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Chart of the Day: Crime in America Keeps Going Up

As United States President Joe Biden spends the final days of 2022 on vacation in the US Virgin Islands, the White House has issued five full pardons to individuals involved in drug and alcohol-related crimes, as well as a sixth for a case of murder.

Aside from the specifics of these recent Biden pardon cases, it highlights what our government spends most of the time doing as the crime wave across America keeps going up. When looking at the data, one must be careful not to look at one year’s data – a longer-term view needs to be used to see where the trend is going with crime – it is going up.

Let’s look at some recent data.

In 2021, the rate of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter in the United States was 6.9 cases per 100,000 of the population. This is a slight increase from the previous year when the murder and nonnegligent manslaughter rate stood at 6.7 per 100,000 of the population. See this in the chart below and learn more here.

Murder Rate US 2021

In 2021, the rate of forcible rapes in the United States stood at 43.5 per 100,000 inhabitants. Despite the FBI revising the definition of rape in 2013, the 2021 rate is a slight increase from 1990, when there were 41.2 forcible rapes per 100,000 inhabitants.

Rape Rate US 2021And where is the crime the highest? In 2020, the District of Columbia had the highest reported violent crime rate in the United States, with 999.8 violent crimes per 100,000 of the population. Maine had the lowest reported violent crime rate, with 108.6 offenses per 100,000 of the population. See this in the chart below for the top 20 regions in the U.S. with crime, and learn more here.

Violent Crime US by state 2020The share of murders going unsolved is on the rise in the United States, according to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS). As our chart shows, 2020 saw a record low of only 54.4 percent of the country’s homicide cases cleared – or an estimated 9,836 out of 21,570 crimes. Due to data reporting delays, this is the latest available data. See this in the chart below and learn more here.

Solved Murders 2020

Thoughts turn to why crime is rising. In most cases, our government is largely to blame. In other cases, it could be the continuing decline in moral decay across America. Here are a few reasons cited by some.

  • Illegal immigration is on the rise.
  • Some local governments have introduced no cash bail reform.
  • Decriminalizing lower-severity crime that may encourage further crime.
  • Moral decay that is due to a decrease in traditional families and the rise of single-parent families.
  • Some believe that the prosecutors have gone soft on crime, especially in minority communities, in fear of being called racist – here is one example of this from Chicago.
  • Others believe guns are the problem, but there is no correlation between crime rates and the number of guns.

In the comment section below, give us your take on why crime is on the rise in America.

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  1. The “infection” is called “democrats”.
    Make certain your “lead injectors” are functioning properly for the time it’s “mandated”.

  2. Thankyou Tom, It is interesting to note the sharp decrease in crime since the early 90’s. which means that despite the recent blip crime rates are considerably lower than they were in the early 90’s. the only violent crime increase that is noted is an increase in sex crimes. This btw is in line with most other western countries. As you correctly pointed out the definition of rape was changed in 2013 and this aligns with the sharp increase in cases. Combine this with better reporting protocols which means that women (and men) are more confident in reporting this crime.

  3. The point is that VIOLENT crime , especially murder , started rising again under Obama’s terms and started to dip down again under Trump. Persently it is way up from where it was during Trump’s term 2017, 2018 , 2019, and only began to climb under Trump after Floyd protests , defund the police nonsense and radical Soros D.A.:s with no cash bail emptied out prison cells.

  4. We have to be careful with our use of statistics. Overlaying political tenures onto the chart and jumping to conclusions is “lazy analysis” and may will lead us to conclusions that are simply not true. We could similarly lay charts of the weather during this time period and reach such unfounded conclusions that murder rates go up when its raining!
    IF we want to dig deeper into the chart more information would be needed before we can reach conclusions. For instance what were the specific policies of the republican and democratic tenures that could explain such changes. Even then we would have to allow for suitable time lags to see if such cause and effect can be reasonably be concluded. Such analysis may be beyond the scope of this piece.

  5. Bekah that increase in the murder rate being the biggest in 6 decades was in 2020. Notwithstanding what i just said about cause and effect, I am sure you are aware that for most of 2020 Mr Trump was the president of the USA! lol

  6. Mint, I clearly denoted the time period post defund the police crap/Floyd crap/ and DA no cash bail crap.
    ” Trump’s term 2017, 2018 , 2019, and only began to climb under Trump after Floyd protests , defund the police nonsense and radical Soros D.A.:s with no cash bail emptied out prison cells.”
    So to anyone who can comprehend what they are reading it was clear I addressed 2020 in those terms.
    And the 90s stats of low crime and murder did NOT tick up in Trumps term it factually ticked up in Obams 8 years amd began to float down in 2017, 2018, 2019 as the chart and I noted to you already.

    Oh, and clinging to analyzing stats and all the nuances YOU can create – was expected of you Mint lol.

  7. Bekah simply put you can not have it both ways. Firstly Bekah you seems to accept there is a causation/correlation between the data and political tenures of different presidents. But then you score a spectacular own goal by pointing out the sharpest increase in murder rates in the last 6 decades occurred under the Trump regime.
    OF course you then go searching for other data to explain this sharp increase under Trump. But then why didn’t you do that with the other presidents? But here is the real kicker. The reasons you post for the sharp increase under Trump were largely political in nature. ie they were protests against police brutality and Trump policy. So if we go with that would it be reasonable to conclude that had Trump not been president these protests may not have happened? (lets face it its BLM has been pretty quite since Biden has been president). OF course this is conjecture on my part true but it brings to light how careful and correct use of statistics in needed before we can jump to any meaningful conclusion.

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