Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 53 Black homicide victims in Iowa in 2020.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Iowa was 33.84 per 100,000 in 2020.

Ranked 10th in the United States

Five homicide victims (9 percent) were less than 18 years old. The average age was 28 years old.

Out of 53 homicide victims, 43 were male and 10 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 90 percent of victims (47 out of 52) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 43 percent (20 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 23 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 3 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 1 victim killed by bodily force, and 1 victim killed by a blunt object.

Victim/Offender Relationship
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 75 percent of victims (18 out of 24) were killed by someone they knew. Six victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 75 percent (21 out of 28) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 48 percent (10 homicides) involved an argument between the victim and the offender.

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