Table 25

 

Percent of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means
by Population Group, 2004
[2004 estimated population]

Population group Violent crime Murder and non-negligent man-slaughter Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault Property crime Burglary Larceny-theft Motor vehicle theft Arson 1

TOTAL ALL AGENCIES:

                   
13,612 agencies;                    
  population 248,320,178                    
    Offenses known 1,152,733 13,662 80,939 329,578 728,554 8,925,398 1,857,700 5,983,710 1,083,988 64,179
    Percent cleared by arrest 46.3 62.6 41.8 26.2 55.6 16.5 12.9 18.3 13.0 17.1

TOTAL CITIES: 9,591 cities;

                   
  population 163,702,226                    
    Offenses known 904,210 10,425 59,667 287,088 547,030 7,019,644 1,364,970 4,782,585 872,089 46,837
    Percent cleared by arrest 43.7 61.2 40.1 25.3 53.4 16.4 12.1 18.4 12.0 16.3

GROUP I

                   
65 cities, 250,000 and over;                    
  population 40,653,482                    
    Offenses known 393,406 5,519 18,950 145,728 223,209 2,250,785 451,503 1,394,735 404,547 19,003
    Percent cleared by arrest 38.5 58.0 41.2 22.0 48.5 12.9 10.3 14.7 9.4 10.0
8 cities, 1,000,000 and over;                    
  population 13,805,573                    
    Offenses known 137,148 1,857 5,773 52,815 76,703 684,380 136,699 408,006 139,675 5,717
    Percent cleared by arrest 38.7 58.9 43.1 22.8 48.8 12.9 10.5 15.2 8.5 7.3
22 cities, 500,000 to 999,999;                    
  population 14,360,988                    
    Offenses known 136,556 2,032 6,851 50,293 77,380 855,994 172,529 537,146 146,319 6,733
    Percent cleared by arrest 34.8 55.0 38.7 19.3 44.0 11.4 8.9 12.8 8.8 12.1
35 cities, 250,000 to 499,999;                    
  population 12,486,921                    
    Offenses known 119,702 1,630 6,326 42,620 69,126 710,411 142,275 449,583 118,553 6,553
    Percent cleared by arrest 42.6 60.7 42.1 24.3 53.4 14.6 12.0 16.3 11.1 10.1

GROUP II

                   
166 cities, 100,000 to 249,999;                    
  population 24,952,758                    
    Offenses known 149,237 1,746 9,764 50,345 87,382 1,187,529 232,916 791,691 162,922 7,134
    Percent cleared by arrest 41.6 58.6 38.1 25.2 51.1 14.9 11.0 16.9 10.6 15.5

GROUP III

                   
396 cities, 50,000 to 99,999;                    
  population 27,251,708                    
    Offenses known 127,288 1,188 9,637 38,255 78,208 1,088,818 216,411 751,816 120,591 6,740
    Percent cleared by arrest 45.6 62.3 38.3 28.0 54.8 17.4 12.1 19.8 12.0 18.7

GROUP IV

                   
712 cities, 25,000 to 49,999;                    
  population 24,649,814                    
    Offenses known 90,078 815 8,072 24,196 56,995 884,986 168,291 638,155 78,540 5,383
    Percent cleared by arrest 49.1 69.3 38.6 31.1 57.9 18.8 12.8 20.8 15.3 22.2

GROUP V

                   
1,602 cities, 10,000 to 24,999;                    
  population 25,318,472                    
    Offenses known 77,446 667 7,320 17,881 51,578 861,152 159,776 640,027 61,349 4,487
    Percent cleared by arrest 53.0 74.4 41.3 33.0 61.3 20.9 14.9 22.5 19.4 24.6

GROUP VI

                   
6,650 cities, under 10,000;                    
  population 20,875,992                    
    Offenses known 66,755 490 5,924 10,683 49,658 746,374 136,073 566,161 44,140 4,090
    Percent cleared by arrest 57.7 73.5 43.8 34.8 64.1 19.8 16.2 20.3 24.6 26.7

METROPOLITAN COUNTIES

                   
1,659 agencies;                    
  population 59,611,735                    
    Offenses known 196,450 2,320 15,236 38,611 140,283 1,480,964 353,610 949,240 178,114 13,434
    Percent cleared by arrest 54.5 64.4 46.8 31.7 61.5 16.9 14.5 18.0 15.4 17.8

NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES

                   
2,362 agencies;                    
  population 25,006,217                    
    Offenses known 52,073 917 6,036 3,879 41,241 424,790 139,120 251,885 33,785 3,908
    Percent cleared by arrest 60.6 74.2 45.8 40.6 64.4 17.8 15.8 17.7 26.0 24.3

SUBURBAN AREA 2

                   
7,129 agencies;                    
  population 108,869,860                    
    Offenses known 337,033 3,416 27,386 74,142 232,089 3,032,124 630,165 2,089,745 312,214 22,132
    Percent cleared by arrest 53.3 65.7 44.3 31.4 61.2 17.9 14.3 19.3 15.8 19.8

1 Not all agencies submit reports for arson to the FBI. As a result, the number of reports the FBI uses to compute the percent of offenses cleared for arson is less than the number it uses to compute the percent of offenses cleared for all other offenses.

2 Suburban area includes law enforcement agencies in cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants and county law enforcement agencies that are within a Metropolitan Statistical Area (see Appendix III). Suburban area excludes all metropolitan agencies associated with a principal city. The agencies associated with suburban areas also appear in other groups within this table.