Charleston, WV
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With a crime rate of 81 per one thousand residents, Charleston 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 12. Within West Virginia, more than 99% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Charleston. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Charleston to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

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 49,736, Charleston has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Charleston 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 Charleston.

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

For Charleston, 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 Charleston is one in 79.

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 Charleston 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 Charleston is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Charleston, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 15, which is a rate of 69 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Charleston 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 Charleston is one in 206.

Charleston Crime Data

 
Crime Index

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(100 is safest)


Safer than 1% of U.S. Cities

Charleston Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

628

3,409

4,037

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

12.63

68.54

81.17

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Charleston 12.63
West Virginia 3.38
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 79

in Charleston

1 in 296

in West Virginia
Charleston VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 49,736
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 8 56 137 427
Rate per 1,000 0.16 1.13 2.75 8.59
United States VIOLENT CRIMES
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)

Crime
Charleston 68.54
West Virginia 20.20
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 15

in Charleston

1 in 50

in West Virginia
Charleston Property CRIMES
Population: 49,736
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 754 2,414 241
Rate per 1,000 15.16 48.54 4.85
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

Charleston Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Charleston 124
West Virginia 26