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Homicides are the number of deaths from assaults, defined as ICD-10 codes X85-Y09, per 100,000 population.
Homicide rates were previously ranked for the states where violent crime data were not available; however, now that violent crime data are available for all states, we no longer rank this measure. Homicide rates are valuable to report because they provide specificity to violent crime and injury deaths.
The Compressed Mortality File (CMF) is a county-level national mortality and population database spanning the years 1968-2014. Compressed Mortality data are updated annually. The number of deaths, crude death rates and age-adjusted death rates can be obtained by place of residence (total U.S., Census region, Census division, state, and county), age group, race (years 1968-1998: White, Black, and Other; years 1999-present: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black or African American, and White), Hispanic origin (years 1968-1998: not available; years 1999-present: Hispanic or Latino, not Hispanic or Latino, Not Stated), gender, year of death, underlying cause of death (years 1968-1978: 4 digit ICD-8 codes and 69 cause-of-death recode; years 1979-1998: 4-digit ICD-9 codes and 72 cause-of-death recode; years 1999-present: 4-digit ICD-10 codes and 113 cause-of-death recode), and urbanization level of residence (years 1968-1998: not available; years 1999-present: per the 2006 or the 2013 NCHS Urban-Rural Classification Scheme for Counties).
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