Lexington, KY
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Lexington, KY crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   Uniform Crime Reporting Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), additional data from local police agencies.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 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 45 per one thousand residents, Lexington 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 Kentucky, more than 94% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Lexington.

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 297. 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 24, which is a rate of 41 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Lexington 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 Lexington is one in 304.

Lexington Crime Data

 

Crime Index

8

(100 is safest)


Safer than 8% of U.S. Cities

Lexington Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

1,059

13,042

14,101

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

3.37

41.47

44.84

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Lexington 3.37
Kentucky 2.19

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 297

in Lexington

1 in 457

in Kentucky

Lexington VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 314,488
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15 165 513 366
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.52 1.63 1.16

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
Lexington 41.47
Kentucky 21.78

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 24

in Lexington

1 in 46

in Kentucky

Lexington Property CRIMES

Population: 314,488
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 2,526 9,482 1,034
Rate per 1,000 8.03 30.15 3.29

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

Lexington Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Lexington 49
Kentucky 29