The national homicide rate rose slightly in 2015, according to recently released FBI crime statistics. But the report also indicates that overall, 2015 was one of the safest years on record.

The FBI found an increase of 3.1 percent from the 2014 violent crime rate estimate. But that year-over-year increase only tells part of the story. Looking at every year since 1996, the violent crime rate has only been lower in 2013 and 2014. 2015 was safer than any year during the presidencies of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush or Ronald Reagan. Despite those numbers, a poll conducted earlier this year by The Huffington Post and YouGov, found that most Americans incorrectly believed that crime had risen overall in the past 10 years.

“The report shows that there was an overall increase in violent crime last year, making clear what each of us already knows: that we still have so much work to do,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said. “But the report also reminds us of the progress that we are making.

“And it is important to remember that while crime did increase overall last year, 2015 still represented the third-lowest year for violent crime in the past two decades.”

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