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List of United States cities by crime rate

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The following table of United States cities by crime rate is based on Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports statistics.[1]

The population numbers are based on U.S. Census estimates for the year end. The number of murders includes nonnegligent manslaughter. This list is based on the reporting. In most cases, the city and the reporting agency are identical. However, in some cases such as Charlotte, Honolulu, and Las Vegas, the reporting agency has more than one municipality.

Murder is the only statistic that all agencies are required to report. Consequently, some agencies do not report all the crimes. If components are missing the total is adjusted to 0.

Note about population

Often, one obtains very different results depending on whether crime rates are measured for the city jurisdiction or the metropolitan area.[2]

Information is voluntarily submitted by each jurisdiction and some jurisdictions do not appear in the table because they either did not submit data or they did not meet deadlines.

The FBI website has this disclaimer on population estimates:

For the 2009 population estimates used in this table, the FBI computed individual rates of growth from one year to the next for every city/town and county using 2000 decennial population counts and 2001 through 2009 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Each agency’s rates of growth were averaged; that average was then applied and added to its 2008 Census population estimate to derive the agency’s 2009 population estimate.[3]

Crime rates per 100,000 people

Crime statistics are listed for U.S. cities with a population of 250,000 or greater. Rates are based on cases per 100,000 people for all of calendar year 2014.

