Research Outline

Homicides Worldwide

Early Findings


You would like to know the worldwide homicide rate to inform advocacy and international politics in the public sector.


  • In their latest publicly available report, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported a global average intentional homicide rate of 6.2 per 100,000 population for 2012.
  • The Global Homicide Book 2013 is the latest report from ONODC. The Global Homicide Book 2018 will be published in September 2019.
  • The regions of the world differ significantly in the average homicide rate per 100,000 citizens. In Asia, it is 2.9, in Oceania and Europe 3.0, in Africa it's 12.5 and in Americas it's 16.3.
  • Out of all countries in the world, El Salvador has the highest average homicide rate at 82.84. Macao has the lowest homicide rate at 0.18 per 100,000 population.


We suggest continuing this research by identifying the average homicide rates in 15-20 different countries in the world that you would be interested in from the UNODC report and presenting them in a spreadsheet. (3 hours, $87) If you would like us to continue in this direction, please provide a list of countries you would be most interested in.

Alternatively, since we have already found a credible source of average homicide rates across the world, we could do a deeper analysis on the effects of homicide rates on public sector policy. We could explore how homicide rates influence public policies in a certain area, or we could look at the effect public policies have on the reduction of homicide rates. If you are interested in such an analysis, please provide a list of topics you would be most interested in. A senior analyst will then examine that list and do initial research to determine the scope and pricing of that project.