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Total crime 57%
Violent crime 43%
Property crime 60%
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StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleColumbus/100k peopleOhio/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime33,594n/a (estimate)3,6862,1592,346
Murder174n/a19.17.06.5
Rape816n/a89.543.238.4
Robbery1,796n/a197.166.973.9
Assault2,278n/a249.9191.6279.7
Violent crime5,064n/a (estimate)556309388
Burglary5,551n/a609.1318.8314.2
Theft19,874n/a2,180.61,359.81,398.0
Vehicle theft3,105n/a340.7171.7246.0
Property crime28,530n/a (estimate)3,1301,8501,958

Key findings

  • Columbus crime rates are 57% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Columbus are 43% higher than the national average
  • In Columbus you have a 1 in 28 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Columbus is safer than 13% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Columbus has decreased by 3%

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The Columbus crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Columbus as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Columbus crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Columbus (per 100,000 people)

      The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Columbus, Ohio is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Columbus are 1.71 times more than the Ohio average and 1.57 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Columbus are 1.80 times more than than Ohio and 1.43 times more than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Columbus are 1.69 times more than than Ohio and 1.60 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Columbus (higher is better)

      How safe is Columbus, Ohio compared to other cities in Ohio and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Columbus is safer than 6% of the cities in Ohio and 13% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Ohio and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Columbus. Overall, Columbus is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Columbus

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Columbus is 1 in 180
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Columbus is 1 in 32
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Columbus is 1 in 28
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Columbus, Ohio you have a 1 in 180 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 32 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 28 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Columbus.

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

      Determining whether Columbus is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Columbus violent crime rates have increased by 11%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 5% year over year. Total crimes for Columbus has decreased by 3% in the same time frame.

      Columbus police department

      ItemColumbusOhioNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2,13817,044558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.72.73.3
      There are a total of 2,138 Columbus police officers. This results in 2.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 0.7% less than the Ohio average and 17.5% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Ohio

      StateTotal offendersOhio /100KNational /100K
      Ohio17,872156266
      There are a total of 17,872 sex offenders in Ohio. This yields a total of 156 sex offenders in Ohio per 100,000 residents which is 41% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      New California, OH1,99643260303
      Minerva Park, OH1,29980481561
      Powell, OH12,4360574574
      Commercial Point, OH1,84459652711
      Hilliard, OH33,10864705769
      Dublin, OH43,87444745789
      Lithopolis, OH1,439106687792
      Columbus, OH837,0385563,1303,686

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Indianapolis, IN846,6748713,5704,441
      San Francisco, CA850,2825444,3944,938
      Jacksonville, FL856,6166982,8713,569
      Fort Worth, TX815,9305412,7333,274
      Charlotte, NC808,8348363,2404,077
      Columbus, OH837,0385563,1303,686
      Source: The Columbus, OH 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.