Crime in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville's crime rate

There were 6,618 crimes reported in Asheville, North Carolina in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 7,067 incidents for every 100,000 people.

How does Asheville compare?

Asheville has one of the highest overall crime rates of any U.S. city. For comparison, the national total crime rate is 2,489 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Asheville's overall crime rate is 159% higher than the overall crime rate in North Carolina. Statewide, there were 286,231 crimes reported in 2019, or 2,729 for every 100,000 people.

What types of crimes are being committed?

The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.

Property crime

The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. In Asheville, however, property crimes account for about 89% of all offenses.

Property crime is much more prevalent in Asheville than it is nationwide. There were 5,923 property crimes in Asheville in 2019, or 6,325 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate is 2,110 incidents per 100,000 people.

Larceny

Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime in the U.S. It is also the most commonly committed type of property crime in Asheville. There were 4,552 larcenies reported in Asheville in 2019, or 4,861 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.

Burglary

There were 833 break-ins reported in Asheville in 2019, or 890 for every 100,000 residents. For reference, there were 341 reported burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide in 2019.

Motor Vehicle Theft

Across the United States, the annual motor vehicle theft rate is 220 for every 100,000 people. In Asheville, meanwhile, there were 538 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 575 for every 100,000 people.

Violent crime

Violent crime accounts for a relatively small share of crimes nationwide. These offenses, which are generally more egregious than property crimes, account for about 15% of the nearly 8.2 million offenses reported across the U.S. in 2019. In Asheville, however, violent offenses account for a smaller 11% share of all reported crime.

At 742 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in Asheville is well above the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in Asheville reported a total of 695 violent crimes in 2019.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime reported in the U.S. It is also the most commonly reported violent offense in Asheville. There were 467 aggravated assaults reported in Asheville in 2019, or 499 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the rate is far lower, standing at 250 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.

Robbery

Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 163 robberies reported in Asheville in 2019, a rate of 174 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.

Rape

There were 59 rapes reported in Asheville in 2019, or 63 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.

Murder

There were 6 homicides committed in the city in 2019. Adjusted for population, the murder rate in Asheville is 6.4 murders for every 100,000 people, higher than the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.

Asheville compared to other cities in North Carolina

Asheville has a higher crime rate than the vast majority of all comparable cities in North Carolina. To be considered comparable, a city must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more.

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