Murders in the US are up more than 10% – but that’s not as bad as it sounds
Vice - 09/28/2016
But not so fast. While an almost 11 percent jump in murder rate undeniably sounds concerning, 2015 actually had the third-lowest murder rate of any year since 1991, when the rate stood at 9.8 murders for every 100,000 people. In 2015, 5,696 people were murdered in the US, at a rate of 4.9 per 100,000 people. In 2014, stats showed that 14,164 were murdered, a rate of 4.4.
“If you think about it, murder rates have been driven so low, in a sense, the only way to go is up,” said Dr. James Fox, a criminology professor at Northeastern University. “The lower you get, the more likely you are to get a rebound.”