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Serial Killers by State 2020

A serial killer is a person who murders three or more people, usually doing so for abnormal psychological gratification, thrill-seeking, attention, or financial gain. The definition of a serial killer differs between authorities where the period of time is changed or the number of murders. The FBI defines a serial killer as someone committing two or more murders as separate events and usually done by one person acting alone.

Serial killings are often attempted in a similar fashion, and victims often have something in common, such as similar demographic profiles. Ted Bundy, for example, targeted attractive, college-aged females.

Serial killers have some common characteristics among them, such as varying degrees of psychopathy, a history of abuse by a family member, may have a fascination with setting fires, or are involved in sadistic activities such as torturing animals.

California has the highest number of serial killings with 1507 total, followed by Texas with a total of 793. All 50 states have had a notorious serial killer.

Here are the 10 states with the most total serial killer victims:

  1. California (1,628)
  2. Texas (893)
  3. Florida (845)
  4. Illinois (629)
  5. New York (628)
  6. Ohio (433)
  7. Pennsylvania (420)
  8. Washington (390)
  9. Michigan (381)
  10. Georgia (365)

Serial Killers by State 2020

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Serial Killers by State 2020

State Serial Killer Victims Serial Killer Victims per 100,000 People 2020 Pop.
Alaska516.95734,002
Louisiana3006.464,645,180
Kansas1535.262,910,360
Indiana3415.066,745,350
Missouri3115.046,169,270
Washington3905.007,797,100
Illinois6294.9712,659,700
Oklahoma1954.933,954,820
Wyoming274.76567,025
California1,6284.0839,937,500
Oregon1703.954,301,090
Nebraska763.891,952,570
Florida8453.8421,993,000
Michigan3813.7910,045,000
Montana413.771,086,760
Ohio4333.6911,747,700
Connecticut1223.423,563,080
Georgia3653.4010,736,100
Arkansas1033.393,039,000
Nevada1053.343,139,660
Alabama1643.344,908,620
Pennsylvania4203.2812,820,900
New York6283.2319,440,500
South Carolina1623.115,210,100
New Mexico643.052,096,640
Maryland1853.046,083,120
Texas8933.0329,472,300
Kentucky1342.984,499,690
Massachusetts1952.806,976,600
Virginia2382.768,626,210
Colorado1552.655,845,530
Tennessee1792.606,897,580
Mississippi752.512,989,260
North Carolina2662.5110,611,900
Rhode Island252.371,056,160
Utah772.353,282,120
New Jersey2072.328,936,570
Maine302.231,345,790
Arizona1562.117,378,490
West Virginia372.081,778,070
Idaho372.031,826,160
Wisconsin1182.025,851,750
Vermont111.75628,061
Iowa531.673,179,850
North Dakota111.44761,723
Delaware141.42982,895
Minnesota681.195,700,670
South Dakota70.78903,027
New Hampshire100.731,371,250
Hawaii100.711,412,690