Reported violent crime rate in the U.S. 1990-2018

This statistic shows the reported violent crime rate in the U.S. since 1990. In 2018, the nationwide rate was 368.9 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 361.6 reported violent crimes in 2014.

In 2018, there were roughly 1.21 million violent crimes committed in the United States. This number can be compared to the total number of property crimes, roughly 7.2 million that year. Of violent crimes in 2018, there were 807,400 aggravated assaults, making this offense the most common of violent crime offenses.

Though the violent crime rate was down in 2012, the number of law enforcement officers also fell. Between 2005 and 2009, the number of law enforcement officers in the United States rose from around 673,100 to 708,600. However, since 2009, the number of officers fell to a low of 626,900 officers in 2013. The number of law enforcement officers has since grown, reaching 686,700 in 2018.

In 2018, the crime clearance rate was highest for murders and non-negligent manslaughters, with around 62.3 percent of murders being solved by investigators and a suspect being charged with the crime. Roughly 52.5 percent of aggravated assaults were cleared in that year. A dossier of statistics on violent crime in the U.S. can be found here.

Reported violent crime rate in the United States from 1990 to 2018

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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Rates are the number of reported offenses per 100,000 of the population.

In the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses which involve force or threat of force.

The data from previous years can be accessed at the Uniform Crime Reports section on the Website of the FBI.

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