Violent Crime, England vs United States?

Someone came by searching for “violent crime, england vs united states.”

Bear with me a moment. The violent crime numbers and rates can be compared in a general way, but an exact comparison is not possible because of the very different way the two nations keep crime numbers and statistics. (Please click on the links to verify the numbers given.)

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report says there were a total of 1,266,248 violent crimes among 308,745,538 Americans of all ages in 2010, the last year for which complete numbers are available.

Page 56 of the Home Office’s “Crime in England and Wales” says there were 2,203,000 violent incidents against adults in England and Wales.(pdf)

The United States violent crime RATE was 403.6 per 100,000 population in 2010.

England and Wales’ violent crime RATE was 4079.7 per 100,000 ADULTS in 2010.

Obviously, England and Wales violent crime rate is more than ten times higher than that of the United States – but we do not know how much more than ten times because the numbers for those not deemed to be adults is not included.

It should also be noted here that the relative number of homicides between the United States and England and Wales cannot be compared at all due to the different way the Home Office keeps the homicide totals. Of course, the relative number of homicides to violent crimes is small, but would increase the violent crime rate slightly if the number were presented as a simple total.


UPDATE, 2013 Comparison,


Data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2014, and the British Crime Survey for 2013. Please note that the US murder numbers based on a body count, and the UK numbers based on murder convictions, are incompatable and cannot be compared.


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