U.S. - number of serious violent crimes by youth 1980-2016

Number of serious violent crimes committed by youth aged between 12 and 17 years in the U.S. from 1980 to 2016 (in 1,000s)

by Statista Research Department, last edited Aug 9, 2019
U.S. - number of serious violent crimes by youth 1980-2016 In 2016, there were about 182,000 serious violent crimes committed by youths between the ages of 12 and 17in the United States. While the figures for 2016 do not include data for homicides, this is still a significant decrease from 1993 levels, when violent crimes committed by youths hit a peak at over 1.1 million serious crimes.
Youth and crime

According to the most recent data, most criminal youths in the United States were arrested on robbery and aggravated assault charges. The number of adolescent violent crime victims in the U.S. far surpasses the number of adolescent perpetrators. The number of adolescent victims has also declined significantly since the early 1990s, following the national downward trend of violent crime.

Overall downward trends

There is not only a downward trend in the number of violent crimes committed by youths, but also in the share of crimes involving youths. On a national level, the crime rate has also decreased in almost every state, showing that the country is becoming safer as a whole.
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Number of serious violent crimes committed by youth aged between 12 and 17 years in the U.S. from 1980 to 2016 (in 1,000s)

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