Reported violent crime rate in the United States from 1990 to 2016

Loading statistic...
Reported violent crime rate per 100,000 population
© Statista 2017

Show further information

Show sources information

AdvertisementTableau Software
About This Statistic

This graph shows the reported violent crime rate in the U.S. since 1990. In 2016, the nationwide rate was 386.3 cases per 100,000 of the population. Even though the violent crime rate has been decreasing since 1990, the United States top the ranking of countries with the most prisoners.

Reported violent crime rate in the United States

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation tracks the rate of reported violent crimes per 100,000 U.S. inhabitants. In the timeline above, rates are shown starting in 1990. The rate of reported violent crime has fallen since a high of 758.20 reported crimes in 1991 to a low of 387.1 reported violent crimes in 2011. According to the FBI, in 2012 the reported violent crime rate was highest in the District of Columbia, at 1,243.70, followed by Tennessee (643.60 crimes), Nevada (607.60 crimes) and Alaska (603.20 crimes).

In 2012, there were roughly 1.2 million violent crimes committed in the United States. This number can be compared to the total number of property crimes, roughly nine billion that year. Of violent crimes in 2012, there were roughly 760 thousand aggravated assaults, 354 thousand robberies, 84 thousand forcible rapes and around 15 thousand murders and non-negligent manslaughters.

Though the violent crime rate was down in 2012, the number of law enforcement officers also fell. Between 2004 and 2009, the number of law enforcement officers in the United States rose from around 430,000 to 450,000. However, since 2010, the number of officers fell to 429,925 officers in 2012. That year, the crime clearance rate was highest for murders and non-negligent manslaughters, with around 62.5 percent of murders being solved by investigators and a suspect being charged with the crime. Roughly 55.8 percent of aggravated assaults were cleared in 2012. A dossier of statistics on violent crime in the U.S. can be found here.

Show more
Special Functions
Download as ...
Graphic (PNG)
Excel (XLS)
PowerPoint (PPT)
Research Alerts
Download started
Please be patient - this may take a moment

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $588 / Year

Statistics on "Crime in the United States"

  • Overview
The most important statistics
  • Violent Crime
The most important statistics
  • Property Crime
The most important statistics
  • Crime Clearance & Arrests
The most important statistics

Related Studies: Available to Download in PDF or PPTX Format

Crime and Penitentiary System In China

All Information
in one Presentation

Crime and Penitentiary System In China

Everything On "Crime and Penitentiary System In China" in One Document: Edited and Divided into Handy Chapters. Including Detailed References.

Statista for Your Company: The Research and Analysis Tool

  • Product Film
  • Statistics
  • Downloads

Our Premium Statistics - facts for your business

Currently, Statista provides more than 1 million statistics.
93 percent (all Premium content) are exclusively accessible via our professional accounts.

Unlimited access

As a Statista Premium customer, you receive unlimited access to all statistics at all times. Including downloads of data in the most common formats (XLS, PDF & PNG). Create relevant and significant statistics in no time.

You are in good company

Further Content: Statistics, Studies, and Topic Pages

Our Business Solutions: Save Time and Money



per year
Your advantages
  • Full access to all our statistics
  • Download as XLS, PDF & PNG
  • Relevant data: complete source information
All functions of our platform illustrated face-to-face
  • Learn how Statista supports your company
  • Extensive tour across the whole portal
  • Personal guidance by our support team
The knowledge database for your company
  • All functions of the Premium Account
  • Access to dossiers, forecasts and studies
  • Access to our international database
  • Publishing rights and other exclusive functions