Columbus, OH
Crime Rates



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Columbus, OH 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 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 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

With a crime rate of 41 per one thousand residents, Columbus 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 24. Within Ohio, more than 94% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Columbus.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Columbus has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Columbus 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 Columbus; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 201. This equates to a rate of 5 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 Columbus 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 Columbus is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Columbus, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 28, which is a rate of 36 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Columbus 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 Columbus is one in 228.

Columbus Crime Data

 

Crime Index

7

(100 is safest)


Safer than 7% of U.S. Cities

Columbus Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

4,448

32,052

36,500

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.98

35.91

40.89

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Columbus 4.98
Ohio 2.80

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 201

in Columbus

1 in 357

in Ohio

Columbus VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 892,533
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 99 838 1,924 1,587
Rate per 1,000 0.11 0.94 2.16 1.78

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Columbus 35.91
Ohio 21.77

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 28

in Columbus

1 in 46

in Ohio

Columbus Property CRIMES

Population: 892,533
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 6,319 21,810 3,923
Rate per 1,000 7.08 24.44 4.40

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

Columbus Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Columbus 164
Ohio 28