How many people are murdered every day in the United States?


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There are around 16,238 murders per year in the United States; this averages out to around 44 murders per day. These figures, which are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2011 statistics, include 11,068 deaths by firearms.

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Certain cities experience a higher murder rate than average. The highest murder rate in the country belongs to Camden, N.J. while Flint, Mich. and Detroit, Mich., take the second and third spots, respectively. New Orleans, La., and Saginaw, Mich., round out the top five.

Although the U.S. sees its fair share of murders, murder rates are higher elsewhere. The United Nations reports that there were 90.4 murders per 100,000 people in Honduras in 2011. Venezuela, Belize and El Salvador rounded out the top three countries with the highest murder rates. Other countries in the top 10 include Guatemala, Jamaica, Swaziland, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Africa and Colombia.

The same 2011 report from the U.N. found that of the 437,000 intentional homicides around the globe each year, around 41 percent were committed with firearms while sharp objects were used in 24 percent of murders. In the Americas in general, homicide rates have historically been up to eight times higher than rates in Asia and Europe since the 1950s. The U.N. blames this higher rate on crime-related and political violence.

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