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Total violent crime reported in the United States from 1990 to 2012

 Reported violent crimes
2012 1,214,462
2011 1,206,005
2010 1,251,248
2009 1,325,896
2008 1,394,461
2007 1,422,970
2006 1,435,123
2005 1,390,745
2004 1,360,088
2003 1,383,676
2002 1,423,677
2001 1,439,480
2000 1,425,486
1999 1,426,044
1998 1,533,887
1997 1,636,096
1996 1,688,540
1995 1,798,792
1994 1,857,670
1993 1,926,017
1992 1,932,274
1991 1,911,767
1990 1,820,127
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This graph shows the reported violent crime in the United States from 1990 to 2012. In 1990, an estimated 1,820,127 violent crimes occurred nationwide.

Violent crime in the United States

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that violent crime fell nationwide in the period from 1990 to 2011. Violent crime was at a height of 1.93 million crimes in 1992, but has since reached a low of 1.20 million violent crimes in 2011. When conducting crime reporting, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program considered murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault to be violent crimes, because they are offenses which involve force or threat of violence.

In 2011, there were 14,612 reported murder and nonnegligent manslaughter cases in the United States. California, with 1,790 murders in 2011, ranked first on a list of U.S. states by number of murders, followed by Texas (1,089 murders), and New York (774 murders).

The greatest number of murders were committed by murderers of unknown relationship to their victim. “Wife” was the fourth most common relationship of victim to offender in 2011, with a reported 552 husbands murdering their wives that year. Fifth most common was “girlfriend.” Ten people were murdered by their employees. Fourteen people were murdered by their employers.

The most used murder weapon in 2011 was the handgun, which was used in 6,220 murders that year. According to the FBI, firearms (of all types) were used in 67.7 percent of the nation’s murders. A firearm was used in 41.3 percent of robberies in the US in 2011. That year firearms were also used in 21.2 percent of aggravated assaults in the U.S. The total number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. in 2011 reached 6,541,886 units.

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