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 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 37 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 27. Within Ohio, more than 96% 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 178. This equates to a rate of 6 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 31, which is a rate of 32 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 291.

Columbus Crime Data

 

Crime Index

9

(100 is safest)


Safer than 9% of U.S. Cities

Columbus Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

5,093

28,866

33,959

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

5.62

31.87

37.49

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
5.62
3.06
National Median: 4
    Columbus
    Ohio

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 178

in Columbus

1 in 327

in Ohio

Columbus VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 905,748
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 174 827 1,802 2,290
Rate per 1,000 0.19 0.91 1.99 2.53

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
31.87
18.34
National Median: 19
    Columbus
    Ohio

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 31

in Columbus

1 in 55

in Ohio

Columbus Property CRIMES

Population: 905,748
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 5,565 20,185 3,116
Rate per 1,000 6.14 22.29 3.44

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

Columbus Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
152
25
National Median: 26.9
    Columbus
    Ohio