Harrisburg, PA
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Harrisburg, PA 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 2017 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2018 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2018 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 43 per one thousand residents, Harrisburg 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 23. Within Pennsylvania, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Harrisburg. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Harrisburg to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

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

For Harrisburg, 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 Harrisburg is one in 87.

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 Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg's rate for property crime is 31 per one thousand population. This makes Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg is one in 32.

Importantly, we found that Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg is one in 269.

Harrisburg Crime Data

 

Crime Index

8

(100 is safest)


Safer than 8% of U.S. Cities

Harrisburg Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

565

1,534

2,099

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

11.49

31.18

42.67

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Harrisburg 11.49
Pennsylvania 3.13

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 87

in Harrisburg

1 in 319

in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 49,192
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 13 50 178 324
Rate per 1,000 0.26 1.02 3.62 6.59

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,284 135,755 319,356 810,825
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.42 0.98 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Harrisburg 31.18
Pennsylvania 16.49

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 32

in Harrisburg

1 in 61

in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg Property CRIMES

Population: 49,192
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 350 1,001 183
Rate per 1,000 7.11 20.35 3.72

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,401,840 5,519,107 773,139
Rate per 1,000 4.30 16.94 2.37

Harrisburg Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Harrisburg 177
Pennsylvania 47