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Crime rate in Columbus, Ohio (OH): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Columbus, OH compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Columbus, OH

The 2019 crime rate in Columbus, OH is 362 (City-Data.com crime index), which is 1.3 times greater than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 89.4% U.S. cities. The 2019 Columbus crime rate fell by 3% compared to 2018. The number of homicides stood at 81 - a decrease of 18 compared to 2018. In the last 5 years Columbus has seen decline of violent crime and decreasing property crime.
See how dangerous Columbus, OH is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Columbus:

362.4
Grandview Heights:

175.9
Bexley:

138.4
Upper Arlington:

81.9
Whitehall:

540.3
Minerva Park:

174.2
Gahanna:

137.6
Worthington:

104.7
Obetz:

184.2
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Columbus by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
104
(14.2)
79
(10.7)
109
(14.5)
83
(10.9)
94
(12.2)
87
(11.0)
83
(10.0)
77
(9.1)
91
(10.6)
142
(16.3)
99
(11.1)
81
(8.9)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
586
(80.1)
661
(89.8)
615
(81.8)
574
(75.6)
566
(73.2)
565
(71.7)
738
(88.8)
806
(95.1)
867
(100.5)
919
(105.4)
820
(91.9)
882
(97.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
3,646
(498.4)
3,849
(523.0)
3,590
(477.5)
3,395
(447.1)
3,359
(434.6)
3,244
(411.9)
2,098
(252.5)
2,240
(264.2)
2,144
(248.6)
1,963
(225.1)
1,922
(215.3)
1,810
(199.8)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
1,612
(220.4)
1,680
(228.3)
1,507
(200.4)
1,288
(169.6)
1,432
(185.3)
1,289
(163.7)
1,644
(197.9)
1,508
(177.9)
1,398
(162.1)
1,454
(166.7)
1,575
(176.5)
1,788
(197.3)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
14,816
(2,025)
14,370
(1,952)
14,708
(1,956)
14,583
(1,920)
15,234
(1,971)
15,169
(1,926)
9,066
(1,091)
7,219
(851.6)
7,756
(899.2)
7,111
(815.3)
6,271
(702.6)
5,809
(641.1)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
30,882
(4,221)
30,893
(4,198)
28,263
(3,759)
30,044
(3,956)
30,784
(3,983)
30,259
(3,842)
23,328
(2,808)
23,021
(2,716)
23,800
(2,759)
23,121
(2,651)
21,323
(2,389)
20,606
(2,274)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
6,400
(874.9)
6,228
(846.2)
5,311
(706.4)
4,186
(551.2)
4,150
(536.9)
3,615
(459.0)
2,940
(353.9)
3,113
(367.2)
3,550
(411.6)
4,176
(478.8)
3,918
(439.0)
3,559
(392.8)
Arson
(per 100,000)
559
(76.4)
638
(86.7)
470
(62.5)
432
(56.9)
403
(52.1)
N/AN/A405
(47.8)
405
(47.0)
379
(43.5)
N/AN/A
City-Data.com crime index666.7668.1621.6587.1590.5561.0423.4406.7414.8419.1375.4362.4

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

- means the value is smaller than the state average.
- means the value is bigger than the state average.
- means the value is much bigger than the state average.



According to our research of Ohio and other state lists, there were 1,508 registered sex offenders living in Columbus, Ohio as of October 24, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Columbus is 572 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is near the state average.



Violent crime rate in 2019
Columbus:

313.8
U.S. Average:

205.8

Violent crime rate in 2018
Columbus:

309.9
U.S. Average:

208.2

Violent crime rate in 2017
Columbus:

333.8
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Columbus:

327.0
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Columbus:

334.3
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Columbus:

334.0
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2011
Columbus:

381.6
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Columbus:

407.5
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Columbus:

405.8
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Columbus:

449.7
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Columbus:

486.9
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Columbus:

467.9
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Columbus:

474.8
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Columbus:

381.8
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
Columbus:

406.1
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Columbus:

426.9
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2019
Columbus:

300.8
U.S. Average:

178.6

Property crime rate in 2018
Columbus:

325.8
U.S. Average:

190.2

Property crime rate in 2017
Columbus:

367.4
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Columbus:

379.6
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Columbus:

361.2
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Columbus:

411.7
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2011
Columbus:

646.1
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Columbus:

673.8
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Columbus:

664.6
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Columbus:

685.1
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Columbus:

727.3
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Columbus:

747.4
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Columbus:

777.6
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Columbus:

665.1
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
Columbus:

663.8
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Columbus:

709.4
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: 2,255 (1,870 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.10
Ohio average:

1.27

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 1,937 (1,551 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.78
Ohio average:

1.14

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 2,205 (1,855 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.19
Ohio average:

2.01

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 2,203 (1,852 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.23
Ohio average:

2.00

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 2,181 (1,862 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.28
Ohio average:

1.98

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 2,138 (1,823 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.29
Ohio average:

1.97

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 2,114 (1,805 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.29
Ohio average:

2.01

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 2,179 (1,878 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.47
Ohio average:

2.12

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 2,178 (1,829 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.57
Ohio average:

2.03

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 2,136 (1,792 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.52
Ohio average:

2.12

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 2,150 (1,789 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.51
Ohio average:

2.13

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Columbus, OH
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

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