Reported Annual Crime In Charleston

StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCharleston/100k peopleWest Virginia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,706n/a (estimate)9,5212,4052,837
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCharleston/100k peopleWest Virginia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder13n/a26.34.45.3
Rape36n/a72.835.940.4
Robbery152n/a307.539.3102.8
Assault566n/a1,145.1278.5248.5
Violent crime767n/a (estimate)1,552358386
Burglary947n/a1,915.9507.9468.9
Theft2,694n/a5,450.21,402.31,745.0
Vehicle theft298n/a602.9137.0236.9
Property crime3,939n/a (estimate)7,9692,0472,451
The table above offers a complete overview of all reported annual crimes in Charleston, WV. The total number of reported crimes in Charleston, WV is shown and for comparison purposes, each crime is also displayed based on the number of crimes per 100,000 people. The crimes are also broken down into two categories; violent crimes and property crimes. The table shows that the overall Charleston, WV crime rate is 296% higher than the West Virginia average and is 236% higher than the national average. Looking at violent crime specifically, Charleston, WV has a violent crime rate that is 333% higher than the West Virginia average and 302% higher than the national average. For property crime, Charleston, WV is 289% higher than the West Virginia average and 225% higher than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Pinch, WV2,78371407478
Poca, WV1,04893534627
Winfield, WV2,53842761804
Belle, WV1,256126718844
Elkview, WV1,203134764898
Alum Creek, WV1,832145829974
Coal Fork, WV1,037146837984
Charleston, WV50,9111,5527,9699,521

Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in Charleston is 236% higher than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 26.08 daily crimes that occur in Charleston.
  • Charleston is safer than 0% of the cities in the United States.
  • In Charleston you have a 1 in 11 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Charleston has increased by 21%.

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Daily Crime In Charleston (per 100,000 people)

The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Charleston, WV is demonstrated in the illustration above. So that direct comparisons can be made, the number of daily crimes for West Virginia and on a national level are also posted. As you can see, the daily crimes for Charleston, WV are 3.96 times more than the West Virginia average and 3.36 times more than the national level. Daily violent Crimes in Charleston, WV are 4.33 times more than than West Virginia and 4.02 times more than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Charleston, WV are 3.89 times more than than West Virginia and 3.25 times more than the national average.

How Safe is Charleston (higher is better)

Compared to the other cities in West Virginia and cities in all other U.S. states, how safe is Charleston, WV? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Charleston, WV has been ranked safer than 0% of other cities in the state of West Virginia. In addition, Charleston, WV is safer than 0% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all West Virginia and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Charleston, WV. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Charleston, WV is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Charleston

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Charleston is 1 in 65
The chance of being a victim of property crime in Charleston is 1 in 13
The chance of being a victim of crime in Charleston is 1 in 11
Are you interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Charleston, WV? Just look at the above illustrations to see what your chances are of becoming a victim of any crime, such as property crime or violent crime, in this city. In Charleston, WV, you have a 1 in 65 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 13. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Charleston, WV is 1 in 11.

Year Over Year Crime In Charleston (per 100,000 people)

An ideal indicator of whether Charleston, WV is becoming a safer or more dangerous residential area or not is an analysis of the crime rate in the area from year to year. In the above illustration, the year to year crime rates are visualized per 100,000 people for property, violent, and total crime. Year to year rate of violent crime in Charleston, WV has increased by 25% and the rate of property crime in Charleston, WV has increased by 21%. The total crime rate in Charleston, WV has increased by 21% year to year.

Charleston police department

ItemCharlestonWest VirginiaNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1851,642556,527
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.63.03.3
There are a total of 185 Charleston police officers. This results in 3.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 19.3% greater than the West Virginia average and 10.7% greater than the National average.

Sex offenders in West Virginia

StateTotal offendersWest Virginia /100KNational /100K
West Virginia3,758203222
There are a total of 3,758 sex offenders in West Virginia. This yields a total of 203 sex offenders in West Virginia per 100,000 residents which is 9% less than the national average.

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Joplin, MO50,9006337,2677,900
Minnetonka, MN50,897561,4771,533
Glendora, CA50,8551342,5982,732
DeSoto, TX50,8373273,1523,479
Harrisonburg, VA50,8212212,0752,296
Charleston, WV50,9111,5527,9699,521
Source: The Charleston, WV crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2016. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.