Table 28

Number of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means

Percent of Clearances Involving Persons Under 18 Years of Age

by Population Group, 2015

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
2015
estimated
population
TOTAL ALL AGENCIES: Total clearances 473,793 8,232 35,521 2,723 80,641 346,676 1,296,532 168,516 1,050,449 77,567 7,847 14,592 274,604,622
Percent under 18 8.5 4.1 14.6 11.1 12.5 7.0 10.1 10.0 9.9 11.8 24.9
TOTAL CITIES Total clearances 373,044 6,309 26,213 1,824 71,253 267,445 1,059,235 120,141 880,450 58,644 5,845 10,595 188,057,806
Percent under 18 8.7 4.4 13.9 10.9 12.8 7.1 10.4 10.8 10.2 12.4 26.3
GROUP I (all cities 250,000 and over) Total clearances 157,297 3,057 10,478 368 36,569 106,825 256,304 33,198 203,623 19,483 1,777 74 54,786,571
Percent under 18 8.5 4.6 12.9 7.9 14.7 6.1 10.8 11.8 10.3 13.7 23.5
1,000,000 and over (Group 1 subset) Total clearances 73,768 1,165 4,751 0 18,425 49,427 89,891 11,349 72,147 6,395 487 10 24,675,984
Percent under 18 8.4 4.1 13.0 0.0 15.8 5.4 9.7 9.1 9.6 11.9 18.9
500,000 to 999,999 (Group 1 subset) Total clearances 44,997 1,000 2,941 196 9,390 31,470 81,320 10,578 64,170 6,572 594 22 15,742,712
Percent under 18 8.6 5.4 12.4 11.2 14.1 6.7 11.5 14.0 10.6 16.4 27.4
250,000 to 499,999 (Group 1 subset) Total clearances 38,532 892 2,786 172 8,754 25,928 85,093 11,271 67,306 6,516 696 42 14,367,875
Percent under 18 8.6 4.4 13.2 4.1 13.0 6.8 11.3 12.6 10.9 12.9 23.3
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Total clearances 56,565 1,101 4,271 174 11,184 39,835 162,451 19,323 131,579 11,549 916 189 28,281,300
Percent under 18 8.5 4.5 15.8 9.8 11.2 7.1 11.3 11.9 11.0 12.9 22.2
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Total clearances 49,353 696 3,486 309 8,950 35,912 171,173 18,073 144,621 8,479 820 435 30,343,562
Percent under 18 8.9 4.5 13.5 12.6 11.7 7.8 11.5 10.4 11.6 11.3 27.7
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Total clearances 36,994 573 2,752 291 6,095 27,283 159,435 15,630 137,548 6,257 716 769 26,625,101
Percent under 18 8.9 3.8 14.4 13.7 10.3 8.1 9.9 9.9 9.8 11.9 33.7
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Total clearances 36,678 467 2,679 322 5,010 28,200 168,427 16,887 145,213 6,327 705 1,630 25,941,688
Percent under 18 8.9 3.2 15.0 11.2 10.0 8.2 9.5 10.1 9.4 11.1 31.2
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Total clearances 36,157 415 2,547 360 3,445 29,390 141,445 17,030 117,866 6,549 911 7,498 22,079,584
Percent under 18 9.0 4.6 13.6 10.3 10.5 8.4 8.7 9.8 8.4 10.9 25.0
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Total clearances 76,409 1,346 6,272 645 8,381 59,765 184,115 33,808 136,484 13,823 1,370 1,726 62,778,487
Percent under 18 8.1 3.3 16.9 13.3 10.8 6.8 9.4 8.7 9.5 10.1 23.2
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Total clearances 24,340 577 3,036 254 1,007 19,466 53,182 14,567 33,515 5,100 632 2,271 23,768,329
Percent under 18 6.8 2.8 16.1 7.1 4.3 5.6 6.6 6.3 6.5 8.5 15.5
SUBURBAN AREA4 Total clearances 140,676 2,111 11,070 1,178 18,229 108,088 470,020 62,506 382,135 25,379 2,673 7,799 115,973,258
Percent under 18 8.8 3.4 16.0 12.7 10.9 7.7 9.3 9.3 9.2 10.3 27.2
  • 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 the 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 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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