Murder Rate by State

Homicides – the intentional or accidental killing of a person by another – can be divided into different legal categories that may differ from state to state. In general, the law distinguishes criminal homicides (which include murder and manslaughter) from non-criminal homicides (including assisted suicide, capital punishment, war, etc.). Following a homicide, murder is the most serious crime that someone can be charged with. It supposes that the killing is intentional, with or without premeditation. States also differ in the way they are punishing homicides. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps track of murders and other forms of homicides by examining the information on death certificates, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) does so by collecting information from law enforcement agencies. Between 2019 and 2020, the murder rate in the United States rose by approximately 30%, the largest in more than a hundred years, even greater than in 2001 – which included the attacks on September 11. In fact, the likely reason for the previous large uptick was increased reporting by law enforcement agencies. 

Learn for yourself about murder rates in the United States by exploring the data in the charts.

Homicide Rate by State

Alabama - Homicide Rate

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6.5

#32 in the US

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23.6

#4 in the US

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1,141

#16 in the US

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325

#28 in the US

Alaska - Homicide Rate

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12.3

#7 in the US

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23.5

#5 in the US

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175

#41 in the US

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90

#42 in the US

Arizona - Homicide Rate

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11.3

#8 in the US

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16.7

#19 in the US

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1,265

#12 in the US

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805

#15 in the US

Arkansas - Homicide Rate

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16.1

#5 in the US

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22.6

#7 in the US

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673

#26 in the US

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484

#21 in the US

California - Homicide Rate

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8.8

#24 in the US

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8.5

#42 in the US

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3,449

#2 in the US

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3,498

#1 in the US

Colorado - Homicide Rate

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8.5

#25 in the US

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15.4

#22 in the US

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922

#19 in the US

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488

#20 in the US

Connecticut - Homicide Rate

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6.1

#33 in the US

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6

#45 in the US

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219

#39 in the US

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220

#32 in the US

Delaware - Homicide Rate

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9.9

#17 in the US

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14.4

#24 in the US

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135

#44 in the US

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98

#40 in the US

District of Columbia - Homicide Rate

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49.2

#1 in the US

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339

#27 in the US

Florida - Homicide Rate

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9.7

#18 in the US

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13.7

#28 in the US

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3,041

#3 in the US

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2,087

#3 in the US

Georgia - Homicide Rate

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7.8

#29 in the US

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17.7

#15 in the US

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1,897

#4 in the US

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834

#14 in the US

Hawaii - Homicide Rate

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4.5

#40 in the US

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3.4

#49 in the US

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50

#50 in the US

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65

#44 in the US

Idaho - Homicide Rate

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3.7

#46 in the US

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17.6

#16 in the US

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321

#36 in the US

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68

#43 in the US

Illinois - Homicide Rate

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8.9

#26 in the US

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14.1

#25 in the US

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1,745

#7 in the US

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1,137

#5 in the US

Indiana - Homicide Rate

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9.7

#19 in the US

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17.3

#17 in the US

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1,159

#15 in the US

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656

#17 in the US

Iowa - Homicide Rate

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5.4

#36 in the US

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11.2

#37 in the US

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351

#34 in the US

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172

#35 in the US

Kansas - Homicide Rate

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4.9

#41 in the US

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16.9

#20 in the US

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494

#30 in the US

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143

#38 in the US

Kentucky - Homicide Rate

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10.3

#13 in the US

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20.1

#11 in the US

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902

#20 in the US

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464

#24 in the US

Louisiana - Homicide Rate

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22.9

#2 in the US

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26.3

#2 in the US

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1,183

#13 in the US

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1,065

#10 in the US

Maine - Homicide Rate

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2.9

#50 in the US

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10.4

#39 in the US

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153

#43 in the US

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39

#48 in the US

Maryland - Homicide Rate

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11.9

#9 in the US

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13.5

#29 in the US

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803

#24 in the US

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738

#16 in the US

Massachusetts - Homicide Rate

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3.3

#47 in the US

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3.7

#50 in the US

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268

#37 in the US

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230

#31 in the US

Michigan - Homicide Rate

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10.6

#14 in the US

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14.6

#26 in the US

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1,454

#10 in the US

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1,067

#9 in the US

Minnesota - Homicide Rate

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5.7

#37 in the US

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8.9

#43 in the US

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513

#29 in the US

