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Homicide in the U.S. Known to Law Enforcement, 2011

NCJ Number
243035
Date Published
December 2013
Length
18 pages
Author(s)
Erica L. Smith; Alexia Cooper Ph.D.
Agencies
BJS
Publication Type
Statistics
Annotation
This report presents data on the number of homicides known to law enforcement agencies for the year 2011.
Abstract
This report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) presents data on the number of homicides known to law enforcement agencies for the year 2011. Major findings from the report include the following: in 2011, the U.S. homicide rate declined by 49 percent, from 9.3 homicides per 100,000 U.S. residents in 1992 to 4.7 in 2011, the lowest level since 1963; from 2002 to 2011, the average homicide rate for males was 3.6 times higher than the rate for females, while the average homicide rate for Blacks was 6.3 times higher than the rate for Whites; between 2002 and 2011, young adults ages 18 to 24 had the highest homicide rate of any age group and experienced the greatest rate decline, down 22 percent over the 10-year period; between 1992 and 2011, the rate of homicides involving a firearm decreased by 49 percent while the percentage of homicide victims killed by a firearm, 67 percent, remained stable; large cities of 100,000 or more residents experienced the largest decline (23 percent) in homicide rates from 2002 to 2011, compared to smaller communities; and from 2002 to 2011, the majority (95 percent) of homicide incidents involved a single victim. Data for this report were obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR), part of the FBI;s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. The SHR collects detailed information on each homicide reported to State and local law enforcement agencies in the United States. Study and data limitations are discussed. Tables, figures
Date Created: December 30, 2013