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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 peopleJefferson City/100k peopleMissouri/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime880n/a (estimate)2,0632,8282,324
Violent crime152n/a (estimate)356488370
Vehicle theft121n/a283.7487.1282.7
Property crime728n/a (estimate)1,7072,3401,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Jefferson City, MO

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Jefferson City crime rate is 11.2% lower 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 Jefferson City, there were 152 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 356 per 100,000 individuals, 3.6% lower than the national average. Additionally, Jefferson City recorded 728 property crimes, amounting to 1707 per 100,000 residents, 12.7% lower than the U.S. average.

The Jefferson City crime rate is about average when compared to all the other cities across the U.S. per 100,000 residents. When we compared the total crimes (violent and property) in Jefferson City, we found that the reported crime rates were almost equal to the average of all other areas that reported crime.

When it comes to violent crimes per 100,000 people, Jefferson City maintains a rate that is very similar to the national average. With 356 reported violent crimes, it falls in line with the national average of 370. This alignment suggests that Jefferson City shares a similar crime profile with other cities, highlighting its comparable level of safety within the broader urban landscape.

Jefferson City exhibits a property crime rate closely aligned with the national average. There were 1707 reported property crimes, which closely matches the national average of 1954 per 100,000 people. Consequently, the area's safety profile mirrors that of an average city, neither notably safer nor more dangerous than the norm. This balance suggests that Jefferson City maintains a consistent approach to property crime prevention in line with the broader national landscape.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Jefferson City?

What do the local residents think about crime in Jefferson City? Well, based on a recent survey of 19 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 37% of Jefferson City residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 63% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Jefferson City a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Jefferson City, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Jefferson City presents a total crime rate that is 11% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Jefferson City experiences an average of 2.41 daily crimes, comprising 0.42 violent incidents and 1.99 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 Jefferson City Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Jefferson City. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Jefferson City has increased by 1.2%. Violent crimes have increased by 21.6%, while property crimes have increased by 2.3%. 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 Jefferson City

In areas where employment options are limited or where a significant proportion of jobs offer meager wages, the likelihood of heightened unemployment and homelessness increases. Regions facing challenges related to unemployment or inadequate income may become more vulnerable to a surge in crime stemming from economic instability. While low unemployment rates tend to lead to reduced crime in most areas. Jefferson City currently has an unemployment rate of 2.3%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. This could be one of many factors that could contribute to a higher or lower crime rate.

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. Jefferson City has a median home price of $161,400, 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.

High rent costs can create economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When a significant portion of one's income is spent on housing, there may be less money available for other essential needs such as food, healthcare and education. Economic stress can contribute to desperation and potentially lead individuals to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Average rent rates in Jefferson City are $653, compared to a national average of $949 per month.

Jefferson City crime map

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

      • Jefferson City crime rates are 11% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Jefferson City are 4% lower than the national average
      • In Jefferson City you have a 1 in 49 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Jefferson City is safer than 31% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Jefferson City has decreased by 1%

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        Daily Crime In Jefferson City (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Jefferson City, MO per 100,000 people. In Jefferson City, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.37 times less than the Missouri average and 1.13 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Jefferson City is 1.37 times less than the Missouri average and 1.04 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Jefferson City has a daily crime rate that is 1.37 times less than the Missouri average and 1.15 times less than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Jefferson City (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Jefferson City in comparison to other Missouri communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Jefferson City safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Jefferson City being safer than 35% of cities in Missouri and 31% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Missouri cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Jefferson City. In conclusion, Jefferson City ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Jefferson City

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Jefferson City is 1 in 281
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Jefferson City is 1 in 59
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Jefferson City is 1 in 49
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Jefferson City, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 281. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 59 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 Jefferson City is 1 in 49.

        Year Over Year Crime In Jefferson City (per 100,000 people)

        Determining whether Jefferson City is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Jefferson City violent crime rates have increased by 19%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 4% year over year. Total crimes for Jefferson City has decreased by 1% in the same time frame.

        Jefferson City police department

        Item Jefferson City Missouri National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)12512,115558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.93.73.3
        There are a total of 125 Jefferson City police officers. This results in 2.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 22.8% less than the Missouri average and 11.4% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Missouri

        State Total offenders Missouri /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 19,657 sex offenders in Missouri. This yields a total of 344 sex offenders in Missouri per 100,000 residents which is 29% 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
        Wardsville, MO1,728112535647
        Holts Summit, MO4,79074626700
        Taos, MO1,420144691835
        St. Martins, MO1,161157752908
        Ashland, MO3,956202748950
        Lake Mykee Town, MO4804812,3062,786
        St. Thomas, MO2924892,3452,834
        Jefferson City, MO42,6703561,7072,063

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Farmers Branch, TX42,6592463,9794,225
        Mankato, MN42,6852582,5042,762
        Burlington, VT42,6454095,1275,536
        Brentwood, TN42,70068842910
        Fairfield, OH42,6232951,7872,082
        Jefferson City, MO42,6703561,7072,063
        Source: The Jefferson City, MO 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.