Nebraska has highest black homicide rate in nation
According to an analysis by the Violence Prevention Center, Nebraska ranks no. 1 in the nation for black homicide.
The Washington D.C.-based center took a look at numbers from 2011, the most recent year for comprehensive national homicide data. But the state’s high ranking isn’t earned from just that year alone.
Thirty black people — including 27 people in Omaha — were killed in homicides in Nebraska in 2011. That translates to a black homicide rate of 34.43 per 100,000 people — twice the national average.
By comparison, a total of 65 people of all races died in homicides in Nebraska in 2011, a rate of less than four per 100,000 people.
The Violence Policy Center released the rankings as part of its annual study, “Black Homicide Victimization in the United State.”
The center analyzed data collected by the FBI from local law enforcement agencies. After Nebraska, the states with the next four highest black homicide rate are: Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.
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