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How the Violent Crime Rate in Hawaii Compares to Other States

Violent crime -- a broad category of offenses that includes rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and homicide -- is on the rise in the United States. According to FBI data, there were a total of 1.3 million violent offenses reported in 2020, or 388 for every 100,000 people -- a 5% increase from 2019.

The uptick was led by a spike in homicide. The number of murders surged by nearly 30%, from 16,669 in 2019 to 21,570 in 2020, the largest year-over-year increase on record. The spike in murders came during a year of national turmoil marked by coronavirus lockdowns, mass protests against police misconduct, and a sharp rise in gun sales. These are the states buying the most guns.

Despite the increase, the national violent crime rate remains well below the highs reported in the 1990s. Still, crime is ultimately a local phenomenon, and in some parts of the country, violence is much more common than in others.

Few states reported a larger year-over-year decline in violent crime than Hawaii. There were a total of 3,576 violent crimes reported in the state in 2020, an 11.5% reduction from 4,042 in 2019. Currently, the state's violent crime rate of 254 incidents for every 100,000 residents is the 10th lowest among states.

The vast majority of violent crimes reported in Hawaii in 2020 -- nearly 83% -- were either cases of aggravated assault or robbery.

All crime data used in this story is from the FBI and is for the year 2020.

RankStateViolent crimes per 100,000 people, 2020Total violent crimes, 2020Total homicides, 20201-yr. change in violent crime rate (%)50Maine108.61,46622-5.749New Hampshire146.42,00012-4.048Vermont173.41,08114-14.347Connecticut181.66,459140-1.146New Jersey195.417,353329-5.645Virginia208.717,9255240.344Rhode Island230.82,440324.443Wyoming234.21,364187.842Idaho242.64,432418.441Hawaii254.23,57641-11.040Kentucky259.111,60032319.339Utah260.78,47110210.638Minnesota277.515,69819017.437Mississippi291.28,6383154.836Oregon291.912,3801252.635Washington293.722,596301-0.134Iowa303.59,60111113.933Ohio308.836,1048205.332Massachusetts308.821,288160-5.731Wisconsin323.418,86130810.330North Dakota329.02,5183215.629Nebraska334.16,4736911.028West Virginia355.96,35211712.427Indiana357.724,161505-3.626New York363.870,3398081.425Florida383.683,3681,2901.424Pennsylvania389.549,7931,00927.123Maryland399.924,215553-12.022Georgia400.142,85094317.421North Carolina419.344,45185212.820Colorado423.124,57029411.119Kansas425.012,3851003.518Illinois425.953,6121,1514.717Delaware431.94,262732.216California442.0174,0262,2030.215Texas446.5131,0841,9316.614Alabama453.622,322471-11.213Oklahoma458.618,2552966.212Nevada460.314,445180-6.811Montana469.85,0775416.010Michigan478.047,6417549.39Arizona484.835,9805136.58South Dakota501.44,4764025.77South Carolina530.727,6915493.86Missouri542.733,3857239.65Louisiana639.429,70473416.44Arkansas671.920,36332114.93Tennessee672.746,32866313.02New Mexico778.316,393164-6.51Alaska837.86,12649-3.4

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