Some debate below about the various parameters which shape social pathologies. One of facts which we are well aware of is that the United States has a lot of homicide compared to other developed countries. But another fact which is also well known is that a disproportionate number of these murders are committed by racial & ethnic minorities, as well as by particular subcultures (e.g., Southerners vs. New Englanders). So I took the state-by-state homicide rate and compared them to the international data for selection nations. Results below the fold….
|District of Columbia||35.8|
I would be surprised by Finland…but then, I know that they’re crazy!!! In any case, somewhat less than half perpetrators of homicide are white. Assuming that 3/4 of the 45% of homicide perpetrators who are white are not minorities (i.e., Hispanic/Latino), and renormalize the rate by the smaller population (0.70 of Americans are non-Hispanic whites), you can crank down the rate of homicide for this demo to 2.06 or so. That’s basically in the high range for a European country. I suspect that this rough figure is correct since New Hamphsire is almost totally non-Hispanic white & from the least “rowdy” of the four Anglo-Saxon folkways which settled this nation, and it is somewhat below the projected homicide rate for non-Hispanic whites overall (it seems likely that whites from the American South & West are more violent than those from New England or the Upper Midwest judging by higher imprisonment rates).