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 peopleGastonia/100k peopleNorth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,872n/a (estimate)4,7262,4692,324
Violent crime645n/a (estimate)787405370
Vehicle theft342n/a417.4199.3282.7
Property crime3,227n/a (estimate)3,9382,0641,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Gastonia, 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 Gastonia crime rate is higher than the national average by 103.3%. Specifically, there were 645 violent crimes in Gastonia, equivalent to 787 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 112.9%. Furthermore, Gastonia recorded 3227 property crimes, amounting to 3938 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 101.5%.

Gastonia has a crime rate of 4726 per 100,000 people, which surpasses the national average by 103.32%, leading to one of the highest total crime rates in the United States. Addressing this issue is vital for improving overall safety and desirability of Gastonia. Efforts to reduce crime through community engagement, effective law enforcement, and collaborative initiatives are essential to create a more secure and appealing environment for residents and prospective newcomers alike.

Gastonia ranks among the most perilous cities in the United States, bearing a violent crime rate of 787 per 100,000 people, positioning it within the lowest 10% of all U.S. cities reporting crime statistics. The odds of falling victim to violent crime in Gastonia stand at 1 in every 128 residents, emphasizing the pressing need for enhanced safety measures and community engagement to address this significant concern.

With a property crime rate of 3938 crimes per 100,000 people, Gastonia unfortunately has the distinction of being among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting crime. The likelihood of falling victim to property crime in Gastonia is alarmingly high, estimated at 1 in 26, significantly surpassing the national average. This data emphasizes the city's pressing need for concerted efforts to address and reduce property crime, ensuring a safer environment for its residents.

The occurrence of vehicle thefts has been increasing nationwide, and Gastonia faces one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the United States. In the latest reported crime year, there were a reported 342 vehicle thefts, translating to 417 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places Gastonia in the bottom 10% among all cities, signifying that 90% of cities have less stolen vehicles. The likelihood of experiencing a vehicle theft is 1 in 240.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Gastonia?

What do the local residents think about crime in Gastonia? Well, based on a recent survey of 85 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 39% of Gastonia residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 61% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Gastonia a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Gastonia, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Gastonia presents a total crime rate that is 103% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Gastonia experiences an average of 10.61 daily crimes, comprising 1.77 violent incidents and 8.84 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 Gastonia Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Gastonia. 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 Gastonia has increased by 1.7%. Specifically, violent crime has decreased by 9.3%, while property crime has increased by 4.2%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Gastonia.

Potential Causes for Crime in Gastonia

The economic well-being of a city's residents plays a significant role in crime rates. High poverty rates and income inequality can lead to increased crime stats as individuals may resort to illegal activities to meet their basic needs. While lower rates could lead to a lower Gastonia crime rate. The poverty level in Gastonia is 15.2%, while the national average is 15.1%.

Gastonia has a population density of 1481.5 people per square mile, contrasting with the national average of 90.6 people per square mile. High population density cities are often large urban hubs teeming with diverse economic opportunities. Within these environments, income disparities can become pronounced, leading to higher poverty levels. This economic divide may contribute to an uptick in property crimes and, occasionally, violent crimes. In contrast, areas characterized by low population density typically exhibit lower Gastonia crime rates.

Escalating cost of living expenses, encompassing exorbitant housing costs, grocery and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards criminal activities, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In Gastonia, the cost of living is 6.4% lower than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

Gastonia crime map

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

  • Gastonia crime rates are 103% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Gastonia are 113% higher than the national average
  • In Gastonia you have a 1 in 22 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Gastonia is safer than 4% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Gastonia has decreased by 3%

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        Daily Crime In Gastonia (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Gastonia, NC per 100,000 people. In Gastonia, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.91 times more than the North Carolina average and 2.03 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Gastonia is 1.94 times more than the North Carolina average and 2.13 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Gastonia has a daily crime rate that is 1.91 times more than the North Carolina average and 2.02 times more than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Gastonia (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in North Carolina and all other cities across the US, is Gastonia safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Gastonia is safer than 9% of other cities in the state of North Carolina. In addition, Gastonia is safer than 4% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all North Carolina and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Gastonia. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Gastonia is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Gastonia

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Gastonia is 1 in 128
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Gastonia is 1 in 26
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Gastonia is 1 in 22
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Gastonia? If you reside in Gastonia, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 128. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 26 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 Gastonia, is 1 in 22.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Gastonia, NC is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Gastonia has decreased by 13%, while the property crime rate in Gastonia has not changed year over year. Summing up the numbers, Gastonia has decreased by 3% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Gastonia police department

        Item Gastonia North Carolina National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)20114,511558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.84.83.3
        There are a total of 201 Gastonia police officers. This results in 2.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 42.2% less than the North Carolina average and 15.1% 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
        Lowesville, NC3,180132674806
        Ranlo, NC3,643238757995
        Lake Wylie, SC14,0911878791,066
        Tega Cay, SC10,834441,0361,080
        Cramerton, NC4,4172091,0651,274
        Clover, SC6,3701121,2301,342
        Stanley, NC3,7342201,1231,343
        Gastonia, NC76,6357873,9384,726

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        Racine, WI76,8934341,5051,939
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        Gastonia, NC76,6357873,9384,726
        Source: The Gastonia, 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.