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Home Crime in the U.S. 2019 Crime in the U.S. 2019 Tables Table 17 Table 17 Data Declaration

Table 17 Data Declaration

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Rate: Number of Crimes per 100,000 Inhabitants by Suburban and Nonsuburban Cities by Population Group, 2019

The FBI collects these data through the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

Important note about rape data

In 2013, the FBI’s UCR Program initiated the collection of rape data under a revised definition within the Summary Reporting System. The term “forcible” was removed from the offense name, and the definition was changed to “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

In 2016, the FBI Director approved the recommendation to discontinue the reporting of rape data using the UCR legacy definition beginning in 2017.

General comments

  • This table provides the rate per 100,000 inhabitants and the number of offenses known to law enforcement for violent crimes (murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in suburban and nonsuburban city law enforcement agencies submitting 12 months of publishable data for 2019.
  • Suburban cities include law enforcement agencies in cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants that are within a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) but exclude all metropolitan agencies associated with a principal city.
  • Nonsuburban cities include law enforcement agencies in cities with less than 50,000 in population that are not associated with an MSA.
  • The UCR Program does not have sufficient data to publish arson offenses in this table. Information about arson can be found in Arson Tables 1 and 2.


  • Rape data reported by agencies using the UCR legacy definition are not included in this table.
  • Due to a system upgrade in 2019, the FBI calculates rates for each offense based on the individual offenses and population that were published for each agency in tables 8-11. (Previous to 2019, when agencies were published in tables 8-11, but they had one or two offenses removed from publication due to not meeting UCR publication guidelines, the agency’s data was not used to calculate rates for this table.)
  •  The FBI derived the offense rates by first dividing the individual offense counts by the individual populations covered by contributing agencies for which 12 months of publishable data were supplied and then multiplying the resulting figure by 100,000.

Rate: Number of Crimes per 100,000 Inhabitants Table 17 Data Declaration(Agency/Population Counts) by Suburban and Nonsuburban Cities by Population Group, 2019 

See Data Declaration download for Agency/Population Count table.

Population groups 

The UCR Program uses the following population group designations:

Population Group 

Political Label 

Population Range 


250,000 and more 



100,000 to 249,999 



50,000 to 99,999 



25,000 to 49,999 


10,000 to 24,999 



Less than 10,000 

VIII (Nonmetropolitan County)2 



IX (Metropolitan County)2 



1Includes universities and colleges to which no population is attributed.
2Includes state police to which no population is attributed.

Population estimation

For the 2019 population estimates used in this table, the FBI computed individual rates of growth from one year to the next for every city/town and county using 2010 decennial population counts and 2011 through 2018 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Each agency’s rates of growth were averaged; that average was then applied and added to its 2018 Census population estimate to derive the agency’s 2019 population estimate.