Wake Forest, 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 2021 calendar year; released from FBI in Oct. 2022 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2022 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

Wake Forest has an overall crime rate of 11 per 1,000 residents, making the crime rate here near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in America. According to our analysis of FBI crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in Wake Forest is 1 in 93. How does Wake Forest fare compared to other communities in North Carolina of all population sizes? Wake Forest's crime rate is lower than approximately 66% of North Carolina communities.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Wake Forest has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Wake Forest is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Wake Forest 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 Wake Forest.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Wake Forest's violent crime rate is 1 per one thousand inhabitants, which is about average for all communities in America, across all population sizes. Violent crimes that are tracked and included in this rate are armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape (not statutory), and murder and non-negligent manslaughter. Roughly similar to the national average, our analysis shows that your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Wake Forest is one in 709.

Moreover, the rate of property crime in Wake Forest; burglary, larceny ($50 or more), grand theft auto, and arson; is 9 per 1,000 residents. This is about average for all cities and towns in America of all population sizes.

Wake Forest Crime Data

total Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 46% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Wake Forest Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
National Median: 4
    Wake Forest
    North Carolina

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 709

in Wake Forest

1 in 232

in North Carolina

Wake Forest Violent Crimes

Population: 49,657
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 5 11 54
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.10 0.22 1.09

United States Violent Crimes

Population: 331,888,310
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 22,941 144,285 202,155 943,774
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.43 0.61 2.84

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
National Median: 19
    Wake Forest
    North Carolina

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 107

in Wake Forest

1 in 45

in North Carolina

Property Crimes

Population: 49,657
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 39 401 25
Rate per 1,000 0.79 8.08 0.50

United States Property Crimes

Population: 331,888,310
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 899,656 4,626,970 890,179
Rate per 1,000 2.71 13.94 2.68

Wake Forest Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
National Median: 26.8
    Wake Forest
    North Carolina