UPDATED: Did You Know? Little Known Facts in the Death Penalty Debate – In 2010, 23 countries executed at least 527 people, not including the thousands of executions carried out by China. Virginia executed more people between 1608-2002 than any other state, with 1,361 total executions. The top five occupations of Americans executed between 1608-2002 were: slave (1,748), laborer (585), farmhand (369), farmer (347), and farm laborer (168). Read more about these and other interesting facts relating to the death penalty on our “Did You Know” page.