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Table 2

Crime in the United States

by Community Type, 2011

Area Population1 Violent
crime
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Forcible
rape
Robbery Aggravated
assault
Property
crime
Burglary Larceny-
theft
Motor
vehicle theft
United States Total 311,591,917 1,203,564 14,612 83,425 354,396 751,131 9,063,173 2,188,005 6,159,795 715,373
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 386.3 4.7 26.8 113.7 241.1 2,908.7 702.2 1,976.9 229.6
Metropolitan Statistical Area 260,215,678
Area actually reporting2 98.8% 1,059,804 12,703 66,574 336,567 643,960 7,747,779 1,828,333 5,265,628 653,818
Estimated total 100.0% 1,067,657 12,760 68,685 338,096 648,116 7,818,836 1,843,917 5,317,464 657,455
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 410.3 4.9 26.4 129.9 249.1 3,004.8 708.6 2,043.5 252.7
Cities outside metropolitan areas 20,555,101
Area actually reporting2 92.3% 72,724 830 7,521 10,565 53,808 682,496 155,484 500,878 26,134
Estimated total 100.0% 78,536 902 8,361 11,512 57,761 739,288 168,902 542,348 28,038
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 382.1 4.4 40.7 56.0 281.0 3,596.6 821.7 2,638.5 136.4
Nonmetropolitan Counties 30,821,138
Area actually reporting2 93.1% 53,500 895 5,781 4,369 42,455 466,571 161,955 276,760 27,856
Estimated total 100.0% 57,371 950 6,379 4,788 45,254 505,049 175,186 299,983 29,880
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 186.1 3.1 20.7 15.5 146.8 1,638.6 568.4 973.3 96.9
  • 1 Population figures are U.S. Census Bureau provisional estimates as of July 1, 2011.
  • 2 The percentage reported under "Area actually reporting" is based on the population covered by agencies providing 3 months or more of crime reports to the FBI.
  • NOTE: Although arson data are included in the trend and clearance tables, sufficient data are not available to estimate totals for this offense. Therefore, no arson data are published in this table.

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Crime in the United States, by Community Type, 2011

  • In 2011, the violent crime rate in the United States was 386.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • In Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the violent crime rate was 410.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • The violent crime rate was 382.1 per 100,000 inhabitants in cities outside metropolitan areas; the violent crime rate was 186.1 per 100,000 inhabitants in nonmetropolitan counties.
  • The murder rate in the United States was 4.7 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011.
  • The murder rate in Metropolitan Statistical Areas was 4.9 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • The murder rates in cities outside metropolitan areas and in nonmetropolitan counties were 4.4 per 100,000 inhabitants and 3.1 per 100,000 in population, respectively.
  • The property crime rate in the United States was 2,908.7 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011.
  • In Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the property crime rate was 3,004.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • The property crime rate was 3,596.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in cities outside metropolitan areas; the property crime rate was 1,638.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in nonmetropolitan counties.