Table 28

Number of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means

Percent of Clearances Involving Persons Under 18 Years of Age

by Population Group, 2017

Population group Violent
crime
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Rape1 Robbery Aggravated
assault
Property
crime
Burglary Larceny-
theft
Motor
vehicle
theft
Arson2 Number
of
agencies
2017
estimated
population
TOTAL ALL AGENCIES: Total clearances 494,742 9,005 38,331 80,730 366,676 1,149,647 158,241 901,686 89,720 8,407 14,404 277,152,623
Percent under 18 8.3 4.2 15.2 12.6 6.7 9.4 9.3 9.2 11.6 20.4
TOTAL CITIES Total clearances 389,918 7,073 28,318 71,091 283,436 931,083 113,959 749,548 67,576 6,277 10,662 192,305,575
Percent under 18 8.3 4.4 14.2 12.7 6.8 9.5 9.7 9.3 12.2 21.5
GROUP I (all cities 250,000 and over) Total clearances 166,660 3,563 10,930 36,652 115,515 220,644 32,036 165,921 22,687 1,835 76 56,778,339
Percent under 18 8.1 4.2 13.0 14.0 5.8 9.4 8.8 9.1 12.4 16.4
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) Total clearances 74,979 1,298 4,528 17,612 51,541 76,700 10,825 58,326 7,549 518 10 25,129,639
Percent under 18 8.1 4.5 12.7 15.4 5.3 8.4 6.5 8.6 10.3 16.8
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) Total clearances 51,585 1,288 3,621 10,605 36,071 71,826 11,092 53,279 7,455 728 23 16,676,765
Percent under 18 8.2 4.0 12.7 12.9 6.4 9.6 10.8 8.6 14.4 19.1
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) Total clearances 40,096 977 2,781 8,435 27,903 72,118 10,119 54,316 7,683 589 43 14,971,935
Percent under 18 7.9 3.9 13.7 12.5 6.0 10.2 9.2 10.1 12.4 12.7
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Total clearances 60,522 1,211 4,552 11,309 43,450 145,437 18,863 113,186 13,388 1,082 197 29,500,128
Percent under 18 7.9 5.4 14.3 11.4 6.4 10.4 10.4 10.1 13.1 19.7
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Total clearances 50,711 759 3,921 8,910 37,121 143,002 16,696 116,812 9,494 949 436 30,481,898
Percent under 18 8.6 5.0 14.5 11.9 7.2 10.6 9.9 10.6 11.9 21.7
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Total clearances 38,352 619 3,187 6,282 28,264 143,756 14,826 121,718 7,212 715 791 27,474,766
Percent under 18 8.7 4.4 14.9 10.5 7.7 9.3 9.3 9.1 12.9 27.0
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Total clearances 36,572 503 2,993 4,792 28,284 149,359 16,144 125,841 7,374 705 1,648 26,285,968
Percent under 18 8.7 3.6 16.1 10.0 7.7 8.9 9.6 8.7 11.3 27.5
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Total clearances 37,101 418 2,735 3,146 30,802 128,885 15,394 106,070 7,421 991 7,514 21,784,476
Percent under 18 9.3 3.6 15.7 13.6 8.3 8.5 10.8 8.0 10.1 24.2
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Total clearances 79,411 1,383 6,986 8,592 62,450 167,219 30,475 120,754 15,990 1,518 1,661 61,831,313
Percent under 18 8.4 3.7 18.4 12.2 6.9 9.6 9.0 9.7 10.5 19.4
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Total clearances 25,413 549 3,027 1,047 20,790 51,345 13,807 31,384 6,154 612 2,081 23,015,735
Percent under 18 6.3 2.6 17.6 4.7 4.8 6.2 6.1 5.8 8.3 12.6
SUBURBAN AREA3 Total clearances 145,197 2,240 12,548 18,386 112,023 425,919 56,915 339,785 29,219 2,916 7,781 116,232,117
Percent under 18 9.0 3.9 17.2 12.0 7.7 9.3 9.5 9.2 11.0 24.0
  • 1 The figures shown in the rape column include only those reported by law enforcement agencies that used the revised Uniform Crime Reporting definition of rape. See the data declaration for further explanation.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 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

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