Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleFayetteville/100k peopleNorth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime9,268n/a (estimate)4,4352,4692,324
Violent crime2,044n/a (estimate)978405370
Vehicle theft545n/a260.8199.3282.7
Property crime7,224n/a (estimate)3,4572,0641,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Fayetteville, NC

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Fayetteville crime rate is higher than the national average by 90.8%. Specifically, there were 2044 violent crimes in Fayetteville, equivalent to 978 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 164.5%. Furthermore, Fayetteville recorded 7224 property crimes, amounting to 3457 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 76.9%.

With a total of 4435 crimes per 100,000 people, the Fayetteville crime rates stand at 90.81 higher than the national average. Consequently, the area grapples with one of the nation's highest total crime rates. Addressing this challenge is crucial for enhancing the safety and livability in Fayetteville, making it a priority to reduce crime through community engagement, effective law enforcement, and collaborative efforts to secure a better future for residents and prospective residents.

Fayetteville is one of the most dangerous cities in America with a violent crime rate of 978 per 100,000 people - this ranks in the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities that reported crime. Your chance of being a victim of violent crime in Fayetteville is 1 in 103.

While murder rates in the United States have shown a consistent decline since 1990, recent years have witnessed an increase. Unfortunately, Fayetteville ranks among the cities with the highest murder rates in the nation, when compared to all reporting cities in the U.S. In Fayetteville, there were a total of 35 murders, translating to 17 murders per 100,000 residents. This alarming statistic underscores the need for heightened attention to community safety and crime prevention efforts in the area.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Fayetteville?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Fayetteville. Based on the results of the surveys (252 responses), 23% of people felt that there was very little crime in Fayetteville and felt safe walking alone at night. While 77% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Fayetteville a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Fayetteville, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Fayetteville presents a total crime rate that is 91% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Fayetteville experiences an average of 25.39 daily crimes, comprising 5.6 violent incidents and 19.79 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Fayetteville Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Fayetteville. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Fayetteville has increased by 14.7%. Specifically, violent crime has increased by 0.9%, while property crime has increased by 19.3%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Fayetteville.

Potential Causes for Crime in Fayetteville

Limited employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-wage jobs can result in higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Regions where individuals grapple with joblessness or meager wages may exhibit greater vulnerability to an uptick in crime due to financial instability. While areas that have strong employment rates, often will see a reduction in overall crime. Fayetteville, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 4.3%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

In Fayetteville, 87.3% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of any city can exert a significant influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with reduced crime rates, as they furnish individuals with improved employment prospects and viable alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, communities characterized by lower educational achievement often grapple with higher crime rates, as limited opportunities may drive individuals towards criminal behavior.

High cost of living can lead to economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When people struggle to make ends meet due to high housing costs, healthcare expenses, or other basic necessities, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. On the flipside, cities that have a lower cost of living, could see a reduced crime rate. In Fayetteville, the cost of living is 10.14% lower than the national average.

Fayetteville crime map

The Fayetteville crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Fayetteville as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Fayetteville crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Fayetteville crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Fayetteville crime rates are 91% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Fayetteville are 164% higher than the national average
      • In Fayetteville you have a 1 in 23 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Fayetteville is safer than 4% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Fayetteville has increased by 16%

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        Daily Crime In Fayetteville (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Fayetteville, NC per 100,000 people. In Fayetteville, the total number of daily crimes is 1.80 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.91 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Fayetteville is 2.41 times more than the North Carolina average and 2.64 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Fayetteville has a daily crime rate that is 1.67 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.77 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Fayetteville (higher is better)

        How safe is Fayetteville, North Carolina compared to other cities in North Carolina and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Fayetteville is safer than 8% of the cities in North Carolina and 4% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in North Carolina and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Fayetteville. Overall, Fayetteville is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Fayetteville

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Fayetteville is 1 in 103
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Fayetteville is 1 in 29
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Fayetteville is 1 in 23
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Fayetteville? If you reside in Fayetteville, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 103. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 29 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 Fayetteville, is 1 in 23.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Fayetteville, NC is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Fayetteville has increased by 2%, while the property crime rate in Fayetteville has increased by 21% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Fayetteville has increased by 16% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Fayetteville police department

        Item Fayetteville North Carolina National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)51614,511558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.54.83.3
        There are a total of 516 Fayetteville police officers. This results in 2.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 47.5% less than the North Carolina average and 23% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in North Carolina

        State Total offenders North Carolina /100K National /100K
        North Carolina26,293320266
        There are a total of 26,293 sex offenders in North Carolina. This yields a total of 320 sex offenders in North Carolina per 100,000 residents which is 20% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Stedman, NC1,666153782936
        Vander, NC1,3751799131,092
        Eastover, NC3,7401909681,158
        Rockfish, NC3,7002041,0421,246
        Lumber Bridge, NC744492,2892,738
        Autryville, NC1924712,3992,870
        Wade, NC6054802,4492,929
        Fayetteville, NC211,2019783,4574,435

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Birmingham, AL210,9281,6824,1735,854
        Santa Clarita, CA212,5191631,0911,254
        Fontana, CA212,7042871,2871,574
        Moreno Valley, CA208,7513702,0412,410
        Modesto, CA214,4857622,4033,165
        Fayetteville, NC211,2019783,4574,435
        Source: The Fayetteville, NC crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. 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.