Enter the number of homicides and the total population into the Calculator. The calculator will evaluate the Homicide Rate. 

Homicide Rate Formula

HR = H / P * 100000


  • HR is the Homicide Rate (homicides per 100,000 people)
  • H is the number of homicides
  • P is the total population

To calculate the Homicide Rate, divide the number of homicides by the total population by 100000.

How to Calculate Homicide Rate?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Homicide Rate.

  1. First, determine the number of homicides. 
  2. Next, determine the total population. 
  3. Next, gather the formula from above = HR = H / P * 100000.
  4. Finally, calculate the Homicide Rate.
  5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem : 

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

number of homicides = 5

total population = 200000

Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered a high homicide rate?
A high homicide rate can vary by country and context, but generally, a rate of 10 or more homicides per 100,000 people is considered high in most places around the world.

How does the homicide rate affect a community?
High homicide rates can lead to increased fear among residents, reduce quality of life, and can negatively impact economic development by deterring investment and tourism. They also put a strain on local law enforcement and healthcare systems.

What factors contribute to a high homicide rate?
Factors can include economic disparity, lack of education and employment opportunities, political instability, ineffective law enforcement, cultural norms, and the availability of firearms.

How can communities work to reduce their homicide rates?
Strategies may include improving economic conditions, investing in education and youth programs, enhancing policing tactics and community policing efforts, implementing gun control measures, and fostering community engagement and cohesion.