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Table 3

Crime in the United States

Offense and Population Percent Distribution by Region, 2011

Region Population Violent
crime
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Forcible
rape
Robbery Aggravated
assault
Property
crime
Burglary Larceny-
theft
Motor
vehicle
theft
United States Total1 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Northeast 17.8 16.2 14.8 12.8 19.4 15.2 13.0 11.1 13.9 10.6
Midwest 21.6 19.5 20.6 25.3 20.1 18.6 21.1 21.0 21.3 19.4
South 37.2 41.3 43.6 37.8 37.4 43.6 43.2 46.5 42.8 36.3
West 23.4 22.9 21.0 24.1 23.1 22.7 22.8 21.4 22.0 33.8
  • 1 Because of rounding, the percentages may not add to 100.0.
  • 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, Offense and Population Percent Distribution by Region, 2011

  • The most populous region, the South, accounted for 41.3 percent of all violent crimes in 2011. Lesser volumes of 22.9 percent in the West, 19.5 percent in the Midwest, and 16.2 percent in the Northeast were recorded.

  • Slightly less than 44 percent (43.6) of the Nation’s estimated total of murders occurred in the South. The West had 21.0 percent of murders, followed by the Midwest with 20.6 percent, and the Northeast with 14.8 percent.

  • During 2011, 43.2 percent of the estimated property crimes were recorded in the South. The West was next with 22.8 percent, followed by the Midwest with 21.1 percent, and the Northeast with 13.0 percent.