Safety >> Crime >> Major Violent Crime >> Homicide by Race/Ethnicity

From 2002 to 2011, King County non-Hispanic Blacks were 7 times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to be victims of homicide.

Crime diminishes the health of our communities through fear, erosion of community cohesion, diversion of public resources, property damage, injury, incarceration, and death. 

In the ten-year period from 2002 to 2011, the overall homicide rate among King County residents was 3.3 per 100,000 population.  

  • During that period, non-Hispanic Blacks and American Indians/Alaska Natives were more likely than Hispanics, Asians/Pacific Islanders and non-Hispanic whites to be victims of homicide. 
  • Non-Hispanic Blacks were 7 times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to be victims of homicide.
  • Specific homicide rates for Pacific Islanders could not be estimated until 2004, when racial categories on death certificates were changed to distinguish them from Asians. In the 2004-2011 period, the number of homicide deaths among Pacific Islanders was so small that a valid rate could not be computed.