Birmingham, AL
Crime Rates



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Birmingham, AL crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

With a crime rate of 85 per one thousand residents, Birmingham 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 12. Within Alabama, more than 99% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Birmingham. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Birmingham to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 209,880, Birmingham has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Birmingham does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Birmingham.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Birmingham 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 Birmingham.

For Birmingham, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Birmingham is one in 52.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Birmingham experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Birmingham is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Birmingham, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 15, which is a rate of 65 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Birmingham has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Birmingham is one in 119.

Birmingham Crime Data

 

Crime Index

1

(100 is safest)


Safer than 1% of U.S. Cities

Birmingham Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

4,056

13,727

17,783

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

19.33

65.40

84.73

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Birmingham 19.33
Alabama 5.20

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 52

in Birmingham

1 in 192

in Alabama

Birmingham VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 209,880
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 88 180 942 2,846
Rate per 1,000 0.42 0.86 4.49 13.56

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Birmingham 65.40
Alabama 28.17

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 15

in Birmingham

1 in 35

in Alabama

Birmingham Property CRIMES

Population: 209,880
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 2,563 9,402 1,762
Rate per 1,000 12.21 44.80 8.40

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

Birmingham Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Birmingham 120
Alabama 15