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Baton Rouge, LA 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 2022 calendar year; released from FBI in Oct. 2023 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2023 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

With a crime rate of 70 per one thousand residents, Baton Rouge 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 14. Within Louisiana, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Baton Rouge. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Baton Rouge to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 221,453, Baton Rouge has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Baton Rouge does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Baton Rouge.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge.

For Baton Rouge, 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 Baton Rouge is one in 97.

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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Baton Rouge, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 17, which is a rate of 60 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge is one in 138.

Baton Rouge Crime Data

total Crime Index

1

(100 is safest)


Safer than 1% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Baton Rouge Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

2,282

13,260

15,542

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

10.30

59.88

70.18

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
10.3
6.29
National Median: 4
    Baton Rouge
    Louisiana

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 97

in Baton Rouge

1 in 159

in Louisiana

Baton Rouge Violent Crimes

Population: 221,453
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 64 142 344 1,732
Rate per 1,000 0.29 0.64 1.55 7.82

United States Violent Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,156 133,294 220,450 893,980
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.40 0.66 2.68

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
59.88
27.48
National Median: 20
    Baton Rouge
    Louisiana

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 17

in Baton Rouge

1 in 36

in Louisiana

Property Crimes

Population: 221,453
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 3,174 8,477 1,609
Rate per 1,000 14.33 38.28 7.27

United States Property Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 899,293 4,672,363 942,173
Rate per 1,000 2.70 14.02 2.83

Baton Rouge Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
196
29
National Median: 27.0
    Baton Rouge
    Louisiana