Arizona ranks fifth in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, with a rate of 1.84 per 100,000, according to the new Violence Policy Center report, “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data.”

The annual report is released by the national educational organization to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The study covers homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender, and uses data from the FBI’s unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report. This year’s report applies to 2011, the most recent year for which data is available.

Sixty females were murdered by males in Arizona in 2011. The average age of the vicrims was 42.

South Carolina had the highest rate of females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2011, with 2.54 murders per 100,000 people. Other states with high rates were Alaska, Oklahoma, Delaware, Tennessee, Idaho, West Virginia, Louisiana and New Mexico.

Nationwide, 1,707 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2011, at a rate of 1.17 per 100,000. For homicides in which the victim-to-offender relationship could be identified, 94 percent of female victims were killed by a male they knew.

Sixteen times as many females were slain by a male they knew (1,509 victims) than were killed by male strangers (92 victims).

For homicides nationwide in which the weapon could be determined, more female homicides were committed with firearms than any other weapon. Of the homicides committed with firearms, 73 percent were committed with handguns.