Patterns of Rural Homicide

Ralph A. Weisheit, Illinois State University
L. Edward Wells, Illinois State University

In the study of homocide one common research finding is the strong association between urbanization and homicide rates. Understanding differences between rural and urban homicide has the potential to contribute to our understanding of homicide more generally. The strength of this association should have led to a large body of research comparing rural and urban homicide, but it has not. This is an exploratory study using the FBI's Supplemental Homocide Data with data from the U.S. Bureau of Census to: (1) compare the profiles of rural and urban homocide, (2) identify county-level characteristics associated with variations in rural homicide, and (3 consider the implications of our findings for a more general understanding of homicide.

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Updated 05/20/2006