Pennsylvania Leads U.S. In Black Homicide Victimization Rate


Pennsylvania leads the nation in the rate of black homicide victimization, says a new analysis of unpublished FBI Supplementary Homicide Report data by the Violence Policy Center (VPC). The annual study ranks the 50 states according to their black homicide victimization rates. It found that firearms, usually handguns, were the weapon of choice in most homicides. This is the third time in four years that Pennsylvania has topped the ranking.

The top five states with each state’s corresponding black homicide victimization rate are: 1) Pennsylvania, 36.36 per 100,000; 2) Missouri, 34.82 per 100,000; 3) Indiana, 30.89 per 100,000; 4 (tie) Nevada, 29.83 per 100,000; and, 4 (tie) Wisconsin, 29.83 per 100,000. Josh Sugarmann, the center’s executive director, said, “this is a long-ignored crisis that is devastating black teens and adults across our nation.”

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