Wilmington, NC
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With a crime rate of 54 per one thousand residents, Wilmington 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 18. Within North Carolina, more than 91% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Wilmington.

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 115,933, Wilmington has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Wilmington 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 Wilmington.

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

For Wilmington, 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 Wilmington is one in 127.

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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Wilmington, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 21, which is a rate of 47 per one thousand population.

Wilmington Crime Data

 
Crime Index

5

(100 is safest)


Safer than 5% of U.S. Cities

Wilmington Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

914

5,401

6,315

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.88

46.59

54.47

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Wilmington 7.88
North Carolina 3.47
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 127

in Wilmington

1 in 288

in North Carolina
Wilmington VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 115,933
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 14 94 * 275 531
Rate per 1,000 0.12 0.81 2.37 4.58
* 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
Wilmington 46.59
North Carolina 27.50
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 21

in Wilmington

1 in 36

in North Carolina
Wilmington Property CRIMES
Population: 115,933
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,411 3,695 295
Rate per 1,000 12.17 31.87 2.54
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

Wilmington Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Wilmington 121
North Carolina 27