Homicides Up 30 Percent, The Largest Increase In History, FBI Says.



According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report for 2020, which was published Monday, homicides have increased nearly 30 percent last year in comparison to 2019. 21,570 homicides were reported last year.


This recent data marks the first time in four years that the number of violent crimes in the United States has increased from the year before. The country has experienced an increase in violent crime by five percent from 2019 to 2020, while overall crime decreased six percent from 2019 to 2020.


"In 2020, there were an estimated 1,277,696 violent crimes," the FBI said. "When compared with the estimates from 2019, the estimated number of robbery offenses fell 9.3 percent and the estimated volume of rape (revised definition) offenses decreased 12.0 percent."


According to data provided by the FBI, the homicide rate per 100,000 people was 6.5 in 2020, a decrease in comparison to the early 1990s, when murder rates peaked around 9.8 per 100,000. The data also showed that most offenders and victims involved in these violent crimes were between the ages of 20 and 29.