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Violent crime trends

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National Crime Victimization Survey Violent Crime Trends, 1973-2008

Adjusted violent victimization rates
Number of victimizations per 1,000 population age 12 or older

  Total
violent crime
   Aggravated  assault Simple
assault
Year Murder Rape Robbery
               
1973 47.7 0.1 2.5 6.7 12.5   25.9
1974 48.0 0.1 2.6 7.2 12.9   25.3
1975 48.4 0.1 2.4 6.8 11.9   27.2
1976 48.0 0.1 2.2 6.5 12.2   27.0
1977 50.4 0.1 2.3 6.2 12.4   29.4
1978 50.6 0.1 2.6 5.9 12.0   30.0
1979 51.7 0.1 2.8 6.3 12.3   30.3
1980 49.4 0.1 2.5 6.6 11.4   28.8
1981 52.3 0.1 2.5 7.4 12.0   30.3
1982 50.7 0.1 2.1 7.1 11.5   29.8
1983 46.5 0.1 2.1 6.0 9.9   28.3
1984 46.4 0.1 2.5 5.8 10.8   27.2
1985 45.2 0.1 1.9 5.1 10.3   27.9
1986 42.0 0.1 1.7 5.1 9.8   25.3
1987 44.0 0.1 2.0 5.3 10.0   26.7
1988 44.1 0.1 1.7 5.3 10.8   26.3
1989 43.3 0.1 1.8 5.4 10.3   25.8
1990 44.1 0.1 1.7 5.7 9.8   26.9
1991 48.8 0.1 2.2 5.9 9.9   30.6
1992 47.9 0.1 1.8 6.1 11.1   28.9
1993 49.1 0.1 1.6 6.0 12.0   29.4
1994 51.2 0.1 1.4 6.3 11.9   31.5
1995 46.1 0.1 1.2 5.4 9.5   29.9
1996 41.6 0.1 0.9 5.2 8.8   26.6
1997 38.8 0.1 0.9 4.3 8.6   24.9
1998 36.0 0.1 0.9 4.0 7.5   23.5
1999 32.1 0.1 0.9 3.6 6.7   20.8
2000 27.4 0.1 0.6 3.2 5.7   17.8
2001 24.7 0.1 0.6 2.8 5.3   15.9
2002 22.8 0.1 0.7 2.2 4.3   15.5
2003 22.3 0.1 0.5 2.5 4.6   14.6
2004 21.1 0.1 0.4 2.1 4.3   14.2
2005 21.0 0.1 0.5 2.6 4.3   13.5
2006a              
2007 20.4 0.1 0.6 2.4 3.4   13.9
2008 19.0 0.1 0.5 2.2 3.3   12.9
2009 16.9 1.1b 0.3 2.1 3.2   11.3

Note: 1973-91 data adjusted to make data comparable to data after the redesign. Estimates for 1993 and beyond are based on collection year while earlier estimates are based on data year. Rape does not include sexual assault. For additional information about the methods used, see Criminal Victimization, 2009.
*Victimization rate trends exclude NCVS estimates for 2006 because of methodological inconsistencies between the data for that year and the data for other years. Changes to the NCVS and their impact upon the survey's estimates in 2006 are discussed in the Criminal Victimization, 2006 Technical Notes.

Homicide data were calculated from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.



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