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Although racial/ethnic disparities in homicide rates have decreased since 2000, the 2009-2011 rate for non-Hispanic Blacks was more than 5 times the rate for non-Hispanic whites.

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.  

  • Disparities in homicide have diminished since 2000, as homicide rates for non-Hispanic Blacks, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics have declined while those for non- Hispanic whites have not changed.
  • Nevertheless, the 2009-2011 homicide rate for non-Hispanic Blacks was 5.5 times the rate for non-Hispanic whites.
  • 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, the number of homicide deaths among Pacific Islanders was so small that a valid rate could not be computed.
  • Trends for American Indians/Native Alaskans are not depicted for most years due to the small numbers of deaths and resulting unstable rates in these 3-year periods.