Nebraska led the nation in the rate of black homicide victimization in 2011 with nearly 35 victims per 100,000, double the national rate for blacks and more than seven times the overall homicide victimization rate nationwide, according to a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center. The eighth annual report by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit ranks states according to their black homicide victimization rates based on FBI data from 2011, the most recent year for which comprehensive data is available.
In Nebraska, there were 30 black homicide victims in 2011, resulting in a homicide rate of 34.43 per 100,000. That year, the national black homicide rate was 17.51 per 100,000, and the overall national homicide rate was 4.44 per 100,000. The top 10 states in the study continued with Missouri and Michigan, both with more than 30 victims per 100,000, and Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, Wisconsin, West Virginia and North Dakota.