Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 551 Black homicide victims in Michigan in 2020.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Michigan was 36.73 per 100,000 in 2020.

Ranked 7th in the United States

Forty-one homicide victims (8 percent) were less than 18 years old and 15 victims (3 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 33 years old.

Out of 551 homicide victims, 457 were male and 94 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 92 percent of victims (461 out of 503) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 37 percent (170 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 259 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 25 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 10 victims 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, 82 percent of victims (111 out of 135) were killed by someone they knew. Twenty-four victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 87 percent (167 out of 192) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 44 percent (73 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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