US Violent Crime

Last updated at 2014-02-06 15:57:11

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This page is a collection of data about violent crime in the United States. Click on links to view and download the underlying data. Every dataset on Quandl has a link to the original publisher, for validation and transparency.

Violent Crime Rates, Current and Historical

The following table shows US Crime Rates per 100,000 Persons, categorized by type of crime, sampled over the last 25 years. Data is from the FBI, as archived by the US Disaster Center.

Crime Most Recent 5 Years Ago 10 Years Ago 25 Years Ago
Murder 4.7 5.6 5.6 8.3
Rape 26.9 30.0 33.1 37.4
Assault 242.3 283.8 309.5 351.3
All Violent Crimes 386.9 466.9 494.4 609.7

Gun-Related Statistics, Current

Measure Value As Of Source
Number of Murders (most recent year) 12,664 2011 FBI
Number of Murders using Guns (most recent year) 8,583 2011 FBI
% of Households with Guns (most recent year) 45.0 2012 Gallup

Crime and Weapons Data

Subject Data
Murder and Crime Rates The US Disaster center, by archiving FBI data, has Number of Crimes and Crime Rates from 1960 through to 2011. The data show crime rates increasing from 1960 to 1990, and decreasing since. It is this data combined with trends in Abortion Rates on which the Donohue-Levitt hypothesis is built. For 60 years of data, the Bureau of Justice Statistics has Murders and Murder Rates 1950 - 2010
Weapons According to the FBI, guns are by far the preferred murder weapon in the US, featuring in 8,583 of 12,664 murders in 2011. See US Murders by Weapon Type for a full breakdown.
Household Gun Ownership Per Gallup, a gun can be found in about half of all US homes. See: US Household Gun Ownership.
Guns in Schools Gallup asked what Americans thought about arming school officials in 2005. Most Americans didn't like the idea at the time. See Poll: Arming School Officials.
Historical Mass Murder Rates Professor James Allan Fox has aggregated FBI data on victims and offenders. See Mass Murders 1980 - 2010.
Global Murder Data The OECD has collected Murder Rates for 33 Countries. This or similar data was used by Professor Kieran Healy in his widely-quoted Violent Country article.
US States Murder Data The FBI has collected Murder Rates for 50 States. This or similar data was used by Professor Healy in his follow-up article on US Assault Deaths.

Punishment Data

Subject Data
Executions Number of persons executed in the United States 1930 - 2010, as per the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Prisoners Number of incarcerated persons 2000 - 2010, as per the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Prison Deaths Deaths in Jails 2000 - 2010, as per the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Violent Crime by State

The FBI has data back to 1960 on violent crime state by state. The table below shows the number of victims per 100,000 persons per year. All data comes from the Violent Crime Rate, All States, 1960 - 2010 dataset.

State Most Recent Year 5 Years Ago 10 Years Ago 25 Years Ago
Alabama 377.8 433.0 486.2 457.5
Alaska 638.8 632.0 566.9 581.8
Arizona 408.1 512.0 531.7 602.5
Arkansas 505.3 528.0 445.3 347.6
California 440.6 526.0 621.6 765.3
Colorado 320.8 397.0 334.0 471.0
Connecticut 281.4 273.0 324.7 402.0
Delaware 620.9 633.0 684.4 433.3
District of Columbia 1,330.2 1,380.0 1,507.9 1,624.8
Florida 542.4 709.0 812.0 941.1
Georgia 403.3 446.0 504.7 507.2
Hawaii 262.7 256.0 243.8 219.4
Idaho 221.0 257.0 252.5 234.8
Illinois 435.2 552.0 653.8 714.8
Indiana 314.5 324.0 349.1 309.4
Iowa 273.5 293.0 266.4 211.7
Kansas 369.1 389.0 389.4 355.8
Kentucky 242.6 267.0 294.5 305.5
Louisiana 549.0 597.0 681.1 694.2
Maine 122.0 112.0 109.6 167.5
Maryland 547.7 704.0 786.6 834.6
Massachusetts 466.6 461.0 476.1 538.2
Michigan 490.3 554.0 555.0 734.1
Minnesota 236.0 297.0 280.8 256.4
Mississippi 269.7 280.0 360.9 270.9
Missouri 455.0 526.0 490.0 503.5
Montana 272.2 282.0 311.1 208.5
Nebraska 279.5 287.0 327.6 237.9
Nevada 660.6 608.0 524.2 667.1
New Hampshire 167.0 135.0 175.4 140.8
New Jersey 307.7 355.0 383.8 544.5
New Mexico 588.9 646.0 757.9 703.9
New York 392.1 444.0 553.9 929.9
North Carolina 363.4 469.0 497.6 420.9
North Dakota 225.0 111.0 81.4 47.0
Ohio 315.2 350.0 334.1 381.6
Oklahoma 479.5 509.0 497.8 422.0
Oregon 252.0 287.0 350.7 551.1
Pennsylvania 366.2 425.0 420.0 331.1
Rhode Island 256.6 252.0 297.7 346.6
South Carolina 597.7 767.0 828.1 631.0
South Dakota 268.5 179.0 166.8 136.6
Tennessee 613.3 757.0 707.2 474.4
Texas 450.3 528.0 545.1 550.0
Utah 212.7 225.0 255.7 267.4
Vermont 130.2 126.0 113.5 147.7
Virginia 213.6 283.0 281.7 294.7
Washington 313.8 346.0 369.7 425.4
West Virginia 314.6 274.0 316.5 166.0
Wisconsin 248.7 242.0 236.8 206.9
Wyoming 195.9 230.0 266.5 256.8

Selected International Assault Death Rates

This table shows the murder rate per 100,000 persons for selected countries. The Murder Rates by Country page contains 33 countries and links to the underlying raw data.

Country Murder Rate
USA 5.2
Canada 1.7
Australia 0.8
United Kingdom 0.3

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