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Crime rate in Columbia, South Carolina (SC): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Columbia, SC compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Columbia, SC

The 2018 crime rate in Columbia, SC was 474 (City-Data.com crime index), which was 1.7 times greater than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 94.9% of U.S. cities. The 2018 Columbia crime rate is about the same compared to 2017. The number of homicides stood at 16 - an increase of 6 compared to 2017. In the last 5 years Columbia has seen an increase in violent crime and a decrease in property crime.
See how dangerous Columbia, SC is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Columbia:

474.3
Forest Acres:

451.2
West Columbia:

707.5
Cayce:

438.4
Springdale:

363.4
Pine Ridge:

117.5
South Congaree:

377.9
Irmo:

299.8
Lexington:

241.2
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Columbia by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
15
(12.7)
7
(5.9)
16
(13.3)
13
(10.4)
13
(10.2)
16
(12.3)
8
(6.0)
8
(6.0)
12
(9.1)
10
(7.4)
10
(7.4)
16
(12.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
56
(47.5)
56
(47.1)
67
(55.6)
56
(44.6)
68
(53.2)
74
(56.7)
58
(43.9)
71
(52.9)
83
(62.6)
99
(73.6)
66
(48.9)
90
(67.4)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
381
(323.1)
375
(315.4)
345
(286.2)
334
(266.2)
379
(296.4)
345
(264.4)
331
(250.3)
320
(238.6)
258
(194.7)
286
(212.7)
273
(202.3)
224
(167.7)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
859
(728.5)
852
(716.5)
1,114
(924.1)
676
(538.7)
878
(686.6)
871
(667.4)
555
(419.7)
605
(451.1)
705
(532.1)
721
(536.1)
642
(475.7)
656
(491.2)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
1,332
(1,130)
1,254
(1,055)
1,267
(1,051)
1,182
(941.9)
1,678
(1,312)
1,699
(1,302)
1,398
(1,057)
1,102
(821.6)
1,094
(825.7)
1,114
(828.3)
954
(706.9)
1,006
(753.3)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
5,513
(4,676)
5,086
(4,277)
5,066
(4,202)
4,998
(3,983)
5,321
(4,161)
5,528
(4,236)
5,800
(4,386)
5,416
(4,038)
5,252
(3,964)
5,357
(3,983)
5,389
(3,993)
4,979
(3,728)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
837
(709.9)
654
(550.0)
630
(522.6)
645
(514.0)
690
(539.6)
671
(514.2)
791
(598.2)
673
(501.8)
858
(647.6)
903
(671.4)
791
(586.1)
768
(575.1)
Arson
(per 100,000)
26
(22.1)
27
(22.7)
24
(19.9)
25
(19.9)
11
(8.6)
11
(8.4)
9
(6.8)
11
(8.2)
18
(13.6)
18
(13.4)
17
(12.6)
29
(21.7)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)629.0576.3625.2510.4590.5584.4503.5475.2501.2515.8465.9474.3

The City-Data.com crime rate weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.




According to our research of South Carolina and other state lists, there were 738 registered sex offenders living in Columbia, South Carolina as of February 27, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Columbia is 182 to 1.



Violent crime rate in 2018
Columbia:

420.8
U.S. Average:

207.3

Violent crime rate in 2017
Columbia:

402.7
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Columbia:

462.9
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Columbia:

444.2
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Columbia:

409.7
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
Columbia:

391.0
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2010
Columbia:

547.1
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Columbia:

565.0
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Columbia:

467.8
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Columbia:

687.3
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Columbia:

574.8
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Columbia:

598.8
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Columbia:

495.1
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
Columbia:

435.9
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Columbia:

496.2
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2018
Columbia:

423.4
U.S. Average:

189.3

Property crime rate in 2017
Columbia:

429.0
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Columbia:

465.5
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Columbia:

460.5
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Columbia:

441.5
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
Columbia:

520.5
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2010
Columbia:

549.3
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Columbia:

551.4
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Columbia:

464.6
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Columbia:

498.7
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Columbia:

507.3
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Columbia:

566.2
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Columbia:

482.1
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
Columbia:

421.2
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Columbia:

466.1
U.S. Average:

336.9
Murders per 100,000 population
Rapes per 100,000 population
Robberies per 100,000 population
Assaults per 100,000 population
Burglaries per 100,000 population
Thefts per 100,000 population
Auto thefts per 100,000 population
Arson per 100,000 population

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 454 (363 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.72
South Carolina average:

2.48

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 386 (301 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.23
South Carolina average:

1.80

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 424 (338 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.51
South Carolina average:

2.64

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 434 (352 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.66
South Carolina average:

2.66

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 435 (348 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.59
South Carolina average:

2.51

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 443 (374 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.83
South Carolina average:

2.84

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 450 (389 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.95
South Carolina average:

2.65

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 444 (382 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.92
South Carolina average:

2.81

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 402 (340 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.61
South Carolina average:

2.67

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 383 (345 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.70
South Carolina average:

2.66

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 364 (327 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.61
South Carolina average:

2.81

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 360 (320 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.65
South Carolina average:

2.77

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 368 (328 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.82
South Carolina average:

2.48

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 339 (301 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.59
South Carolina average:

2.64

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 381 (301 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.59
South Carolina average:

2.52

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 377 (302 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.60
South Carolina average:

2.44

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Columbia, SC
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 29044, 29045, 29061, 29063, 29147, 29202, 29203, 29204, 29205, 29207, 29208, 29210, 29212, 29225, 29229.