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 peopleBillings/100k peopleMontana/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime6,183n/a (estimate)5,2462,3372,324
Violent crime1,095n/a (estimate)929418370
Vehicle theft801n/a679.6222.6282.7
Property crime5,088n/a (estimate)4,3171,9191,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Billings, MT

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Billings crime rate is 125.7% higher 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 Billings, there were 1095 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 929 per 100,000 individuals, 151.2% higher than the national average. Additionally, Billings recorded 5088 property crimes, amounting to 4317 per 100,000 residents, 120.9% higher than the U.S. average.

Billings has a crime rate of 5246 per 100,000 people, which surpasses the national average by 125.7%, leading to one of the highest total crime rates in the United States. Addressing this issue is vital for improving overall safety and desirability of Billings. Efforts to reduce crime through community engagement, effective law enforcement, and collaborative initiatives are essential to create a more secure and appealing environment for residents and prospective newcomers alike.

Billings ranks among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting violent crime, earning its reputation as one of the nation's most dangerous areas. With a violent crime rate of 929 per 100,000 people, Billings is considered one of the most unsafe cities in America. This statistic translates to a 1 in 108 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Billings, underscoring the need for increased safety measures and community engagement to improve the city's security.

While murder rates in the United States have shown a consistent decline since 1990, recent years have witnessed an increase. Unfortunately, Billings ranks among the cities with the highest murder rates in the nation, when compared to all reporting cities in the U.S. In Billings, there were a total of 13 murders, translating to 11 murders per 100,000 residents. This alarming statistic underscores the need for heightened attention to community safety and crime prevention efforts in the area.

Billings reports one of the nation's highest property crime rates, with 4317 incidents per 100,000 people, positioning it among the worst 10% of American cities reporting crime. This unfortunate statistic translates to a 1 in 24 chance of falling victim to property crime in Billings, significantly surpassing the national average. These figures underscore the city's challenges in combating property-related offenses, necessitating a concerted effort to enhance security and community safety.

The occurrence of vehicle thefts has been increasing nationwide, and Billings faces one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the United States. In the latest reported crime year, there were a reported 801 vehicle thefts, translating to 680 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places Billings in the bottom 10% among all cities, signifying that 90% of cities have less stolen vehicles. The likelihood of experiencing a vehicle theft is 1 in 148.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Billings?

AreaVibes surveyed 91 local residents in Billings to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 31% of people answered that there was very little crime in Billings and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 69% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Billings a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Billings, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Billings presents a total crime rate that is 126% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Billings experiences an average of 16.94 daily crimes, comprising 3 violent incidents and 13.94 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 Billings Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Billings has decreased by 3.8%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Billings, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has decreased by 5.8%, while property crime has decreased by 3.4%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Billings is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Billings

In Billings, the current unemployment rate stands at 2.4%, diverging from the national average of 4.7%. The availability of job opportunities is a pivotal factor influencing unemployment and underemployment rates. Communities where individuals contend with limited employment prospects or a preponderance of low-wage positions may witness elevated rates of joblessness and income inadequacy, which can contribute to heightened crime levels driven by financial insecurity. Conversely, areas characterized by robust employment rates often experience a reduction in overall Billings crime rates.

Rising cost of living expenses, including increased housing costs, grocery, utility and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards crime, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In Billings, the cost of living is 4.55% higher than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

In areas where housing affordability is an issue, crime can become a significant concern. Some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions, which can increase stress and potentially contribute to domestic disputes and related crimes. The median home price in Billings is $233,700, compared to a national average of $184,700.

Billings crime map

The Billings crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Billings 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 Billings crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Billings 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

  • Billings crime rates are 126% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Billings are 151% higher than the national average
  • In Billings you have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Billings is safer than 3% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Billings has decreased by 10%

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        Daily Crime In Billings (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Billings for every 100,000 residents. The Billings total amount of daily crime is 2.25 times more than the Montana average and 2.26 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Billings, is 2.22 times more than the Montana average, and it is 2.51 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Billings has a daily crime average that is 2.25 times more than the Montana average and 2.21 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Billings (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Billings to every other city in Montana, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Billings safe? The gauges above illustrate that Billings is safer than 5% of every city located within Montana along with 3% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Montana and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Billings, MT is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Billings

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Billings is 1 in 108
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Billings is 1 in 24
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Billings is 1 in 20
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Billings, Montana? If you reside in Billings, then there is a 1 in 108 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 24. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 20 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Billings.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Billings, MT is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Billings has decreased by 12%, while the property crime rate in Billings has decreased by 10% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Billings has decreased by 10% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Billings police department

        Item Billings Montana National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)162872558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/an/a3.3

        Sex offenders in Montana

        State Total offenders Montana /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 2,923 sex offenders in Montana. This yields a total of 291 sex offenders in Montana per 100,000 residents which is 9% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Huntley, MT5223831,7602,143
        Lockwood, MT8,2063921,8012,193
        Shepherd, MT9444572,1002,557
        Laurel, MT6,7974483,2923,740
        Billings, MT109,7059294,3175,246

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Richmond, CA110,0518742,7093,583
        Inglewood, CA109,3096652,9003,564
        Lakeland, FL110,3353732,2532,625
        Gresham, OR110,4564352,9463,380
        Broken Arrow, OK108,8751561,6091,765
        Billings, MT109,7059294,3175,246
        Source: The Billings, MT 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.