Philadelphia, PA
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Philadelphia, 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

With a crime rate of 41 per one thousand residents, Philadelphia 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 24. Within Pennsylvania, more than 97% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Philadelphia. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Philadelphia to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Philadelphia has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia.

For Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia is one in 101.

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

Importantly, we found that Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia is one in 285.

Philadelphia Crime Data

 

Crime Index

10

(100 is safest)


Safer than 10% of U.S. Cities

Philadelphia Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

15,556

49,354

64,910

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

9.92

31.48

41.40

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Philadelphia 9.92
Pennsylvania 3.16

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 101

in Philadelphia

1 in 316

in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 1,567,872
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 273 1,259 6,199 7,825
Rate per 1,000 0.17 0.80 3.95 4.99

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
Philadelphia 31.48
Pennsylvania 17.43

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 32

in Philadelphia

1 in 57

in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Property CRIMES

Population: 1,567,872
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 6,985 36,871 5,498
Rate per 1,000 4.46 23.52 3.51

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

Philadelphia Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Philadelphia 455
Pennsylvania 49