State City Population Violent Crime Murder and

Nonnegligent Manslaughter

Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault Property Crime Burglary Larceny-Theft Motor Vehicle Theft Arson
New Mexico Albuquerque 558,874 882.8 5.4 71.9 247.1 558.4 5,446.1 1,095.6 3,713.9 636.6 15.4
California Anaheim 346,956 317.3 4.0 22.8 120.5 170.1 2,362.3 375.0 1,619.8 367.5 6.6
Alaska Anchorage 301,306 864.6 4.0 130.1 164.6 565.9 3,827.0 456.3 3,059.0 311.6 26.9
Texas Arlington 382,976 484.1 3.4 53.8 128.7 298.2 3,515.1 644.9 2,633.6 236.6 6.8
Georgia Atlanta 454,363 1,227.4 20.5 33.2 512.6 661.1 5,747.4 1,203.9 3,631.0 912.5 16.5
Colorado Aurora 350,948 412.6 3.1 78.1 118.8 212.6 2,838.6 517.5 2,018.0 303.2 21.7
Texas Austin 903,924 396.2 3.5 63.2 96.6 232.9 4,142.4 634.2 3,255.0 253.1 10.5
California Bakersfield 367,406 456.7 4.6 5.7 179.6 266.7 3,972.4 1,106.4 2,244.7 621.4 101.3
Maryland Baltimore 623,513 1,338.5 33.8 39.3 589.7 675.7 4,718.4 1,110.8 2,888.2 719.5 34.2
Massachusetts Boston 654,413 725.7 8.1 42.8 256.7 418.1 2,638.9 409.5 1,998.3 231.0 N/A
New York Buffalo 258,419 1,228.2 23.2 67.3 494.2 643.5 4,817.4 1,207.0 3,235.8 374.6 N/A
Arizona Chandler 252,369 184.7 0.4 23.8 44.0 116.5 2,236.0 378.0 1,767.6 90.3 38.4
North Carolina Charlotte-Mecklenburg 856,916 589.8 5.5 24.5 185.1 374.7 3,566.9 703.8 2,663.9 199.2 19.3
California Chula Vista 259,894 235.5 2.7 15.4 82.3 135.1 1,740.7 235.9 1,189.3 315.5 13.5
Illinois Chicago 2,724,121 884.3 15.1 49.3 359.9 460.0 3,126.2 533.6 2,224.6 367.9 16.9
Ohio Cincinnati 297,671 905.4 20.2 76.6 455.5 353.1 5,562.2 1,619.2 3,574.1 368.9 118.6
Ohio Cleveland 388,655 1,334.3 16.2 124.0 769.3 424.8 5,434.4 1,787.7 2,659.2 987.5 78.2
Colorado Colorado Springs 444,949 458.3 4.5 92.6 90.8 270.4 3,667.6 620.1 2,677.6 369.9 21.1
Ohio Columbus 830,811 549.2 10.0 88.8 252.5 197.9 4,253.0 1,091.2 2,807.9 353.9 N/A
Texas Corpus Christi 319,211 656.0 8.5 87.7 118.1 441.7 4,420.3 725.5 3,519.0 175.7 15.7
Texas Dallas 1,272,396 664.7 9.1 61.4 303.1 291.1 3,589.2 918.3 2,117.2 553.7 30.3
Colorado Denver 665,353 598.6 4.7 67.3 164.0 362.7 3,359.4 684.6 2,158.7 516.1 20.7
Michigan Detroit 684,694 1,988.6 43.5 81.4 521.4 1,342.4 4,817.2 1,340.3 2,004.3 1,472.6 71.6
Texas El Paso 680,273 392.6 3.1 49.2 61.0 279.3 2,141.8 232.1 1,789.0 120.7 7.1
Indiana Fort Wayne 257,172 317.3 4.7 40.4 134.9 137.3 3,247.6 686.3 2,419.8 141.5 17.5
Texas Fort Worth* 789,035 560.2 6.1 66.3 159.2 328.6 4,343.5 1,053.9 2,985.5 304.0 19.6
California Fresno 513,187 464.2 9.2 10.3 152.2 292.5 4,111.8 919.9 2,587.2 604.7 50.5
North Carolina Greensboro 282,203 477.0 8.2 18.4 172.6 277.8 3,600.2 888.7 2,522.7 188.9 40.4
Nevada Henderson 274,121 164.9 1.1 32.5 60.2 71.1 1,978.3 509.6 1,288.1 180.6 10.6
Texas Houston 2,219,933 991.4 10.9 36.6 458.8 485.1 4,693.7 974.3 3,068.8 650.6 32.3
Indiana Indianapolis 858,238 1,254.7 15.8 66.8 443.7 728.4 4,823.1 1,412.8 2,806.9 603.4 31.6
Florida Jacksonville 856,021 683.7 11.2 56.0 165.8 450.8 3,940.6 795.1 2,914.1 231.4 10.7
New Jersey Jersey City 260,005 531.1 9.2 13.5 238.5 270.0 1,630.7 341.1 1,078.4 211.1 14.2
Missouri Kansas City 468,417 1,251.4 16.7 83.3 346.9 804.6 4,835.0 1,208.1 2,783.2 843.7 46.3
Texas Laredo 250,994 388.9 5.6 39.4 78.1 265.7 3,859.5 504.8 3,244.7 110.0 29.9
Nevada Las Vegas 1,530,899 841.1 8.0 51.0 319.1 463.1 2,923.4 924.3 1,530.6 468.5 9.2
Kentucky Lexington 311,848 333.8 6.4 43.0 177.7 106.8 3,891.0 767.4 2,827.0 296.6 13.8
Nebraska Lincoln 271,208 338.5 2.6 56.0 75.6 204.3 3,348.7 481.2 2,747.7 119.8 24.0
California Long Beach 471,123 489.0 4.9 23.3 188.7 272.1 2,640.1 739.1 1,459.3 441.7 16.6
California Los Angeles 3,906,772 490.7 6.7 28.8 203.5 251.8 2,128.1 385.7 1,389.4 352.9 29.1
Kentucky Louisville Metro 677,710 591.0 8.3 27.2 225.9 329.6 4,185.3 946.9 2,902.3 336.1 N/A
Tennessee Memphis 654,922 1,740.5 21.4 76.5 501.6 1,141.1 5,988.0 1,748.5 3,785.3 454.3 53.4
Arizona Mesa 462,092 458.6 2.8 54.5 101.5 299.7 2,800.3 510.3 2,108.7 181.3 18.4
Florida Miami 421,996 1,060.0 19.2 26.1 424.2 590.5 4,832.7 867.1 3,439.4 526.3 15.6
Wisconsin Milwaukee 600,374 1,476.4 15.0 65.8 586.3 809.3 4,580.3 987.6 2,484.6 1,108.1 46.0
Minnesota Minneapolis 404,461 1,012.0 7.7 96.2 462.6 445.5 4,728.0 1,016.7 3,332.8 378.5 28.9
Alabama Mobile 250,655 593.6 12.4 54.3 170.8 356.3 4,629.1 1,135.8 3,281.4 211.8 N/A
Tennessee Nashville 647,689 1,122.5 6.3 75.2 235.1 805.8 3,630.6 734.3 2,720.8 175.5 15.0
Louisiana New Orleans 387,113 973.9 38.7 63.0 379.7 492.4 4,231.8 893.3 2,663.0 675.5 N/A
New York New York 8,473,938 596.7 3.9 25.8 195.7 371.3 1,601.9 187.8 1,323.0 91.2 N/A
New Jersey Newark 279,110 1,077.7 33.3 17.6 688.6 338.2 2,851.2 622.0 1,365.1 864.2 14.0
California Oakland 409,994 1,685.4 19.5 51.0 849.0 765.9 5,943.3 977.1 3,376.1 1,590.0 42.9
Oklahoma Oklahoma City 617,975 773.8 7.3 70.2 182.2 514.1 4,410.9 1,074.2 2,768.9 567.8 15.5
Nebraska Omaha 438,465 560.6 7.3 41.1 164.9 347.3 4,345.4 683.5 2,944.4 717.5 8.4
Florida Orlando 259,675 901.1 5.8 64.3 238.8 592.3 6,359.9 1,287.0 4,691.2 381.6 21.2
Pennsylvania Philadelphia 1,559,062 1,021.4 15.9 77.4 447.1 481.1 3,387.7 621.8 2,398.5 367.4 25.6
Arizona Phoenix 1,529,852 571.9 7.5 65.8 193.0 305.7 3,724.3 935.8 2,317.9 470.6 20.5
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh 307,613 798.1 22.4 29.6 320.5 425.5 3,212.8 692.1 2,326.6 194.1 62.4
Texas Plano 277,822 165.2 1.4 28.8 56.2 78.8 1,974.6 296.6 1,572.6 105.5 8.3
Oregon Portland 615,672 472.8 4.2 42.6 137.6 288.5 5,234.8 673.4 4,013.0 548.3 27.0
North Carolina Raleigh* 428,993 392.3 2.8 18.4 141.0 230.1 3,063.0 735.9 2,162.7 164.3 12.6
California Riverside 319,453 433.2 3.8 44.8 138.0 246.7 3,087.8 479.3 2,126.8 481.8 27.5
California Sacramento 482,767 614.8 5.8 16.2 207.1 385.7 3,123.2 670.7 1,956.0 496.5 35.0
Texas San Antonio 1,428,465 539.3 7.2 75.4 124.4 332.3 5,417.8 864.1 4,053.9 499.8 20.9
California San Diego 1,368,690 380.9 2.3 27.1 96.3 255.2 1,959.0 373.7 1,219.5 365.8 15.3
California San Francisco 850,294 795.1 5.3 41.8 379.2 368.9 5,303.2 615.9 3,966.9 720.5 28.3
California San Jose 1,009,679 321.1 3.2 30.3 106.2 181.4 2,434.1 511.7 1,173.6 748.8 12.2
California Santa Ana 336,462 374.5 5.3 34.2 134.3 200.6 1,719.1 235.7 1,095.2 388.2 6.2
Washington Seattle 663,410 603.1 3.9 23.2 236.2 339.8 6,127.3 1,070.1 4,226.0 831.2 11.9
Missouri St. Louis 318,574 1,678.7 49.9 87.6 490.3 1,050.9 6,252.6 1,321.2 3,912.1 1,019.2 59.6
Minnesota St. Paul 297,984 662.5 3.7 60.7 219.5 378.5 3,484.4 781.9 2,028.6 673.9 39.9
Florida St. Petersburg 250,772 864.9 7.6 61.4 246.8 549.1 5,642.6 1,041.6 4,043.1 557.9 17.5
California Stockton 299,519 1,331.5 16.4 44.7 366.6 903.8 4,389.7 1,043.0 2,698.3 648.4 25.4
Florida Tampa 357,124 582.4 7.8 17.4 143.9 413.3 2,427.7 509.6 1,779.5 138.6 12.0
Ohio Toledo 281,150 1,091.2 8.5 82.2 335.8 664.8 N/A 1,668.5 N/A 337.5 N/A
Arizona Tucson* 525,486 640.9 8.9 41.1 190.7 400.2 6,581.9 943.3 5,221.8 416.8 28.7
Oklahoma Tulsa 399,556 805.1 11.5 78.3 230.3 485.0 5,081.6 1,376.5 3,127.0 578.1 34.5
Virginia Virginia Beach 451,102 146.3 3.8 23.7 55.9 63.0 2,174.9 232.8 1,861.2 80.9 13.3
District of Columbia Washington 658,893 1,185.3 15.9 71.3 490.4 607.7 5,012.5 525.6 3,928.0 559.0 N/A
Kansas Wichita* 386,486 793.0 3.9 63.1 121.1 604.9 5,382.3 1,017.6 3,851.4 513.3 29.2

