Source: 2016 National Crime Victimization Survey
The violent crimes measured in the survey comprise rape/sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault. From 2015 to 2016, the victimization rate per 1,000 people for those crimes rose slightly from 18.7 to 19.5, and the rate for serious violent crimes (i.e., excluding simple assault) dropped slightly from 7.3 to 6.8. Neither of these changes is statistically significant, suggesting that violent crime did not spike as feared in 2016. The report also noted that the rate of violent victimization remains low by historical standards, having dropped by about one third over the past decade.
None of this means that Americans should be complacent about violent crime. Certain cities -- Baltimore, for example -- are experiencing rising and horrific violence. But on the whole, violent crime in the United States remains stable and is lower in absolute terms than it has been in many years.