Wilkes-Barre, PA
Crime Rates



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Wilkes-Barre, 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

The crime rate in Wilkes-Barre is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 33 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 Wilkes-Barre is 1 in 30. Based on FBI crime data, Wilkes-Barre is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre has a crime rate that is higher than 93% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

For Wilkes-Barre, 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 Wilkes-Barre is one in 163.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Wilkes-Barre's rate for property crime is 27 per one thousand population. This makes Wilkes-Barre 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 Wilkes-Barre is one in 37.

Wilkes-Barre Crime Data

 

Crime Index

14

(100 is safest)


Safer than 14% of U.S. Cities

Wilkes-Barre Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

251

1,101

1,352

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

6.15

26.98

33.13

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Wilkes-Barre 6.15
Pennsylvania 3.13

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 163

in Wilkes-Barre

1 in 319

in Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 40,806
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 2 12 104 133
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.29 2.55 3.26

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
Wilkes-Barre 26.98
Pennsylvania 16.49

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 37

in Wilkes-Barre

1 in 61

in Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre Property CRIMES

Population: 40,806
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 225 816 60
Rate per 1,000 5.51 20.00 1.47

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

Wilkes-Barre Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Wilkes-Barre 185
Pennsylvania 47