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 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 39 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 26. Within Ohio, more than 95% 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 196. This equates to a rate of 5 per one thousand inhabitants.

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 30, which is a rate of 34 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 252.

Columbus Crime Data

 

Crime Index

8

(100 is safest)


Safer than 8% of U.S. Cities

Columbus Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

4,577

30,351

34,928

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

5.09

33.78

38.87

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
5.09
2.93
National Median: 4
    Columbus
    Ohio

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 196

in Columbus

1 in 341

in Ohio

Columbus VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 898,553
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 81 890 1,812 1,794
Rate per 1,000 0.09 0.99 2.02 2.00

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
33.78
20.56
National Median: 21
    Columbus
    Ohio

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 30

in Columbus

1 in 49

in Ohio

Columbus Property CRIMES

Population: 898,553
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 5,830 20,956 3,565
Rate per 1,000 6.49 23.32 3.97

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

Columbus Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
157
27
National Median: 28.3
    Columbus
    Ohio