Reported Annual Crime In Columbia

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 peopleColumbia/100k peopleSouth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime8,125n/a (estimate)6,0203,7022,745
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleColumbia/100k peopleSouth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder10n/a7.47.85.3
Rape66n/a48.949.841.7
Robbery273n/a202.377.098.0
Assault642n/a475.7371.5248.9
Violent crime991n/a (estimate)734506383
Burglary954n/a706.9623.1430.4
Theft5,389n/a3,993.12,289.11,694.4
Vehicle theft791n/a586.1283.8237.4
Property crime7,134n/a (estimate)5,2863,1962,362

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The table above provides a full overview of all reported crimes in Columbia, SC for the year. The sum of recorded criminal acts in Columbia, SC is displayed; for comparisons, each offense is also shown in regards to the amount of offenses per 100,000 people. Along with this, they are separated into multiple categories: violent crimes and property crimes. The crime data reveals that the overall Columbia, SC crime rates are 63% higher than in comparison to the South Carolina mean and are 119% higher than the nation's mean. In regards to violent offenses, Columbia, SC has a rate that is 45% higher than the South Carolina average; compared to the United States, it is 92% higher than. Looking at crimes involving property, Columbia, SC is 65% higher than its state's mean, and 124% higher than the country's average.
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Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in Columbia is 119% higher than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 16.49 daily crimes that occur in Columbia.
  • Columbia is safer than 5% of the cities in the United States.
  • In Columbia you have a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Columbia has decreased by 3%.

Compare Columbia, SC Crime To Other Cities

Daily Crime In Columbia (per 100,000 people)

The illustration above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Columbia, SC on a daily bases (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of South Carolina. A comparison to the average number of daily national crimes is displayed as well. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Columbia, SC (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to South Carolina state wide, are 1.63 times more than the state average and 2.19 times more than than national statistics. Violent crimes committed in Columbia, SC on a daily bases are 1.45 times more than than South Carolina average and 1.92 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Columbia, SC are 1.65 times more than the daily state average and 2.24 times more than the daily national numbers.

How Safe is Columbia (higher is better)

Are people any safer living in the Columbia, SC area in comparison to other South Carolina communities and all other cities throughout the United States? The evidence provided by these graphs show Columbia, SC being safer than 28% of cities in South Carolina and 5% of cities across the United States as a whole. This is evident by tracking South Carolina cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Columbia, SC. In conclusion, Columbia, SC now ranks below average in comparison to all United States cities.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Columbia

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Columbia is 1 in 137
The chance of being a victim of property crime in Columbia is 1 in 19
The chance of being a victim of crime in Columbia is 1 in 17
Are you interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Columbia, SC? Just look at the above illustrations to see what your chances are of becoming a victim of any crime, such as property crime or violent crime, in this city. In Columbia, SC, you have a 1 in 137 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 19. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Columbia, SC is 1 in 17.

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

An ideal indicator of whether Columbia, SC is becoming a safer or more dangerous residential area or not is an analysis of the crime rate in the area from year to year. In the above illustration, the year to year crime rates are visualized per 100,000 people for property, violent, and total crime. Year to year rate of violent crime in Columbia, SC has decreased by 8% and the rate of property crime in Columbia, SC has decreased by 3%. The total crime rate in Columbia, SC has decreased by 3% year to year.

Columbia police department

ItemColumbiaSouth CarolinaNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)4505,812558,732
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.45.13.3
There are a total of 450 Columbia police officers. This results in 3.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 32.6% less than the South Carolina average and 5% greater than the National average.

Sex offenders in South Carolina

StateTotal offendersSouth Carolina /100KNational /100K
South Carolina12,678314222
There are a total of 12,678 sex offenders in South Carolina. This yields a total of 314 sex offenders in South Carolina per 100,000 residents which is 41% greater than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Blythewood, SC2,61279501581
Pine Ridge, SC2,1381611,0161,176
Lake Murray of Richland, SC5,7981651,0391,204
Arcadia Lakes, SC9912041,2911,496
Hopkins, SC2,7492731,7231,996
Springdale CDP, SC2,3552911,8352,126
Gaston, SC1,388602,2892,349
Columbia, SC132,5377345,2866,020

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Olathe, KS132,7871861,4281,615
Sterling Heights, MI131,6741841,1321,316
Miramar, FL133,7412891,5891,878
Waco, TX130,6595073,5954,102
Thornton, CO130,5113502,6943,045
Columbia, SC132,5377345,2866,020
Source: The Columbia, SC crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2017. 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.
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