Why is violent crime so low? The conventional wisdom is that crime rises during hard economic times. According to new F.B.I. statistics, however, U.S. crime rates in 2011 hit their lowest levels since World War II.
38 — Percent drop in violent crime from the peak in 1992
14,468 — Total approximate murders in the U.S. in 2011
1968 — Last year the total number of murders was lower, at 13,800
2,392 — Violent crimes in Flint, Mich. (pop. 102,357), including 52 murders — the highest rate of any city of 100,000+
95 — Violent crimes in Temecula, Calif. (pop. 101,274), including 0 murders — the lowest total of any city of 100,000+
37.2 — The median age in America, a historic high
America’s historic drop in violent crime: By the numbers