Wheeling, WV
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Wheeling, 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 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

The crime rate in Wheeling is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 21 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Wheeling is 1 in 48. Based on FBI crime data, Wheeling is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to West Virginia, Wheeling has a crime rate that is higher than 85% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Wheeling to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

How does the crime rate in Wheeling compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Wheeling with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Wheeling's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

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

For Wheeling, 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 Wheeling is one in 116.

Moreover, the rate of property crime in Wheeling; burglary, larceny ($50 or more), grand theft auto, and arson; is 12 per 1,000 residents. This is about average for all cities and towns in America of all population sizes.

Wheeling Crime Data

 

Crime Index

28

(100 is safest)


Safer than 28% of U.S. Cities

Wheeling Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

231

322

553

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

8.63

12.03

20.66

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Wheeling 8.63
West Virginia 2.90

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 116

in Wheeling

1 in 345

in West Virginia

Wheeling VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 26,771
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 16 12 202
Rate per 1,000 0.04 0.60 0.45 7.55

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
Wheeling 12.03
West Virginia 14.86

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 83

in Wheeling

1 in 67

in West Virginia

Wheeling Property CRIMES

Population: 26,771
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 82 219 21
Rate per 1,000 3.06 8.18 0.78

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

Wheeling Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Wheeling 35
West Virginia 19