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Violent 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 peopleOhio/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime283n/a (estimate)1,4742,0762,324
Violent crime23n/a (estimate)120294370
Vehicle theft6n/a31.3234.5282.7
Property crime260n/a (estimate)1,3551,7831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Ashland, OH

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Ashland crime rate is 36.6% lower than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Ashland, there were 23 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 120 per 100,000 individuals, 67.6% lower than the national average. Additionally, Ashland recorded 260 property crimes, amounting to 1355 per 100,000 residents, 30.7% lower than the U.S. average.

With only 120 incidents per 100,000 people, Ashland boasts an exceptionally low rate of violent crimes, positioning it as one of the safest cities in the United States. Given these low violent crime rates, Ashland has become an appealing destination for individuals in search of a secure and welcoming place to establish their new home.

In the latest reported crime year, Ashland recorded zero homicides. This statistic potentially positions the city as a paragon of security, radiating a profound sense of safety for its residents. A low number of severe violent crimes instills a deep feeling of well-being among its community but also establishes a lofty benchmark for other locales aspiring to foster equally secure environments.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Ashland?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Ashland residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 16 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 75% of Ashland residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 25% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Ashland a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Ashland is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Ashland has a total crime rate that is 37% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.78 daily crimes (0.06 violent daily crimes and 0.71 daily property crimes) in Ashland.

Has Crime in Ashland Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Ashland. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Ashland has increased by 19.9%. Violent crimes have increased by 9.5%, while property crimes have increased by 20.9%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Ashland

Regions characterized by high population density frequently encompass expansive urban hubs that offer diverse economic prospects. In such areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, creating pockets of poverty alongside affluence. Economic disparities within these regions may correlate with elevated property crimes and, in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density numbers generally exhibit reduced Ashland crime rates. Ashland registers a population density of 1799.4 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

The level of education within a community can impact crime rates. Higher educational attainment often correlates with lower crime rates, as it provides individuals with better job opportunities and alternatives to criminal behavior. While lower educational achievement rates tend to lead to higher crime rates. In Ashland, 82.9% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

In cities grappling with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves needing to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, elevating stress levels and potentially fueling domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. Ashland has a median home price of $109,100, deviating from the national average of $184,700. Large disparities in housing costs can significantly impact the well-being of residents and the prevalence of crime within the community.

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 37% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Ashland are 68% lower than the national average
  • In Ashland you have a 1 in 68 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Ashland is safer than 63% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Ashland has increased by 24%

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        Daily Crime In Ashland (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Ashland, per 100,000 residents. In Ashland, the total number of daily crimes is 1.41 times less than the Ohio average and 1.58 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Ashland are 2.45 times less than the Ohio average and 3.09 times less than the national average. For property crime, Ashland has a daily crime rate that is 1.32 times less than the Ohio average and 1.44 times less than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Ashland (higher is better)

        Is Ashland safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Ohio as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Ashland to other cities in the state and across the country, Ashland is 51% safer than other cities of Ohio and 63% safer than other cities in the nation. Ashland has a ranks above average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Ashland

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Ashland is 1 in 835
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Ashland is 1 in 74
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Ashland is 1 in 68
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Ashland? If you reside in Ashland, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 835. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 74 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Ashland, is 1 in 68.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Ashland, OH is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Ashland has increased by 14%, while the property crime rate in Ashland has increased by 26% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Ashland has increased by 24% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Ashland police department

        Item Ashland Ohio National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3217,044558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.62.73.3
        There are a total of 32 Ashland police officers. This results in 1.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 41.8% less than the Ohio average and 51.7% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Ohio

        State Total offenders Ohio /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 17,872 sex offenders in Ohio. This yields a total of 156 sex offenders in Ohio per 100,000 residents which is 41% 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
        Lexington, OH4,937212141
        Cinnamon Lake, OH1,228127771898
        Greenwich, OH1,489135821956
        West Salem, OH1,540139842980
        New London, OH2,4761599661,125
        New Pittsburg, OH3633181,9302,249
        Bailey Lakes, OH3093562,1562,512
        Ashland, OH20,3041201,3551,474

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Bayou Cane, LA20,3076292,7483,377
        Libertyville, IL20,30029201230
        Katy, TX20,2962203,3083,528
        Warrensburg, MO20,3132032,6752,878
        Rolla, MO20,2735513,3513,902
        Ashland, OH20,3041201,3551,474
        Source: The Ashland, OH 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.