Crime

Where does America stand in relation to other countries when it comes to murder?  The United States is the 112th most deadly country in the world when it comes to per-capita murder rate according to a UN study of 218 countries. 

The United States murder rate is 3.8 per 100,000 in population.  That’s not so bad, right?  That puts us roughly in the middle of the range; half the countries are more deadly and half are less deadly.   That puts us in the company of countries like Iran and Latvia (both 3.9).  Sadly, countries like Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, and Uzbekistan (all at 3.7) are safer places to live than the United States.

Well, you might think we are probably about the same as other Western Culture countries… Nope.  In fact our murder rate is 2.7 times greater than our nearest cultural neighbor, Canada (1.4).  Surely our friends across The Pond must be similar to us?  Not by a long shot.  France is 1.2 but we all know they are pacifists over there, what about people who speak English and are more like our culture?  Well, Ireland, Australia, and England are 1.1 and 1.0 respectively.

Why does the United States have 3.8 times the murder rate of England and Australia?  Why does it have a murder rate 5.4 times greater than Spain (0.7) and 12 times greater than Japan and Iceland (0.3)?

I don’t know the answer to that, other than we have some very unique aspects to our culture that no doubt contribute to those numbers.