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Durham, 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 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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 48 per one thousand residents, Durham 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 21. Within North Carolina, more than 89% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Durham.

Importantly, when you compare Durham to other communities of similar population, then Durham crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Durham does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

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

For Durham, 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 Durham is one in 115.

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 Durham 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 Durham is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Durham, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 26, which is a rate of 39 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Durham 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 Durham is one in 287.

Durham Crime Data

 

Crime Index

4

(100 is safest)


Safer than 4% of U.S. Cities

Durham Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

2,455

11,040

13,495

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

8.66

38.94

47.60

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
8.66
4.26
National Median: 4
    Durham
    North Carolina

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 115

in Durham

1 in 235

in North Carolina

Durham VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 283,506
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 36 127 627 1,665
Rate per 1,000 0.13 0.45 2.21 5.87

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
38.94
22.61
National Median: 19
    Durham
    North Carolina

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 26

in Durham

1 in 44

in North Carolina

Durham Property CRIMES

Population: 283,506
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,931 8,120 989
Rate per 1,000 6.81 28.64 3.49

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Durham Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
125
25
National Median: 26.9
    Durham
    North Carolina