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Total crime 87%
Violent crime 147%
Property crime 75%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2020 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2021; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWashington/100k peopleDistrict of Columbia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime31,287n/a (estimate)4,3894,4932,346
Murder198n/a27.828.26.5
Rape307n/a43.143.638.4
Robbery2,208n/a309.8332.973.9
Assault4,115n/a577.3595.1279.7
Violent crime6,828n/a (estimate)9581,000388
Burglary1,963n/a275.4275.5314.2
Theft19,126n/a2,683.22,740.71,398.0
Vehicle theft3,370n/a472.8476.8246.0
Property crime24,459n/a (estimate)3,4313,4931,958

Key findings

  • Washington crime rates are 87% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Washington are 147% higher than the national average
  • In Washington you have a 1 in 23 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Washington is safer than 4% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Washington has decreased by 16%

Washington crime map

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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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      Daily Crime In Washington (per 100,000 people)

      The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Washington, DC per 100,000 people. In Washington, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.02 times less than the District of Columbia average and 1.87 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Washington is 1.04 times less than the District of Columbia average and 2.47 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Washington has a daily crime rate that is 1.02 times less than the District of Columbia average and 1.75 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, District of Columbia compared to other areas of District of Columbia, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Washington safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Washington is safer than 0% of District of Columbia cities, and 4% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking 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. At this time, Washington 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 105
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Washington is 1 in 30
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Washington is 1 in 23
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Washington? In Washington, you have a 1 in 105 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 30. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Washington, DC is 1 in 23.

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

      Determining whether Washington is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Washington violent crime rates have decreased by 2%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 19% year over year. Total crimes for Washington has decreased by 16% 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 Columbia1,081204266
      There are a total of 1,081 sex offenders in District of Columbia. This yields a total of 204 sex offenders in District of Columbia per 100,000 residents which is 23% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Garrett Park, MD1,05856226282
      Somerset, MD1,21556226282
      Cabin John, MD1,95856226282
      Ravensworth, VA2,17538263301
      Kensington, MD2,11163253315
      Chevy Chase town, MD2,94863253315
      Derwood, MD2,01265261326
      Washington, DC659,0099583,4314,389

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Boston, MA658,2796241,8662,491
      Boston, MA658,2796071,7592,366
      Memphis, TN655,8572,3525,5617,913
      Denver, CO663,3038584,6495,507
      Seattle, WA668,8496264,8735,499
      Washington, DC659,0099583,4314,389
      Source: The Washington, DC 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.