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Total crime 28%
Violent crime 13%
Property crime 31%
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Crime data for this area is not available from the FBI. Either data from local enforcement agencies is applied or estimates are created based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleColumbia/100k peopleMaryland/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime0n/a (estimate)1,690 (estimate)2,0102,346
Murdern/an/an/a9.16.5
Rapen/an/an/a28.638.4
Robberyn/an/an/a118.573.9
Assaultn/an/an/a243.7279.7
Violent crimen/an/a (estimate)336 (estimate)400388
Burglaryn/an/an/a252.0314.2
Theftn/an/an/a1,184.91,398.0
Vehicle theftn/an/an/a172.9246.0
Property crimen/an/a (estimate)1,354 (estimate)1,6101,958

Key findings

  • Columbia crime rates are 28% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Columbia are 13% lower than the national average
  • In Columbia you have a 1 in 60 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Columbia is safer than 40% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Columbia has decreased by 16%

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      Daily Crime In Columbia (per 100,000 people)

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      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Columbia

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Columbia is 1 in 298
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Columbia is 1 in 74
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Columbia is 1 in 60

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

      Columbia police department

      ItemColumbiaMarylandNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a5,343558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a3.33.3

      Sex offenders in Maryland

      StateTotal offendersMaryland /100KNational /100K
      Maryland7,370135266
      There are a total of 7,370 sex offenders in Maryland. This yields a total of 135 sex offenders in Maryland per 100,000 residents which is 49% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Crownsville, MD1,78456226282
      Garrett Park, MD1,05856226282
      Chevy Chase town, MD2,94863253315
      Kensington, MD2,11163253315
      Fulton, MD3,09776307383
      Spencerville, MD1,90687349436
      Gambrills, MD2,61389360450
      Columbia, MD103,4393361,3541,690

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Santa Maria, CA103,6427712,2863,057
      Spring Hill, FL102,9295622,5873,149
      El Cajon, CA102,8944971,7922,289
      Lakeland, FL102,7143552,4702,825
      Rialto, CA102,4184812,4282,909
      Columbia, MD103,4393361,3541,690
      Source: The Columbia, MD crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. 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.