Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property 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 peopleYoungstown/100k peopleOhio/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,132n/a (estimate)3,5572,0762,324
Violent crime411n/a (estimate)686294370
Vehicle theft270n/a450.4234.5282.7
Property crime1,721n/a (estimate)2,8711,7831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Youngstown, OH

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 Youngstown is 53% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 411 violent crimes reported in Youngstown, equivalent to 686 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 85.4%. Additionally, Youngstown recorded 1721 property crimes, amounting to 2871 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 46.9%.

While murder rates in the United States have shown a consistent decline since 1990, recent years have witnessed an increase. Unfortunately, Youngstown ranks among the cities with the highest murder rates in the nation, when compared to all reporting cities in the U.S. In Youngstown, there were a total of 18 murders, translating to 30 murders per 100,000 residents. This alarming statistic underscores the need for heightened attention to community safety and crime prevention efforts in the area.

Recently, vehicle thefts have seen an upward trend across the United States, and Youngstown ranks among the cities with the highest vehicle theft rates in the country. Last year, there were 270 vehicle thefts, amounting to 450 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places Youngstown within the worst 10% of all cities, indicating that 90% of cities fare better in terms of vehicle theft rates. The likelihood of your vehicle being stolen stands at 1 in 223.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Youngstown?

What do the local residents think about crime in Youngstown? Well, based on a recent survey of 119 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 27% of Youngstown residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 73% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Youngstown a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Youngstown is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Youngstown has a total crime rate that is 53% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 5.84 daily crimes (1.13 violent daily crimes and 4.72 daily property crimes) in Youngstown.

Has Crime in Youngstown Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Youngstown. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Youngstown has increased by 5.1%. Specifically, violent crime has decreased by 15.8%, while property crime has increased by 11.8%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Youngstown.

Youngstown Neighborhood Crime Rates

The Youngstown area comprises a diverse array of over 30 distinct neighborhoods, each exhibiting a unique crime rate influenced by location and various socioeconomic factors. Generally, neighborhoods situated in proximity to the city center, characterized by higher population density, often report elevated crime rates. Conversely, the outlying neighborhoods, marked by lower population density and reduced unemployment and poverty rates, tend to experience lower crime incidence. Some neighborhoods with lower crime rates include: Kirkmere, Arlington and Smokey Hollow which foster a strong sense of safety. Conversely, neighborhoods such as Brier Hill, East Side and Downtown exhibit crime rates above the average, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive research when evaluating different Youngstown neighborhoods, given their considerable variation in crime rates.

Potential Causes for Crime in Youngstown

In Youngstown, the current unemployment rate stands at 7.1%, diverging from the national average of 4.7%. The availability of job opportunities is a pivotal factor influencing unemployment and underemployment rates. Communities where individuals contend with limited employment prospects or a preponderance of low-wage positions may witness elevated rates of joblessness and income inadequacy, which can contribute to heightened crime levels driven by financial insecurity. Conversely, areas characterized by robust employment rates often experience a reduction in overall Youngstown crime rates.

The effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing initiatives can influence crime rates. A strong and collaborative relationship between the police and the community can deter criminal activity and improve safety. In Youngstown, there are 2.94 police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to the national average of 3.25. The effectiveness of law enforcement often depends on community policing strategies that emphasize building trust and cooperation between the police and the community. It's not just about the number of officers but also how they engage with the community.

Elevated rental costs can generate economic strain for both individuals and families, particularly those with restricted financial means. When a substantial proportion of one's income is allocated to housing costs, it often leaves limited resources for fulfilling other crucial necessities such as groceries, healthcare and education. This financial pressure can fuel desperation, potentially prompting individuals to resort to criminal actions, including theft or fraud, as a means of coping with their financial hardships. In Youngstown, the average monthly rent stands at $638, while the national average is $949 per month.

Youngstown crime map

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

      • Youngstown crime rates are 53% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Youngstown are 85% higher than the national average
      • In Youngstown you have a 1 in 29 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Youngstown is safer than 10% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Youngstown has increased by 11%

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        Daily Crime In Youngstown (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Youngstown for every 100,000 residents. The Youngstown total amount of daily crime is 1.71 times more than the Ohio average and 1.53 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Youngstown, is 2.34 times more than the Ohio average, and it is 1.85 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Youngstown has a daily crime average that is 1.61 times more than the Ohio average and 1.47 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Youngstown (higher is better)

        How safe is Youngstown, Ohio compared to other cities in Ohio and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Youngstown is safer than 5% of the cities in Ohio and 10% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Ohio and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Youngstown. Overall, Youngstown is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Youngstown

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Youngstown is 1 in 146
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Youngstown is 1 in 35
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Youngstown is 1 in 29
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Youngstown? In Youngstown, you have a 1 in 146 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 35. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Youngstown, OH is 1 in 29.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Youngstown is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Youngstown has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 11% in Youngstown, while property crimes in Youngstown have increased by 18%. Total crime has increased by 11% year over year.

        Youngstown police department

        Item Youngstown Ohio National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)19617,044558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.92.73.3
        There are a total of 196 Youngstown police officers. This results in 2.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 9.1% greater than the Ohio average and 9.4% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Ohio

        State Total offenders Ohio /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 17,872 sex offenders in Ohio. This yields a total of 156 sex offenders in Ohio per 100,000 residents which is 41% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Columbiana, OH6,4980309309
        Canfield, OH7,22613424437
        Poland, OH2,42589540629
        Brookfield Center, OH1,375110664774
        New Middletown, OH1,389120725844
        Bessemer, PA1,041135712846
        Churchill, OH1,995125756881
        Youngstown, OH64,1526862,8713,557

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        South Hill, WA64,1044754,2354,710
        Lake Elsinore, CA64,2011912,4822,673
        Cheyenne, WY64,0992793,6363,914
        San Marcos, TX64,0536412,6073,247
        Bellevue, NE63,9701821,3981,580
        Youngstown, OH64,1526862,8713,557
        Source: The Youngstown, OH 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.