Percentage of serious violent crimes involving youth in the U.S. from 1980 to 2016

U.S. - share of serious violent crimes involving youth 1980-2016 This statistic shows the percentage of serious violent crimes involving youths, ages 12-17 years, in the United States from 1980 to 2016. In 2016, around 12.1 percent of serious violent crime cases in the U.S. involved teenagers.
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Percentage of violent crimes
1980 21.3%
1981 22.4%
1982 19%
1983 21.6%
1984 19.7%
1985 19.4%
1986 18.8%
1987 19.2%
1988 19.7%
1989 19.2%
1990 22.4%
1991 21.8%
1992 23.2%
1993 26.4%
1994 25%
1995 24.7%
1996 24.7%
1997 23.2%
1998 22.2%
1999 24.1%
2000 18.9%
2001 23.2%
2002 16.5%
2003 20.5%
2004 20.9%
2005 23.9%
200619.6%
2007 17.1%
2008 22.3%
2009 18.9%
2010 17.7%
2011 9.7%
2012 14.6%
201316.7%
201412.1%
201514%
2016*12.1%
Percentage of violent crimes
1980 21.3%
1981 22.4%
1982 19%
1983 21.6%
1984 19.7%
1985 19.4%
1986 18.8%
1987 19.2%
1988 19.7%
1989 19.2%
1990 22.4%
1991 21.8%
1992 23.2%
1993 26.4%
1994 25%
1995 24.7%
1996 24.7%
1997 23.2%
1998 22.2%
1999 24.1%
2000 18.9%
2001 23.2%
2002 16.5%
2003 20.5%
2004 20.9%
2005 23.9%
200619.6%
2007 17.1%
2008 22.3%
2009 18.9%
2010 17.7%
2011 9.7%
2012 14.6%
201316.7%
201412.1%
201514%
2016*12.1%
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This statistic shows the percentage of serious violent crimes involving youths, ages 12-17 years, in the United States from 1980 to 2016. In 2016, around 12.1 percent of serious violent crime cases in the U.S. involved teenagers.
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Release date
September 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1980-2016
Age group
12 to 17 years
Supplementary notes
*Homicide data were not available for 2016.

Youth are classified here as persons aged 12-17.

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