Homicide from 2008 to 2017
Homicide is the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another. California law enforcement agencies report to the California Department of Justice supplemental homicide data on the demographics of homicide victims, the type of weapon used, the victim's relationship to the offender and the circumstance surrounding the incident. Attempted murder, justifiable homicide, manslaughter by negligence, suicide and accidental deaths are excluded. This page presents information on homicides throughout the state from 2008 to 2017.
- Over the past decade, the homicide rate per 100,000 population ranged from a high of 5.8 in 2008 to a low of 4.4 in 2014. The 2017 homicide rate was 4.6.
- In 2017, while the largest proportion of Hispanic and black victims were aged 18-29, over half of white victims were aged 40 and over.
- In 2017, when the victim-offender relationship was identified, 38.5 percent of males and 12.6 percent of females were killed by strangers and 21.4 percent of females were killed by their spouse, compared to only 0.3 percent of males.
- In 2017, of the homicides where the contributing circumstance was known, 32.6 percent were the result of an unspecified argument, 30.2 percent were gang-related, 8.0 percent were domestic violence-related, and 7.6 percent occurred in conjunction with the commission of a rape, robbery, or burglary, and 2.3 were drug-related.