Notes: * 2013 Data

Criticism of ranking crime data

The FBI web site recommends against using its data for ranking because these rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents.[4] The FBI web site also recommends against using its data to judge how effective law enforcement agencies are, since there are many factors that influence crime rates other than law enforcement.[5]

In November 2007, the executive board of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) went further than the FBI itself, and approved a resolution opposing not only the use of the ratings to judge police departments, but also opposing any development of city crime rankings from FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCRs) at all. The resolution opposed these rankings on the grounds that they "fail to account for the many conditions affecting crime rates" and "divert attention from the individual and community characteristics that elevate crime in all cities", though it did not provide sources or further elaborate on these claims. The resolution states the rankings "represent an irresponsible misuse of the data and do groundless harm to many communities" and "work against a key goal of our society, which is a better understanding of crime-related issues by both scientists and the public".[6]

The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a similar statement, which also committed the Conference to working with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice "to educate reporters, elected officials, and citizens on what the (UCR) data means and doesn't mean."[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Crime in the United States by Metropolitan Statistical Area, 2014". FBI. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Crime Rankings 2011-2012". CQ Press. 
  3. ^ "Table 08, Data Declaration - Crime in the United States 2010". Fbi.gov. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Caution Against Ranking". FBI. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "A Word About UCR Data". FBI. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Criminologists Condemn City crime rankings (November 16, 2008).PRNewswire. Retrieved 13 January 2008.

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