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91%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
52%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
99%
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 peopleGadsden/100k peopleAlabama/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,491n/a (estimate)4,4482,1482,324
Murder6n/a17.910.96.3
Rape15n/a44.729.640.0
Robbery17n/a50.734.566.1
Assault151n/a450.5334.1268.2
Violent crime189n/a (estimate)564409370
Burglary152n/a453.4283.9269.8
Theft1,009n/a3,010.11,252.71,401.9
Vehicle theft141n/a420.6202.3282.7
Property crime1,302n/a (estimate)3,8841,7391,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Gadsden, AL

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Gadsden is 91.4% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 189 violent crimes reported in Gadsden, equivalent to 564 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 52.5%. Additionally, Gadsden recorded 1302 property crimes, amounting to 3884 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 98.7%.

With a crime rate of 4448 per 100,000 residents, Gadsden has a crime rate that is 91.38% higher than the national average. This results in one of the highest total crime rates in the entire country. This does not necessarily mean that the entire city is unsafe. As with any area, there are some pockets in Gadsden that are much safer than others. A little research will go a long way in determining which areas could potentially offer a safer living environment.

Despite a steady decline in murder rates in the United States since 1990, recent years have witnessed an unfortunate uptick. Gadsden stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates, surpassing other cities that reported crime. In Gadsden, there were a total of 6 murders, translating to 18 murders per 100,000 people, underscoring the pressing need for continued efforts to address and reduce severe violent crime in the area.

Gadsden has some of the highest property crime rates in the country with 3884 crimes per 100,000 people - this ranks in the bottom 10% of all American cities that reported crime. Your chance of being a victim of property crime in Gadsden is 1 in 26, which is far higher than the national average.

Recently, vehicle thefts have seen an upward trend across the United States, and Gadsden ranks among the cities with the highest vehicle theft rates in the country. Last year, there were 141 vehicle thefts, amounting to 421 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places Gadsden within the worst 10% of all cities, indicating that 90% of cities fare better in terms of vehicle theft rates. The likelihood of your vehicle being stolen stands at 1 in 238.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Gadsden?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Gadsden. Based on the results of the surveys (32 responses), 34% of people felt that there was very little crime in Gadsden and felt safe walking alone at night. While 66% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Gadsden a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Gadsden is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Gadsden has a total crime rate that is 91% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 4.08 daily crimes (0.52 violent daily crimes and 3.57 daily property crimes) in Gadsden.

Has Crime in Gadsden Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Gadsden. 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 Gadsden has decreased by 52.9%. Specifically, violent crime has decreased by 64.7%, while property crime has decreased by 50.4%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Gadsden.

Potential Causes for Crime in Gadsden

In Gadsden, the current unemployment rate stands at 4.2%, diverging from the national average of 4.7%. The availability of job opportunities is a pivotal factor influencing unemployment and underemployment rates. Communities where individuals contend with limited employment prospects or a preponderance of low-wage positions may witness elevated rates of joblessness and income inadequacy, which can contribute to heightened crime levels driven by financial insecurity. Conversely, areas characterized by robust employment rates often experience a reduction in overall Gadsden crime rates.

In Gadsden, 70.6% of residents have graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of a community 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.

The quality of housing and neighborhood conditions can influence crime rates. Neglected or run-down neighborhoods with poorly maintained properties may be more susceptible to criminal activities. In areas with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves residing in cramped or inadequate housing settings, amplifying stress levels and potentially fostering domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. It's worth noting that the median home price in Gadsden stands at $80,400, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

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The Gadsden crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Gadsden 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 Gadsden crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Gadsden 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

  • Gadsden crime rates are 91% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Gadsden are 52% higher than the national average
  • In Gadsden you have a 1 in 23 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Gadsden is safer than 10% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Gadsden has decreased by 51%

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        Daily Crime In Gadsden (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Gadsden, per 100,000 residents. In Gadsden, the total number of daily crimes is 2.07 times more than the Alabama average and 1.91 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Gadsden are 1.38 times more than the Alabama average and 1.52 times more than the national average. For property crime, Gadsden has a daily crime rate that is 2.23 times more than the Alabama average and 1.99 times more than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Gadsden (higher is better)

        Is Gadsden safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Alabama as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Gadsden to other cities in the state and across the country, Gadsden is 12% safer than other cities of Alabama and 10% safer than other cities in the nation. Gadsden has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Gadsden

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Gadsden is 1 in 178
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Gadsden is 1 in 26
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Gadsden is 1 in 23
        How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Gadsden, Alabama you have a 1 in 178 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 26 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 23 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Gadsden.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Gadsden, AL is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Gadsden has decreased by 64%, while the property crime rate in Gadsden has decreased by 49% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Gadsden has decreased by 51% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Gadsden police department

        Item Gadsden Alabama National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1339,968558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a4.13.3

        Sex offenders in Alabama

        State Total offenders Alabama /100K National /100K
        Alabama10,698231266
        There are a total of 10,698 sex offenders in Alabama. This yields a total of 231 sex offenders in Alabama per 100,000 residents which is 13% less than the national average.

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        Gadsden, AL35,2245643,8844,448

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        Source: The Gadsden, AL 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.