Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleBlytheville/100k peopleArkansas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime646n/a (estimate)5,0743,0972,324
Violent crime123n/a (estimate)966645370
Vehicle theft21n/a164.9250.7282.7
Property crime523n/a (estimate)4,1082,4521,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Blytheville, AR

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 Blytheville is 118.3% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 123 violent crimes reported in Blytheville, equivalent to 966 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 161.2%. Additionally, Blytheville recorded 523 property crimes, amounting to 4108 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 110.2%.

In Blytheville, the crime rate stands at 5074 per 100,000 residents, surpassing the national average by 118.3%. This places the city among those with some of the highest total crime rates nationwide. However, it's important to recognize that this doesn't imply that the entire city is unsafe. As with any urban area, there are neighborhoods in Blytheville that exhibit varying levels of safety, emphasizing the need for localized crime prevention efforts and community involvement to create a safe environment across the entire city.

Blytheville ranks among the most perilous cities in the United States, bearing a violent crime rate of 966 per 100,000 people, positioning it within the lowest 10% of all U.S. cities reporting crime statistics. The odds of falling victim to violent crime in Blytheville stand at 1 in every 104 residents, emphasizing the pressing need for enhanced safety measures and community engagement to address this significant concern.

While murder rates in the United States have shown a consistent decline since 1990, recent years have witnessed an increase. Unfortunately, Blytheville ranks among the cities with the highest murder rates in the nation, when compared to all reporting cities in the U.S. In Blytheville, there were a total of 3 murders, translating to 24 murders per 100,000 residents. This alarming statistic underscores the need for heightened attention to community safety and crime prevention efforts in the area.

Blytheville has some of the highest property crime rates in the country with 4108 crimes per 100,000 people - this ranks in the bottom 10% of all American cities that reported crime. Your chance of being a victim of property crime in Blytheville is 1 in 25, which is far higher than the national average.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Blytheville?

What do the local residents think about crime in Blytheville? Well, based on a recent survey of 26 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 19% of Blytheville residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 81% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Blytheville a Safe Place to Live?

Is Blytheville a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Blytheville has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 118%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 1.77 daily incidents, encompassing 0.34 violent crimes and 1.43 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Blytheville as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Blytheville Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Blytheville has decreased by 10%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Blytheville, 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 22.2%, while property crime has decreased by 6.6%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Blytheville is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Blytheville

In Blytheville, 79.9% of residents have graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of a community can exert a significant influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with reduced crime rates, as they furnish individuals with improved employment prospects and viable alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, communities characterized by lower educational achievement often grapple with higher crime rates, as limited opportunities may drive individuals towards criminal behavior.

In Blytheville, the cost of living is 17.97% lower than the national average. A high cost of living can induce economic stress for locals, especially those with limited financial resources. When people grapple with soaring housing expenses, utility bills, healthcare costs, and other essential necessities, they may be driven towards criminal activities, including theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities boasting a lower cost of living may mitigate economic pressures and potentially result in reduced crime rates.

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. Blytheville has a median home price of $81,900, 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.

Blytheville crime map

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

      • Blytheville crime rates are 118% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Blytheville are 161% higher than the national average
      • In Blytheville you have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Blytheville is safer than 3% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Blytheville has decreased by 8%

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        Daily Crime In Blytheville (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Blytheville, AR per 100,000 people. In Blytheville, the total number of daily crimes is 1.64 times more than the Arkansas average and 2.18 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Blytheville is 1.50 times more than the Arkansas average and 2.61 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Blytheville has a daily crime rate that is 1.68 times more than the Arkansas average and 2.10 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Blytheville (higher is better)

        Is Blytheville safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Arkansas as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Blytheville to other cities in the state and across the country, Blytheville is 8% safer than other cities of Arkansas and 3% safer than other cities in the nation. Blytheville has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Blytheville

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Blytheville is 1 in 104
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Blytheville is 1 in 25
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Blytheville is 1 in 20
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Blytheville, Arkansas? If you reside in Blytheville, then there is a 1 in 104 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 25. 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 Blytheville.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Blytheville, AR is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Blytheville has decreased by 20%, while the property crime rate in Blytheville has decreased by 5% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Blytheville has decreased by 8% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Blytheville police department

        Item Blytheville Arkansas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)455,164558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.92.93.3
        There are a total of 45 Blytheville police officers. This results in 2.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 1.6% less than the Arkansas average and 10.7% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Arkansas

        State Total offenders Arkansas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 8,875 sex offenders in Arkansas. This yields a total of 323 sex offenders in Arkansas per 100,000 residents which is 21% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

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        Luxora, AR985336112447
        Manila, AR3,3403141,1931,506
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        Senath, MO1,7212621,2561,518
        Gosnell, AR3,1883821,4511,833
        Dell, AR2077132,7093,422
        Burdette, AR2157272,7653,492
        Blytheville, AR13,7359664,1085,074

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        Lincoln, IL13,742107648755
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        Chaparral, NM13,7441,0974,1975,294
        Blytheville, AR13,7359664,1085,074
        Source: The Blytheville, AR 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.