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323

#29 in the US

Mississippi - Homicide Rate

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11.8

#10 in the US

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28.6

#1 in the US

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818

#23 in the US

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350

#26 in the US

Missouri - Homicide Rate

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18

#3 in the US

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23.9

#6 in the US

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1,426

#11 in the US

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1,108

#6 in the US

Montana - Homicide Rate

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8.9

#27 in the US

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20.9

#12 in the US

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238

#38 in the US

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96

#41 in the US

Nebraska - Homicide Rate

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6.5

#34 in the US

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10.1

#40 in the US

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197

#40 in the US

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127

#39 in the US

Nevada - Homicide Rate

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9.9

#20 in the US

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17

#18 in the US

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547

#28 in the US

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308

#30 in the US

New Hampshire - Homicide Rate

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1.5

#51 in the US

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8.9

#44 in the US

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128

#45 in the US

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20

#51 in the US

New Jersey - Homicide Rate

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5.4

#38 in the US

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5

#46 in the US

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443

#32 in the US

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497

#19 in the US

New Mexico - Homicide Rate

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9.1

#21 in the US

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22.7

#8 in the US

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479

#31 in the US

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193

#33 in the US

New York - Homicide Rate

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5.4

#39 in the US

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5.3

#47 in the US

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1,052

#18 in the US

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1,087

#8 in the US

North Carolina - Homicide Rate

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11.4

#11 in the US

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16

#21 in the US

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1,699

#8 in the US

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1,192

#4 in the US

North Dakota - Homicide Rate

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7.6

#30 in the US

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13.8

#30 in the US

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100

#47 in the US

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59

#46 in the US

Ohio - Homicide Rate

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9.2

#22 in the US

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15.2

#23 in the US

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1,764

#5 in the US

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1,089

#7 in the US

Oklahoma - Homicide Rate

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11.9

#12 in the US

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20.7

#13 in the US

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826

#22 in the US

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471

#23 in the US

Oregon - Homicide Rate

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4.4

#42 in the US

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13

#31 in the US

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592

#27 in the US

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188

#34 in the US

Pennsylvania - Homicide Rate

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3.3

#48 in the US

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13.6

#32 in the US

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1,752

#6 in the US

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433

#25 in the US

Rhode Island - Homicide Rate

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4.2

#43 in the US

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5.1

#48 in the US

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54

#49 in the US

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46

#47 in the US

South Carolina - Homicide Rate

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17.4

#4 in the US

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22

#9 in the US

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1,131

#17 in the US

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891

#12 in the US

South Dakota - Homicide Rate

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7

#31 in the US

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13.6

#33 in the US

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120

#46 in the US

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62

#45 in the US

Tennessee - Homicide Rate

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14

#6 in the US

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21.3

#10 in the US

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1,473

#9 in the US

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970

#11 in the US

Texas - Homicide Rate

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10.3

#15 in the US

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14.2

#27 in the US

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4,164

#1 in the US

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2,993

#2 in the US

Utah - Homicide Rate

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4.5

#44 in the US

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13.6

#34 in the US

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429

#33 in the US

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147

#37 in the US

Vermont - Homicide Rate

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3.7

#49 in the US

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11.6

#38 in the US

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76

#48 in the US

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24

#50 in the US

Virginia - Homicide Rate

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10

#16 in the US

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13.4

#35 in the US

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1,174

#14 in the US

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863

#13 in the US

Washington - Homicide Rate

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6.1

#35 in the US

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10.9

#41 in the US

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864

#21 in the US

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472

#22 in the US

West Virginia - Homicide Rate

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9

#23 in the US

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18.1

#14 in the US

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325

#35 in the US

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162

#36 in the US

Wisconsin - Homicide Rate

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8.5

#28 in the US

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12.2

#36 in the US

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717

#25 in the US

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499

#18 in the US

Wyoming - Homicide Rate

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4.7

#45 in the US

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25.9

#3 in the US

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154

#42 in the US

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27

#49 in the US

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#52 in the US