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Violent 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 peopleKinston/100k peopleNorth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime764n/a (estimate)3,9502,4692,324
Violent crime137n/a (estimate)708405370
Vehicle theft64n/a330.9199.3282.7
Property crime627n/a (estimate)3,2422,0641,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Kinston, NC

The Kinston crime rates are 70% higher than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 137 violent crimes in Kinston (708 per 100,000 people), which is 91.5% higher than the national average and there were a total of 627 property crimes (3242 per 100,000 residents) which is 65.9% higher than average.

Kinston has gained notoriety as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, given its alarming violent crime rate of 708 crimes per 100,000 people. In fact, Kinston falls within the lowest 10% among cities reporting violent crimes last year, resulting in a concerning 1 in 142 likelihood of experiencing a violent crime. It's important to note that safety levels may vary across different areas within the city, and this statistic doesn't necessarily reflect the entire city's situation regarding violent crime.

Although murder rates are essentially half of what they used to be 30+ years ago, some cities still struggle with higher rates than others. Kinston is one of those cities. In the last reported crime year, there were a total of 9 murders in Kinston, which equates to 47 murders per 100,000 people. This results in Kinston being a very dangerous place to live.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Kinston?

AreaVibes surveyed 59 local residents in Kinston to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 19% of people answered that there was very little crime in Kinston and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 81% 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 Kinston a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Kinston, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Kinston presents a total crime rate that is 70% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Kinston experiences an average of 2.09 daily crimes, comprising 0.38 violent incidents and 1.72 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 Kinston Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Kinston. 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 Kinston has decreased by 35.8%. Specifically, violent crime has decreased by 33.2%, while property crime has decreased by 36.4%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Kinston.

Potential Causes for Crime in Kinston

If employment opportunities are limited or if many jobs offer low wages, it can lead to higher rates of unemployment and underemployment, which could lead to an increase in Kinston crime rates. Areas where individuals struggle with unemployment or low wages, may be more susceptible to an increase in criminal activities as a result of financial insecurity. While lower rates of unemployment or a surplus of job opportunities could lead to a decrease in crime as their basic needs are being met. Kinston has an unemployment rate of 7.1%, compared to a national average of 4.7%.

Escalating cost of living expenses, encompassing exorbitant housing costs, grocery and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards criminal activities, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In Kinston, the cost of living is 14.87% lower than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

The impact of law enforcement and community policing efforts plays a crucial role in shaping crime rates in any city. A robust and cooperative bond between law enforcement and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, enhancing overall safety. In Kinston, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents stands at 3.57, differing from the national average of 3.25. Effective law enforcement hinges not solely on officer numbers but also on the manner in which they interact and collaborate with the community. Building trust and cooperation are central tenets of community policing, amplifying its influence on crime prevention.

Kinston crime map

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

      • Kinston crime rates are 70% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Kinston are 92% higher than the national average
      • In Kinston you have a 1 in 26 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Kinston is safer than 9% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Kinston has decreased by 35%

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        Daily Crime In Kinston (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Kinston on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of North Carolina and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Kinston (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to North Carolina, are 1.60 times more than the state average and 1.70 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Kinston on a daily basis are 1.75 times more than than North Carolina average and 1.92 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Kinston are 1.57 times more than the daily state average and 1.66 times more than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Kinston (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Kinston to every other city in North Carolina, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Kinston safe? The gauges above illustrate that Kinston is safer than 20% of every city located within North Carolina along with 9% 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, Kinston, NC is ranked above average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Kinston

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Kinston is 1 in 142
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Kinston is 1 in 31
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Kinston is 1 in 26
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Kinston? If you reside in Kinston, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 142. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 31 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Kinston, is 1 in 26.

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

        Determining whether Kinston is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Kinston violent crime rates have decreased by 32%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 35% year over year. Total crimes for Kinston has decreased by 35% in the same time frame.

        Kinston police department

        Item Kinston North Carolina National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)7814,511558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.64.83.3
        There are a total of 78 Kinston police officers. This results in 3.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 25.2% less than the North Carolina average and 9.9% greater 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
        Grifton, NC2,873240681922
        La Grange, NC2,6582111,0741,285
        Ayden, NC5,1384341,4801,914
        Snow Hill, NC2,2572612,4802,742
        Hookerton, NC6455152,6273,142
        Seven Springs, NC445502,8033,352
        Dover, NC2835572,8403,397
        Kinston, NC20,1737083,2423,950

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
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        Mountain Brook, AL20,17827940968
        Payson, UT20,18187840927
        Nogales, AZ20,1822433,5543,797
        East Hemet, CA20,1617553,5364,290
        Kinston, NC20,1737083,2423,950
        Source: The Kinston, 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.