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A police station recorded 127 complaints for theft last year and 158 this year.
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What percent of the number of last yearâ€™s complaints is the number of complaints recorded this year?
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Round your answer to the nearest whole percent.
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Last year, there were 127 complaints.
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This year, there were 158.
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As the number of complaints has increased, our answer must be over 100 percent.
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We need to divide the number of complaints recorded this year by the number of complaints recorded last year, in this case 158 divided by 127.
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And in order to turn this into a percentage, we need to multiply by 100.
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158 divided by 127 multiplied by 100 is equal to 124.4094488.
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We were asked to round our answer to the nearest whole percent.
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Therefore, we need to look at the number immediately after the decimal point.
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In this case, it is a four, which is less than five, so we will round down.
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Rounding this down gives us an answer of 124 percent.
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The number of complaints recorded this year is 124 percent of the number of complaints recorded last year.
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We could also say that there has been a 24 percent increase from last year to this year, as adding 24 percent of 127 onto 127 gives us 158.