Crime in Major U.S. Cities

This site was begun to track how the COVID-19 pandemic influenced crime in U.S. cities. But now, you can analyze, visualize, and access recent criminal justice data from 27 major cities. If you would like to directly access crime statistics, please visit our statistics page. Aggregate homicide data can be found on our homicides page. For help on how to use this website, please visit our how-to page.

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Click the dropdown menus below to choose which data to plot for all cities where it is available. Choose one category to display 2020 data relative to that from the previous 5 years. Choose multiple categories to compare how different types of crime were affected by the pandemic. Drag a box over the graph to zoom in, and double click to zoom back out.

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The displayed data is collected from open data sources and data requests sent to specific cities. Data has been cleaned but may still contain errors. Certain reports have been dropped that are not related to the crime categories presented above. Data has also been restricted for categorical consistency across years. When necessary, crime incidents and arrests have been classified manually on that basis of “crime description”, “weapon”, “victim”, and “premises” fields. Finally, many cities release data that is subsequently audited and updated. This means that very recent data may not be accurate. Below are data definitions.

Data on this site comes from research led by David Abrams, with assistance from Priyanka Goonetilleke, Elizabeth Holmdahl and Bridget Brody. Please cite this URL when using figures or data. Site designed and built by Kathy Qian and David Feng.

To request access to the raw data used on this site please email David Abrams and Priyanka Goonetilleke