WASHINGTON, D.C. A new report from the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) examines the extent of criminal victimizations in urban, suburban, and rural areas between 1993 and 1998, the latest year for which these data are available. According to Urban, Suburban, and Rural Victimization, 1993-98, the trends in violent and property crime for urban and suburban areas from 1993-1998 were similar. For both urban and suburban areas, violent and property crime trends during this period decreased at a greater rate than in rural areas. The urban crime rate, however, was much higher than both the suburban rate and rural rate. The annual average rate of crime in urban areas was 37 percent higher than the suburban rate and about 74 percent higher than the rural rate. Additionally, urban males experienced violent victimizations at rates 64 percent higher than the average combined suburban and rural male rate, and 47 percent higher than urban females.
The report, "Urban, Suburban, and Rural Victimization, 1993-98," is available on the BJS website at <http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/usrv98.htm>.