Chattanooga's crime rate
There were 12,052 crimes reported in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 6,628 incidents for every 100,000 people.
How does Chattanooga compare?
Chattanooga 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.
Chattanooga's overall crime rate is 104% higher than the overall crime rate in Tennessee. Statewide, there were 221,800 crimes reported in 2019, or 3,248 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.
The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. In Chattanooga, property crimes account for only about 84% of all offenses.
Property crime is much more prevalent in Chattanooga than it is nationwide. There were 10,106 property crimes in Chattanooga in 2019, or 5,557 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate is 2,110 incidents per 100,000 people.
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 Chattanooga. There were 7,694 larcenies reported in Chattanooga in 2019, or 4,231 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.
There were 1,098 break-ins reported in Chattanooga in 2019, or 604 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 Chattanooga, meanwhile, there were 1,314 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 723 for every 100,000 people.
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 Chattanooga, however, violent offenses account for a larger 16% share of all reported crime.
At 1,070 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in Chattanooga is well above the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in Chattanooga reported a total of 1,946 violent crimes in 2019.
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 Chattanooga. There were 1,556 aggravated assaults reported in Chattanooga in 2019, or 856 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the rate is far lower, standing at 250 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.
Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 196 robberies reported in Chattanooga in 2019, a rate of 108 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.
There were 161 rapes reported in Chattanooga in 2019, or 89 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.
There were 33 homicides committed in the city in 2019. Adjusted for population, the murder rate in Chattanooga is 18.1 murders for every 100,000 people, more than triple the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.
Chattanooga compared to other cities in Tennessee
Chattanooga has a higher crime rate than the vast majority of all comparable cities in Tennessee. 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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