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