Louisville, KY
Crime Rates



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Louisville, 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 2017 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2018 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2018 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 51 per one thousand residents, Louisville 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 20. Within Kentucky, more than 96% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Louisville.

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

For Louisville, 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 Louisville is one in 145.

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 Louisville 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.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Louisville is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Louisville, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 23, which is a rate of 44 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Louisville 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 Louisville is one in 163.

Louisville Crime Data

 

Crime Index

5

(100 is safest)


Safer than 5% of U.S. Cities

Louisville Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

4,281

27,266

31,547

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

6.89

43.88

50.77

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Louisville 6.89
Kentucky 2.26

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 145

in Louisville

1 in 443

in Kentucky

Louisville VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 621,349
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 106 167 1,315 2,693
Rate per 1,000 0.17 0.27 2.12 4.33

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,284 135,755 319,356 810,825
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.42 0.98 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Louisville 43.88
Kentucky 21.29

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 23

in Louisville

1 in 47

in Kentucky

Louisville Property CRIMES

Population: 621,349
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 5,535 17,920 3,811
Rate per 1,000 8.91 28.84 6.13

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,401,840 5,519,107 773,139
Rate per 1,000 4.30 16.94 2.37

Louisville Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Louisville 92
Kentucky 29