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NATIONWIDE MURDER RATES, 1995-2003
ALPHABETICAL BY STATE
MURDER RATES PER 100,000 PEOPLE

STATES HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW HAVE NO DEATH PENALTY STATUTE

YEAR 2003
 
2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995
NATIONAL RATE 5.7
 
5.6 5.6 5.5 5.7 6.3 6.8 7.4 8.2
Alabama 6.6
 
6.8 8.5 7.4 7.9 8.1 9.9 10.4 11.2
Alaska 6.0
 
5.1 6.1 4.3 8.6 6.7 8.9 7.4 9.1
Arizona 7.9
 
7.1 7.5 7.0 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.5 10.4
Arkansas 6.4
 
5.2 5.5 6.3 5.6 8.0 9.9 8.7 10.4
California 6.8
 
6.8 6.4 6.1 6.0 6.6 8.0 9.1 11.2
Colorado 3.9
 
4.0 3.6 3.1 4.6 4.6 4.0 4.7 5.8
Connecticut 3.0
 
2.3 3.1 2.9 3.3 4.1 3.8 4.8 4.6
Delaware 2.9
 
3.2 2.9 3.2 3.2 2.8 2.5 4.3 3.5
Florida 5.4
 
5.5 5.3 5.6 5.7 6.5 6.9 7.5 7.3
Georgia 7.6
 
7.1 7.1 8.0 7.5 8.1 7.5 9.5 10.0
Hawaii 1.7
 
1.9 2.6 2.9 3.7 2.0 4.0 3.4 4.7
Idaho 1.8
 
2.7 2.3 1.2 2.0 2.9 3.2 3.6 4.1
Illinois 7.1
 
7.5 7.9 7.2 7.7 8.4 9.2 10.0 10.3
Indiana 5.5
 
5.9 6.8 5.8 6.6 7.7 7.3 7.2 8.0
Iowa 1.6
 
1.5 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.9 1.8 1.9 1.8
Kansas 4.5
 
2.9 3.4 6.3 6.0 5.9 6.0 6.6 6.2
Kentucky 4.6
 
4.5 4.7 4.8 5.4 4.6 5.8 5.9 7.2
Louisiana 13.0
 
13.2 11.2 12.5 10.7 12.8 15.7 17.5 17.0
Maine 1.2
 
1.1 1.4 1.2 2.2 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Maryland 9.5
 
9.4 8.3 8.1 9.0 10.0 9.9 11.6 11.8
Massachusetts 2.2
 
2.7 2.3 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.9 2.6 3.6
Michigan 6.1
 
6.7 6.7 6.7 7.0 7.3 7.8 7.5 8.5
Minnesota 2.5
 
2.2 2.4 3.1 2.8 2.6 2.8 3.6 3.9
Mississippi 9.3
 
9.2 9.9 9.0 7.7 11.4 13.1 11.1 12.9
Missouri 5.0
 
5.8 6.6 6.2 6.6 7.3 7.9 8.1 8.8
Montana 3.3
 
1.8 3.8 1.8 2.6 4.1 4.8 3.9 3.0
Nebraska 3.2
 
2.8 2.5 3.7 3.6 3.1 3.0 2.9 2.9
Nevada 8.8
 
8.3 8.5 6.5 9.1 9.7 11.2 13.7 10.7
New Hampshire 1.4
 
0.9 1.4 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.4 1.7 1.8
New Jersey 4.7
 
3.9 4.0 3.4 3.5 4.0 4.2 4.2 5.1
New Mexico 6.0
 
8.2 5.4 7.4 9.8 10.9 7.7 11.5 8.8
New York 4.9
 
4.7 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.1 6.0 7.4 8.5
North Carolina 6.1
 
6.6 6.2 7.0 7.2 8.1 8.3 8.5 9.4
North Dakota 1.9
 
0.8 1.1 0.6 1.6 1.1 0.9 2.2 0.9
Ohio 4.6
 
4.6 4.0 3.7 3.5 4.0 4.7 4.8 5.4
Oklahoma 5.9
 
4.7 5.3 5.3 6.9 6.1 6.9 6.8 12.2
Oregon 1.9
 
2.0 2.4 2.0 2.7 3.8 2.9 4.0 4.1
Pennsylvania 5.3
 
5.1 5.3 4.9 4.9 5.3 5.9 5.7 6.3
Rhode Island 2.3
 
3.8 3.7 4.3 3.6 2.4 2.5 2.5 3.3
South Carolina 7.2
 
7.3 6.3 5.8 6.6 8.0 8.4 9.0 7.9
South Dakota 1.3
 
1.4 0.9 0.9 2.5 1.4 1.4 1.2 1.8
Tennessee 6.8
 
7.2 7.4 7.2 7.1 8.5 9.5 9.5 10.6
Texas 6.4
 
6.0 6.2 5.9 6.1 6.8 6.8 7.7 9.0
Utah 2.5
 
2.0 3.0 1.9 2.1 3.1 2.4 3.2 3.9
Vermont 2.3
 
2.1 1.1 1.5 2.9 2.6 1.5 1.9 2.2
Virginia 5.6
 
5.3 5.1 5.7 5.7 6.2 7.2 7.5 7.6
Washington 3.0
 
3.0 3.0 3.3 3.0 3.9 4.3 4.6 5.1
West Virginia 3.5
 
3.2 2.2 2.5 4.4 4.3 4.1 3.8 4.9
Wisconsin 3.3
 
2.8 3.6 3.2 3.4 3.6 4.0 4.2 5.1
Wyoming 2.8
 
3.0 1.8 2.4 2.3 4.8 3.5 3.3 2.1
NATIONAL RATE 5.7
 
5.6 5.6 5.5 5.7 6.3 6.8 7.4 8.2

Average of murder rates among death penalty states in 2003: 5.3
Average of murder rates among non-death penalty states in 2003: 2.9
(Averages are obtained by simply averaging the murder rates for the respective groups of states.  For a weighted average which takes into account the population of each state, see additional murder rate data)