Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Male vs. Female 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 fatalities in 2020, or about 12.9% of all U.S. homicides 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.  In the Far Western states, in a pattern seen elsewhere in the U.S., the homicide death rate for women was much lower than it was for men.  Homicide rates for both genders in the U.S. Far West were lower than the national average homicide death rate for each respective gender.  A deeper look at state-level data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about male vs. female homicide rates in the Far Western U.S.:

Male vs. Female Homicide Rates in the Far Western U.S.

Male vs. Female Homicide Rates in the Far Western U.S.

Deaths Population Death Rate*
Regionwide 3,165 56,579,620 5.6
     Male 2,580 28,192,091 9.2
     Female 585 28,387,529 2.1
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:  Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington

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 28, 2023

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