Table 2

Crime in the United States

by Community Type, 2014

Area Population1 Violent
crime
2
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Rape
(revised
definition)3
Rape
(legacy
definition)4
Robbery Aggravated
assault
Property
crime
Burglary Larceny-
theft
Motor
vehicle
theft
United States Total 318,857,056 1,197,987 14,249 116,645 84,041 325,802 741,291 8,277,829 1,729,806 5,858,496 689,527
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 375.7 4.5 36.6 26.4 102.2 232.5 2596.1 542.5 1837.3 216.2
Metropolitan Statistical Area 271,962,556
Area actually reporting5 98.6 1,068,409 12,600 96,897 70,270 311,586 647,326 7,202,237 1,465,579 5,102,543 634,115
Estimated total 100.0% 1,076,239 12,676 98,014 71,109 313,281 652,268 7,284,542 1,481,541 5,164,276 638,725
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 395.7 4.7 36.0 26.1 115.2 239.8 2678.5 544.8 1898.9 234.9
Cities outside metropolitan areas 19,117,450
Area actually reporting5 91.6 65,600 650 8,984 6,551 8,375 47,591 569,554 115,458 430,023 24,073
Estimated total 100.0% 71,887 738 9,862 7,236 9,443 51,844 627,863 128,227 473,331 26,305
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 376.0 3.9 51.6 37.9 49.4 271.2 3284.2 670.7 2475.9 137.6
Nonmetropolitan Counties 27,777,050
Area actually reporting5 92.6 46,895 774 8,184 5,332 2,885 35,052 343,387 112,279 207,859 23,249
Estimated total 100.0% 49,861 835 8,769 5,696 3,078 37,179 365,424 120,038 220,889 24,497
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 179.5 3.0 31.6 20.5 11.1 133.8 1315.6 432.1 795.2 88.2
  • 1 Population figures are U.S. Census Bureau provisional estimates as of July 1, 2014.
  • 2 The violent crime figures include the offenses of murder, rape (revised definition), robbery, and aggravated assault.
  • 3 The figures shown in the rape (revised definition) column were estimated using the revised Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definition of rape. See data declaration for further explanation.
  • 4 The figures shown in the rape (legacy definition) column were estimated using the legacy UCR definition of rape. See data declaration for further explanation.
  • 5 The percentage reported under "Area actually reporting" is based upon 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, 2014

  • In 2014, the violent crime rate in the United States was 375.7 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • In Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the violent crime rate was 395.7 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • The violent crime rate was 376.0 per 100,000 inhabitants in cities outside metropolitan areas; the violent crime rate was 179.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in nonmetropolitan counties.
  • The murder rate in the United States was 4.5 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants in 2014.
  • The murder rate in Metropolitan Statistical Areas was 4.7 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • The murder rates in cities outside metropolitan areas and in nonmetropolitan counties were 3.9 per 100,000 inhabitants and 3.0 per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.
  • The property crime rate in the United States was 2,596.1 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2014.
  • In Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the property crime rate was 2,678.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • The property crime rate was 3,284.2 per 100,000 inhabitants in cities outside metropolitan areas; the property crime rate was 1,315.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in nonmetropolitan counties.