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Reasons for the Declining United States Crime Rate

Updated on July 11, 2014

The Decline of Crime

The crime rate in the U.S. has been on the decline over the last several years due to several factors. The increase in the nation’s incarceration rates plays a role along with the stricter sentencing laws and advances in forensic science.

Overall, the increase and improvement in training of law enforcement, the war on drugs, and the emphasis on gun control has helped to lower crime. However, what most do not know and certainly do not expect is that the nation’s crime has dropped mostly due to the shift in the age of our population.


The Age of Our Population

Most are not aware that the nation’s population is growing older and at a rate that currently sets the number of people over the age of sixty-five to outnumber those under the age of five.

So, because the country is aging at such a rate, the amount of crime has dropped, because statistics show that people between the ages of 18 to 34 make up the age group that commits the most crimes. But the number of people between 18 to 34 has been on the decline in the nation since that 90s.

As a result, juvenile arrests have dropped with only a slight increase in arrests of persons over the age of 18. Therefore, as a nation’s population ages then its rate of crime also drops.


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