Chester, PA
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Chester, PA crime analytics


With a crime rate of 46 per one thousand residents, Chester 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 22. Within Pennsylvania, more than 97% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Chester. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Chester to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

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

For Chester, 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 Chester is one in 61.

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 Chester 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 Chester's rate for property crime is 30 per one thousand population. This makes Chester 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 Chester is one in 34.

Importantly, we found that Chester 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 Chester is one in 258.

Chester Crime Data

 

Crime Index

7

(100 is safest)


Safer than 7% of U.S. Cities

Chester Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

555

1,012

1,567

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

16.28

29.68

45.96

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Chester 16.28
Pennsylvania 3.15

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 61

in Chester

1 in 317

in Pennsylvania

Chester VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 34,092
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 23 26 211 295
Rate per 1,000 0.67 0.76 6.19 8.65

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Chester 29.68
Pennsylvania 18.13

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 34

in Chester

1 in 55

in Pennsylvania

Chester Property CRIMES

Population: 34,092
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 281 599 132
Rate per 1,000 8.24 17.57 3.87

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Chester Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Chester 261
Pennsylvania 51