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 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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 38 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 26. Within New York, more than 98% 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.

How does the crime rate in Buffalo compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Buffalo with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Buffalo's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

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 106.

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.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Buffalo's rate for property crime is 29 per one thousand population. This makes Buffalo a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Buffalo is one in 34.

Importantly, we found that Buffalo 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 Buffalo is one in 230.

Buffalo Crime Data

 

Crime Index

8

(100 is safest)


Safer than 8% of U.S. Cities

Buffalo Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

2,624

8,077

10,701

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

9.43

29.02

38.44

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
9.43
3.48
National Median: 4
    Buffalo
    New York

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 106

in Buffalo

1 in 287

in New York State

Buffalo VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 278,349
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 61 64 685 1,814
Rate per 1,000 0.22 0.23 2.46 6.52

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
29.02
13.5
National Median: 19
    Buffalo
    New York

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 34

in Buffalo

1 in 74

in New York State

Buffalo Property CRIMES

Population: 278,349
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,169 5,699 1,209
Rate per 1,000 4.20 20.47 4.34

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Buffalo Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
260
36
National Median: 26.9
    Buffalo
    New York