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Total crime 237%
Violent crime 506%
Property crime 184%
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StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleMemphis/100k peopleTennessee/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime51,507n/a (estimate)7,9133,1662,346
Murder289n/a44.49.66.5
Rape411n/a63.138.938.4
Robbery2,131n/a327.481.073.9
Assault12,479n/a1,917.1543.2279.7
Violent crime15,310n/a (estimate)2,352673388
Burglary5,831n/a895.8384.5314.2
Theft25,924n/a3,982.61,802.01,398.0
Vehicle theft4,442n/a682.4306.4246.0
Property crime36,197n/a (estimate)5,5612,4931,958

Key findings

  • Memphis crime rates are 237% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Memphis are 506% higher than the national average
  • In Memphis you have a 1 in 13 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Memphis is safer than 1% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Memphis has decreased by 1%

Memphis crime map

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The Memphis crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Memphis 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 Memphis crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Memphis (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Memphis, per 100,000 residents. In Memphis, the total number of daily crimes is 2.50 times more than the Tennessee average and 3.37 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Memphis are 3.50 times more than the Tennessee average and 6.06 times more than the national average. For property crime, Memphis has a daily crime rate that is 2.23 times more than the Tennessee average and 2.84 times more than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Memphis (higher is better)

      When comparing the safety of Memphis to every other city in Tennessee, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Memphis safe? The gauges above illustrate that Memphis is safer than 1% of every city located within Tennessee along with 1% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Tennessee and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Memphis, TN is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Memphis

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Memphis is 1 in 43
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Memphis is 1 in 18
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Memphis is 1 in 13
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Memphis? If you reside in Memphis, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 43. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 18 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 Memphis, is 1 in 13.

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

      An analysis of year to year crime rates in Memphis, Tennessee (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 Memphis has increased by 24%, the amount of property crime in Memphis has decreased by 9%, and the total amount of crime in Memphis has decreased by 1% year over year.

      Memphis police department

      ItemMemphisTennesseeNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2,82611,551558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.33.63.3
      There are a total of 2,826 Memphis police officers. This results in 4.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 20.2% greater than the Tennessee average and 32.2% greater 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
      Lynchburg, MS2,19783599681
      Clarkedale, AR4342711,0561,327
      Walls, MS1,3262751,7862,060
      Bartlett, TN58,3182561,9362,192
      Horn Lake, MS26,7851722,2082,379
      Olive Branch, MS35,5082252,1792,404
      Southaven, MS51,8161653,1913,356
      Memphis, TN655,8572,3525,5617,913

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Boston, MA658,2796241,8662,491
      Boston, MA658,2796071,7592,366
      Washington, DC659,0099583,4314,389
      Denver, CO663,3038584,6495,507
      Nashville, TN643,7711,1564,0735,229
      Memphis, TN655,8572,3525,5617,913
      Source: The Memphis, 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.