When it comes to inequality and violence & homicide, the United States is in interesting company! The most similar countries to the United States are Micronesia, Turkey, Iran, Burundi, and Turkmenistan. Of the most “similar” 17 countries to the United States, Turkey is the only OECD (i.e., developed) country. No European country makes it into this list, but there is representation from South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, and the ex-Soviet Union.
The global outlook for the relationship between inequality and homicide, including a more detailed description, was covered in the previous Charted Territory post (see https://chartedterritory.us/2018/02/24/inequality-and-violence-homicide-part-1-world-outlook/).
Stay tuned for the next installment when we examine which continent the United States would be in based on inequality and homicide!
Data and software: Homicide data is taken from the UNODC1 and inequality uses the World Bank’s GINI index data2. The data was compiled and visualized using Microsoft Excel3.


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate
  2. http://databank.worldbank.org/data/reports.aspx?source=2&series=SI.POV.GINI#
  3. https://products.office.com/en-us/excel