Charlottesville, VA


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Charlottesville, VA crime analytics

The crime rate in Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville is 1 in 30. Based on FBI crime data, Charlottesville is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Virginia, Charlottesville has a crime rate that is higher than 91% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 252. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Charlottesville's rate for property crime is 29 per one thousand population. This makes Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville is one in 35.

Charlottesville Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 16% of U.S. Cities

Charlottesville Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Charlottesville 3.97
Virginia 1.96
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 252

in Charlottesville

1 in 511

in Virginia
Charlottesville VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 46,597
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 2 19 51 113
Rate per 1,000 0.04 0.41 1.09 2.43
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)

Charlottesville 28.93
Virginia 18.67
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 35

in Charlottesville

1 in 54

in Virginia
Charlottesville Property CRIMES
Population: 46,597
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 217 1,077 54
Rate per 1,000 4.66 23.11 1.16
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

Charlottesville Crimes Per Square Mile

Charlottesville 149
Virginia 19