Memphis, TN
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With a crime rate of 74 per one thousand residents, Memphis 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 13. Within Tennessee, more than 97% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Memphis. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Memphis to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 655,770, Memphis has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Memphis does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Memphis.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Memphis 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 Memphis.

For Memphis, 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 Memphis is one in 57.

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 Memphis 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.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Memphis is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Memphis, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 18, which is a rate of 57 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Memphis 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 Memphis is one in 239.

Memphis Crime Data

 

Crime Index

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(100 is safest)


Safer than 1% of U.S. Cities

Memphis Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

11,458

37,349

48,807

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

17.47

56.95

74.43

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Memphis 17.47
Tennessee 6.12

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 57

in Memphis

1 in 163

in Tennessee

Memphis VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 655,770
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 135 532 3,134 7,657
Rate per 1,000 0.21 0.81 4.78 11.68

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
Memphis 56.95
Tennessee 29.36

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 18

in Memphis

1 in 34

in Tennessee

Memphis Property CRIMES

Population: 655,770
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 10,295 24,315 2,739
Rate per 1,000 15.70 37.08 4.18

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

Memphis Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Memphis 151
Tennessee 17