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Table 25

Percent of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means

by Population Group, 2012

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
2012
estimated
population
TOTAL ALL AGENCIES: Offenses known 1,060,028 13,092 73,574 304,905 668,457 8,015,405 1,897,748 5,459,213 658,444 48,196 14,601 278,152,589
Percent cleared by arrest 46.8 62.5 40.1 28.1 55.8 19.0 12.7 22.0 11.9 20.4
TOTAL CITIES Offenses known 834,273 9,998 54,669 263,305 506,301 6,199,142 1,372,439 4,308,727 517,976 36,349 10,582 183,453,318
Percent cleared by arrest 44.6 60.3 38.2 27.3 54.0 19.1 12.1 22.4 10.7 19.6
GROUP I (250,000 and over) Offenses known 346,619 4,878 17,513 130,546 193,682 1,839,561 436,518 1,173,458 229,585 13,340 72 45,057,321
Percent cleared by arrest 38.4 57.0 40.7 23.7 47.7 13.8 9.2 16.8 7.5 15.5
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) Offenses known 99,918 1,336 4,972 41,166 52,444 528,025 124,814 334,745 68,466 3,547 8 14,496,403
Percent cleared by arrest 39.7 68.3 47.9 25.3 49.4 12.8 8.1 15.8 6.6 15.0
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 137,073 1,883 6,493 47,227 81,470 720,830 169,023 465,026 86,781 4,768 24 16,540,300
Percent cleared by arrest 38.2 50.9 39.1 23.0 46.7 13.2 9.2 15.6 7.8 15.7
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 109,628 1,659 6,048 42,153 59,768 590,706 142,681 373,687 74,338 5,025 40 14,020,618
Percent cleared by arrest 37.4 54.7 36.6 22.9 47.3 15.5 10.2 19.0 8.1 15.6
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Offenses known 154,057 1,780 9,818 49,841 92,618 1,131,898 262,866 764,418 104,614 6,437 206 30,723,714
Percent cleared by arrest 43.6 59.5 36.1 27.8 52.7 17.6 11.2 20.8 10.0 19.9
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Offenses known 113,210 1,158 8,072 33,584 70,396 950,446 209,189 667,524 73,733 5,289 444 30,723,376
Percent cleared by arrest 47.9 58.5 36.9 29.8 57.6 20.2 12.6 23.6 11.0 19.9
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Offenses known 84,484 903 7,123 22,802 53,656 827,833 171,739 609,897 46,197 4,357 801 27,807,739
Percent cleared by arrest 50.3 67.6 35.2 33.2 59.3 23.3 13.6 26.8 14.2 22.3
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Offenses known 74,008 753 6,445 16,233 50,577 773,096 160,445 575,330 37,321 3,434 1,685 26,712,732
Percent cleared by arrest 54.5 70.1 39.0 36.2 62.0 25.1 15.4 28.2 18.2 25.7
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Offenses known 61,895 526 5,698 10,299 45,372 676,308 131,682 518,100 26,526 3,492 7,374 22,428,436
Percent cleared by arrest 56.7 71.5 39.1 36.3 63.3 22.7 16.6 24.2 23.0 25.1
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 182,017 2,236 13,685 38,395 127,701 1,437,003 394,157 926,088 116,758 8,903 1,802 70,247,102
Percent cleared by arrest 54.2 67.7 45.8 32.1 61.5 18.5 14.1 20.9 14.6 21.2
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 43,738 858 5,220 3,205 34,455 379,260 131,152 224,398 23,710 2,944 2,217 24,452,169
Percent cleared by arrest 58.4 74.0 44.9 41.4 61.6 18.6 15.3 19.9 24.4 27.6
SUBURBAN AREAS2 Offenses known 317,116 3,530 24,832 72,372 216,382 2,918,223 682,887 2,039,621 195,715 15,665 8,014 125,678,423
Percent cleared by arrest 54.1 67.4 42.9 33.1 62.1 20.9 14.5 23.5 15.1 22.8
  • 1 Not all agencies submit data reports for arson to the FBI. Therefore, the agency counts and estimated population presented in this table do not represent participation for the reporting of arson.
  • 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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