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Teenagers have the highest crime rates

The FBI publishes "Uniform Crime Reports" every year reporting in greatest detail for "indexed crimes". Indexed crimes include violent crimes (murder & nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crime (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson). (Note: arson is normally not included in the "crime index" because it is inconsistently reported by various jurisdictions, but it is included in the "modified crime index".)

Teenagers are 3.5 times for more likely to commit serious crimes than the average American. The highest crime rate of all is for youngsters 16 and 17 years old, four times the rate for all Americans.

Crime Rate by Age (total U.S., 1990)

  Crimes Population Crimes/1000 People
Under 9 19474 36,453,622 0.5
10 - 12 73167 10,489,917 7
Subtotal 12 & under 92641 46,943,539 2
  Crimes Population Crimes/1000 People
13 - 14 169630 6,624,332 25.6
15 120903 3,321,609 36.4
16 134482 3,304,890 40.7
17 137721 3,410,062 40.4
18 133622 3,641,238 36.7
19 118435 4,076,216 29.1
Subtotal 13-19 814793 24,378,347 33.4
  Crimes Population Crimes/1000 People
20 99501 4,009,414 24.8
21 86814 3,817,220 22.7
22 77921 3,731,226 20.9
23 74258 3,731,226 19.9
24 72062 3,731,226 19.3
Subtotal 20-24 410556 19,020,312 21.6
  Crimes Population Crimes/1000 People
25 - 29 337643 21,313,045 15.8
30 - 34 268812 21,862,887 12.3
35 - 39 174187 19,963,117 8.7
Subtotal 25-39 780642 63,139,049 12.4
  Crimes Population Crimes/1000 People
40 - 44 97441 17,615,786 5.5
45 - 49 51184 13,872,573 3.7
50 - 54 29455 11,350,513 2.6
55 - 59 19000 10,531,756 1.8
60 - 64 13548 10,616,167 1.3
64+ (99) 18961 31,241,831 0.6
Subtotal 40 & over 229589 95,228,626 2.4
  Crimes Population Crimes/1000 People
Total 2,328,221 248,709,873 9.4
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