Austin, TX 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 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 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 about Scout's Crime Data

With a crime rate of 42 per one thousand residents, Austin 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 Texas, more than 95% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Austin.

How does the crime rate in Austin compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Austin with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Austin'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 Austin 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 Austin.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Austin 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 Austin; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 245. 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 Austin is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Austin, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 26, which is a rate of 38 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Austin 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 Austin is one in 319.

Austin Crime Data

 

Crime Index

7

(100 is safest)


Safer than 7% of U.S. Cities

Austin Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

3,989

37,487

41,476

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.07

38.29

42.37

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
4.07
4.19
National Median: 4
    Austin
    Texas

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 245

in Austin

1 in 239

in Texas

Austin VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 978,908
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 32 547 977 2,433
Rate per 1,000 0.03 0.56 1.00 2.49

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
38.29
23.91
National Median: 21
    Austin
    Texas

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 26

in Austin

1 in 42

in Texas

Austin Property CRIMES

Population: 978,908
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 4,383 30,033 3,071
Rate per 1,000 4.48 30.68 3.14

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

Austin Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
136
28
National Median: 28.3
    Austin
    Texas