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Table 2

Crime in the United States

by Community Type, 2012

Area Population1 Violent
crime
Murder and
nonnegligent
manslaughter
Forcible
rape
Robbery Aggravated
assault
Property
crime
Burglary Larceny-
theft
Motor
vehicle theft
United States Total 313,914,040 1,214,464 14,827 84,376 354,522 760,739 8,975,438 2,103,787 6,150,598 721,053
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 386.9 4.7 26.9 112.9 242.3 2,859.2 670.2 1,959.3 229.7
Metropolitan Statistical Area 266,700,731
Area actually reporting2 98.9% 1,084,765 13,157 68,419 339,791 663,398 7,801,507 1,788,702 5,347,372 665,433
Estimated total 100.0% 1,092,001 13,175 70,482 341,122 667,222 7,867,268 1,803,461 5,395,107 668,700
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 409.4 4.9 26.4 127.9 250.2 2,949.8 676.2 2,022.9 250.7
Cities outside metropolitan areas 19,114,670
Area actually reporting2 93.3% 67,985 668 7,217 9,143 50,957 629,593 140,630 464,661 24,302
Estimated total 100.0% 72,715 720 7,879 9,859 54,257 675,635 151,406 498,229 26,000
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 380.4 3.8 41.2 51.6 283.9 3,534.6 792.1 2,606.5 136.0
Nonmetropolitan Counties 28,098,639
Area actually reporting2 94.2% 47,145 881 5,608 3,375 37,281 410,634 140,927 244,547 25,160
Estimated total 100.0% 49,748 932 6,015 3,541 39,260 432,535 148,920 257,262 26,353
Rate per 100,000 inhabitants 177.0 3.3 21.4 12.6 139.7 1,539.3 530.0 915.6 93.8
  • 1 Population figures are U.S. Census Bureau provisional estimates as of July 1, 2012.
  • 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, 2012

  • In 2012, the violent crime rate in the United States was 386.9 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • In Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the violent crime rate was 409.4 per 100,000 inhabitants. 
  • The violent crime rate was 380.4 per 100,000 inhabitants in cities outside metropolitan areas; the violent crime rate was 177.0 per 100,000 inhabitants in nonmetropolitan counties.
  • The murder rate in the United States was 4.7 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012.
  • 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 3.8 per 100,000 inhabitants and 3.3 per 100,000 in population, respectively.
  • The property crime rate in the United States was 2,859.2 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012.
  • In Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the property crime rate was 2,949.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. 
  • The property crime rate was 3,534.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in cities outside metropolitan areas; the property crime rate was 1,539.3 per 100,000 inhabitants in nonmetropolitan counties.