Lenoir, NC
Crime Rates


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Lenoir, NC crime analytics

With a crime rate of 47 per one thousand residents, Lenoir 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 87% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Lenoir.

Importantly, when you compare Lenoir to other communities of similar population, then Lenoir crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Lenoir 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 Lenoir 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 Lenoir.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Lenoir 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 Lenoir; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 447. This equates to a rate of 2 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 Lenoir 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 Lenoir is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Lenoir, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 22, which is a rate of 45 per one thousand population.

Lenoir Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 7% of U.S. Cities

Lenoir Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Lenoir 2.24
North Carolina 3.47
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 447

in Lenoir

1 in 288

in North Carolina
Population: 17,888
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 2 4 * 12 22
Rate per 1,000 0.11 0.22 0.67 1.23
* Rape figures for this city adjusted from legacy to current definition based on FBI guidelines.
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)

Lenoir 44.89
North Carolina 27.50
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 22

in Lenoir

1 in 36

in North Carolina
Lenoir Property CRIMES
Population: 17,888
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 172 588 43
Rate per 1,000 9.62 32.87 2.40
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

Lenoir Crimes Per Square Mile

Lenoir 43
North Carolina 27