Solano County Has the 6th Highest Youth Homicide Rate in California

The study compares homicide rates for people ages 10 to 24 by county, race, ethnicity, weapon used, circumstance and location.


Solano County's homicide rate is the sixth highest in the state, according to a study that was released Wednesday.

The study, titled "Lost Youth: A County-by-County Analysis of 2011 Homicide Victims Agest 10 to 24," compares homicide rates by county, race, weapon used and more. 

Solano County's rate of homicides per 100,000 was 13.71, which is about double the average in California. San Joaquin County had the highest rate at 21.29, which is nearly three times the average. According to the study: 

Statewide, the homicide victimization rate for Californians ages 10 to 24 continued to drop--from 10.48 per 100,000 in 2009, to 8.48 per 100,000 in 2010, down to 7.87 per 100,000 in 2011 ... 

The study finds overwhelmingly that firearms, usually handguns, are the weapon of choice in the homicides of youth and young adults.  The study also shows that there are vast demographic disparities:  in California, young African-Americans are more than 18 times more likely to be murdered than young whites; young Hispanics are more than four times more likely to be murdered than young whites. 

Here are the 10 counties with the highest youth homicide rates: 

  1) San Joaquin County, 21.29 per 100,000

  2) San Francisco County, 18.04 per 100,000

  3) Monterey County, 16.96 per 100,000

  4) Alameda County, 16.82 per 100,000

  5) Contra Costa County, 14.74 per 100,000

  6) Solano County, 13.71 per 100,000

  7) Tulare County, 13.43 per 100,000

  8) Stanislaus County, 9.92 per 100,000

  9) Los Angeles County, 9.55 per 100,000

10) Santa Cruz County, 9.40 per 100,000 

The study contains a detailed analysis for each of the top 10 counties, including:  gender; race/ethnicity; most common weapons; victim to offender relationship; circumstance; and, location ... The study also contains a detailed analysis for each race/ethnicity.  

Click here to read the detailed study and share your thoughts on the results below. 

"The Black Panther of Poetry" March 07, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Eight Counties beat out Los Angeles? Out of those eight, Solano County is sixth!!!! Why does this sound "Bass Ackward" to me?
Jason March 09, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Considering Benicia is the only city in solano county that isn't a festering craphole, how is this surprising?
JC March 10, 2013 at 05:03 AM
may have something to do with the fact that agencies like BPD, have no interest in prosecuting anyone under 18. Even when the PD is well aware of criminal activity, like underage drinking, drugs, and statutory rape (on a regular basis). Little to nothing is ever done about it. Not to mention, that it is a SUPER RARE event, for anyone to be transported to Juvenile Hall. Maybe if those commiting the crimes were treated like the criminals that they are, they would stop progressing their life of crime, before they get to the point of homicide. The individuals that were commiting the offenses I referred to earlier (without police involvement). Just appeared back in town yesterday. They are now adults, and were recently released from jail, on armed robbery charges. They probably won't get to the homicide stage, for a couple more years.
Paul R. Winders March 11, 2013 at 07:51 PM
This is informative but not BREAKING NEWS. you are the like th boy who cried wolf as recently there has been lots of old non breaking storys with the lead line of BREAKING NEWS. IF something huge happens in Benicia,,,,,,, CRIME FIRE or of that nature it is Breaking News. If I see one more missleading BREAKING new that is old BS I will delete my Patch acct. OH and breaking news is BENICIA news as you are BENICIA Patch not Vallejo or Martinez Patch.


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