The homicide rate for the world continues to fall. This supports the broader continued reduction in violent deaths around the world, as highlighted in Steven Pinker’s 2011 book, The Better Angels of our Nature. While we should strive for lower rates each year, we should not expect every year to be lower than previous years.

This graph updates the information from Pinker’s book through 2015 and shows the worldwide and English homicide rates continued to fall through 2015, while the US showed an uptick in 2015, but still well below the 2005 rate and at about half the homicide rate of the 1990s.

Optimistic facts.
The average human living in this decade is less likely to die a violent death than during any other decade in history.
The average person in the US this decade is less likely to die a violent death than during any other decade in history.