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Total crime 48%
Violent crime 32%
Property crime 51%
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StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleAthens/100k peopleGeorgia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,439n/a (estimate)3,4642,4082,346
Murder4n/a3.18.86.5
Rape105n/a81.931.938.4
Robbery102n/a79.665.573.9
Assault443n/a345.7293.8279.7
Violent crime654n/a (estimate)510400388
Burglary597n/a465.9290.7314.2
Theft2,837n/a2,213.81,478.51,398.0
Vehicle theft351n/a273.9238.2246.0
Property crime3,785n/a (estimate)2,9542,0071,958

Key findings

  • Athens crime rates are 48% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Athens are 32% higher than the national average
  • In Athens you have a 1 in 29 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Athens is safer than 15% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Athens has decreased by 1%

Athens crime map

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The Athens crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Athens as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Athens crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Athens (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Athens on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Georgia and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Athens (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Georgia, are 1.44 times more than the state average and 1.48 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Athens on a daily basis are 1.28 times more than than Georgia average and 1.32 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Athens are 1.47 times more than the daily state average and 1.51 times more than the daily national numbers.

      How Safe is Athens (higher is better)

      When comparing the safety of Athens to every other city in Georgia, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Athens safe? The gauges above illustrate that Athens is safer than 24% of every city located within Georgia along with 15% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Georgia and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Athens, GA is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Athens

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Athens is 1 in 196
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Athens is 1 in 34
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Athens is 1 in 29
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Athens? In Athens, you have a 1 in 196 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 34. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Athens, GA is 1 in 29.

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

      Determining whether Athens is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Athens violent crime rates have increased by 16%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 4% year over year. Total crimes for Athens has decreased by 1% in the same time frame.

      Athens police department

      ItemAthensGeorgiaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a11,364558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a4.03.3

      Sex offenders in Georgia

      StateTotal offendersGeorgia /100KNational /100K
      Georgia23,117275266
      There are a total of 23,117 sex offenders in Georgia. This yields a total of 275 sex offenders in Georgia per 100,000 residents which is 3% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Winterville, GA1,050135675810
      Watkinsville, GA2,872147737884
      Bogart, GA1,127148741889
      Comer, GA1,2841668351,002
      Danielsville, GA8871688381,005
      Nicholson, GA1,5421869341,120
      Jefferson, GA9,946731,2391,312
      Athens, GA120,8135102,9543,464

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Victorville, CA121,3208811,5912,471
      Evansville, IN120,1561,0063,6114,618
      Vallejo, CA119,6449913,3344,325
      Allentown, PA119,6243872,2832,670
      Murfreesboro, TN122,0074882,4852,973
      Athens, GA120,8135102,9543,464
      Source: The Athens, GA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. 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.