Table 25

Percent of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means

by Population Group, 2013

Population group Violent
crime
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Rape (revised
definition)1
Rape (legacy
definition)2
Robbery Aggravated
assault
Property
crime
Burglary Larceny-
theft
Motor
vehicle
theft
Arson3 Number
of
agencies
2013
estimated
population
TOTAL ALL AGENCIES: Offenses known 1,093,431 13,075 54,598 34,271 319,047 672,440 7,946,255 1,774,472 5,515,119 656,664 43,356 14,943 288,502,854
Percent cleared by arrest 48.1 64.1 40.6 40.0 29.4 57.7 19.7 13.1 22.4 14.2 20.7
TOTAL CITIES Offenses known 868,659 9,911 38,571 26,927 277,919 515,331 6,232,236 1,292,660 4,415,748 523,828 32,707 10,799 193,581,763
Percent cleared by arrest 46.3 62.9 37.4 40.0 29.0 56.2 19.7 12.7 22.8 11.3 19.8
GROUP I (all cities 250,000 and over) Offenses known 397,038 4,942 10,656 11,145 151,000 219,295 2,029,407 437,205 1,357,526 234,676 12,231 76 54,674,260
Percent cleared by arrest 42.2 63.0 43.7 39.5 26.8 52.4 14.7 10.0 17.3 8.2 15.1
1,000,000 and over (Group 1 subset) Offenses known 150,302 1,516 1,279 5,356 59,663 82,488 664,235 133,728 456,211 74,296 3,612 9 23,015,250
Percent cleared by arrest 47.8 79.2 70.4 43.2 30.8 59.4 15.2 10.2 17.9 7.6 11.4
500,000 to 999,999 (Group 1 subset) Offenses known 136,705 1,786 5,154 3,183 48,375 78,207 760,723 164,283 509,791 86,649 4,466 24 16,780,477
Percent cleared by arrest 38.9 57.2 40.4 36.3 24.6 47.4 13.7 9.5 15.9 8.1 16.5
250,000 to 499,999 (Group 1 subset) Offenses known 110,031 1,640 4,223 2,606 42,962 58,600 604,449 139,194 391,524 73,731 4,153 43 14,878,533
Percent cleared by arrest 38.7 54.5 39.5 35.6 23.7 49.3 15.5 10.5 18.5 8.9 16.8
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Offenses known 145,118 1,769 6,540 4,335 47,667 84,807 1,110,662 242,061 763,346 105,255 5,435 209 31,192,769
Percent cleared by arrest 45.2 61.3 34.2 45.2 28.9 54.8 18.2 11.8 21.2 10.7 19.9
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Offenses known 109,378 1,147 5,982 3,369 32,246 66,634 915,000 189,633 652,727 72,640 4,466 451 31,174,468
Percent cleared by arrest 48.3 57.5 36.7 37.2 31.1 58.1 20.9 13.1 24.3 11.3 21.1
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Offenses known 77,991 781 5,195 2,685 21,246 48,084 767,427 151,007 571,330 45,090 3,227 783 27,052,552
Percent cleared by arrest 50.2 65.2 34.0 37.2 33.4 59.8 24.0 14.3 27.3 15.4 23.7
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Offenses known 73,203 678 5,409 2,450 15,868 48,798 740,642 146,430 557,404 36,808 3,068 1,700 26,946,420
Percent cleared by arrest 54.2 69.0 36.0 42.4 35.9 62.5 26.2 15.9 29.4 18.3 27.1
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Offenses known 65,931 594 4,789 2,943 9,892 47,713 669,098 126,324 513,415 29,359 4,280 7,580 22,541,294
Percent cleared by arrest 56.2 67.0 34.2 38.4 37.0 63.3 23.8 17.3 25.4 23.4 23.5
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 181,930 2,343 10,809 5,782 38,492 124,504 1,372,177 366,639 894,885 110,653 8,072 1,858 70,819,193
Percent cleared by arrest 54.3 65.7 48.6 39.7 31.3 62.3 19.6 13.8 21.1 25.9 22.9
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 42,842 821 5,218 1,562 2,636 32,605 341,842 115,173 204,486 22,183 2,577 2,286 24,101,898
Percent cleared by arrest 59.0 73.9 47.5 41.0 41.9 62.7 18.7 15.8 19.9 23.6 24.8
SUBURBAN AREA4 Offenses known 313,927 3,545 19,824 10,369 71,201 208,988 2,785,562 628,062 1,968,162 189,338 14,076 8,136 126,228,862
Percent cleared by arrest 54.1 65.2 42.5 40.6 32.9 62.9 21.8 14.7 24.1 22.0 24.1
  • 1 The figures shown in this column for the offense of rape were reported using the revised Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definition of rape. See Data Declaration for further explanation.
  • 2 The figures shown in this column for the offense of rape were reported using the legacy UCR definition of rape. See Data Declaration for further explanation.
  • 3 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.
  • 4 Suburban area includes law enforcement agencies in cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants and county law enforcement agencies that are within a Metropolitan Statistical Area. Suburban area excludes 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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