West Chester, PA
Crime Rates


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West Chester, PA crime analytics

The crime rate in West Chester is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 25 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 West Chester is 1 in 41. Based on FBI crime data, West Chester is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Pennsylvania, West Chester has a crime rate that is higher than 83% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in West Chester compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared West Chester with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether West Chester's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

Now let us turn to take a look at how West 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 West Chester.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in West Chester 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 West Chester; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 233. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that West Chester's rate for property crime is 20 per one thousand population. This makes West 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 West Chester is one in 49.

West Chester Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 27% of U.S. Cities

West Chester Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

West Chester 4.28
Pennsylvania 3.15
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 233

in West Chester

1 in 317

in Pennsylvania
Population: 19,842
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 18 25 41
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.91 1.26 2.07
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)

West Chester 20.26
Pennsylvania 18.13
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 49

in West Chester

1 in 55

in Pennsylvania
West Chester Property CRIMES
Population: 19,842
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 54 333 15
Rate per 1,000 2.72 16.78 0.76
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

West Chester Crimes Per Square Mile

West Chester 264
Pennsylvania 51