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Crime rate in Washington, District of Columbia (DC): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Washington, DC compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Washington, DC

The 2018 crime rate in Washington, DC was 491 (City-Data.com crime index), which was 1.8 times greater than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 95.6% of U.S. cities. The 2018 Washington crime rate rose by 2% compared to 2017. The number of homicides stood at 160 - an increase of 44 compared to 2017. In the last 5 years Washington has seen a decrease in violent crime and in property crime.
See how dangerous Washington, DC is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Washington:

490.9
Mount Rainier:

302.4
Brentwood:

96.5
Cottage City:

127.3
Colmar Manor:

317.1
North Brentwood:

282.4
Hyattsville:

344.5
Takoma Park:

187.8
Bladensburg:

331.2
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Washington by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
195
(35.4)
169
(29.1)
181
(30.8)
186
(31.4)
143
(23.8)
132
(21.9)
108
(17.5)
88
(13.9)
103
(15.9)
105
(15.9)
162
(24.1)
138
(20.3)
116
(16.7)
160
(22.8)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
165
(30.0)
182
(31.3)
192
(32.6)
186
(31.4)
150
(25.0)
184
(30.6)
172
(27.8)
236
(37.3)
393
(60.8)
470
(71.3)
494
(73.5)
527
(77.4)
443
(63.8)
445
(63.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
3,502
(636.1)
3,604
(619.7)
3,985
(677.4)
4,154
(701.9)
3,998
(666.7)
3,914
(650.5)
3,756
(607.8)
3,725
(589.1)
3,660
(566.2)
3,231
(490.4)
3,404
(506.4)
3,149
(462.3)
2,351
(338.8)
2,157
(307.1)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
3,854
(700.1)
4,453
(765.7)
3,566
(606.2)
3,609
(609.8)
3,295
(549.5)
3,238
(538.1)
2,949
(477.2)
3,399
(537.5)
3,724
(576.1)
4,004
(607.7)
4,024
(598.6)
3,897
(572.1)
3,674
(529.4)
3,851
(548.2)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
3,571
(648.7)
3,826
(657.9)
3,920
(666.3)
3,781
(638.9)
3,696
(616.4)
4,224
(702.0)
3,849
(622.8)
3,519
(556.5)
3,314
(512.6)
3,463
(525.6)
2,971
(442.0)
2,360
(346.5)
1,808
(260.5)
1,786
(254.3)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
14,162
(2,572)
15,132
(2,602)
16,476
(2,801)
18,787
(3,174)
18,012
(3,004)
18,050
(3,000)
20,124
(3,256)
22,196
(3,510)
23,108
(3,575)
25,881
(3,928)
24,194
(3,599)
26,402
(3,876)
24,490
(3,529)
25,658
(3,653)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
7,467
(1,356)
7,057
(1,214)
7,323
(1,245)
6,191
(1,046)
5,299
(883.7)
4,864
(808.3)
4,339
(702.1)
3,549
(561.3)
3,147
(486.8)
3,683
(559.0)
3,194
(475.1)
2,899
(425.6)
2,545
(366.7)
2,549
(362.9)
Arson
(per 100,000)
61
(11.1)
34
(5.8)
63
(10.7)
51
(8.6)
55
(9.2)
49
(8.1)
61
(9.9)
50
(7.9)
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City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)682.5669.5670.3675.9611.6604.9565.0566.2583.4596.2591.5568.9480.7490.9

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 District of Columbia and other state lists, there were 1,081 registered sex offenders living in Washington, District of Columbia as of June 02, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Washington is 630 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is near the state average.


When are crimes committed in Washington, DC?

Violent crime rate in 2018
Washington:

536.5
U.S. Average:

207.3

Violent crime rate in 2017
Washington:

531.4
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Washington:

635.1
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Washington:

674.2
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Washington:

652.2
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
Washington:

663.8
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
Washington:

628.5
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
Washington:

605.3
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Washington:

668.7
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Washington:

680.8
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Washington:

750.1
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Washington:

735.9
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Washington:

782.2
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Washington:

768.9
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Washington:

567.2
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
Washington:

674.1
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Washington:

686.1
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2018
Washington:

287.9
U.S. Average:

189.3

Property crime rate in 2017
Washington:

283.6
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Washington:

326.9
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Washington:

339.6
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Washington:

385.4
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
Washington:

354.3
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
Washington:

371.0
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
Washington:

392.7
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Washington:

411.6
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Washington:

406.0
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Washington:

443.4
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Washington:

460.0
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Washington:

443.7
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Washington:

461.8
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Washington:

375.4
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
Washington:

442.4
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Washington:

466.2
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: 4,520 (3,841 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

5.47
District of Columbia average:

6.25

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 4,473 (3,836 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

5.53
District of Columbia average:

6.09

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 4,352 (3,753 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

5.51
District of Columbia average:

7.04

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 4,487 (3,826 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

5.69
District of Columbia average:

7.27

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 4,368 (3,935 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

5.97
District of Columbia average:

7.83

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 4,403 (3,976 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

6.15
District of Columbia average:

8.04

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 4,332 (3,867 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

6.12
District of Columbia average:

7.81

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 4,299 (3,818 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

6.18
District of Columbia average:

7.88

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 4,477 (3,945 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

6.56
District of Columbia average:

7.59

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 4,613 (4,052 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

6.76
District of Columbia average:

8.53

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 4,637 (4,030 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

6.81
District of Columbia average:

8.58

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 4,494 (3,907 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

6.64
District of Columbia average:

8.33

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 4,342 (3,799 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

6.64
District of Columbia average:

7.22

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 4,278 (3,757 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

6.57
District of Columbia average:

7.57

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 4,372 (3,787 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

6.62
District of Columbia average:

7.52

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 4,182 (3,515 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

6.14
District of Columbia average:

6.94

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Washington, DC
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

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