Sunday, March 19, 2023

Male Homicide Rates in the U.S. by Region

Of the more than 24,500 homicide deaths in the United States in 2020, male victims accounted for 19,958 of the total.  At 12.3 deaths per 100,000 population, the male homicide rate in the U.S. in 2020 was more than four (4) times higher than the female homicide rate and it was 64% higher than the overall national homicide rate.  At the regional level, New England had the lowest male homicide rate while the Southeastern U.S. had the highest.  A deeper look into data from the National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about male homicide rates in the U.S. by region:

Male Homicide Rates in the U.S. by Region

Region Deaths Population Death Rate*
Far West 2,580 28,192,091 9.2
Great Lakes 3,389 23,061,455 14.7
Great Plains 1,160 10,673,839 10.9
Mid-East 2,644 23,747,834 11.1
New England 339 7,242,931 4.7
Rocky Mountain 427 6,320,743 6.8
Southeast 6,807 41,736,692 16.3
Southwest 2,612 21,280,617 12.3
U.S. Male Only 19,958 162,256,202 12.3
U.S. Female Only 4,618 167,227,921 2.8
U.S. Total 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 March 8, 2023

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