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Youth Violence National and State Statistics at a Glance


From 1994 to 2010, homicide rates were consistently higher among persons ages 10 to 24 years than among all ages combined. Homicide rates among persons ages 10 to 24 years dropped from 15.2 deaths per 100,000 population in 1994 to 7.5 deaths per 100,000 in 2010.Youth violence results in considerable physical, emotional, social, and economic consequences. Although rates of youth homicide have declined substantially since the mid-1990’s, much work remains in reducing this public health burden. Homicide remains a leading cause of death among youth aged 10–24 years in the United States. Violence is also a major cause of nonfatal injuries among youth. In 2011, more than 700,000 young people aged 10–24 years were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries sustained from assaults. No state is immune to the devastating impact of youth violence.

The goal of this website is to describe trends and patterns in youth violence. Users will find data on national and state-specific trends in youth homicide rates. These pages include information on the leading causes of death and homicide rates by age, sex and race/ethnicity. National data on non-fatal assault-related injury rates and arrests rates are also provided. These data can be used by public health officials, researchers, practitioners and the public to understand and describe the need for prevention programs and policies that address risk and protective factors for youth violence, including policies and programs aimed at promoting prosocial behavior, strengthening families, and creating communities in which youth are safe from violence.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Available at: Last accessed, March 14, 2013.

Federal Bureau of Investigation. Crimes in the United States, 2006. US Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. Available at: Last accessed, June 19, 2009.

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