Reported Annual Crime In Washington

In the event that crime data for this area is not available from the FBI, estimates are used. The estimates are based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWashington/100k peopleDistrict of Columbia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime35,427n/a (estimate)5,1055,2892,756
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWashington/100k peopleDistrict of Columbia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder116n/a16.716.75.3
Rape443n/a63.864.041.7
Robbery2,351n/a338.8378.098.0
Assault3,674n/a529.4546.3248.9
Violent crime6,584n/a (estimate)9491,005394
Burglary1,808n/a260.5260.7430.4
Theft24,490n/a3,529.03,650.41,694.4
Vehicle theft2,545n/a366.7372.8237.4
Property crime28,843n/a (estimate)4,1564,2842,362

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The table above offers a complete overview of all reported annual crimes in Washington, DC. The total number of reported crimes in Washington, DC is shown and for comparison purposes, each crime is also displayed based on the number of crimes per 100,000 people. The crimes are also broken down into two categories; violent crimes and property crimes. The table shows that the overall Washington, DC crime rate is 3% lower than the District of Columbia average and is 85% higher than the national average. Looking at violent crime specifically, Washington, DC has a violent crime rate that is 6% lower than the District of Columbia average and 141% higher than the national average. For property crime, Washington, DC is 3% lower than the District of Columbia average and 76% higher than the national average.
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The Washington crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Washington 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 Washington crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.
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Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in Washington is 85% higher than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 13.99 daily crimes that occur in Washington.
  • Washington is safer than 4% of the cities in the United States.
  • In Washington you have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Washington has decreased by 11%.

Compare Washington, DC Crime To Other Cities

Daily Crime In Washington (per 100,000 people)

The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Washington, DC per 100,000 individuals. The total number of daily crimes is also reported for District of Columbia and on a national scale. In Washington, DC the entire number of daily crimes is accurately recorded at 1.04 times less than the District of Columbia average and 1.85 times more than the national average. The typical number of daily violent crimes in Washington, DC is 1.06 times less than the District of Columbia average and 2.41 times more than the calculated daily national average. With regards to recent property crimes, Washington, DC has a constant daily crime rate that is 1.03 times less than the District of Columbia average and 1.76 times more than the overall daily national average.

How Safe is Washington (higher is better)

What are the odds that you'll be safer in Washington, DC compared to other areas of District of Columbia, as well as the rest of America? In the included graphs, it's depicted that Washington, DC safer than 0% when compared to other District of Columbia cities, and 4% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are derived from a closer look at each city's crime rate in District of Columbia, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Washington, DC. At this time, Washington, DC sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Washington

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Washington is 1 in 106
The chance of being a victim of property crime in Washington is 1 in 25
The chance of being a victim of crime in Washington is 1 in 20
Are you interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Washington, DC? Just look at the above illustrations to see what your chances are of becoming a victim of any crime, such as property crime or violent crime, in this city. In Washington, DC, you have a 1 in 106 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 25. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Washington, DC is 1 in 20.

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

Determining whether Washington, DC is growing less or more safe for inhabitants is most easily done by comparing yearly crime rates. Graphs - like the one above - show crimes by crime type per 100,000 residents. They are displayed by crime types of violent, property, and total, in order to give a better overview of yearly crime rates. Washington, DC has decreased by 21% in violent crimes. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 8% year over year. Total crimes for Washington, DC has decreased by 11% in the same time frame.

Washington police department

ItemWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)4,3324,332558,732
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents6.96.93.3
There are a total of 4,332 Washington police officers. This results in 6.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is equal to the District of Columbia average and 110.7% greater than the National average.

Sex offenders in District of Columbia

StateTotal offendersDistrict of Columbia /100KNational /100K
District of Columbia980185222
There are a total of 980 sex offenders in District of Columbia. This yields a total of 185 sex offenders in District of Columbia per 100,000 residents which is 17% less than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Ravensworth, VA2,17538324361
Garrett Park, MD1,05870312382
Somerset, MD1,21570312382
Cabin John, MD1,95870312382
Kensington, MD2,11178349427
Chevy Chase town, MD2,94878349427
Derwood, MD2,01281360441
Washington, DC659,0099494,1565,105

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Boston, MA658,2796692,0892,758
Memphis, TN655,8572,0036,2988,301
Denver, CO663,3036763,6674,343
Seattle, WA668,8496335,2595,891
Nashville, TN643,7711,1383,8184,956
Washington, DC659,0099494,1565,105
Source: The Washington, DC crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2017. 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.
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