Missouri has most Black homicide victims in nation

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Black Americans make up almost 14% of the country’s population but accounted for over half of all homicide victims. Missouri is the state with the worst Black homicide rate.

According to a Violence Policy Center study released in July 2022, Missouri had the highest rate of Black homicide victims in 2019. The new study found that Missouri has the most Black homicide victims in the nation and has held that rank for six years.

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Missouri also had the highest rate in 2014 and every year between. From 2014 to 2019, the Black homicide victimization rate in Missouri increased by 45%, the study reported.

In 2019, the Black homicide rate in Missouri was 50.64 per 100,000 people. This is a substantial lead from the state with the second-highest rate:

Ranking State Number of Black Homicide Victims Homicide Rate per 100,000
1 Missouri 392 50.64
2 Illinois 565 29.21
3 Indiana 210 28.92
4 Wisconsin 117 27.24
5 Tennessee 329 27.21
6 Louisiana 421 27.05
7 Kentucky 110 26.92
8 Arkansas 132 26.88
9 Michigan 389 25.98
10 Oklahoma 88 24.75
Courtesy of Violence Policy Center

It should be noted that the FBI did not give information about the numbers of Black homicide victims in Alabama and Florida.

The state of Missouri has been in either first or second place in the nation when it comes to Black homicide victims for 13 years. To put these numbers into perspective, Missouri was where 18.9% of all of the nation’s Black homicide victims died.

The United State Census Bureau reported that Black Americans accounted for about 13.6% of the population in the nation. Missouri’s population is around 11.8% Black. Missouri doesn’t rank in the top 10 states with the highest Black populations. In fact, the 2020 U.S. Census showed that Missouri had a lower population of Black citizens than the national average.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent numbers for firearm mortality for all races put Missouri in fourth place in the nation in 2020. The vast majority of homicides occur in St. Louis and Kansas City.

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I wonder if they have breakout by location within Missouri? I think that might provide some additional insight.


this is a skewed up statistic based on numbers of population, not actual crimes. its misleading at best. your corrupt main stream media at its finest


FYI: Missouri has the fourth-highest murder rate of 11.3 murders per 100,000 residents. Murders in Missouri are disproportionately concentrated in metropolitan areas – about 90% of murders committed in 2017 in Missouri were committed in metropolitan areas. St. Louis and Kansas City are two of the most dangerous cities in the United States. In 2017, St. Louis had 205 murders and Kansas City had 150.


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