Table 25

Percent of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means

by Population Group, 2014

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
2014
estimated
population
TOTAL ALL AGENCIES: Offenses known 1,085,156 12,879 83,309 16,456 297,819 674,693 7,515,512 1,573,560 5,302,190 639,762 42,539 15,033 292,235,983
Percent cleared by arrest 47.4 64.5 38.5 39.3 29.6 56.3 20.2 13.6 23.0 12.8 21.7
TOTAL CITIES Offenses known 858,342 9,838 61,346 12,303 258,178 516,677 5,887,929 1,139,300 4,238,836 509,793 32,162 10,807 194,592,052
Percent cleared by arrest 45.6 63.5 36.7 38.4 29.1 54.7 20.3 13.0 23.3 11.6 21.1
GROUP I (all cities 250,000 and over) Offenses known 395,660 4,928 22,521 3,534 140,200 224,477 1,908,232 383,965 1,292,524 231,743 12,000 77 54,853,336
Percent cleared by arrest 40.7 60.7 39.4 33.3 26.3 49.6 14.7 10.0 17.2 8.1 16.1
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) Offenses known 153,910 1,602 8,979 677 57,546 85,106 652,080 125,086 444,188 82,806 3,721 10 24,299,686
Percent cleared by arrest 46.2 69.6 43.1 26.9 30.2 57.0 14.8 9.8 17.6 7.6 14.3
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 131,527 1,693 7,048 1,452 43,158 78,176 672,755 134,578 460,179 77,998 3,748 22 15,200,484
Percent cleared by arrest 36.0 56.2 37.0 29.2 22.5 43.1 13.1 9.2 15.2 7.6 18.4
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 110,223 1,633 6,494 1,405 39,496 61,195 583,397 124,301 388,157 70,939 4,531 45 15,353,166
Percent cleared by arrest 38.7 56.6 36.8 40.6 24.6 47.5 16.3 11.0 19.2 9.3 15.7
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Offenses known 142,540 1,773 10,410 2,193 44,170 83,994 1,043,021 213,182 728,204 101,635 5,277 209 31,128,218
Percent cleared by arrest 44.5 63.7 35.3 41.8 29.1 53.5 18.5 12.3 21.4 11.1 23.1
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Offenses known 106,121 1,026 8,118 1,970 29,391 65,616 873,450 165,083 639,022 69,345 4,264 457 31,671,604
Percent cleared by arrest 49.8 64.8 35.5 38.8 33.3 59.1 22.4 14.3 25.5 12.9 21.1
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Offenses known 77,329 840 6,874 1,543 20,150 47,922 731,851 134,299 554,492 43,060 3,425 797 27,585,966
Percent cleared by arrest 49.9 67.7 33.9 40.8 34.4 58.8 24.6 14.1 27.9 15.5 25.2
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Offenses known 72,344 699 6,617 1,508 15,034 48,486 706,052 130,589 539,917 35,546 3,082 1,691 26,885,036
Percent cleared by arrest 53.6 69.0 36.0 38.9 35.7 61.7 27.1 16.3 30.2 18.6 28.7
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Offenses known 64,348 572 6,806 1,555 9,233 46,182 625,323 112,182 484,677 28,464 4,114 7,576 22,467,892
Percent cleared by arrest 56.3 71.0 34.9 41.8 38.0 63.4 25.2 18.1 27.0 23.6 24.2
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 183,207 2,314 15,388 3,389 37,007 125,109 1,309,418 329,625 871,639 108,154 7,661 1,903 73,390,390
Percent cleared by arrest 53.6 67.1 43.9 42.1 31.8 61.3 19.5 14.5 21.8 15.9 22.4
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 43,607 727 6,575 764 2,634 32,907 318,165 104,635 191,715 21,815 2,716 2,323 24,253,541
Percent cleared by arrest 58.5 70.6 43.0 40.8 45.0 62.8 19.6 16.5 20.7 25.1 26.7
SUBURBAN AREA4 Offenses known 310,977 3,538 26,796 6,355 67,218 207,070 2,632,592 558,504 1,891,448 182,640 13,460 8,170 128,834,045
Percent cleared by arrest 53.6 66.9 40.6 41.4 33.4 62.0 22.2 15.2 24.9 16.1 24.2
  • 1 The figures shown in the rape (revised definition) column include only those reported by law enforcement agencies that used the revised Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definition of rape. See the data declaration for further explanation.
  • 2 The figures shown in the rape (legacy definition) column include only those reported by law enforcement agencies that used the legacy UCR definition of rape. See the 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.

Data Declaration

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