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 2016 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2017 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2017 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

The crime rate in Harrisburg is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 39 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Harrisburg is 1 in 26. Based on FBI crime data, Harrisburg is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Pennsylvania, Harrisburg has a crime rate that is higher than 96% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes. 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 93.

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 28 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 36.

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 360.

Harrisburg Crime Data

 

Crime Index

11

(100 is safest)


Safer than 11% of U.S. Cities

Harrisburg Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

526

1,372

1,898

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

10.76

28.05

38.81

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Harrisburg 10.76
Pennsylvania 3.16

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 93

in Harrisburg

1 in 316

in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 48,904
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 13 54 160 299
Rate per 1,000 0.27 1.10 3.27 6.11

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 323,127,513
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,250 130,603 332,198 803,007
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.40 1.03 2.49


Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Harrisburg 28.05
Pennsylvania 17.43

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 36

in Harrisburg

1 in 57

in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg Property CRIMES

Population: 48,904
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 407 829 136
Rate per 1,000 8.32 16.95 2.78

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 323,127,513
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,515,096 5,638,455 765,484
Rate per 1,000 4.69 17.45 2.37

Harrisburg Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Harrisburg 160
Pennsylvania 49