Denver, CO 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 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 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 about Scout's Crime Data

With a crime rate of 45 per one thousand residents, Denver 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 22. Within Colorado, more than 92% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Denver.

How does the crime rate in Denver compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Denver with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Denver's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

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

For Denver, 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 Denver is one in 133.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Denver is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Denver, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 26, which is a rate of 38 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Denver 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 Denver is one in 137.

Denver Crime Data

 

Crime Index

6

(100 is safest)


Safer than 6% of U.S. Cities

Denver Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

5,471

27,528

32,999

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.52

37.85

45.38

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
7.52
3.81
National Median: 4
    Denver
    Colorado

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 133

in Denver

1 in 263

in Colorado

Denver VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 727,211
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 67 713 1,209 3,482
Rate per 1,000 0.09 0.98 1.66 4.79

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
37.85
25.91
National Median: 21
    Denver
    Colorado

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 26

in Denver

1 in 39

in Colorado

Denver Property CRIMES

Population: 727,211
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 3,989 18,225 5,314
Rate per 1,000 5.49 25.06 7.31

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

Denver Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
213
46
National Median: 28.3
    Denver
    Colorado