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 peopleJonesboro/100k peopleArkansas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,171n/a (estimate)3,9703,0972,324
Violent crime516n/a (estimate)646645370
Vehicle theft209n/a261.7250.7282.7
Property crime2,655n/a (estimate)3,3242,4521,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Jonesboro, AR

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Jonesboro is 70.8% 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 Jonesboro, there were 516 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 646 per 100,000 individuals, 74.7% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 2655 property crimes, amounting to 3324 per 100,000 residents, 70.1% higher than the U.S. average.

While murder rates in the United States have generally declined since 1990, recent years have seen an unfortunate uptick. Jonesboro stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates among cities reporting crime data. In Jonesboro, a total of 9 murders were reported, equating to 11 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 Jonesboro?

AreaVibes surveyed 45 local residents in Jonesboro to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 33% of people answered that there was very little crime in Jonesboro and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 67% 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 Jonesboro a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Jonesboro is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Jonesboro has an overall crime rate that is 71% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 8.69 daily occurrences, comprising 1.41 violent crimes and 7.27 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Jonesboro as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Jonesboro Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Jonesboro. 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 Jonesboro has increased by 4.5%. Specifically, violent crime has decreased by 12.2%, while property crime has increased by 8.5%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Jonesboro.

Potential Causes for Crime in Jonesboro

High population density areas are often large urban centers with diverse economic opportunities. These areas can exacerbate income inequality, with pockets of poverty existing alongside affluence. Areas with economic disparities may experience higher property crimes and, in some cases, violent crimes. On the other hand, areas with low population density tend to see lower Jonesboro crime rates. The population density in Jonesboro is 965.2 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

The educational level within a community can have an influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of education are associated with reduced crime rates, as they offer individuals improved employment prospects and alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment tends to correspond with higher crime rates. In Jonesboro, 82.2% of residents have achieved at least a high school diploma, which differs from the national average of 83%.

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. Jonesboro has a median home price of $161,500, 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.

Jonesboro crime map

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

  • Jonesboro crime rates are 71% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Jonesboro are 75% higher than the national average
  • In Jonesboro you have a 1 in 26 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Jonesboro is safer than 9% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Jonesboro has increased by 6%

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        Daily Crime In Jonesboro (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Jonesboro on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Arkansas and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Jonesboro (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Arkansas, are 1.28 times more than the state average and 1.71 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Jonesboro on a daily basis are 1.00 times more than than Arkansas average and 1.75 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Jonesboro are 1.36 times more than the daily state average and 1.70 times more than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Jonesboro (higher is better)

        How safe is Jonesboro, Arkansas compared to other cities in Arkansas and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Jonesboro is safer than 21% of the cities in Arkansas and 9% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Arkansas and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Jonesboro. Overall, Jonesboro is ranked above average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Jonesboro

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Jonesboro is 1 in 155
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Jonesboro is 1 in 31
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Jonesboro is 1 in 26
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Jonesboro? In Jonesboro, AR you have a 1 in 155 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 31 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 26 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Jonesboro.

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

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Jonesboro, Arkansas (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Jonesboro has decreased by 11%, the amount of property crime in Jonesboro has increased by 10%, and the total amount of crime in Jonesboro has increased by 6% year over year.

        Jonesboro police department

        Item Jonesboro Arkansas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1605,164558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.32.93.3
        There are a total of 160 Jonesboro police officers. This results in 2.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 21.1% less than the Arkansas average and 28.5% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Arkansas

        State Total offenders Arkansas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 8,875 sex offenders in Arkansas. This yields a total of 323 sex offenders in Arkansas per 100,000 residents which is 21% 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
        Bono, AR2,4490292292
        Lake City, AR2,556358437795
        Brookland, AR3,4914591,4241,883
        Bay, AR2,3414381,6442,082
        Sedgwick, AR1687642,9063,670
        Egypt, AR408743,3214,194
        Cash, AR3199373,5604,497
        Jonesboro, AR77,3916463,3243,970

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
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        Layton, UT77,2681631,6661,829
        Kendall, FL77,228119720839
        Cedar Park, TX77,1811071,3221,429
        Perris, CA77,7083022,5522,855
        Jonesboro, AR77,3916463,3243,970
        Source: The Jonesboro, AR 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.