Table 14

Crime Trends

by Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties1 by Population Group, 2014–2015

Population group Population range Violent
crime
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Rape
(revised
definition)2
Rape
(legacy
definition)3
Robbery Aggravated
assault
Property
crime
Burglary Larceny-
theft
Motor
vehicle
theft
Arson Number
of
agencies
2015
estimated
population
METROPOLITAN
COUNTIES
100,000 and over 2014 118,245 1,472 8,846 932 28,841 78,154 833,391 198,579 564,961 69,851 4,328
2015 121,832 1,600 9,281 992 29,113 80,846 804,392 177,930 555,422 71,040 4,376 167 44,024,073
Percent change +3.0 +8.7 +4.9 +6.4 +0.9 +3.4 -3.5 -10.4 -1.7 +1.7 +1.1
25,000 to 99,999 2014 44,413 624 4,830 788 5,088 33,083 350,765 103,515 224,235 23,015 2,097
2015 46,040 638 5,224 747 5,246 34,185 332,593 94,889 214,464 23,240 1,842 466 24,330,342
Percent change +3.7 +2.2 +8.2 -5.2 +3.1 +3.3 -5.2 -8.3 -4.4 +1.0 -12.2
Under 25,000 2014 17,051 241 2,388 82 1,781 12,559 113,713 26,612 70,959 16,142 1,132
2015 17,718 235 2,619 103 1,817 12,944 108,239 24,579 66,833 16,827 1,150 1,299 4,720,874
Percent change +3.9 -2.5 +9.7 +25.6 +2.0 +3.1 -4.8 -7.6 -5.8 +4.2 +1.6
NONMETROPOLITAN
COUNTIES
25,000 and over 2014 17,117 255 2,116 254 1,339 13,153 139,432 46,003 84,792 8,637 995
2015 17,299 299 2,180 266 1,225 13,329 129,120 41,564 79,318 8,238 839 274 10,247,334
Percent change +1.1 +17.3 +3.0 +4.7 -8.5 +1.3 -7.4 -9.6 -6.5 -4.6 -15.7
10,000 to 24,999 2014 14,778 256 1,884 211 832 11,595 111,626 37,106 67,540 6,980 832
2015 15,263 254 1,797 267 819 12,126 103,474 35,046 61,511 6,917 743 590 9,452,337
Percent change +3.3 -0.8 -4.6 +26.5 -1.6 +4.6 -7.3 -5.6 -8.9 -0.9 -10.7
Under 10,000 2014 9,196 144 1,941 57 296 6,758 58,429 17,830 35,313 5,286 678
2015 9,643 189 1,998 75 353 7,028 55,270 16,954 32,827 5,489 653 1,449 4,311,219
Percent change +4.9 +31.3 +2.9 +31.6 +19.3 +4.0 -5.4 -4.9 -7.0 +3.8 -3.7
  • 1 Metropolitan counties include sheriffs and county law enforcement agencies associated with a Metropolitan Statistical Area. Nonmetropolitan counties include sheriffs and county law enforcement agencies that are not associated with a Metropolitan Statistical Area. The offenses from state police agencies are not included in this table.
  • 2 The figures shown in this column for the offense of rape were reported using the revised Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definition of rape. See the data declaration for further explanation.
  • 3 The figures shown in this column for the offense of rape were reported using the legacy UCR definition of rape. See the data declaration for further explanation.

Data Declaration

Provides the methodology used in constructing this table and other pertinent information about this table.