Roanoke, VA
Crime Rates

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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 2016 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2017 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2017 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 46 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 22. Within Virginia, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Roanoke.

Importantly, when you compare Roanoke to other communities of similar population, then Roanoke crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Roanoke 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 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 240. 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 24, which is a rate of 42 per one thousand population.

Roanoke Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 7% of U.S. Cities

Roanoke Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Roanoke 4.17
Virginia 2.18

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 240

in Roanoke

1 in 460

in Virginia


Population: 99,660
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 14 37 117 248
Rate per 1,000 0.14 0.37 1.17 2.49


Population: 323,127,513
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,250 130,603 332,198 803,007
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.40 1.03 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Roanoke 42.26
Virginia 18.59

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 24

in Roanoke

1 in 54

in Virginia

Roanoke Property CRIMES

Population: 99,660
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 423 3,564 225
Rate per 1,000 4.24 35.76 2.26

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 323,127,513
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,515,096 5,638,455 765,484
Rate per 1,000 4.69 17.45 2.37

Roanoke Crimes Per Square Mile

Roanoke 108
Virginia 20