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Parkersburg, WV 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 2021 calendar year; released from FBI in Oct. 2022 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2022 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 about Scout's Crime Data

With a crime rate of 44 per one thousand residents, Parkersburg 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 23. Within West Virginia, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Parkersburg.

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 29,403, Parkersburg has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Parkersburg 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 Parkersburg.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Parkersburg 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 Parkersburg; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 215. This equates to a rate of 5 per one thousand inhabitants.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Parkersburg is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Parkersburg, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 25, which is a rate of 39 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Parkersburg 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 Parkersburg is one in 280.

Parkersburg Crime Data

 

Crime Index

4

(100 is safest)


Safer than 4% of U.S. Cities

Parkersburg Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

137

1,154

1,291

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.66

39.25

43.91

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
4.66
3.64
National Median: 4
    Parkersburg
    West Virginia

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 215

in Parkersburg

1 in 275

in West Virginia

Parkersburg VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 29,403
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 31 16 89
Rate per 1,000 0.03 1.05 0.54 3.03

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,888,310
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 22,941 144,285 202,155 943,774
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.43 0.61 2.84

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
39.25
18.04
National Median: 19
    Parkersburg
    West Virginia

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 25

in Parkersburg

1 in 55

in West Virginia

Parkersburg Property CRIMES

Population: 29,403
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 158 891 105
Rate per 1,000 5.37 30.30 3.57

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,888,310
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 899,656 4,626,970 890,179
Rate per 1,000 2.71 13.94 2.68

Parkersburg Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
104
23
National Median: 26.8
    Parkersburg
    West Virginia