Is Nevada’s violent crime rate higher than the national average?

Friday, October 28, 2022
By Todd Butterworth

According to the latest national crime data from the FBI (2020), the violent crime rate in Nevada is 460 incidents per 100,000 people, which is above the national average of 398 per 100,000 people. However, since 2015, the national violent incidence rate is up from 375 per 100,000, and the Nevada rate has dropped significantly from nearly 700 per 100,000. Since Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto began her term in 2017, Nevada’s violent crime rate has fallen from about 560 per 100,000 to 460 per 100,000.

There are 11 states with a violent crime rate higher than Nevada, and 26 states with a higher overall crime rate.

Nevada’s homicide rate has dropped slightly since 2015 and increased slightly since 2011. There was a significant national spike in homicides during the pandemic, but Nevada’s rate was below the national average in 2019 and 2020. 

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