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 peopleGreensboro/100k peopleNorth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime13,755n/a (estimate)4,6052,4692,324
Violent crime2,447n/a (estimate)819405370
Vehicle theft1,231n/a412.1199.3282.7
Property crime11,308n/a (estimate)3,7862,0641,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Greensboro, NC

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Greensboro is 98.1% higher than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Greensboro, there were 2447 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 819 per 100,000 individuals, 121.5% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 11308 property crimes, amounting to 3786 per 100,000 residents, 93.7% higher than the U.S. average.

In Greensboro, the crime rate stands at 4605 per 100,000 residents, surpassing the national average by 98.12%. This places the city among those with some of the highest total crime rates nationwide. However, it's important to recognize that this doesn't imply that the entire city is unsafe. As with any urban area, there are neighborhoods in Greensboro that exhibit varying levels of safety, emphasizing the need for localized crime prevention efforts and community involvement to create a safe environment across the entire city.

Greensboro is one of the most dangerous cities in America with a violent crime rate of 819 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 Greensboro is 1 in 123.

While murder rates in the United States have generally declined since 1990, recent years have seen an unfortunate uptick. Greensboro stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates among cities reporting crime data. In Greensboro, a total of 40 murders were reported, equating to 13 murders per 100,000 residents. This statistic underscores the challenges facing the area in terms of severe violent crime and the importance of ongoing efforts to enhance safety and security within the community.

Greensboro has some of the highest property crime rates in the country with 3786 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 Greensboro is 1 in 27, which is far higher than the national average.

With a total of 1231 vehicle thefts last year, Greensboro has one of the most stolen cars in the country at 412 per 100,000 people. This lands Greensboro in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported crime and the chance of any vehicle being stolen is one in 243.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Greensboro?

AreaVibes surveyed 186 local residents in Greensboro to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 40% of people answered that there was very little crime in Greensboro and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 60% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Greensboro a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Greensboro 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. Greensboro has a total crime rate that is 98% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 37.68 daily crimes (6.7 violent daily crimes and 30.98 daily property crimes) in Greensboro.

Has Crime in Greensboro Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Greensboro. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Greensboro has increased by 4.1%. Violent crimes have decreased by 6.9%, while property crimes have increased by 6.8%. 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 Greensboro

Regions characterized by high population density frequently encompass expansive urban hubs that offer diverse economic prospects. In such areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, creating pockets of poverty alongside affluence. Economic disparities within these regions may correlate with elevated property crimes and, in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density numbers generally exhibit reduced Greensboro crime rates. Greensboro registers a population density of 2260.1 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

In Greensboro, the cost of living is 11.09% lower than the national average. A substantial cost of living can burden residents, particularly those with constrained financial means. When individuals contend with steep housing expenses, grocery bills, utility costs, healthcare and essential needs that strain their budgets, they may turn to criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities characterized by a more affordable cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, which could potentially lead to decreased crime rates.

In cities grappling with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves needing to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, elevating stress levels and potentially fueling domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. Greensboro has a median home price of $163,000, deviating from the national average of $184,700. Large disparities in housing costs can significantly impact the well-being of residents and the prevalence of crime within the community.

Greensboro crime map

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

      • Greensboro crime rates are 98% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Greensboro are 122% higher than the national average
      • In Greensboro you have a 1 in 22 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Greensboro is safer than 6% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Greensboro has increased by 5%

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        Daily Crime In Greensboro (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Greensboro for every 100,000 residents. The Greensboro total amount of daily crime is 1.86 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.98 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Greensboro, is 2.02 times more than the North Carolina average, and it is 2.22 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Greensboro has a daily crime average that is 1.83 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.94 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Greensboro (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Greensboro to every other city in North Carolina, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Greensboro safe? The gauges above illustrate that Greensboro is safer than 13% of every city located within North Carolina along with 6% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in North Carolina and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Greensboro, NC is ranked above average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Greensboro

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Greensboro is 1 in 123
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Greensboro is 1 in 27
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Greensboro is 1 in 22
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Greensboro? In Greensboro, NC you have a 1 in 123 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 27 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 22 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Greensboro.

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

        Determining whether Greensboro is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Greensboro violent crime rates have decreased by 6%. At the same time, property crime has increased by 8% year over year. Total crimes for Greensboro has increased by 5% in the same time frame.

        Greensboro police department

        Item Greensboro North Carolina National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)75714,511558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.74.83.3
        There are a total of 757 Greensboro police officers. This results in 2.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 42.6% less than the North Carolina average and 15.7% 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
        Forest Oaks, NC4,102102521623
        Jamestown, NC4,298115587703
        Oak Ridge, NC6,979132671803
        Summerfield, NC11,283154786941
        Stokesdale, NC5,4511738821,055
        McLeansville, NC9251768951,070
        Gibsonville, NC7,2321999391,138
        Greensboro, NC294,3958193,7864,605

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Anchorage, AK292,0901,1512,7643,915
        Plano, TX288,8701581,8962,054
        Pittsburgh, PA301,2864592,4312,890
        Lincoln, NE286,3883822,8423,224
        Cincinnati, OH302,6878423,7514,593
        Greensboro, NC294,3958193,7864,605
        Source: The Greensboro, 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.