Table 25

Percent of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means

by Population Group, 2018

Population group Violent
crime
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Rape1 Robbery Aggravated
assault
Property
crime
Burglary Larceny-
theft
Motor
vehicle
theft
Arson2 Number
of
agencies
2018
estimated
population
TOTAL ALL AGENCIES: Offenses known 1,147,991 14,786 127,258 260,709 745,238 6,677,611 1,128,351 4,812,405 701,248 35,607 15,325 302,194,936
Percent cleared by arrest 45.5 62.3 33.4 30.4 52.5 17.6 13.9 18.9 13.8 22.4
TOTAL CITIES Offenses known 915,256 11,463 94,822 228,461 580,510 5,333,263 839,903 3,901,143 564,974 27,243 10,971 204,451,288
Percent cleared by arrest 43.5 61.0 31.5 29.7 50.6 17.3 13.1 18.8 12.6 21.3
GROUP I (all cities 250,000 and over) Offenses known 435,004 5,756 36,404 127,354 265,490 1,920,538 311,203 1,342,646 256,079 10,610 84 60,183,883
Percent cleared by arrest 38.1 57.7 29.8 26.9 44.3 11.6 10.3 12.3 9.5 15.8
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) Offenses known 166,653 1,757 13,788 51,900 99,208 638,914 98,560 452,376 84,878 3,100 10 25,167,857
Percent cleared by arrest 42.4 62.4 29.9 30.6 49.9 11.7 10.5 12.5 9.1 12.5
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 153,670 2,227 11,565 44,288 95,590 727,582 120,868 507,805 94,884 4,025 26 18,736,687
Percent cleared by arrest 34.9 55.7 30.4 23.1 40.4 10.1 9.6 10.4 9.1 16.5
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 114,681 1,772 11,051 31,166 70,692 554,042 91,775 382,465 76,317 3,485 48 16,279,339
Percent cleared by arrest 36.4 55.5 29.2 26.2 41.5 13.4 11.0 14.5 10.4 18.0
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Offenses known 149,163 2,029 15,833 38,327 92,974 942,037 149,522 675,531 112,518 4,466 219 32,568,127
Percent cleared by arrest 43.1 64.6 31.9 29.8 50.1 15.4 12.3 16.6 12.2 22.0
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Offenses known 112,621 1,226 13,088 26,767 71,540 781,305 121,205 579,839 76,291 3,970 477 33,353,799
Percent cleared by arrest 48.8 61.7 33.6 33.9 56.9 18.9 13.8 20.7 13.5 24.2
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Offenses known 78,265 936 10,813 16,468 50,048 619,983 92,753 476,017 48,546 2,667 833 28,920,904
Percent cleared by arrest 49.5 66.7 31.7 34.7 57.9 22.8 15.1 25.0 15.6 26.2
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Offenses known 71,933 827 9,538 11,736 49,832 575,550 89,683 443,347 40,142 2,378 1,703 27,136,547
Percent cleared by arrest 52.2 65.7 33.4 37.0 59.2 24.9 16.4 27.2 19.3 28.1
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Offenses known 68,270 689 9,146 7,809 50,626 493,850 75,537 383,763 31,398 3,152 7,655 22,288,028
Percent cleared by arrest 53.7 63.4 32.4 37.6 59.9 24.3 18.3 25.6 23.6 25.8
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 186,601 2,514 23,959 29,929 130,199 1,098,087 215,954 763,579 112,207 6,347 1,963 74,277,601
Percent cleared by arrest 52.8 66.0 39.5 34.9 59.1 18.5 15.8 19.3 17.9 25.0
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 46,134 809 8,477 2,319 34,529 246,261 72,494 147,683 24,067 2,017 2,391 23,466,047
Percent cleared by arrest 55.8 70.1 38.1 44.0 60.5 19.7 17.4 19.9 24.8 30.0
SUBURBAN AREA3 Offenses known 317,313 3,959 41,720 54,966 216,668 2,192,768 368,227 1,618,673 194,627 11,241 8,318 131,266,364
Percent cleared by arrest 52.8 65.7 37.2 35.5 59.9 20.8 16.0 22.3 17.5 25.7
  • 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

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