Laurel, MS
Crime Rates


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Laurel, MS crime analytics

With a crime rate of 58 per one thousand residents, Laurel 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 17. Within Mississippi, more than 93% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Laurel.

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 18,837, Laurel has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Laurel 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 Laurel.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Laurel 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 Laurel; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 262. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.

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 Laurel 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 Laurel is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Laurel, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 18, which is a rate of 55 per one thousand population.

Laurel Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 4% of U.S. Cities

Laurel Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Laurel 3.82
Mississippi 2.76
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 262

in Laurel

1 in 363

in Mississippi
Population: 18,837
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 4 15 21 32
Rate per 1,000 0.21 0.80 1.11 1.70
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)

Laurel 54.57
Mississippi 28.34
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 18

in Laurel

1 in 35

in Mississippi
Laurel Property CRIMES
Population: 18,837
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 362 635 31
Rate per 1,000 19.22 33.71 1.65
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

Laurel Crimes Per Square Mile

Laurel 67
Mississippi 21