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Indicator Report - Homicide

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.

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

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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 

Other Views


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

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of homicide deaths (ICD-10: X85-Y09 and Y87.1)
Denominator: Total resident population from NCHS bridged population estimates.

Page Content Updated On 12/05/2013, Published on 12/05/2013
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