Table 1

Crime in the United States

by Volume and Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants, 1991–2010

Year Population1 Violent
crime
Violent
crime
rate
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
rate
Forcible
rape
Forcible
rape
rate
Robbery Robbery
rate
Aggravated
assault
Aggravated
assault
rate
Property
crime
Property
crime
rate
Burglary Burglary
rate
Larceny-theft Larceny-
theft
rate
Motor
vehicle
theft
Motor
vehicle
theft
rate
1991 252,153,092 1,911,767 758.2 24,703 9.8 106,593 42.3 687,732 272.7 1,092,739 433.4 12,961,116 5,140.2 3,157,150 1,252.1 8,142,228 3,229.1 1,661,738 659.0
1992 255,029,699 1,932,274 757.7 23,760 9.3 109,062 42.8 672,478 263.7 1,126,974 441.9 12,505,917 4,903.7 2,979,884 1,168.4 7,915,199 3,103.6 1,610,834 631.6
1993 257,782,608 1,926,017 747.1 24,526 9.5 106,014 41.1 659,870 256.0 1,135,607 440.5 12,218,777 4,740.0 2,834,808 1,099.7 7,820,909 3,033.9 1,563,060 606.3
1994 260,327,021 1,857,670 713.6 23,326 9.0 102,216 39.3 618,949 237.8 1,113,179 427.6 12,131,873 4,660.2 2,712,774 1,042.1 7,879,812 3,026.9 1,539,287 591.3
1995 262,803,276 1,798,792 684.5 21,606 8.2 97,470 37.1 580,509 220.9 1,099,207 418.3 12,063,935 4,590.5 2,593,784 987.0 7,997,710 3,043.2 1,472,441 560.3
1996 265,228,572 1,688,540 636.6 19,645 7.4 96,252 36.3 535,594 201.9 1,037,049 391.0 11,805,323 4,451.0 2,506,400 945.0 7,904,685 2,980.3 1,394,238 525.7
1997 267,783,607 1,636,096 611.0 18,208 6.8 96,153 35.9 498,534 186.2 1,023,201 382.1 11,558,475 4,316.3 2,460,526 918.8 7,743,760 2,891.8 1,354,189 505.7
1998 270,248,003 1,533,887 567.6 16,974 6.3 93,144 34.5 447,186 165.5 976,583 361.4 10,951,827 4,052.5 2,332,735 863.2 7,376,311 2,729.5 1,242,781 459.9
1999 272,690,813 1,426,044 523.0 15,522 5.7 89,411 32.8 409,371 150.1 911,740 334.3 10,208,334 3,743.6 2,100,739 770.4 6,955,520 2,550.7 1,152,075 422.5
2000 281,421,906 1,425,486 506.5 15,586 5.5 90,178 32.0 408,016 145.0 911,706 324.0 10,182,584 3,618.3 2,050,992 728.8 6,971,590 2,477.3 1,160,002 412.2
20012 285,317,559 1,439,480 504.5 16,037 5.6 90,863 31.8 423,557 148.5 909,023 318.6 10,437,189 3,658.1 2,116,531 741.8 7,092,267 2,485.7 1,228,391 430.5
2002 287,973,924 1,423,677 494.4 16,229 5.6 95,235 33.1 420,806 146.1 891,407 309.5 10,455,277 3,630.6 2,151,252 747.0 7,057,379 2,450.7 1,246,646 432.9
2003 290,788,976 1,383,676 475.8 16,528 5.7 93,883 32.3 414,235 142.5 859,030 295.4 10,442,862 3,591.2 2,154,834 741.0 7,026,802 2,416.5 1,261,226 433.7
2004 293,656,842 1,360,088 463.2 16,148 5.5 95,089 32.4 401,470 136.7 847,381 288.6 10,319,386 3,514.1 2,144,446 730.3 6,937,089 2,362.3 1,237,851 421.5
2005 296,507,061 1,390,745 469.0 16,740 5.6 94,347 31.8 417,438 140.8 862,220 290.8 10,174,754 3,431.5 2,155,448 726.9 6,783,447 2,287.8 1,235,859 416.8
20063 299,398,484 1,435,123 479.3 17,309 5.8 94,472 31.6 449,246 150.0 874,096 292.0 10,019,601 3,346.6 2,194,993 733.1 6,626,363 2,213.2 1,198,245 400.2
20073 301,621,157 1,422,970 471.8 17,128 5.7 92,160 30.6 447,324 148.3 866,358 287.2 9,882,212 3,276.4 2,190,198 726.1 6,591,542 2,185.4 1,100,472 364.9
20083 304,059,724 1,394,461 458.6 16,465 5.4 90,750 29.8 443,563 145.9 843,683 277.5 9,774,152 3,214.6 2,228,887 733.0 6,586,206 2,166.1 959,059 315.4
20093 307,006,550 1,325,896 431.9 15,399 5.0 89,241 29.1 408,742 133.1 812,514 264.7 9,337,060 3,041.3 2,203,313 717.7 6,338,095 2,064.5 795,652 259.2
2010 308,745,538 1,246,248 403.6 14,748 4.8 84,767 27.5 367,832 119.1 778,901 252.3 9,082,887 2,941.9 2,159,878 699.6 6,185,867 2,003.5 737,142 238.8
  • 1 Populations are U.S. Census Bureau provisional estimates as of July 1 for each year except 2000, which is decennial census counts.
  • 2 The murder and nonnegligent homicides that occurred as a result of the events of September 11, 2001, are not included in this table.
  • 3 The crime figures have been adjusted.
  • NOTE: Although arson data are included in the trend and clearance tables, sufficient data are not available to estimate totals for this offense. Therefore, no arson data are published in this table.

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Crime in the United States, by Volume and Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants, 1991–2010
Crime in the United States, Percent Change in Volume and Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants for 2 years, 5 years, and 10 years

  • In 2010, the estimated number of violent crime offenses was 1,246,248, a decrease of 6.0 percent from the 2009 estimate. 
  • All violent crime offense estimates decreased in 2010 when compared with the 2009 estimates. Robberies dropped 10.0 percent; forcible rapes declined 5.0 percent; murders were down 4.2 percent; and aggravated assaults decreased 4.1 percent. 
  • The 2010 violent crime rate was 403.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, a decrease of 6.5 percent when compared with the 2009 violent crime rate. 
  • Violent crime rates for 2010 declined in all offense categories when compared with rates for 2009. 
  • In 2010, the murder rate was 4.8 per 100,000 inhabitants, a 4.8 percent decrease when compared with the rate for the previous year. 
  • The estimated number of property crimes in 2010 was 9,082,887, a 2.7 percent decrease from the 2009 estimate. 
  • The 2010 property crime rate was 2,941.9 per 100,000, down 3.3 percent when compared with the 2009 rate. 
  • The estimated number of motor vehicle thefts decreased 7.4 percent and larceny-theft and burglary decreased 2.4 percent and 2.0 percent, respectively.