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Total crime 70%
Violent crime 57%
Property crime 72%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleColumbia/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime79n/a (estimate)7532,2532,489
Murder0n/a0.06.65.0
Rape1n/a9.548.042.6
Robbery1n/a9.598.481.6
Assault15n/a143.0254.0250.2
Violent crime17n/a (estimate)162407379
Burglary23n/a219.2271.7340.5
Theft36n/a343.21,426.61,549.5
Vehicle theft3n/a28.6148.2219.9
Property crime62n/a (estimate)5911,8472,110

Key findings

  • Columbia crime rates are 70% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Columbia are 57% lower than the national average
  • In Columbia you have a 1 in 133 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Columbia is safer than 70% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Columbia has decreased by 55%

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      Daily Crime In Columbia (per 100,000 people)

      The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Columbia, IL per 100,000 people. In Columbia, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 2.99 times less than the Illinois average and 3.31 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Columbia is 2.51 times less than the Illinois average and 2.34 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Columbia has a daily crime rate that is 3.12 times less than the Illinois average and 3.57 times less than the overall daily national average.

      How Safe is Columbia (higher is better)

      When comparing the safety of Columbia to every other city in Illinois, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Columbia safe? The gauges above illustrate that Columbia is safer than 54% of every city located within Illinois along with 70% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Illinois and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Columbia, IL is ranked above average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Columbia

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Columbia is 1 in 618
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Columbia is 1 in 170
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Columbia is 1 in 133
      Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Columbia, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 618. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 170 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Columbia is 1 in 133.

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

      The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Columbia is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Columbia has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 44% in Columbia, while property crimes in Columbia have decreased by 58%. Total crime has decreased by 55% year over year.

      Columbia police department

      ItemColumbiaIllinoisNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2130,690558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.12.63.3
      There are a total of 21 Columbia police officers. This results in 2.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 19.2% less than the Illinois average and 34.2% 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
      Kimmswick, MO149000
      Lakeshire, MO1,64172287359
      Smithton, IL3,7920391391
      Valmeyer, IL1,1840402402
      Grantwood Village, MO1,01369370440
      Oakland, MO1,64969370440
      Webster Groves, MO23,111109717826
      Columbia, IL10,193162591753

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Waterloo, IL10,1973851,7442,129
      Rockport, TX10,1972404,0634,303
      Eunice, LA10,1995135,5346,047
      Marlton, NJ10,1872241,4431,667
      Little Canada, MN10,2022282,0072,235
      Columbia, IL10,193162591753
      Source: The Columbia, IL crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.