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Crime and the Nation's Households, 1990

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Date Published
August 1991
Data from the National Crime Victimization Survey revealed that in 1990, 24 percent of households in the United States were victimized by a rape, robbery, assault, theft, burglary, or motor vehicle theft.

This percentage represents a decline from the 25 percent in 1989 and the lowest annual percentage since 1975, when one-third of all households experienced a crime. Five percent of households had at least one member age 12 or older who was the victim of a violent crime. Five percent experienced at least one completed or attempted burglary, and 17 percent, a completed or attempted theft. Households with higher incomes were more likely to experience a crime than households with less income. Thirty percent of households in urban areas, 23 percent of households in suburban areas, and 17 percent of households experienced a crime. White households were less likely to experience crime than were black households. Fewer than one-fifth of single- person households were victimized, compared to two-fifths of households with six or more persons. Population movements and changes in household composition have affected the overall downward trend in household victimization. Tables, figures, and explanation of methodology

Date Published: August 1, 1991