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 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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 43 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 23. Within Texas, more than 96% 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 205. This equates to a rate of 5 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 236.

Austin Crime Data

 

Crime Index

5

(100 is safest)


Safer than 5% of U.S. Cities

Austin Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

4,692

36,586

41,278

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.88

38.04

42.91

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
4.88
4.5
National Median: 4
    Austin
    Texas

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 205

in Austin

1 in 222

in Texas

Austin VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 961,855
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 44 491 1,101 3,056
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.51 1.14 3.18

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
38.04
22.62
National Median: 19
    Austin
    Texas

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 26

in Austin

1 in 44

in Texas

Austin Property CRIMES

Population: 961,855
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 4,827 27,679 4,080
Rate per 1,000 5.02 28.78 4.24

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Austin Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
135
27
National Median: 26.9
    Austin
    Texas