Black Homicide Victimization in the United States

State Rankings

In 2020, the national Black homicide victimization rate was 23.41 per 100,000. For that year, Missouri ranked first as the state with the highest Black homicide victimization rate. Its rate of 50.98 per 100,000 was more than twice the national average for Black homicide victimization. The 10 states with the highest Black homicide victimization rates are listed in the following chart. In order to ensure rankings contain stable rates, states with 10 or fewer Black homicide victims were not included in the state rankings for 2020. These victims are included in the U.S. total and rate. While not ranked, the number of deaths and corresponding Black homicide victimization rate for these states are included in Appendix Two.

Additional information for each of the states ranked in the top 10 can be found in Appendix One, including: age and sex of victims; most common weapons used; relationship of victim to offender; and, the circumstances of the homicides. According to the SHR data, for states with more than 10 victims, 19 states had a Black homicide victimization rate higher than the national per capita rate of 23.41 per 100,000.

For an alphabetical listing of all states that submitted data to the FBI, please see Appendix Two.

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