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 peopleJackson/100k peopleTennessee/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,585n/a (estimate)3,7982,9242,324
Violent crime612n/a (estimate)899622370
Vehicle theft199n/a292.4362.3282.7
Property crime1,973n/a (estimate)2,8992,3021,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Jackson, TN

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Jackson is 63.4% 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 Jackson, there were 612 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 899 per 100,000 individuals, 143.2% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 1973 property crimes, amounting to 2899 per 100,000 residents, 48.3% higher than the U.S. average.

Jackson ranks among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting violent crime, earning its reputation as one of the nation's most dangerous areas. With a violent crime rate of 899 per 100,000 people, Jackson is considered one of the most unsafe cities in America. This statistic translates to a 1 in 112 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Jackson, underscoring the need for increased safety measures and community engagement to improve the city's security.

While murder rates in the United States have generally declined since 1990, recent years have seen an unfortunate uptick. Jackson stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates among cities reporting crime data. In Jackson, a total of 9 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.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Jackson?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Jackson residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 77 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 23% of Jackson 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, 77% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Jackson a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Jackson 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. Jackson has a total crime rate that is 63% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 7.08 daily crimes (1.68 violent daily crimes and 5.41 daily property crimes) in Jackson.

Has Crime in Jackson Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Jackson has decreased by 0.5% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Jackson is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has decreased by 5.4%, while property crime has decreased by 1.1%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Jackson.

Potential Causes for Crime in Jackson

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 Jackson crime rate. The poverty level in Jackson is 24.1%, while the national average is 15.1%.

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. Jackson, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 4.6%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

Jackson has an average rental rate of $878 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.

Jackson crime map

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

      • Jackson crime rates are 63% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Jackson are 143% higher than the national average
      • In Jackson you have a 1 in 27 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Jackson is safer than 6% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Jackson has decreased by 1%

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        Daily Crime In Jackson (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Jackson on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Tennessee and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Jackson (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Tennessee, are 1.30 times more than the state average and 1.63 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Jackson on a daily basis are 1.45 times more than than Tennessee average and 2.43 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Jackson are 1.26 times more than the daily state average and 1.48 times more than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Jackson (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Jackson in comparison to other Tennessee communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Jackson safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Jackson being safer than 10% of cities in Tennessee and 6% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Tennessee cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Jackson. In conclusion, Jackson ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Jackson

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Jackson is 1 in 112
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Jackson is 1 in 35
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Jackson is 1 in 27
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Jackson, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 112. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 35 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 Jackson is 1 in 27.

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

        A good indicator of whether Jackson is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Jackson has decreased by 6%, while the property crime rate in Jackson has not changed year over year. The number of total crimes in Jackson has decreased by 1% year over year.

        Jackson police department

        Item Jackson Tennessee National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)26411,551558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.03.63.3
        There are a total of 264 Jackson police officers. This results in 4.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 12.3% greater than the Tennessee average and 23.5% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Tennessee

        State Total offenders Tennessee /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 24,578 sex offenders in Tennessee. This yields a total of 412 sex offenders in Tennessee per 100,000 residents which is 55% 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
        Medina, TN4,260112525637
        Three Way, TN1,626185683868
        Henderson, TN6,3234551,0511,507
        Humboldt, TN8,1459451,8262,771
        Medon, TN2608243,0513,875
        Gadsden, TN4909173,3944,311
        Jackson, TN67,0368992,8993,798

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Rocklin, CA67,0701211,2701,391
        Lehi, UT66,9802592,0272,286
        Victoria, TX66,9743792,2282,607
        Johnson City, TN66,9343753,4193,794
        South San Francisco, CA66,8783942,8263,220
        Jackson, TN67,0368992,8993,798
        Source: The Jackson, TN 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.