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Locating City, Suburban, and Rural Crime

NCJ Number
Date Published
December 1985
Publication Series
Data from the 1983 National Crime Survey indicate the extent to which residents of central cities, suburbs, and rural areas were victimized within or outside their residential area types.

Tabular data show the victimization rates for persons age 12 and over by place of residence (central city, suburbs, and nonmetropolitan areas) and by crime type (violence or theft). Victimization rates are then broken down to show victimization rates by place (central city, suburbs, and nonmetropolitan area) for residents of each area type by crime type. Data indicate that although the majority of personal crimes occurred in the general areas where the victims lived, there were substantial differences between areas and for certain crimes. Central city residents were more likely to be victimized in the central city, especially by robbery and larceny with contact. Suburban residents had the highest probability of being victimized in other locations, although the majority of both violent and theft crimes occurred in their own areas. For those victimized outside their residential jurisdictions, there was a greater likelihood that nonmetropolitan residents would be victimized in metropolitan areas and that suburban residents would be victimized in central cities than vice versa. National Crime survey methodology is explained, and Bureau of Justice Statistics reports as of December 1985 are listed.

Date Published: December 1, 1985