Most Dangerous States

Safety is crucial for U.S. citizens: they care that the place they live in is safe. The number of homicides committed in a state is one indicator to assess how much that state is safe or dangerous. A homicide occurs when an individual kills another one, either deliberately or by accident, negligence, or recklessness. Therefore, the higher the number of homicides occurring within a state, the more dangerous the state could be considered. 

While the number of homicides can vary greatly from state to state (depending on political, social, and economic factors), homicides occurred in all 50 states in 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in total, 24,576 people in the United States died of homicide in 2020. In contrast, 16,425 people died due to homicide in the United States in 2019.

Depending on what region of the United States you live in, you can roughly predict the rate of homicides that might occur in a given state. The FBI determined that in 2019, 48.7% of murders occurred in Southern states, 20.% of murders occurred in the Midwest, and 19.3% occurred in the Western United States, with only 11.2% of murders occurring in the Northeast. 

You can learn more about the most dangerous states to live in by homicide rates by exploring the data in the charts.

Number of Homicide Incidents by State

Alabama - Number of Homicide Incidents

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325

#28 in the US

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6.5

#32 in the US

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1,141

#16 in the US

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23.6

#4 in the US

Alaska - Number of Homicide Incidents

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90

#42 in the US

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12.3

#7 in the US

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175

#41 in the US

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23.5

#5 in the US

Arizona - Number of Homicide Incidents

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805

#15 in the US

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11.3

#8 in the US

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1,265

#12 in the US

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16.7

#19 in the US

Arkansas - Number of Homicide Incidents

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484

#21 in the US

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16.1

#5 in the US

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673

#26 in the US

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22.6

#7 in the US

California - Number of Homicide Incidents

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3,498

#1 in the US

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8.8

#24 in the US

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3,449

#2 in the US

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8.5

#42 in the US

Colorado - Number of Homicide Incidents

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488

#20 in the US

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8.5

#25 in the US

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922

#19 in the US

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15.4

#22 in the US

Connecticut - Number of Homicide Incidents

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220

#32 in the US

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6.1

#33 in the US

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219

#39 in the US

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6

#45 in the US

Delaware - Number of Homicide Incidents

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98

#40 in the US

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9.9

#17 in the US

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135

#44 in the US

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14.4

#24 in the US

District of Columbia - Number of Homicide Incidents

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339

#27 in the US

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49.2

#1 in the US

Florida - Number of Homicide Incidents

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2,087

#3 in the US

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9.7

#18 in the US

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3,041

#3 in the US

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13.7

#28 in the US

Georgia - Number of Homicide Incidents

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834

#14 in the US

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7.8

#29 in the US

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1,897

#4 in the US

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17.7

#15 in the US

Hawaii - Number of Homicide Incidents

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65

#44 in the US

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4.5

#40 in the US

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50

#50 in the US

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3.4

#49 in the US

Idaho - Number of Homicide Incidents

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68

#43 in the US

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3.7

#46 in the US

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321

#36 in the US

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17.6

#16 in the US

Illinois - Number of Homicide Incidents

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1,137

#5 in the US

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8.9

#26 in the US

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1,745

#7 in the US

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14.1

#25 in the US

Indiana - Number of Homicide Incidents

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656

#17 in the US

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9.7

#19 in the US

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1,159

#15 in the US

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17.3

#17 in the US

Iowa - Number of Homicide Incidents

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172

#35 in the US

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5.4

#36 in the US

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351

#34 in the US

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11.2

#37 in the US

Kansas - Number of Homicide Incidents

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143

#38 in the US

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4.9

#41 in the US

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494

#30 in the US

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16.9

#20 in the US

Kentucky - Number of Homicide Incidents

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464

#24 in the US

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10.3

#13 in the US

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902

#20 in the US

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20.1

#11 in the US

Louisiana - Number of Homicide Incidents

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1,065

#10 in the US

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22.9

#2 in the US

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1,183

#13 in the US

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26.3

#2 in the US

Maine - Number of Homicide Incidents

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39

#48 in the US

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2.9

#50 in the US

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153

#43 in the US

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10.4

#39 in the US

Maryland - Number of Homicide Incidents

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738

#16 in the US

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11.9

#9 in the US

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803

#24 in the US

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13.5

#29 in the US

Massachusetts - Number of Homicide Incidents

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230

#31 in the US

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3.3

#47 in the US

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268

#37 in the US

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3.7

#50 in the US

Michigan - Number of Homicide Incidents

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1,067

#9 in the US

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10.6

#14 in the US

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1,454

#10 in the US

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14.6

#26 in the US

Minnesota - Number of Homicide Incidents

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323

#29 in the US

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5.7

#37 in the US

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513

