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Crime rate in Knoxville, Tennessee (TN): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Knoxville, TN compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Knoxville, TN

The 2018 crime rate in Knoxville, TN was 466 (City-Data.com crime index), which was 1.7 times greater than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 94.5% of U.S. cities. The 2018 Knoxville crime rate fell by 17% compared to 2017. The number of homicides stood at 20 - a decrease of 13 compared to 2017. In the last 5 years Knoxville has seen a decrease in violent crime and in property crime.
See how dangerous Knoxville, TN is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Knoxville:

465.9
Alcoa:

424.8
Clinton:

350.6
Maryville:

123.4
Plainview:

45.9
Norris:

190.2
Blaine:

48.4
Oak Ridge:

271.0
Maynardville:

163.3
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Knoxville by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
25
(13.9)
18
(9.9)
27
(14.7)
28
(15.2)
22
(11.8)
15
(8.1)
17
(9.4)
18
(9.9)
18
(9.8)
12
(6.5)
22
(11.9)
18
(9.6)
33
(17.6)
20
(10.6)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
99
(55.0)
89
(48.8)
109
(59.5)
140
(75.9)
147
(79.1)
122
(65.7)
94
(52.1)
119
(65.3)
139
(75.9)
135
(73.2)
174
(93.7)
157
(84.1)
145
(77.3)
132
(70.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
545
(302.8)
538
(294.9)
681
(371.5)
668
(361.9)
660
(355.1)
625
(336.8)
559
(309.7)
528
(289.7)
415
(226.5)
413
(224.0)
382
(205.8)
404
(216.5)
371
(197.8)
249
(132.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
1,059
(588.4)
1,249
(684.7)
1,241
(677.0)
1,156
(626.4)
1,137
(611.8)
993
(535.2)
1,021
(565.7)
1,109
(608.5)
969
(528.8)
1,052
(570.6)
1,142
(615.2)
1,093
(585.8)
1,127
(600.9)
1,107
(586.8)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
2,471
(1,373)
2,281
(1,250)
2,507
(1,368)
2,661
(1,442)
2,589
(1,393)
2,723
(1,467)
2,544
(1,410)
2,882
(1,581)
2,275
(1,241)
1,976
(1,072)
1,910
(1,029)
1,840
(986.2)
1,665
(887.8)
1,374
(728.3)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
7,370
(4,095)
7,684
(4,212)
8,984
(4,901)
8,383
(4,542)
8,553
(4,602)
8,789
(4,737)
9,515
(5,272)
8,373
(4,594)
8,424
(4,597)
9,216
(4,999)
8,477
(4,566)
7,620
(4,084)
7,510
(4,005)
6,379
(3,381)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
1,221
(678.4)
1,098
(601.9)
1,371
(747.9)
1,142
(618.8)
679
(365.3)
810
(436.5)
820
(454.3)
914
(501.5)
739
(403.3)
836
(453.5)
756
(407.2)
864
(463.1)
1,036
(552.4)
1,074
(569.3)
Arson
(per 100,000)
137
(76.1)
114
(62.5)
99
(54.0)
101
(54.7)
72
(38.7)
51
(27.5)
26
(14.4)
23
(12.6)
21
(11.5)
12
(6.5)
16
(8.6)
19
(10.2)
12
(6.4)
7
(3.7)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)594.5588.3675.5657.0626.7604.0612.4615.2557.1564.2570.7538.2543.1465.9

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 Tennessee and other state lists, there were 649 registered sex offenders living in Knoxville, Tennessee as of February 18, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Knoxville is 287 to 1.


When are crimes committed in Knoxville, TN?

Violent crime rate in 2018
Knoxville:

450.6
U.S. Average:

207.3

Violent crime rate in 2017
Knoxville:

511.9
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Knoxville:

504.6
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Knoxville:

527.9
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Knoxville:

483.6
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
Knoxville:

473.1
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
Knoxville:

534.1
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
Knoxville:

508.6
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Knoxville:

517.9
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Knoxville:

586.2
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Knoxville:

600.4
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Knoxville:

613.1
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Knoxville:

558.3
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Knoxville:

528.4
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Knoxville:

369.8
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
Knoxville:

379.1
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Knoxville:

428.9
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2018
Knoxville:

400.1
U.S. Average:

189.3

Property crime rate in 2017
Knoxville:

460.7
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Knoxville:

470.9
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Knoxville:

495.2
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Knoxville:

532.3
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
Knoxville:

538.6
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
Knoxville:

621.2
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
Knoxville:

613.6
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Knoxville:

595.8
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Knoxville:

563.5
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Knoxville:

608.3
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Knoxville:

630.7
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Knoxville:

551.0
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Knoxville:

581.1
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Knoxville:

449.3
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
Knoxville:

440.1
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Knoxville:

386.4
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: 502 (387 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.05
Tennessee average:

2.56

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 486 (396 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.11
Tennessee average:

2.49

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 465 (377 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.02
Tennessee average:

2.67

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 491 (397 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.14
Tennessee average:

2.68

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 507 (410 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.22
Tennessee average:

2.70

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 497 (393 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.14
Tennessee average:

2.70

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 509 (410 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.25
Tennessee average:

2.68

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 485 (387 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.14
Tennessee average:

2.66

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 503 (405 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.18
Tennessee average:

2.67

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 485 (388 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.09
Tennessee average:

2.67

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 471 (375 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.03
Tennessee average:

2.65

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 482 (382 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.08
Tennessee average:

2.64

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 476 (359 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.06
Tennessee average:

2.48

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 470 (376 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.16
Tennessee average:

2.54

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 477 (391 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.25
Tennessee average:

2.64

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 493 (397 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.28
Tennessee average:

2.64

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Knoxville, TN
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 37849, 37871, 37902, 37909, 37912, 37914, 37915, 37916, 37917, 37918, 37919, 37921, 37922, 37923, 37924, 37931.