Ponchatoula, LA
Crime Rates


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Ponchatoula, LA crime analytics

With a crime rate of 89 per one thousand residents, Ponchatoula 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 11. Within Louisiana, more than 97% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Ponchatoula.

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 7,068, Ponchatoula has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Ponchatoula 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 Ponchatoula.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Ponchatoula 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 Ponchatoula.

For Ponchatoula, 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 Ponchatoula is one in 83.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Ponchatoula is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Ponchatoula, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 13, which is a rate of 77 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Ponchatoula 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 Ponchatoula is one in 353.

Ponchatoula Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 1% of U.S. Cities

Ponchatoula Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Ponchatoula 12.03
Louisiana 5.40
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 83

in Ponchatoula

1 in 185

in Louisiana
Population: 7,068
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 1 13 71
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.14 1.84 10.05
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)

Ponchatoula 77.39
Louisiana 33.53
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 13

in Ponchatoula

1 in 30

in Louisiana
Ponchatoula Property CRIMES
Population: 7,068
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 122 405 20
Rate per 1,000 17.26 57.30 2.83
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

Ponchatoula Crimes Per Square Mile

Ponchatoula 133
Louisiana 34

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