Asheville, NC
Crime Rates


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Asheville, NC 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 2016 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2017 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2017 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 55 per one thousand residents, Asheville 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 18. Within North Carolina, more than 92% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Asheville.

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 89,121, Asheville has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Asheville 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 Asheville.

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

For Asheville, 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 Asheville is one in 160.

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 Asheville 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 Asheville is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Asheville, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 20, which is a rate of 49 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Asheville 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 Asheville is one in 343.

Asheville Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 4% of U.S. Cities

Asheville Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Asheville 6.26
North Carolina 3.72

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 160

in Asheville

1 in 269

in North Carolina


Population: 89,121
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 10 69 * 144 335
Rate per 1,000 0.11 0.77 1.62 3.76
* Rape figures for this city adjusted from legacy to current definition based on FBI guidelines.


Population: 323,127,513
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,250 130,603 332,198 803,007
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.40 1.03 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Asheville 49.10
North Carolina 27.37

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 20

in Asheville

1 in 37

in North Carolina

Asheville Property CRIMES

Population: 89,121
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 752 3,364 260
Rate per 1,000 8.44 37.75 2.92

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 323,127,513
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,515,096 5,638,455 765,484
Rate per 1,000 4.69 17.45 2.37

Asheville Crimes Per Square Mile

Asheville 109
North Carolina 28