With a crime rate of 50 per one thousand residents, Missoula has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 20. Within Montana, more than 95% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Missoula.
Importantly, when you compare Missoula to other communities of similar population, then Missoula crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Missoula does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.
The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for this analysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.
Now let us turn to take a look at how Missoula does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Missoula.
From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Missoula occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Missoula; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 307. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.
In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Missoula is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Missoula, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 22, which is a rate of 46 per one thousand population.