Columbus, IN
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With a crime rate of 46 per one thousand residents, Columbus 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 Indiana, more than 94% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Columbus.

Importantly, when you compare Columbus to other communities of similar population, then Columbus crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Columbus 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.

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

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Columbus's violent crime rate is 1 per one thousand inhabitants, which is about average for all communities in America, across all population sizes. Violent crimes that are tracked and included in this rate are armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape (not statutory), and murder and non-negligent manslaughter. Roughly similar to the national average, our analysis shows that your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Columbus is one in 915.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Columbus is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Columbus, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 22, which is a rate of 45 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Columbus 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 Columbus is one in 351.

Columbus Crime Data

 
Crime Index

7

(100 is safest)


Safer than 7% of U.S. Cities

Columbus Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

51

2,109

2,160

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

1.09

45.17

46.26

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Columbus 1.09
Indiana 3.88
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 915

in Columbus

1 in 258

in Indiana
Columbus VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 46,690
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 28 * 17 5
Rate per 1,000 0.02 0.60 0.36 0.11
* Rape figures for this city adjusted from legacy to current definition based on FBI guidelines.
United States VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Columbus 45.17
Indiana 25.96
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 22

in Columbus

1 in 39

in Indiana
Columbus Property CRIMES
Population: 46,690
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 244 1,732 133
Rate per 1,000 5.23 37.10 2.85
United States Property CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Columbus Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Columbus 77
Indiana 31