Lexington, KY 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

The crime rate in Lexington is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 35 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 Lexington is 1 in 28. Based on FBI crime data, Lexington is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Kentucky, Lexington has a crime rate that is higher than 90% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Lexington 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 Lexington; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 324. 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 Lexington is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Lexington, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 31, which is a rate of 32 per one thousand population.

Lexington Crime Data

 

Crime Index

11

(100 is safest)


Safer than 11% of U.S. Cities

Lexington Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

996

10,367

11,363

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

3.08

32.08

35.16

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
3.08
2.17
National Median: 4
    Lexington
    Kentucky

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 324

in Lexington

1 in 461

in Kentucky

Lexington VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 323,152
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 26 181 364 425
Rate per 1,000 0.08 0.56 1.13 1.32

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
32.08
18.97
National Median: 21
    Lexington
    Kentucky

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 31

in Lexington

1 in 53

in Kentucky

Lexington Property CRIMES

Population: 323,152
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,570 7,863 934
Rate per 1,000 4.86 24.33 2.89

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

Lexington Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
40
26
National Median: 28.3
    Lexington
    Kentucky