Annual Crime In Columbia (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 peopleColumbia/100k peopleSouth Dakota/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime0n/a (estimate)2,486 (estimate)2,1332,580
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleColumbia/100k peopleSouth Dakota/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murdern/an/an/a1.45.0
Rapen/an/an/a69.642.6
Robberyn/an/an/a29.786.2
Assaultn/an/an/a304.0246.8
Violent crimen/an/a (estimate)472 (estimate)405381
Burglaryn/an/an/a291.4376.0
Theftn/an/an/a1,264.51,594.6
Vehicle theftn/an/an/a172.7228.9
Property crimen/an/a (estimate)2,014 (estimate)1,7292,200

Key findings

  • Columbia crime rates are 4% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Columbia are 24% higher than the national average
  • In Columbia you have a 1 in 41 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Columbia is safer than 23% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Columbia has decreased by 11%

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Compare Columbia, SD Crime To Other Cities

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      Daily Crime In Columbia (per 100,000 people)

      How Safe is Columbia (higher is better)

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Columbia

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Columbia is 1 in 212
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Columbia is 1 in 50
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Columbia is 1 in 41

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

      Columbia police department

      ItemColumbiaSouth DakotaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a995558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a2.23.3

      Sex offenders in South Dakota

      StateTotal offendersSouth Dakota /100KNational /100K
      South Dakota000

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Groton, SD1,905124529653
      Aberdeen, SD27,7834322,0972,528
      Westport, SD1235302,2622,792
      Bath, SD2425442,3212,865
      Frederick, SD2405632,4052,968
      Claremont, SD1246192,6433,263
      Columbia, SD1494722,0142,486

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Riverton, MN1493292,9793,308
      Pulcifer, WI1493331,7582,091
      Grass Valley, OR1493803,8434,223
      Jennings, MD1497553,2754,030
      Blenheim, SC1496514,0294,680
      Columbia, SD1494722,0142,486
      Source: The Columbia, SD 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.