Columbia, MD crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

The crime rate in Columbia is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 21 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Columbia is 1 in 48. Based on FBI crime data, Columbia is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Maryland, Columbia has a crime rate that is higher than 73% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Columbia has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Columbia is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Columbia does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Columbia.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Columbia occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Columbia; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 410. This equates to a rate of 2 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Columbia's rate for property crime is 19 per one thousand population. This makes Columbia a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Columbia is one in 54.

Columbia Crime Data

 

Crime Index

27

(100 is safest)


Safer than 27% of U.S. Cities

Columbia Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

262

1,987

2,249

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

2.44

18.52

20.96

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
2.44
4.54
National Median: 4
    Columbia
    Maryland

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 410

in Columbia

1 in 220

in Maryland

Columbia VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 107,318
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
18.52
19.5
National Median: 21
    Columbia
    Maryland

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 54

in Columbia

1 in 51

in Maryland

Columbia Property CRIMES

Population: 107,318
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

Columbia Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
70
50
National Median: 28.3
    Columbia
    Maryland