FBI Releases 2021 Crime Statistics

The FBI has recently released updated crime statistics for all of 2021 via its National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The data can be explored here, and provides detailed snapshots of the criminal landscape across the United States. Among the tools available on the website, one can view trends in violent crime dating back to 1986, lookup crime statistics based on type of crime and year, and analyze various demographics for both offenders and victims of violent crimes.

Also in this release, the FBI has compiled a report comparing the 2020 and 2021 NIBRS crime data. Some of the highlights include:

  • Overall violent crime volume decreased 1.0% for the nation from 1,326,600 in 2020 to 1,313,200 in 2021, which was up 5.6% from 2019.
  • The number of murders increased from 22,000 in 2020 to 22,900 in 2021. This constitutes an increase of 4.3% on top of the 29.4% increase in 2020.
  • From 2020 to 2021, the robbery rate decreased 8.9%, which heavily contributed to the decrease in overall violent crime despite increases in murder and rape rates at the national level.
  • The volume of drug-related offenses increased compared to 2020 in every category except for marijuana/hashish.

More resources on crime data and violent crimes can be found at the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL).

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