The news has become almost routine by now: Another annual "Crime In the United States" report from the FBI, another year of falling crime rates. In contrast, the late 40s to early 60s were a golden era, safer than most decades before or since. The 2018 Compton crime rate is about the same compared to 2017. Violent crime has fallen by 51 percent since 1991, and property crime by 43 percent. ... New York City is now one of the safest cities in the world. Today, the national crime rate is about half of what it was at its height in 1991. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, which collects and publishes crime statistics, has developed an online database tool to make it easier to search for crime data going back to 1960. Homicide demographics are affected by changes in trauma care, leading to changed lethality of violent assaults, so the homicide rate may not necessarily indicate the overall level of societal violence. In comparison, the 30 largest cities in the US all had a higher murder rate per 100,000, using analysis by New York University's Brennan Center for Justice for 2017 -- the latest available year. Today’s crime rate is less than half of what it was in 1991. Crime is back to the level it was before color TV, says The Week magazine. Like the violent crime rate, the U.S. property crime rate today is far below its peak level.
The murder rate also rose for a second straight year, but it’s still roughly where it was in 2008, far below the levels of the 1980s and early 1990s. The three years preceding had been years of industrial depression, and the depression in part accounts for the increase of serious crime, which all statistics show for this country from 1890 to 1895. 2014 violent crime rate down another4.4%, says USA Today. Over the first six months of 1980, the city's crime index increased at a rate 50 percent greater than that for the nation as a whole. I won’t begin to make a case for whether crime increased during the 1970s, and how it compares to crime rates today. According to this chart, which lists crime rates from 1960 to the present day, yes, they were considerably lower in 1960 (and presumably during the 1950s as well).
Violent Crime: The violent crime rate also peaked in 1991 at 716 violent crimes per 100,000, and now stands at 366, about half that rate.
In 2018, the U.S. crime rate was 370 cases per 100,000 of the population. Vehicle Theft 1991 – 1,661,700 1960 – 328,200 2010 – 737,142. 2 Property crime has declined significantly over the long term. After World War II, crime rates increased in the United States, peaking from the 1970s to the early-1990s.
Incarceration rates showed their strongest period of growth in the 1980s, as violent crime fell through the first half of the decade and then increased in the second. 2013 gun crime rate back to level of early 1960s, says Pew Study. Still, in some ways the 20s and 30s were as dangerous as now.
Since we developed the table of "New York Population and Rate of Crime Rank Compared to other States", we are interested in hearing how others are using the table. Crime trends. Amazing, simple chart of U.S. homicide rate per 100,000 people, from 1950 (4.6) to … Violent crime in St. Louis peaked in 1993, and in 2013, the last year for which data is available, the violent crime rate was lower than it was in 1985. 1. 2014 violent crime rate down another4.4%, says USA Today. The homicide rate has been estimated to be over 30 per 100,000 people in 1700, dropping to under 20 by 1800, and to under 10 by 1900. Even as population grows from under 200 million to over 300 million the crime rate (violent and property) per 100,000 people climbs and then falls during the past 50 years. and stabilized until the early 1980s. FBI data shows that the rate fell by 54% between 1993 and 2018, while BJS reports a decline of 69% during that span.