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Indicator Report - Homicide

Why Is This Important?

From 2007 to 2011, Utah's age-adjusted homicide rate was 1.9 per 100,000 persons. This is an average of 52 homicides per year. Although Utah has one of the lowest age-adjusted homicide rates in the U.S., infants (less than 1 year) have the highest homicide rate compared to other age groups in Utah. It is the fourth leading cause of death for Utahns ages 1 to 4 and 15 to 24 years old.

Death by homicide takes an enormous toll on the mental and physical well-being of family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers of the victim. The trauma, grief, and bereavement experienced by these individuals have long-lasting impacts that affect many aspects of their lives.

Homicide by Local Health District, Utah, 2007-2011 and U.S. 2006-2010

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Data Notes

Homicides are determined by using ICD-10 codes X85-X99, Y00-Y09, Y87.1, U01-U02.   *Use caution in interpreting, the estimate has a relative standard error greater than 30% and does not meet UDOH standards for reliability.

**The estimate has been suppressed because 1) the relative standard error is greater than 50% or when the relative standard error can't be determined, 2) the observed number of events is very small and not appropriate for publication, or 3) it could be used to calculate the number in a cell that has been suppressed.

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Data are age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.

Data Sources

Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health. Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS).

Other Views


Number of resident deaths resulting from the intentional use of force or power, threatened or actual, against another person, per 100,000 population. ICD-10 codes X85-X99, Y00-Y09, Y87.1, U01-U02.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of deaths resulting from the intentional use of force or power, threatened or actual, against another person.
Denominator: Total number of persons in the population of Utah.

Page Content Updated On 07/02/2013, Published on 07/11/2013
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:09:26 MST