Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleMarion/100k peopleArkansas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime474n/a (estimate)3,4853,0972,324
Violent crime96n/a (estimate)706645370
Vehicle theft36n/a264.7250.7282.7
Property crime378n/a (estimate)2,7792,4521,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Marion, AR

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Marion is 49.9% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 96 violent crimes reported in Marion, equivalent to 706 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 90.9%. Additionally, Marion recorded 378 property crimes, amounting to 2779 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 42.2%.

Marion 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 706 per 100,000 people, Marion is considered one of the most unsafe cities in America. This statistic translates to a 1 in 142 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Marion, underscoring the need for increased safety measures and community engagement to improve the city's security.

Despite a steady decline in murder rates in the United States since 1990, recent years have witnessed an unfortunate uptick. Marion stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates, surpassing other cities that reported crime. In Marion, there were a total of 2 murders, translating to 15 murders per 100,000 people, underscoring the pressing need for continued efforts to address and reduce severe violent crime in the area.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Marion?

What do the local residents think about crime in Marion? Well, based on a recent survey of 10 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 20% of Marion residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 80% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Marion a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Marion 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, Marion has an overall crime rate that is 50% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 1.3 daily occurrences, comprising 0.26 violent crimes and 1.04 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Marion as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Marion Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Marion crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Marion has decreased by 2.7% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 29.9% and property crime has decreased by 8%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Marion

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 Marion 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. Marion has an unemployment rate of 3.9%, compared to a national average of 4.7%.

In Marion, the ratio of police officers and civilians stands at 2.44 per 1,000 residents, contrasting with the national average of 3.25. This discrepancy highlights the potential impact of law enforcement and community policing on crime rates. The strength of their collaboration can serve as a deterrent to criminal behavior, fostering a safer environment. Effective law enforcement leans heavily on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and cooperation between police and residents. It's essential to recognize that the effectiveness of these efforts isn't solely tied to the quantity of officers but also hinges on the quality of their engagement with the community.

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. Marion has a median home price of $163,500, 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.

Marion crime map

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

  • Marion crime rates are 50% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Marion are 91% higher than the national average
  • In Marion you have a 1 in 29 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Marion is safer than 10% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Marion has decreased by 12%

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        Daily Crime In Marion (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Marion, Arkansas is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Marion are 1.13 times more than the Arkansas average and 1.50 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Marion are 1.09 times more than than Arkansas and 1.91 times more than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Marion are 1.13 times more than than Arkansas and 1.42 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Marion (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Marion in comparison to other Arkansas communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Marion safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Marion being safer than 22% of cities in Arkansas and 10% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Arkansas cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Marion. In conclusion, Marion ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Marion

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Marion is 1 in 142
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Marion is 1 in 36
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Marion is 1 in 29
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Marion, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 142. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 36 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 Marion is 1 in 29.

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

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Marion, 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 Marion has decreased by 37%, the amount of property crime in Marion has decreased by 3%, and the total amount of crime in Marion has decreased by 12% year over year.

        Marion police department

        Item Marion Arkansas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)305,164558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.42.93.3
        There are a total of 30 Marion police officers. This results in 2.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 17.3% less than the Arkansas average and 25% 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
        Turrell, AR6040602602
        Clarkedale, AR4932619911,251
        Earle, AR2,1743981,4791,877
        Jennette, AR617102,6983,408
        Southaven, MS55,0262283,2663,494
        Crawfordsville, AR5277412,8163,557
        Edmondson, AR4008753,3284,203
        Marion, AR12,3717062,7793,485

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Fairfax Station, VA12,36489646735
        New Kensington, PA12,3783491,8452,194
        Larkspur, CA12,3631908931,083
        Lakeland Village, CA12,3627093,3244,033
        Urbana, MD12,3622369691,205
        Marion, AR12,3717062,7793,485
        Source: The Marion, 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.