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 peopleGreat Falls/100k peopleMontana/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,008n/a (estimate)4,9812,3372,324
Violent crime300n/a (estimate)497418370
Vehicle theft182n/a301.4222.6282.7
Property crime2,708n/a (estimate)4,4841,9191,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Great Falls, MT

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Great Falls crime rate is 114.3% higher than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Great Falls, there were 300 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 497 per 100,000 individuals, 34.3% higher than the national average. Additionally, Great Falls recorded 2708 property crimes, amounting to 4484 per 100,000 residents, 129.5% higher than the U.S. average.

With a total of 4981 crimes per 100,000 people, the Great Falls crime rates stand at 114.32 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 Great Falls, 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.

Great Falls has some of the highest property crime rates in the country with 4484 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 Great Falls is 1 in 23, which is far higher than the national average.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Great Falls?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Great Falls residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 56 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 20% of Great Falls residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 80% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Great Falls a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Great Falls a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Great Falls crime rate is 114% higher than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 8.24 crimes per day - 0.82 violent crimes and 7.42 property crimes.

Has Crime in Great Falls Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Great Falls. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Great Falls has decreased by 2.7%. Violent crimes have decreased by 7.4%, while property crimes have decreased by 2.1%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Great Falls

Great Falls has a population density of 2539.2 people per square mile, while with the national average is 90.6 people per square mile. Cities characterized by high population density are frequently larger urban centers offering diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality may be accentuated, resulting in the coexistence of poverty and affluence. Such economic disparities can contribute to elevated property crimes and on occasion, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density generally record lower Great Falls crime rates.

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 Great Falls, the cost of living is 10.33% lower than the national average.

Great Falls has an average rental rate of $748 per month, compared to the national average of $949. In areas with high rental costs, some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions. Overcrowding can lead to increased stress and tension, which may contribute to domestic disputes and related property or violent crimes. Addressing affordable housing and economic mobility can be important strategies for reducing crime in such areas.

Great Falls crime map

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

  • Great Falls crime rates are 114% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Great Falls are 34% higher than the national average
  • In Great Falls you have a 1 in 21 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Great Falls is safer than 10% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Great Falls has decreased by 6%

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        Daily Crime In Great Falls (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Great Falls, MT per 100,000 people. In Great Falls, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 2.13 times more than the Montana average and 2.14 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Great Falls is 1.19 times more than the Montana average and 1.34 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Great Falls has a daily crime rate that is 2.34 times more than the Montana average and 2.29 times more than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Great Falls (higher is better)

        Is Great Falls safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Montana as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Great Falls to other cities in the state and across the country, Great Falls is 18% safer than other cities of Montana and 10% safer than other cities in the nation. Great Falls has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Great Falls

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Great Falls is 1 in 202
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Great Falls is 1 in 23
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Great Falls is 1 in 21
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Great Falls, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 202. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 23 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Great Falls is 1 in 21.

        Year Over Year Crime In Great Falls (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Great Falls, MT is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Great Falls has decreased by 11%, while the property crime rate in Great Falls has decreased by 6% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Great Falls has decreased by 6% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Great Falls police department

        Item Great Falls Montana National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)119872558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/an/a3.3

        Sex offenders in Montana

        State Total offenders Montana /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 2,923 sex offenders in Montana. This yields a total of 291 sex offenders in Montana per 100,000 residents which is 9% 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
        Sun Prairie, MT1,6171989111,109
        Black Eagle, MT8362039321,135
        Gibson Flats, MT2053721,7072,079
        Ulm, MT7503911,7962,187
        Stockett, MT1895462,5063,051
        Vaughn, MT8775482,5143,061
        Sand Coulee, MT2015552,5463,101
        Great Falls, MT58,7174974,4844,981

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        Greenwood, IN58,784731,7961,869
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        Corvallis, OR58,6122073,6603,866
        Springfield, OH58,9571,2044,5145,718
        Margate, FL58,4653482,1022,449
        Great Falls, MT58,7174974,4844,981
        Source: The Great Falls, MT 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.