Annual Crime In Charleston (2018)

Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
In the event that crime data for this area is not available from the FBI, estimates are used. The estimates are based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCharleston/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime90n/a (estimate)4312,3372,580
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCharleston/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder0n/a0.06.95.0
Rape8n/a38.346.042.6
Robbery3n/a14.4111.586.2
Assault18n/a86.2239.7246.8
Violent crime29n/a (estimate)139404381
Burglary24n/a115.0306.7376.0
Theft36n/a172.41,472.31,594.6
Vehicle theft1n/a4.8153.8228.9
Property crime61n/a (estimate)2921,9332,200

Key findings

  • Charleston crime rates are 83% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Charleston are 64% lower than the national average
  • In Charleston you have a 1 in 232 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Charleston is safer than 79% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Charleston has decreased by 55%

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Compare Charleston, IL Crime To Other Cities

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      Daily Crime In Charleston (per 100,000 people)

      The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Charleston, IL is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Charleston are 5.42 times less than the Illinois average and 5.99 times less than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Charleston are 2.91 times less than than Illinois and 2.74 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Charleston are 6.62 times less than than Illinois and 7.53 times less than the national average.

      How Safe is Charleston (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in Charleston in comparison to other Illinois communities and all other areas throughout the United States? The evidence provided by these graphs show Charleston being safer than 67% of cities in Illinois and 79% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Illinois cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Charleston. In conclusion, Charleston ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Charleston

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Charleston is 1 in 720
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Charleston is 1 in 343
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Charleston is 1 in 232
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Charleston, IL you have a 1 in 720 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 343 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 232 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Charleston.

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

      A good indicator of whether Charleston is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Charleston has decreased by 63%, while the property crime rate in Charleston has decreased by 49% year over year. The number of total crimes in Charleston has decreased by 55% year over year.

      Charleston police department

      ItemCharlestonIllinoisNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3630,690558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.62.63.3
      There are a total of 36 Charleston police officers. This results in 1.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 37.8% less than the Illinois average and 49.4% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Illinois

      StateTotal offendersIllinois /100KNational /100K
      Illinois32,213263266
      There are a total of 32,213 sex offenders in Illinois. This yields a total of 263 sex offenders in Illinois per 100,000 residents which is 1% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Kansas, IL652000
      Arcola, IL2,881243243486
      Neoga, IL1,770185739924
      Casey, IL2,5613027931,095
      Toledo, IL1,3722171,0391,256
      Mattoon, IL17,3995561,5792,136
      Ashmore, IL8525502,6303,179
      Charleston, IL21,257139292431

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Winter Gardens, CA21,2555432,8893,432
      Orchards, WA21,2494153,9224,337
      Hutto, TX21,24141323364
      Fort Walton Beach, FL21,2383102,9423,252
      Marquette, MI21,2821129941,106
      Charleston, IL21,257139292431
      Source: The Charleston, IL crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.