GET THE FACTS: Crime in America by Race

Crime in America is an important factor in our society. All law enforcement agencies are involved in both the prevention, apprehension and arrest of those suspected of a crime. The Judicial system is responsible to determine each individuals guilt or innocence for a given crime. In America we have equal justice under the law.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau here is the racial breakdown of America:

Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent


Black or African American alone, percent(a)


American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)


Asian alone, percent(a)


Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)


Two or More Races, percent


Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)


White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent


The U.S. Department of Justice chart below shows the number of individuals arrested for criminal offences by category and race. In any discussion of crime and racial issues it is important to get the facts right.

DOJ data on arrests by race:

  • 69% are white.
  • 27% are black.
  • 2% are American Indian.
  • 1.4% are Asian.

DOJ data on violent crime arrests by race:

  • 58% are white
  • 37.8% are black
  • 2% are American Indian
  • 1.9% are Asian

Violent Crime Index includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Property Crime Index includes, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

NA: Beginning in 2013, the FBI broadened the definition of rape, removing the phrase “forcible” from the offense name and description. The new definition of 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. The new definition includes the NIBRS offenses of rape, sodomy, and sexual assault with an object.

Law enforcement agencies may submit data on rape arrests based on either the new or legacy definition of rape. Due to differences in agency reporting practices, national estimates for the offenses of “rape” and “sex offenses” are not available after 2012. Additionally, estimates for the Violent Crime Index (which included “forcible rape”) are not shown after 2012 as this category is no longer compatible with prior years.

* The “violent crimes” category includes the offenses of murder, robbery, and aggravated assault and is presented as an alternative to the Violent Crime Index, which is not available as a result of the change to the definition of rape in 2013. In any given year prior to the change in the rape definition, these three offenses accounted for more than 95% of arrests for Violent Crime Index offenses.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Estimated number of arrests by offense and race, 2018. Available: Released on October 31, 2019.

Data source: Arrest estimates for 1980-2014 developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through “Arrest Data Analysis Tool.” Online. Available from the BJS website.

Arrest estimates for 2015 through 2018 developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on data published in the FBI’s Crime in the United States reports. These are preliminary estimates that will be updated upon release of final estimates on the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest Data Analysis Tool.

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28 replies
    • Chuck Schick
      Chuck Schick says:

      Good observation. He didn’t manipulate anything tho it’s straight from the source, at least the one he linked to. Not only is Hispanic/Latino left out but these are juvenile crime stats.

    • Bo
      Bo says:

      He used the FBI UCR and for some reason that site does combine White and Hispanic, but on the same table at the FBI UCR site if you scroll to the left it gives you Hispanic and you have to do the math to subtract the Hispanic crime from White crime.
      I think the FBI does this intentionally to inflate the white numbers

    • james
      james says:

      The US Census considers Hispanics to be white (you can self-report as “Hispanic” or “Latino” and they’ll record that, but not as a separate race – which is a little odd since “Hispanic” can include everything from we’d usually call white, to black to native American in the US).

  1. Deb dennis
    Deb dennis says:

    You would be correct. American census now divides the Hispanic communities by White Hispanic and Black Hispanic. Therefore, the number of blacks is also misrepresented. That is what happens in a society that wants to retain power by increasing the white popularity by other groups that closely resemble white.

  2. Thomas Dixon
    Thomas Dixon says:

    What they never seem to print is the per capita rate. There are several times more white people than black people but that information is not included. Per capita is much more revealing.

    • Baksu Mudang
      Baksu Mudang says:

      Why would they put a per capita? It would only prove that a certain ethnic group commits Majority of the Homicides and the other crimes they commit are at a drastically higher rate than any other ethnic group. To reveal that important information would literally destroy the past 100 years of progress made in America. How? Bec it would show that a certain ethnic group isn’t the ones who are more of a threat to America and instead a minority group is more racist and deadly than the others. For example the Asian hate crimes. I was absolutely floored when I saw 2 black men on the news being charged with a hate crime over their attacks on Asians in New York. Elderly people at that. I’m not white but I was finally glad to see other ethnicities being treated equally as white people when it comes to identifying hate crimes against others.

      • blazed ones
        blazed ones says:

        It wouldn’t prove that one group commits the majority of homicides. That one group you are talking about is the most over policed race in America, which, these stats prove. There also is a drug war you are ignoring that makes a plant illegal and that plant hasn’t killed anyone, but making it illegal forces this certain race to now be criminalized since they like that plant.

