Missouri Still #1 in Black Homicide Victimizations

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For the third year in a row, Missouri has the nation’s highest black homicide victimization rate, with a rate of 46.21 per 100,000, more than twice the national black homicide victimization rate and nine times the overall homicide rate nationwide, says the Violence Policy Center.

The annual study ranks states according to their black homicide victimization rates. It is based on unpublished data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR). The study details homicide rates for 2016, the most recent year for which comprehensive national data is available.

Since the Violence Policy Center began issuing this report in 2007, Missouri has been ranked as having one of the 10 highest black homicide victimization rates every year. In 2016, the national black homicide victimization rate was 20.44 per 100,000, and the overall national homicide victimization rate was 5.10 per 100,000.

Nationwide, 87 percent of black homicide victims were killed with guns. The 10 states with the highest black homicide victimization rates in 2016 are Missouri, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.

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