Table 25

Percent of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means

by Population Group, 2019

Population group Violent
crime
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Rape1 Robbery Aggravated
assault
Property
crime
Burglary Larceny-
theft
Motor
vehicle
theft
Arson2 Number
of
agencies
2019
estimated
population
TOTAL ALL AGENCIES: Offenses known 1,105,563 14,325 124,817 239,643 726,778 6,203,201 981,264 4,533,178 655,778 32,981 15,008 297,524,524
Percent cleared by arrest 45.5 61.4 32.9 30.5 52.3 17.2 14.1 18.4 13.8 23.8
TOTAL CITIES Offenses known 878,923 11,020 92,241 209,959 565,703 4,976,072 733,199 3,693,498 523,739 25,636 10,779 201,853,210
Percent cleared by arrest 43.5 59.2 30.8 29.7 50.4 17.0 13.6 18.3 12.6 22.6
GROUP I (all cities 250,000 and over) Offenses known 422,438 5,693 34,899 119,642 262,204 1,853,997 280,302 1,320,696 242,429 10,570 85 59,934,909
Percent cleared by arrest 38.2 57.6 29.5 27.1 44.0 11.4 11.2 11.7 9.8 16.5
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) Offenses known 167,116 1,717 13,310 50,754 101,335 626,897 90,293 451,107 82,104 3,393 10 25,098,940
Percent cleared by arrest 42.5 67.3 33.8 31.0 49.0 11.6 11.7 12.0 9.4 12.7
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 144,314 2,289 10,822 39,402 91,801 685,236 106,192 487,358 88,038 3,648 26 18,474,842
Percent cleared by arrest 35.6 54.7 28.0 24.4 40.8 10.2 10.7 10.2 9.5 19.1
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 111,008 1,687 10,767 29,486 69,068 541,864 83,817 382,231 72,287 3,529 49 16,361,127
Percent cleared by arrest 35.1 51.5 25.6 23.8 41.0 12.8 11.2 13.5 10.7 17.3
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Offenses known 140,059 1,817 14,997 33,820 89,425 848,193 125,498 619,505 99,211 3,979 217 31,723,575
Percent cleared by arrest 43.3 60.9 30.6 29.9 50.2 15.4 12.8 16.4 12.1 25.9
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Offenses known 107,657 1,155 12,721 24,308 69,473 725,084 104,499 547,385 69,667 3,533 467 32,634,179
Percent cleared by arrest 48.8 60.7 34.0 33.9 56.5 18.9 14.2 20.5 13.7 24.3
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Offenses known 75,927 937 10,486 14,925 49,579 575,373 80,395 446,492 45,900 2,586 827 28,786,886
Percent cleared by arrest 48.7 58.2 30.2 34.5 56.7 22.2 15.0 24.1 15.6 25.7
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Offenses known 66,748 783 9,561 10,148 46,256 521,268 76,010 406,489 36,529 2,240 1,689 26,893,861
Percent cleared by arrest 52.7 64.0 33.0 36.7 60.1 25.3 16.8 27.5 19.0 30.4
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Offenses known 66,094 635 9,577 7,116 48,766 452,157 66,495 352,931 30,003 2,728 7,494 21,879,800
Percent cleared by arrest 53.8 62.0 30.0 40.1 60.3 23.9 18.8 25.0 22.3 29.9
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 180,344 2,475 23,744 27,531 126,594 1,003,685 183,893 706,656 107,686 5,450 1,905 72,761,754
Percent cleared by arrest 52.9 69.4 39.4 35.1 59.0 17.9 15.4 18.6 17.5 27.8
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 46,296 830 8,832 2,153 34,481 223,444 64,172 133,024 24,353 1,895 2,324 22,909,560
Percent cleared by arrest 54.6 66.9 36.9 40.3 59.8 18.1 15.7 18.2 22.6 29.0
SUBURBAN AREA3 Offenses known 305,904 3,834 41,324 50,446 210,300 2,020,200 317,024 1,507,725 185,517 9,934 8,144 129,507,894
Percent cleared by arrest 52.7 66.6 36.6 35.9 59.7 20.5 15.9 21.8 17.2 28.2
  • 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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