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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 peopleCarthage/100k peopleTennessee/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime117n/a (estimate)5,1412,9242,324
Violent crime5n/a (estimate)220622370
Vehicle theft1n/a43.9362.3282.7
Property crime112n/a (estimate)4,9212,3021,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Carthage, TN

The Carthage crime rates are 121.2% higher than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 5 violent crimes in Carthage (220 per 100,000 people), which is 40.6% lower than the national average and there were a total of 112 property crimes (4921 per 100,000 residents) which is 151.8% higher than average.

Having a crime rate of 5141 per 100,000 residents, Carthage experiences a crime rate that is 121.18% higher when compared to the national average, leading to one of the highest overall crime rates in the nation. It's important to clarify that this doesn't imply the entire city is unsafe. Like any area, Carthage contains neighborhoods with varying safety levels and you can find areas that are notably safer than others, emphasizing the need for targeted crime prevention efforts and community engagement initiatives.

In the most recently reported crime year, Carthage registered zero reported homicides. This statistic not only designates the area as an exemplar of security but also emanates a profound sense of safety within its community. A minimal incidence of severe violent crime not only fosters a strong sense of well-being among residents but also sets a commendable standard for other regions aiming to cultivate similarly safe surroundings.

Carthage reports one of the nation's highest property crime rates, with 4921 incidents per 100,000 people, positioning it among the worst 10% of American cities reporting crime. This unfortunate statistic translates to a 1 in 21 chance of falling victim to property crime in Carthage, 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.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Carthage?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Carthage. Based on the results of the surveys (5 responses), 0% of people felt that there was very little crime in Carthage and felt safe walking alone at night. While 100% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Carthage a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Carthage is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Carthage has an overall crime rate that is 121% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 0.32 daily occurrences, comprising 0.01 violent crimes and 0.31 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Carthage as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Carthage Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Carthage has increased by 207.9% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Carthage is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has decreased by 66.7%, while property crime has increased by 387%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Carthage.

Potential Causes for Crime in Carthage

Carthage has a poverty rate of 12.6, while the national average is 15.1. In the past, there has been a direct correlation between high or low poverty rates and high or low crime stats. Elevated poverty levels and income disparities can contribute to heightened criminal activity, as individuals may resort to unlawful means to address their fundamental necessities. While lower poverty levels have led to a reduction in typical crime levels compared to other areas.

The educational level within a community can have an influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of education are associated with reduced crime rates, as they offer individuals improved employment prospects and alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment tends to correspond with higher crime rates. In Carthage, 62.6% of residents have achieved at least a high school diploma, which differs from the national average of 83%.

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. Carthage has a median home price of $142,800, 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.

Carthage crime map

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

      • Carthage crime rates are 121% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Carthage are 41% lower than the national average
      • In Carthage you have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Carthage is safer than 20% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Carthage has increased by 216%

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        Daily Crime In Carthage (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Carthage

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Carthage is 1 in 456
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Carthage is 1 in 21
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Carthage is 1 in 20

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

        Carthage police department

        Item Carthage Tennessee National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1111,551558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.73.63.3
        There are a total of 11 Carthage police officers. This results in 4.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 32.4% greater than the Tennessee average and 45.6% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Tennessee

        State Total offenders Tennessee /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 24,578 sex offenders in Tennessee. This yields a total of 412 sex offenders in Tennessee per 100,000 residents which is 55% 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
        Watertown, TN1,698321450771
        Gordonsville, TN1,5482258311,055
        South Carthage, TN1,5752669861,252
        Alexandria, TN9922679891,256
        Hartsville (Trousdale County) , TN7,9706062,2412,846
        Carthage, TN2,5332204,9215,141

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Laurel Park, NC2,53391466557
        New Miami, OH2,5341609681,128
        Seneca, IL2,534129754883
        Delmont, PA2,532103546649
        Walnut Hill, TN2,5342489181,165
        Carthage, TN2,5332204,9215,141
        Source: The Carthage, TN 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.