Table 25

Percent of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means

by Population Group, 2010

Population group Violent
crime
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Forcible
rape
Robbery Aggravated
assault
Property
crime
Burglary Larceny-
theft
Motor
vehicle
theft
Arson1 Number
of
agencies
2010
estimated
population
TOTAL ALL AGENCIES: Offenses known 1,080,242 12,760 73,934 315,115 678,433 8,064,964 1,936,341 5,466,667 661,956 50,567 14,565 271,571,110
Percent cleared by arrest 47.2 64.8 40.3 28.2 56.4 18.3 12.4 21.1 11.8 19.0
TOTAL CITIES Offenses known 845,386 9,579 54,586 270,811 510,410 6,229,128 1,401,687 4,309,372 518,069 37,375 10,457 180,504,683
Percent cleared by arrest 45.3 63.9 38.6 27.6 55.1 18.4 11.9 21.5 10.6 18.6
GROUP I (250,000 and over) Offenses known 347,014 4,728 17,236 132,178 192,872 1,861,697 456,470 1,177,739 227,488 13,529 71 44,953,427
Percent cleared by arrest 39.9 61.1 41.3 24.5 49.8 13.8 9.3 16.8 7.5 14.4
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) Offenses known 106,371 1,348 5,026 44,472 55,525 550,627 128,862 349,516 72,249 3,890 8 14,654,178
Percent cleared by arrest 39.2 69.3 44.1 24.6 49.7 13.1 7.6 16.6 5.7 13.0
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 135,800 1,794 6,440 48,538 79,028 736,004 179,520 469,207 87,277 4,942 24 16,465,103
Percent cleared by arrest 39.5 56.7 40.6 23.6 48.8 12.8 8.9 15.3 7.7 14.4
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 104,843 1,586 5,770 39,168 58,319 575,066 148,088 359,016 67,962 4,697 39 13,834,146
Percent cleared by arrest 41.0 59.0 39.8 25.3 51.1 15.7 11.2 18.9 9.0 15.6
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Offenses known 151,801 1,683 9,505 49,851 90,762 1,115,390 263,754 751,059 100,577 6,254 196 29,191,226
Percent cleared by arrest 44.3 62.5 36.6 27.6 54.0 17.6 11.0 20.9 10.0 16.6
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Offenses known 122,519 1,219 8,595 37,337 75,368 997,549 219,527 700,032 77,990 5,908 451 30,903,160
Percent cleared by arrest 47.6 67.8 37.1 30.1 57.2 20.0 12.6 23.4 11.2 19.2
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Offenses known 84,032 836 6,996 23,350 52,850 797,465 167,143 584,108 46,214 4,114 766 26,508,712
Percent cleared by arrest 49.9 66.4 34.9 32.0 59.5 21.3 12.8 24.3 13.7 22.4
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Offenses known 77,050 685 6,592 17,796 51,977 777,824 162,578 576,615 38,631 3,784 1,685 26,752,794
Percent cleared by arrest 53.9 72.3 38.3 36.0 61.8 23.0 15.0 25.6 17.6 25.1
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Offenses known 62,970 428 5,662 10,299 46,581 679,203 132,215 519,819 27,169 3,786 7,288 22,195,364
Percent cleared by arrest 56.5 70.8 40.9 35.1 63.0 21.7 16.5 22.9 22.8 24.7
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 185,397 2,337 13,815 40,210 129,035 1,426,858 390,869 918,318 117,671 9,817 1,761 65,773,804
Percent cleared by arrest 52.1 64.7 44.7 30.7 59.3 17.7 13.2 19.9 14.5 18.7
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 49,459 844 5,533 4,094 38,988 408,978 143,785 238,977 26,216 3,375 2,347 25,292,623
Percent cleared by arrest 61.1 75.0 46.3 43.6 64.8 18.2 15.4 19.3 23.2 24.3
SUBURBAN AREAS2 Offenses known 320,825 3,509 24,740 74,711 217,865 2,864,008 673,000 1,993,229 197,779 16,926 7,746 119,065,296
Percent cleared by arrest 52.6 65.5 41.7 32.0 60.6 19.6 13.7 22.0 14.8 20.9
  • 1 Not all agencies submit reports for arson to the FBI. As a result, the number of reports the FBI uses to compute the percent of offenses cleared for arson is less than the number it uses to compute the percent of offenses cleared for all other offenses.
  • 2 Suburban areas include law enforcement agencies in cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants and county law enforcement agencies that are within a Metropolitan Statistical Area. Suburban areas exclude all metropolitan agencies associated with a principal city. The agencies associated with suburban areas also appear in other groups within this table.

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