* Rates are per 100,000 population. Median value changes from 1993 to 1995 are due to the inclusion of more cities in the data, not necessarily due to the data itself. Comparisons can be made from 1995 onward. The national figure includes only the legacy definition of rape. See the source tab for additional details.
Years Available: 1993–2016
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General Notes: Violent crimes are offenses of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The national figure only includes legacy definition rape numbers. Starting with 2015 data, this data series only includes rapes classified under the legacy definition of rape. The FBI definition of rape expanded in 2013, but not all jurisdictions adopted the new definition as of 2013. For cities that only use the 2013 definition of rape, visit Violent Crime Rate (City). The legacy definition of rape is: Forcible rape is the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will. Assaults or attempts to commit rape by force or threat of force are included. However, statutory rape without force and other sex offenses are excluded. The 2013 revised definition is: Rape is penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. Attempts or assaults to commit rape are also included; however, statutory rape and incest are excluded. This revised definition includes both male and female victims and drops "forcible" from the title.
For more information on how our U.S. crime statistics are compiled, please visit our documentation when we published this information in print format.