West Columbia, SC
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West Columbia, SC crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   Uniform Crime Reporting Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), additional data from local police agencies.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 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 44 per one thousand residents, West Columbia 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 South Carolina, more than 69% of the communities have a lower crime rate than West Columbia.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in West Columbia 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 Columbia; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 240. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in West Columbia is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In West Columbia, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 25, which is a rate of 40 per one thousand population.

West Columbia Crime Data

 

Crime Index

8

(100 is safest)


Safer than 8% of U.S. Cities

West Columbia Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

67

644

711

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.17

40.10

44.27

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
West Columbia 4.17
South Carolina 5.04

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 240

in West Columbia

1 in 198

in South Carolina

West Columbia VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 16,060
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

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)

Crime
West Columbia 40.10
South Carolina 32.93

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 25

in West Columbia

1 in 30

in South Carolina

West Columbia Property CRIMES

Population: 16,060
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

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 Columbia Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
West Columbia 99
South Carolina 35