#29 in the US

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8.9

#43 in the US

Mississippi - Number of Homicide Incidents

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350

#26 in the US

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11.8

#10 in the US

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818

#23 in the US

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28.6

#1 in the US

Missouri - Number of Homicide Incidents

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1,108

#6 in the US

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18

#3 in the US

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1,426

#11 in the US

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23.9

#6 in the US

Montana - Number of Homicide Incidents

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96

#41 in the US

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8.9

#27 in the US

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238

#38 in the US

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20.9

#12 in the US

Nebraska - Number of Homicide Incidents

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127

#39 in the US

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6.5

#34 in the US

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197

#40 in the US

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10.1

#40 in the US

Nevada - Number of Homicide Incidents

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308

#30 in the US

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9.9

#20 in the US

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547

#28 in the US

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17

#18 in the US

New Hampshire - Number of Homicide Incidents

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20

#51 in the US

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1.5

#51 in the US

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128

#45 in the US

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8.9

#44 in the US

New Jersey - Number of Homicide Incidents

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497

#19 in the US

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5.4

#38 in the US

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443

#32 in the US

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5

#46 in the US

New Mexico - Number of Homicide Incidents

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193

#33 in the US

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9.1

#21 in the US

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479

#31 in the US

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22.7

#8 in the US

New York - Number of Homicide Incidents

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1,087

#8 in the US

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5.4

#39 in the US

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1,052

#18 in the US

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5.3

#47 in the US

North Carolina - Number of Homicide Incidents

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1,192

#4 in the US

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11.4

#11 in the US

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1,699

#8 in the US

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16

#21 in the US

North Dakota - Number of Homicide Incidents

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59

#46 in the US

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7.6

#30 in the US

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100

#47 in the US

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13.8

#30 in the US

Ohio - Number of Homicide Incidents

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1,089

#7 in the US

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9.2

#22 in the US

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1,764

#5 in the US

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15.2

#23 in the US

Oklahoma - Number of Homicide Incidents

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471

#23 in the US

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11.9

#12 in the US

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826

#22 in the US

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20.7

#13 in the US

Oregon - Number of Homicide Incidents

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188

#34 in the US

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4.4

#42 in the US

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592

#27 in the US

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13

#31 in the US

Pennsylvania - Number of Homicide Incidents

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433

#25 in the US

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3.3

#48 in the US

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1,752

#6 in the US

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13.6

#32 in the US

Rhode Island - Number of Homicide Incidents

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46

#47 in the US

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4.2

#43 in the US

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54

#49 in the US

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5.1

#48 in the US

South Carolina - Number of Homicide Incidents

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891

#12 in the US

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17.4

#4 in the US

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1,131

#17 in the US

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22

#9 in the US

South Dakota - Number of Homicide Incidents

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62

#45 in the US

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7

#31 in the US

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120

#46 in the US

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13.6

#33 in the US

Tennessee - Number of Homicide Incidents

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970

#11 in the US

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14

#6 in the US

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1,473

#9 in the US

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21.3

#10 in the US

Texas - Number of Homicide Incidents

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2,993

#2 in the US

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10.3

#15 in the US

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4,164

#1 in the US

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14.2

#27 in the US

Utah - Number of Homicide Incidents

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147

#37 in the US

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4.5

#44 in the US

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429

#33 in the US

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13.6

#34 in the US

Vermont - Number of Homicide Incidents

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24

#50 in the US

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3.7

#49 in the US

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76

#48 in the US

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11.6

#38 in the US

Virginia - Number of Homicide Incidents

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863

#13 in the US

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10

#16 in the US

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1,174

#14 in the US

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13.4

#35 in the US

Washington - Number of Homicide Incidents

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472

#22 in the US

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6.1

#35 in the US

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864

#21 in the US

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10.9

#41 in the US

West Virginia - Number of Homicide Incidents

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162

#36 in the US

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9

#23 in the US

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325

#35 in the US

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18.1

#14 in the US

Wisconsin - Number of Homicide Incidents

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499

#18 in the US

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8.5

#28 in the US

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717

#25 in the US

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12.2

#36 in the US

Wyoming - Number of Homicide Incidents

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27

#49 in the US

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4.7

#45 in the US

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154

#42 in the US

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25.9

#3 in the US