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Total crime 17%
Violent crime 15%
Property crime 23%
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 peopleMissouri/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,644n/a (estimate)2,9153,1342,489
Murder11n/a8.89.35.0
Rape69n/a55.247.542.6
Robbery74n/a59.280.881.6
Assault247n/a197.6357.4250.2
Violent crime401n/a (estimate)321495379
Burglary499n/a399.1430.4340.5
Theft2,431n/a1,944.51,865.01,549.5
Vehicle theft313n/a250.4343.3219.9
Property crime3,243n/a (estimate)2,5942,6392,110

Key findings

  • Columbia crime rates are 17% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Columbia are 15% lower than the national average
  • In Columbia you have a 1 in 35 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Columbia is safer than 30% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Columbia has decreased by 8%

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      Daily Crime In Columbia (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Columbia, MO per 100,000 people. In Columbia, the total number of daily crimes is 1.08 times less than the Missouri average and 1.17 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Columbia is 1.54 times less than the Missouri average and 1.18 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Columbia has a daily crime rate that is 1.02 times less than the Missouri average and 1.23 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Columbia (higher is better)

      How safe is Columbia, Missouri compared to other cities in Missouri and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Columbia is safer than 32% of the cities in Missouri and 30% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Missouri and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Columbia. Overall, Columbia is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Columbia

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Columbia is 1 in 312
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Columbia is 1 in 39
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Columbia is 1 in 35
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Columbia? If you reside in Columbia, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 312. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 39 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Columbia, is 1 in 35.

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

      An ideal indicator of whether Columbia is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Columbia has decreased by 11% and the rate of property crime in Columbia has decreased by 8%. The total crime rate in Columbia has decreased by 8% year to year.

      Columbia police department

      ItemColumbiaMissouriNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)18312,115558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.73.73.3
      There are a total of 183 Columbia police officers. This results in 1.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 55.7% less than the Missouri average and 49.1% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Missouri

      StateTotal offendersMissouri /100KNational /100K
      Missouri19,657344266
      There are a total of 19,657 sex offenders in Missouri. This yields a total of 344 sex offenders in Missouri per 100,000 residents which is 29% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Hallsville, MO1,4211931,0301,223
      Ashland, MO3,851751,4841,560
      Pierpont, MO633441,8352,179
      Rocheport, MO2535452,9033,448
      Harrisburg, MO3445853,1173,702
      Lupus, MO306513,4704,120
      Wooldridge, MO276673,5564,223
      Columbia, MO117,1653212,5942,915

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Independence, MO117,2175894,6555,244
      Springfield, IL116,7457774,4415,218
      Beaumont, TX117,7291,0473,6164,663
      Ann Arbor, MI118,0872511,7281,980
      Peoria, IL115,9901,0443,7494,793
      Columbia, MO117,1653212,5942,915
      Source: The Columbia, MO 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.