Arizona Crime and Arrest Statistics
Arizona is a state in the United States of America that’s positioned in the country’s southwestern section. It is also part of the Mountain and Western states. It ranks as the country’s 6th largest state and the 14th most populous
Arizona’s capital is Phoenix, which is also the largest city here.
To the east of Arizona lies New Mexico, while Utah lies to the north and Mexico, to the south. On the west, the state is bordered by California and Nevada. Colorado shares a border with Arizona on the southwestern side.
The border between Arizona and Mexico stretches about 389 miles, to the north of Baja California and Sonora, which are Mexican states.
Arizona was the 48th state to be included into the Union and also, the last contiguous state to make it to the list. It achieved statehood on the 14th of February, 1912. The state began as a territory belonging to Alta California in New Spain. After that, it joined independent Mexico in 1821.
After facing defeat in the Mexico-American War, Mexico ceded much of the territory to the USA in 1848. The southernmost portion was eventually purchased around 1853, via the Gadsden Purchase.
According to the US Census Bureau, the population of Arizona was estimated to be around 7 million in 2017; an increase of 9.8% compared to figures reported in the 2010 United States Census. However, Arizona never began as a heavily populated region.
According to a census from 1860, the state was sparsely populated, with just over 6000 people. An estimated 4000 or so of them were Indians and 2,421 were white. There were about 21 people categorized as “free colored”.
Of course, the population has grown now and continues to grow today, even affecting the state’s ability to supply enough water.
In 2011, it was estimated that around 61.3% of the state’s children belonged to minority groups.
Arizona Crime Rates
Based on statistics from Neighborhood Scout, for the year 2016, we know that Arizona reported a total of 239,015 crimes. 32,583 of those were categorized as violent crimes, while 206,432 were categorized as property crimes.
That translates to a violent crime rate of 4.70 per 1000 people and a property crime rate of 29.78 per 1000 people. The overall crime rate stood at 34.48 per 1000 people.
When broken down, Arizona reported 380 murders, 3,290 rapes, 7,055 robberies, and 21,858 cases of assault. That translates to a murder rate of 0.05 per 1000 people, a rape rate of 0.47 per 1000 people, a robbery rate of 1.02 per 1000 people, and an assault rate of 3.15 per 1000 people.
There is a 1 in 213 chance of you becoming a victim of violent crime in Arizona.
In the case of property crimes, the state reported 37,736 cases of burglary, 150,275 cases of theft, and 18,421 cases of motor vehicle theft. That brings the burglary rate to 5.44 per 1000 people, the theft rate to 21.68 per 1000 people, and the motor vehicle theft rate to 2.66 per 1000 people.
There is about a 1 in 34 chance that you could become the victim of property crime in Arizona.
When compared with the national crime rates for the same period, Arizona reported a higher burglary and theft rate under the property crime category. The national burglary rate was 4.69, while the national theft rate was 17.45.
In terms of violent crime, Arizona reported a higher rate of rapes and assaults compared to the national figures. The nation rape rate stood at 0.40, while the national assault rate stood at 2.49.
As stated earlier, the state’s population stands at almost 7 million.
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