Gastonia, NC
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Gastonia, 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

With a crime rate of 59 per one thousand residents, Gastonia 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 North Carolina, more than 93% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Gastonia.

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 74,543, Gastonia has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Gastonia 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 Gastonia.

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

For Gastonia, 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 Gastonia is one in 137.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Gastonia is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Gastonia, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 19, which is a rate of 51 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Gastonia 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 Gastonia is one in 298.

Gastonia Crime Data

 

Crime Index

4

(100 is safest)


Safer than 4% of U.S. Cities

Gastonia Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

543

3,829

4,372

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.28

51.37

58.65

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Gastonia 7.28
North Carolina 3.47

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 137

in Gastonia

1 in 288

in North Carolina

Gastonia VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 74,543
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 6 41 * 136 360
Rate per 1,000 0.08 0.55 1.82 4.83
* Rape figures for this city adjusted from legacy to current definition based on FBI guidelines.

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
Gastonia 51.37
North Carolina 27.50

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 19

in Gastonia

1 in 36

in North Carolina

Gastonia Property CRIMES

Population: 74,543
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 623 2,956 250
Rate per 1,000 8.36 39.65 3.35

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

Gastonia Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Gastonia 86
North Carolina 27