Milwaukee, WI
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Milwaukee, WI 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 57 per one thousand residents, Milwaukee 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 17. Within Wisconsin, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Milwaukee. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Milwaukee to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

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

For Milwaukee, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Milwaukee is one in 64.

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 Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Milwaukee, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 24, which is a rate of 42 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee is one in 96.

Milwaukee Crime Data

 

Crime Index

4

(100 is safest)


Safer than 4% of U.S. Cities

Milwaukee Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

9,243

24,890

34,133

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

15.53

41.83

57.36

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Milwaukee 15.53
Wisconsin 3.06

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 64

in Milwaukee

1 in 327

in Wisconsin

Milwaukee VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 595,047
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 141 478 3,290 5,334
Rate per 1,000 0.24 0.80 5.53 8.96

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

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)

Crime
Milwaukee 41.83
Wisconsin 19.33

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 24

in Milwaukee

1 in 52

in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Property CRIMES

Population: 595,047
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 5,900 12,768 6,222
Rate per 1,000 9.92 21.46 10.46

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

Milwaukee Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Milwaukee 353
Wisconsin 21