        Now, any fight over control of illegal sales of this plant and keeping it harder to get for regular civilians creates gang wars. This has been going on since the 70s, to act as if any one race is more of a threat to America is ignorant and shows you see only what you want to see.

        • grassass
          grassass says:

          “It wouldn’t prove that one group commits the majority of homicides. That one group you are talking about is the most over policed race in America, which, these stats prove. ”

          How does overpolicing make black people commit the majority of the murders in the United States? How is everything that black people do somehow actually white people’s fault? Do you think that black people are children with no agency, who can’t think or act for themselves?

  3. Ivan
    Ivan says:

    The shocking number is the percentage compared to population size. Whites of course will be a higher number but the ratio verse the percentage well, Blacks and Hispanics win that prize. As far as White Hispanics and Hispanics I will say they are the new ethnic minority and commit alot of crime compared to population size. The fact the DOJ classifies them under white eschews the numbers.

  4. Rw miller
    Rw miller says:

    As you can see the American citizen is not stupid. Segregating the white and Hispanic populations and then giving a per capita rate of infraction would be revealing. Your agenda is obvious

  5. jim b
    jim b says:

    Revealing stats, but a simple and clear number I would like to see (by race), is the percentage of people of a given race who commited a crime. E.g white crimes / white population. Etc. The last time I calculated this, it showed blacks are 2.8 times more likely to commit a crime than whites. Could this really be true? If so, it would seem to be a good metric for evaluating black social progress over time.

  6. Stephen R Hawkins
    Stephen R Hawkins says:

    I have not seen a killing by police of a caucasian person on the news in 2021 yet. The media should give all the information on all races killed by police and not only the negro killings by police. If you would take the information as what is true, you have to think that only negro’s are being killed by police. That comes off as racism be passed off as news. George Floyd is the only black man murdered by police that I have seen. Quit running from and fighting with police during interaction with them and a lot of this would end. Be polite to them and they will be polite to you. Try to harm them and you get what anyone of any stripe would get.

  7. Larry S
    Larry S says:

    Amazing how whites and Hispanics are counted together to the numbers look as if violent crime in the black community isn’t out of control. This is done by the FBI. It is so much more realistic when the murder and violent crime rates are shown in regards to ethnicity.

    • Rodrigo
      Rodrigo says:

      Actually, even with the white-latino obfuscation, the trends on violent crime and specially murder could not be clearer

  8. Raping Rappers
    Raping Rappers says:

    “Big up! Big up! It’s a stick up! Stick up!
    And I’m shooting niggas quick if ya hiccup
    Don’t let me fill my clip up in ya back and headpiece
    The opposite of peace, sending mom duke a wreath
    You’re talking to the robbery expert
    Step into your wake with your blood on my shirt
    Don’t be a jerk and get smoked over being resistant
    ‘Cause when I lick shots them shits is persistent”

    -Notorious B.I.G. “Gimme The Loot”

    One of the main rappers the libtards like to worship. This is the type of crap young people look up to. And you wonder why the crime rate is so high. People lack positive role-models.

  9. Keith Cannon
    Keith Cannon says:

    I don’t think race is the determinant, I think that it is people unlucky enough to be born into a situation where it is better to have drugs than it is to have money. People in this situation are way more likely to murder and be murdered and it is many generations deep. It is obvious to me that the cause of a large part of crime is due to America’s failed drug policy, which is killing more people than it is saving. Drug laws were created to stop overdoses, the overdoses rate was going up even though the re is a drug that can reverse an overdose which doesn’t get administered due to secrecy caused by the illegal status of drugs. There are many people writing on website trying to dismiss alligations that gang violence is the cause of most gun homicides. The cite data from studies on youth gangs instead of drug cartels. Even the so called facr check web site labeled the idea of gangster violence as false but these are people who obviously have an agenda and are biased with blatant naivete. I live in the hood and hear gunshots every night, I’ve seen drive by and run by shootings, a car chasing another while the passenger shoots at it. This in California, home of the strictest gun control laws in the US which don’t do anything to stop gang member from obtaining and using them, fact is, they sell the guns and would like to see guns outlawed so they can make more money selling them. The highest murder rate in the world is in El Salvador and if you can’t figure out that it is all totally drug selling organized criminals doing it, then you shouldn’t be doing a fact check web site. A lot of the murders south of the border are by knife and machete these days, they have guns but…

  10. Caprj
    Caprj says:

    This is total biased BS! There agenda was to show whites have more violent crimes, yet they did the stats wrong to show it. Do it by per Cap. A percentage based on the percentage of that race in the population. Dr. Rich Swier is a raciest white basher and should be arrested because of this raciest fake article.


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