Elsmere, KY
Crime Rates


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Elsmere, KY crime analytics

The crime rate in Elsmere is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 22 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Elsmere is 1 in 46. Based on FBI crime data, Elsmere is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Kentucky, Elsmere has a crime rate that is higher than 76% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in Elsmere compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Elsmere with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Elsmere'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 Elsmere 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 Elsmere.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Elsmere's violent crime rate is 2 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 Elsmere is one in 569.

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 Elsmere 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.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Elsmere's rate for property crime is 20 per one thousand population. This makes Elsmere a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Elsmere is one in 50.

Elsmere Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 32% of U.S. Cities

Elsmere Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Elsmere 1.76
Kentucky 2.19
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 569

in Elsmere

1 in 457

in Kentucky
Population: 8,536
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 5 4 5
Rate per 1,000 0.12 0.59 0.47 0.59
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)

Elsmere 20.03
Kentucky 21.78
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 50

in Elsmere

1 in 46

in Kentucky
Elsmere Property CRIMES
Population: 8,536
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 45 121 5
Rate per 1,000 5.27 14.18 0.59
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

Elsmere Crimes Per Square Mile

Elsmere 70
Kentucky 29