Buffalo, NY 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 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 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 44 per one thousand residents, Buffalo 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 23. Within New York, more than 99% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Buffalo. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Buffalo to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

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

For Buffalo, 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 Buffalo is one in 100.

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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Buffalo, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 29, which is a rate of 34 per one thousand population.

Buffalo Crime Data

 

Crime Index

6

(100 is safest)


Safer than 6% of U.S. Cities

Buffalo Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

2,563

8,701

11,264

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

10.04

34.08

44.12

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
10.04
3.59
National Median: 4
    Buffalo
    New York

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 100

in Buffalo

1 in 279

in New York State

Buffalo VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 255,284
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 47 135 806 1,575
Rate per 1,000 0.18 0.53 3.16 6.17

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
34.08
13.73
National Median: 21
    Buffalo
    New York

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 29

in Buffalo

1 in 73

in New York State

Buffalo Property CRIMES

Population: 255,284
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,640 6,377 684
Rate per 1,000 6.42 24.98 2.68

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

Buffalo Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
274
35
National Median: 28.3
    Buffalo
    New York