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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 4, 2013

Despite 30-Year Low, Decline in Youth Homicides Has Slowed

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JAMA. 2013;310(9):895. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.254224

Homicide rates among older children and young adults have seesawed over the past 3 decades, but steady decreases since the mid-1990s led to a 30-year low in 2010.

Researchers used data from the National Vital Statistics System to track homicide rates among 10- to 24-year-olds in the United States from 1981 to 2010. The rates rose sharply during the earlier years of the reporting period, increasing 83% between 1985 and 1993, from 8.7 to 15.9 per 100 000. During the next 5 years, however, the rates declined by 41%, from 15.2 per 100 000 in 1994 to 8.9 per 100 000 in 1999. The lowest overall rate, 7.5 per 100 000, was in 2010.

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