Safety >> Crime >> Major Violent Crime >> Homicide Trends

From 2007 to 2011, King County homicide rates continued a long-term pattern of decline.

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

Data on number of homicide victims come from death certificates, and therefore include only King County residents.

  • In 2011, 40 King County residents died as a result of homicide.
  • The homicide rate among King County residents has declined since 1994, with a steep drop in 2009 that was sustained in 2010 and 2011. 
  • Homicide in Washington State has also declined (data not shown).
  • Per capita crime rates and trends for King County cities and Seattle are available at Social Capital Review. Please see 3 "Crime Rates" links below.