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Total crime 115%
Violent crime 109%
Property crime 116%
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StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleKnoxville/100k peopleTennessee/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime9,505n/a (estimate)5,0383,1662,346
Murder38n/a20.19.66.5
Rape124n/a65.738.938.4
Robbery241n/a127.781.073.9
Assault1,125n/a596.3543.2279.7
Violent crime1,528n/a (estimate)810673388
Burglary1,080n/a572.4384.5314.2
Theft5,775n/a3,060.91,802.01,398.0
Vehicle theft1,122n/a594.7306.4246.0
Property crime7,977n/a (estimate)4,2282,4931,958

Key findings

  • Knoxville crime rates are 115% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Knoxville are 109% higher than the national average
  • In Knoxville you have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Knoxville is safer than 4% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Knoxville has not changed

Knoxville crime map

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The Knoxville crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Knoxville as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Knoxville crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Knoxville (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Knoxville 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 Knoxville (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Tennessee, are 1.59 times more than the state average and 2.15 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Knoxville on a daily basis are 1.20 times more than than Tennessee average and 2.09 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Knoxville are 1.70 times more than the daily state average and 2.16 times more than the daily national numbers.

      How Safe is Knoxville (higher is better)

      Is Knoxville safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Tennessee as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Knoxville to other cities in the state and across the country, Knoxville is 8% safer than other cities of Tennessee and 4% safer than other cities in the nation. Knoxville has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Knoxville

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Knoxville is 1 in 124
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Knoxville is 1 in 24
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Knoxville is 1 in 20
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Knoxville? In Knoxville, you have a 1 in 124 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 24. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Knoxville, TN is 1 in 20.

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

      An ideal indicator of whether Knoxville is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Knoxville has increased by 21% and the rate of property crime in Knoxville has decreased by 3%. The total crime rate in Knoxville has not changed year to year.

      Knoxville police department

      ItemKnoxvilleTennesseeNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)50911,551558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.83.63.3
      There are a total of 509 Knoxville police officers. This results in 2.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 21.9% less than the Tennessee average and 14.1% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Tennessee

      StateTotal offendersTennessee /100KNational /100K
      Tennessee24,578412266
      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

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Plainview, TN1,9900370370
      Louisville, TN4,114175648822
      Wildwood, TN1,1402489181,165
      Blaine, TN2,0451071,0751,182
      Farragut, TN21,6902831,0471,330
      Mascot, TN2,7173231,1971,520
      Eagleton Village, TN4,9025351,9842,519
      Knoxville, TN183,9278104,2285,038

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Overland Park, KS183,7752081,9722,180
      Worcester, MA183,6776321,9992,631
      Grand Prairie, TX185,6312451,9242,170
      Brownsville, TX182,1104021,8482,250
      Newport News, VA181,6065962,5293,124
      Knoxville, TN183,9278104,2285,038
      Source: The Knoxville, TN crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. 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.