Homicide Rate in the United States

Crime in the U.S. has been documented since settlement. Crime rates have changed over time, with rapid growth after 1900, reaching a sizeable bulging top within the 1970s and early 1990s. Since then, crime has decreased significantly.

The maps below show the comparison homicide rate in the U.S, EU, and other countries. Homicide rates – Number of intentional homicides per 100,000 population per year.

A comparison of homicide rates in the US and Europe
Homicides rate

Top 20 US states and EU countries with highest homicide rates:
1. Lousiana
2. Mississippi
3. Maryland
4. South Carolina
5. Alaska
6. Alabama
7. Delaware
8. Tennessee
9. Nevada
10. Arkansas
11. Oklahoma
12. Georgia
13. Lithuania
14. Michigan
15. Illinois
16. Indiana
17. New Mexico
18. North Carolina
19. Florida

Top 20 US states and EU countries with lowest homicide rates
1. Austria
2. Netherlands
3. Ireland
4. Spain
5. Luxemburg
6. Poland
7. Czech Republic
8. Italy
9. Greece
10. Germany
11. Hungary
12. Slovakia
13. United Kingdom
14. Malta
15. Portugees
15. Denmark
16. New Hampshire
17. Sweden
18. Slovenia
19. Cyprus
20. Hawaii

The most dangerous country to live in the world is Brazil. Brazil has nearly 60 thousand murders a year, as many as the United States, China, all of Europe, Northern Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand combined.

A comparison of homicide rates between Brazil, U.S., and EU
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Murders in the U.S.

The map below shows a shocking fact, the United States (population – 327.2 million) has the same number of murders as all the countries in red combined (total population: 2.31 billion). The countries in red have as many murders combined as the U.S.

The Countries In Red Have As Many Murders Combined As The United States

Number of murders:
US: 17,250
China: 8,634
Indonesia: 1,292
Germany: 963
France: 875
UK: 791
Canada: 611
Italy: 400
Japan: 362
South Korea: 356
Spain: 294
Poland: 256
Romania: 247
Australia: 227
Belgium: 220
Hungary: 202
Taiwan: 192
Lithuania: 153
Israel: 110
Sweden: 106
Netherlands: 94
Greece: 84
Bulgaria: 81
Finland: 78
Latvia: 67
Portugal: 66
Czech Republic: 65
Austria: 57
Slovakia: 57
Denmark: 56
New Zealand: 45
Switzerland: 45
Croatia: 44
Estonia: 42
Ireland: 38
Hong Kong: 28
Norway: 27
Singapore: 18
Cyprus: 13
Slovenia: 10
Luxembourg: 4
Malta: 4
Iceland: 1

The U.S. murder rate compared to other nations

In 2018, the murder rate in the United States was 5 per 100 thousand, for a sum of 15.5 thousand murders. But the number of murders varied greatly from state to state. Almost half of the U.S. states have a higher murder rate than Russia.

Murder rate in the U.S. and Russia.
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