Dauphin County Homicide Assault Death Statistics
Homicide is the intentional killing of another person. In terms of intent, homicide deaths are differentiated from suicides and deaths from accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), in 2017, about 19,500 Americans died from homicidal assaults—a rate of about 6 deaths per 100,000 people.
Murder is an unlawful homicide—but not all homicides are crimes. For example, homicides committed in the course of law enforcement or in cases of self-defense are often not treated as crimes. The data in this report excludes deaths by non-criminal homicides in Dauphin County. It focuses on Dauphin County homicide deaths by criminal assault.
Homicide Rate Trends in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Demographic Differences in Dauphin County Homicide Rates
Nationally, men die at higher rates from homicide than women. National level data from 2017 shows 9.8 men per 100,000 died from homicides while only 2.5 women per 100,000 died from homicides. The chart below shows the rate of women and men who died from homicide in Dauphin County compared to state and national levels.
According to an NIH study, some factors that merit consideration for this disparity include lifestyle and behavioral risks as well as masculine socialization.
In 2017, on the national level 21.4 African Americans per 100,000 died from homicides, ranking the highest among all races. For American Indians and Alaskan Natives 6.3 per 100,000 died from homicides. Whites are the third highest where 3.6 per 100,000 died from homicides. Lastly, Asians or Pacific Islanders rank the lowest with 1.7 per 100,000 died from homicides.
About the Data
Mortality data in this story was queried from the CDC Wonder API, based on the following parameters:
• Underlying Cause of Death, ICD-10 codes: X85-Y09, Y87.1.
The charts show the CDC's age-adjusted rate, rather than crude rate, to account for variations in age-distribution and population size—with the exception of the chart comparing rates by age group.