Table 2

Crime in the United States

by Community Type, 2010

Area Population1 Violent
crime
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Forcible
rape
Robbery Aggravated
assault
Property
crime
Burglary Larceny-
theft
Motor
vehicle
theft
United States Total 308,745,538 1,246,248 14,748 84,767 367,832 778,901 9,082,887 2,159,878 6,185,867 737,142
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 403.6 4.8 27.5 119.1 252.3 2,941.9 699.6 2,003.5 238.8
Metropolitan Statistical Area 258,465,216
Area actually reporting2 98.4 1,096,842 12,972 67,204 349,702 666,964 7,781,587 1,805,180 5,302,840 673,567
Estimated total 100.0% 1,107,026 13,050 69,746 351,558 672,672 7,874,193 1,826,166 5,369,510 678,517
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 428.3 5.0 27.0 136.0 260.3 3,046.5 706.5 2,077.5 262.5
Cities outside metropolitan areas 20,099,952
Area actually reporting2 92.3 74,175 670 7,570 10,575 55,360 668,260 151,836 490,490 25,934
Estimated total 100.0% 80,340 728 8,367 11,485 59,760 724,070 164,796 531,347 27,927
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 399.7 3.6 41.6 57.1 297.3 3,602.3 819.9 2,643.5 138.9
Nonmetropolitan Counties 30,180,370
Area actually reporting2 92.7 55,422 902 6,136 4,492 43,892 454,658 158,126 267,599 28,933
Estimated total 100.0% 58,882 970 6,654 4,789 46,469 484,624 168,916 285,010 30,698
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 195.1 3.2 22.0 15.9 154.0 1,605.8 559.7 944.4 101.7
  • 1 Population figures are U.S. Census Bureau provisional estimates as of July 1, 2010.
  • 2 The percentage reported under "Area actually reporting" is based on the population covered by agencies providing 3 months or more of crime reports to the FBI.
  • 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 Community Type, 2010

  • In 2010, the violent crime rate in the United States was 403.6 per 100,000 inhabitants. 
  • In Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the violent crime rate was 428.3 per 100,000 inhabitants. 
  • In cities outside metropolitan areas, the violent crime rate was 399.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, and in nonmetropolitan counties, the violent crime rate was 195.1 per 100,000 inhabitants. 
  • In 2010, the murder rate in the United States was 4.8 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. 
  • The murder rate in Metropolitan Statistical Areas was 5.0 per 100,000 inhabitants. 
  • The murder rates in cities outside metropolitan areas and in nonmetropolitan counties were 3.6 per 100,000 inhabitants and 3.2 per 100,000 in population, respectively. 
  • In 2010, the property crime rate in the United States was 2,941.9 per 100,000 inhabitants. 
  • In Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the property crime rate was 3,046.5 per 100,000 inhabitants. 
  • In cities outside metropolitan areas, the property crime rate was 3,602.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, and in nonmetropolitan counties, the property crime rate was 1,605.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.