Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleAshland/100k peopleAlabama/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime42n/a (estimate)2,1412,1482,324
Violent crime11n/a (estimate)561409370
Vehicle theft1n/a51.0202.3282.7
Property crime31n/a (estimate)1,5801,7391,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Ashland, AL

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Ashland is 7.9% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 11 violent crimes reported in Ashland, equivalent to 561 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 51.6%. Additionally, Ashland recorded 31 property crimes, amounting to 1580 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 19.2%.

When evaluating the Ashland crime rate for every 100,000 residents, it positions itself in the middle range among all cities that reported crime. Our examination of total offenses, spanning both violent and property crimes, indicates that the reported Ashland crime rates closely correspond to the national average reported by other regions.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, Ashland reported a murder rate of 0. This could indicate that it is a very safe place to live, but also serves as an inspiration to other urban areas striving for safer communities. Examining the full crime report will provide a complete overview of all crimes - violent and property.

Is Ashland a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Ashland, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Ashland presents a total crime rate that is 8% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Ashland experiences an average of 0.12 daily crimes, comprising 0.03 violent incidents and 0.08 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Ashland Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Ashland. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Ashland has decreased by 61.5%. Specifically, violent crime has decreased by 78.9%, while property crime has decreased by 45.6%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Ashland.

Potential Causes for Crime in Ashland

The impact of law enforcement and community policing efforts plays a crucial role in shaping crime rates in any city. A robust and cooperative bond between law enforcement and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, enhancing overall safety. In Ashland, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents stands at 6.39, differing from the national average of 3.25. Effective law enforcement hinges not solely on officer numbers but also on the manner in which they interact and collaborate with the community. Building trust and cooperation are central tenets of community policing, amplifying its influence on crime prevention.

In Ashland, the median home price stands at $137,500, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

In Ashland, the average rental rates are $361 per month, compared to the national average of $949. Rapid increases in rental costs can lead to neighborhood instability as residents are forced to move frequently in search of more affordable housing. This transience can weaken community bonds and hinder the establishment of social support networks, which can indirectly contribute to crime. While affordable rent and areas with higher income per capita, allow for long term renters and community bonds to the formed, therefore reducing crime rates on the long term.

Ashland crime map

The Ashland crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Ashland as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Ashland crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Ashland crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Ashland crime rates are 8% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Ashland are 52% higher than the national average
      • In Ashland you have a 1 in 47 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Ashland is safer than 19% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Ashland has decreased by 62%

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        Daily Crime In Ashland (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Ashland

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Ashland is 1 in 179
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Ashland is 1 in 64
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Ashland is 1 in 47

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

        Ashland police department

        Item Ashland Alabama National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)139,968558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents6.44.13.3
        There are a total of 13 Ashland police officers. This results in 6.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 57.2% greater than the Alabama average and 96.4% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Alabama

        State Total offenders Alabama /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 10,698 sex offenders in Alabama. This yields a total of 231 sex offenders in Alabama per 100,000 residents which is 13% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Lineville, AL2,501122405527
        Goodwater, AL1,3762149101,124
        Hackneyville, AL3314391,8682,308
        Daviston, AL2075512,3422,893
        Waldo, AL3065772,4523,028
        Millerville, AL3896612,8103,471
        Ashland, AL1,6805611,5802,141

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        North Pekin, IL1,680134784917
        Kalida, OH1,67963380442
        Webster, SD1,6811828391,021
        Courtland, VA1,6791279191,046
        Oakfield, NY1,6792248991,123
        Ashland, AL1,6805611,5802,141
        Source: The Ashland, AL crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. 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.