Columbus, NC
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Columbus, NC crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   Uniform Crime Reporting Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), additional data from local police agencies.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 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

The crime rate in Columbus is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 32 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Columbus is 1 in 31. Based on FBI crime data, Columbus is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to North Carolina, Columbus has a crime rate that is higher than 73% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a town'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 994, Columbus has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Columbus 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 Columbus.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Columbus 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 Columbus; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 497. This equates to a rate of 2 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Columbus's rate for property crime is 30 per one thousand population. This makes Columbus a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Columbus is one in 33.

Importantly, we found that Columbus 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 Columbus is one in 331.

Columbus Crime Data

 

Crime Index

17

(100 is safest)


Safer than 17% of U.S. Cities

Columbus Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

2

30

32

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

2.01

30.18

32.19

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Columbus 2.01
North Carolina 3.47

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 497

in Columbus

1 in 288

in North Carolina

Columbus VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 994
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 0 0 2
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.01

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

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)

Crime
Columbus 30.18
North Carolina 27.50

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 33

in Columbus

1 in 36

in North Carolina

Columbus Property CRIMES

Population: 994
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 2 25 3
Rate per 1,000 2.01 25.15 3.02

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

Columbus Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Columbus 9
North Carolina 27

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