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Complete Indicator Profile of Homicide

Definition

Homicides include all resident deaths where a homicide was coded as the underlying (primary) cause of death.

Numerator

Number of homicide deaths (ICD-10: X85-Y09 and Y87.1)

Denominator

Total resident population from NCHS bridged population estimates.

Why Is This Important?

"Homicide is a completely preventable cause of death. Arguments, abuse or conflict, intimate partner violence, drug involvement, and serious crimes are the most common event circumstances for homicides." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020



Graphical Data Views

Homicide Rate North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2012

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Deaths per 100,000 (age-adjusted) Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator
North Carolina 2008 7.5 664
North Carolina 2009 6.1 562
North Carolina 2010 5.7 536
North Carolina 2011 5.5 519
North Carolina 2012 6.0 5.4 565
HNC 2020 Target 2008 6.7
HNC 2020 Target 2009 6.7
HNC 2020 Target 2010 6.7
HNC 2020 Target 2011 6.7
HNC 2020 Target 2012 6.7

Data Notes

Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Death Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics  NCHS Bridged Population Estimates 



Homicides by County, 2008-2012

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A map depicting age adjusted death rates at the county level over a five year period is available at http://www.schs.state.nc.us/schs/gis/atlas/PDFs/Homicide12.pdf. Causes of death were coded using the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).

County Deaths per 100,000 (age-adjusted) Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator
Alamance 4.4 2.8 6.0 32
Alexander ** 11
Alleghany ** 2
Anson ** 12
Ashe ** 4
Avery ** 0
Beaufort ** 12
Bertie ** 6
Bladen ** 16
Brunswick 4.6 2.6 6.6 22
Buncombe 3.3 2.3 4.3 37
Burke ** 14
Cabarrus 5.1 3.5 6.7 44
Caldwell 5.7 3.3 8.1 23
Camden ** 0
Carteret ** 11
Caswell ** 8
Catawba 8.0 5.8 10.2 58
Chatham ** 12
Cherokee ** 7
Chowan ** 1
Clay ** 2
Cleveland 6.6 4.2 9.0 30
Columbus 11.7 7.8 15.6 34
Craven 5.6 3.6 7.6 30
Cumberland 10.3 8.7 11.9 171
Currituck ** 3
Dare ** 3
Davidson 3.1 1.9 4.3 24
Davie ** 5
Duplin 7.6 4.3 10.9 21
Durham 9.6 8.0 11.2 138
Edgecombe 13.6 9.1 18.1 34
Forsyth 5.0 4.0 6.0 86
Franklin ** 13
Gaston 5.2 3.8 6.6 50
Gates ** 2
Graham ** 3
Granville ** 7
Greene ** 9
Guilford 6.3 5.3 7.3 156
Halifax 13.8 9.1 18.5 33
Harnett 8.0 5.6 10.4 45
Haywood ** 9
Henderson ** 14
Hertford ** 9
Hoke 9.1 5.2 13.0 21
Hyde ** 0
Iredell 3.6 2.2 5.0 27
Jackson ** 4
Johnston 4.5 2.9 6.1 36
Jones ** 3
Lee 10.9 7.0 14.8 30
Lenoir 8.8 5.3 12.3 23
Lincoln ** 17
Macon ** 6
Madison ** 5
Martin ** 9
McDowell ** 13
Mecklenburg 6.7 5.9 7.5 322
Mitchell ** 1
Montgomery ** 17
Moore 7.5 5.0 10.0 32
Nash 11.8 8.7 14.9 53
New Hanover 4.0 2.8 5.2 43
Northampton ** 9
Onslow 4.5 3.1 5.9 43
Orange ** 19
Pamlico ** 3
Pasquotank ** 9
Pender ** 8
Perquimans ** 5
Person ** 11
Pitt 7.2 5.4 9.0 63
Polk ** 1
Randolph 4.1 2.5 5.7 27
Richmond 8.9 5.0 12.8 20
Robeson 20.9 17.4 24.4 139
Rockingham 5.8 3.4 8.2 25
Rowan 5.8 4.0 7.6 38
Rutherford ** 12
Sampson 10.5 6.8 14.2 31
Scotland 23.1 15.8 30.4 40
Stanly ** 15
Stokes ** 10
Surry 6.8 4.1 9.5 24
Swain ** 9
Transylvania ** 6
Tyrrell ** 1
Union 3.7 2.5 4.9 36
Vance 20.6 14.5 26.7 44
Wake 2.9 2.5 3.3 136
Warren ** 7
Washington ** 0
Watauga ** 7
Wayne 10.4 7.9 12.9 62
Wilkes ** 16
Wilson 8.2 5.5 10.9 32
Yadkin ** 7
Yancey ** 6
North Carolina 6.0 5.8 6.2 2,846
United States 5.3 5.2 5.4

Data Notes

Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard.  **Rates are displayed only for counties that have a minimum of 20 deaths. U.S. data are for 2010.

Data Sources

Death Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics  NCHS Bridged Population Estimates 



Homicides by Race/Ethnicity, 2012

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Race/Ethnicity Deaths per 100,000 (age-adjusted) Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator
Total 5.9 5.4 6.4 565
White (Non-Hispanic) 3.5 3.0 3.9 221
Black (Non-Hispanic) 13.0 11.5 14.6 284
American Indian (Non-Hispanic) ** 19
Other (Non-Hispanic) ** 7
Hispanic 4.0 2.7 5.4 34

Data Notes

Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard. 

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