Table 2

Crime in the United States

by Community Type, 2017

Area Population1 Violent
crime
2
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Rape3 Robbery Aggravated
assault
Property
crime
Burglary Larceny-
theft
Motor
vehicle
theft
United States Total 325,719,178 1,283,220 17,284 135,755 319,356 810,825 7,694,086 1,401,840 5,519,107 773,139
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 394.0 5.3 41.7 98.0 248.9 2362.2 430.4 1694.4 237.4
Metropolitan Statistical Area 279,216,046
Area actually reporting4 98.6 1,144,183 15,447 114,398 306,096 708,242 6,755,487 1,180,576 4,865,847 709,064
Estimated total 100.0% 1,151,205 15,525 115,398 307,506 712,776 6,817,490 1,191,830 4,912,206 713,454
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 412.3 5.6 41.3 110.1 255.3 2441.7 426.8 1759.3 255.5
Cities outside metropolitan areas 19,049,382
Area actually reporting4 91.6 70,441 727 9,449 7,702 52,563 500,733 96,127 376,596 28,010
Estimated total 100.0% 76,671 803 10,286 8,687 56,895 551,797 107,449 413,927 30,421
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 402.5 4.2 54.0 45.6 298.7 2896.7 564.1 2172.9 159.7
Nonmetropolitan Counties 27,453,750
Area actually reporting4 92.6 52,011 881 9,426 2,893 38,811 301,897 93,599 180,793 27,505
Estimated total 100.0% 55,344 956 10,071 3,163 41,154 324,799 102,561 192,974 29,264
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 201.6 3.5 36.7 11.5 149.9 1183.1 373.6 702.9 106.6
  • 1 Population figures are U.S. Census Bureau provisional estimates as of July 1, 2017.
  • 2 The violent crime figures include the offenses of murder, rape (revised definition), robbery, and aggravated assault.
  • 3 The figures shown in this column for the offense of rape were estimated using the revised Uniform Crime Reporting definition of rape. See data declaration for further explanation.
  • 4 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, 2017

  • In 2017, the violent crime rate in the United States was 394.0 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • In Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the violent crime rate was 412.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • The violent crime rate was 402.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in cities outside metropolitan areas; the violent crime rate was 201.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in nonmetropolitan counties.
  • The murder rate in the United States was 5.3 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017.
  • The murder rate in Metropolitan Statistical Areas was 5.6 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • The murder rates in cities outside metropolitan areas and in nonmetropolitan counties were 4.2 per 100,000 inhabitants and 3.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.
  • The property crime rate in the United States was 2,362.2 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017.
  • In Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the property crime rate was 2,441.7 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • The property crime rate was 2,896.7 per 100,000 inhabitants in cities outside metropolitan areas; the property crime rate was 1,183.1 per 100,000 inhabitants in nonmetropolitan counties.