Roanoke, VA
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Roanoke, VA 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 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 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 49 per one thousand residents, Roanoke 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 21. Within Virginia, more than 99% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Roanoke.

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 99,920, Roanoke has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Roanoke 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 Roanoke.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Roanoke 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 Roanoke; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 234. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.

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 Roanoke 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 Roanoke is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Roanoke, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 22, which is a rate of 44 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Roanoke 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 Roanoke is one in 270.

Roanoke Crime Data

 

Crime Index

5

(100 is safest)


Safer than 5% of U.S. Cities

Roanoke Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

427

4,442

4,869

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.27

44.46

48.73

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Roanoke 4.27
Virginia 2.00

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 234

in Roanoke

1 in 500

in Virginia

Roanoke VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 99,920
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 12 48 103 264
Rate per 1,000 0.12 0.48 1.03 2.64

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Roanoke 44.46
Virginia 16.66

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 22

in Roanoke

1 in 60

in Virginia

Roanoke Property CRIMES

Population: 99,920
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 488 3,584 370
Rate per 1,000 4.88 35.87 3.70

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

Roanoke Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Roanoke 113
Virginia 18