Missouri leads the nation in the rate of black homicide victimization, says a new analysis of unpublished FBI Supplementary Homicide Report data by the Violence Policy Center. The study uses 2005 data–the most recent data available from the FBI–and ranks the 50 states by their black homicide victimization rates. The study found that firearms, usually handguns, were the weapon of choice in the homicides.
The top 10 states with each state’s black homicide victimization rate are: 1) Missouri, 32.79 per 100,000; 2) Pennsylvania, 32.14; 3) Wisconsin, 30.49; 4) Indiana, 28.70 5) Michigan, 28.06; 6) California, 27.05; 7) Arkansas, 25.34; 8) Alaska, 24.87; 9) Nevada, 24.42; and, 10) Maryland, 24.16. The study says, “The devastation homicide inflicts on black teens and adults is a national crisis, yet it is all too often ignored outside of affected communities.”