Uniform Crime Reports, 1966-1976: Data Aggregated by Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (ICPSR 7743)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation


This data collection contains a revised SMSA (Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area) aggregate version of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) statistics gathered from 1966-1976, in which original UCR agency records are combined to produce several types of crime rates, by SMSA, for eight crimes. The data were prepared by the Hoover Institution for Economic Studies of the Criminal Justice System, at Stanford University. The data in the file are an aggregation of all relevant law enforcement reporting agencies into 291 SMSAs, and corresponding approximate aggregations of crime rates and dispositions. Each record contains crime rates for one SMSA in one specific year, with data including annual statistics of eight index crimes, i.e., murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. Calculations include offense-based clearance rates (the number of clearances of juvenile clearances per reported offense), clearance-based rates (the number of persons charged per offense cleared by arrest), and charge-based rates (the number of persons whose cases were disposed in a particular manner per person charged). A related study is UNIFORM CRIME REPORTS, 1966-1976 (ICPSR 7676).

Series: Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. UNIFORM CRIME REPORTS, 1966-1976: DATA AGGREGATED BY STANDARD METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS. Stanford, CA: Stanford University, Hoover Institution for Economic Studies of the Criminal Justice System [producer], 1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1980. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07743.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07743.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arrests, assault, auto theft, burglary, clearance rates, crime rates, crime reporting, crime statistics, criminal justice system, disposition (legal), juvenile crime, larceny, law enforcement, manslaughter, murder, offenses, rape, robbery, Uniform Crime Reports

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1966--1976

Date of Collection:   

  • 1966--1976

Universe:    The crimes of murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft in the United States in 1966-1976.

Data Type(s):    census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

This data collection is a revised version of an earlier SMSA aggregate dataset for the years 1966-1976. It was changed in order to employ previously unused information and to improve the usefulness or explanatory power of some of the rate calculations to meaningfully represent the SMSAs.


Data Source:

law enforcement agency records


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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