Is the murder rate in the U.S. currently higher or lower than it was 20 years ago?
In 1997, the murder rate was 6.8 per 100,000 people. According to the latest FBI data, it was 5.4 in 2016. This is the highest level since 2008, but it is still 21% lower than in 1997.
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