U.S.: Reported Violent Crime Rate, by year
YearReported violent crime rate,
per 100,000 pop.
  • Region: United States
  • Time period: 1990 to 2022
  • Published: Oct 2023

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 28, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Overall Trend in Violent Crime Rate

The violent crime rate in the U.S. showed a general decline from a peak of 758.2 per 100,000 population in 1991 to 369.8 per 100,000 population in 2022. This represents a decrease of over 50% across the 31-year period.

Highest and Lowest Violent Crime Rates

The highest reported violent crime rate] was 758.2 per 100,000 population in 1991, while the lowest rate was observed in 2022 with 369.8 per 100,000 population.

Decade Comparison

Comparing the violent crime rates at the start and end of decades, the 1990s began with a rate of 729.6 and ended at 523.0 per 100,000 population in 1999, whereas the 2020s began with a rate of 385.2 in 2020 and saw a decrease to 369.8 by 2022.

Short-term Fluctuations

Despite the long-term downward trend, there were periods of short-term increases, such as the rise from 363.6 per 100,000 population in 2014 to 389.9 in 2016.

Recent Trends

In the most recent years, the data shows a slight decrease in violent crime rates, moving from 385.2 per 100,000 population in 2020 to 369.8 in 2022.

Analysis of 2000s Decade

The early 2000s witnessed a period of relative stability in violent crime rates, with figures oscillating around the 500 mark, before beginning a more consistent decline after 2007 from 476.7 to 373.4 per 100,000 population by 2018.

Comparison of Peak Decades

The 1990s and early 2000s were characterized by significantly higher violent crime rates compared to the latter years, highlighting a stark contrast in the prevalence of violent crime over the decades.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the overall trend in violent crime rate in the U.S.?

The violent crime rate in the U.S. has generally declined from a peak of 758.2 per 100,000 population in 1991 to 369.8 per 100,000 population in 2022, indicating a decrease of over 50% over 31 years.

Which year had the highest and lowest violent crime rates?

The highest violent crime rate was in 1991 with 758.2 per 100,000 population, while the lowest rate was observed in 2022 with 369.8 per 100,000 population.

How did the violent crime rate change in the 1990s and 2020s?

In the 1990s, the rate began at 729.6 and ended at 523.0 per 100,000 population in 1999, while in the 2020s, the crime rate started at 385.2 in 2020 and decreased to 369.8 by 2022.

Terms and Definitions

A category of crimes involving the use or threat of force upon a victim. Violent crimes typically include, but are not limited to murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, and assault.

A measure of the number of crimes committed per unit of population in a given area or country within a specific period. It is usually presented as cases per 100,000 population and provides a standard measure to compare crime levels between different areas or time periods.

This refers to the rate at which violent crimes are reported to law enforcement authorities in a specific area or country during a specific period. It gives an indicator of the prevalence of violent crime in that area or country.

Agencies or institutions granted the responsibility and authority by a governmental body to maintain public order, prevent, detect, and investigate crimes, and enforce laws. Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. include the Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), among others.

A nationwide, cooperative statistical effort by nearly 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crimes brought to their attention. Since its inception in 1930, the program has provided a reliable set of criminal statistics for law enforcement administration, operation, and management in the US.
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