Houston's crime rate
There were 127,007 crimes reported in Houston, Texas in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 5,392 incidents for every 100,000 people.
How does Houston compare?
Houston 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.
Houston's overall crime rate is 92% higher than the overall crime rate in Texas. Statewide, there were 814,678 crimes reported in 2019, or 2,810 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 Houston, however, property crimes account for only about 80% of all offenses.
Despite accounting for a smaller than average share of total offenses, property crime is much more prevalent in Houston than it is nationwide. There were 101,750 property crimes in Houston in 2019, or 4,320 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 Houston. There were 71,614 larcenies reported in Houston in 2019, or 3,040 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.
There were 17,038 break-ins reported in Houston in 2019, or 723 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 Houston, meanwhile, there were 13,098 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 556 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 Houston, however, violent offenses account for a larger 20% share of all reported crime.
At 1,072 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in Houston is well above the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in Houston reported a total of 25,257 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 Houston. There were 14,586 aggravated assaults reported in Houston in 2019, or 619 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 9,147 robberies reported in Houston in 2019, a rate of 388 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.
There were 1,249 rapes reported in Houston in 2019, or 53 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.
There were 275 homicides committed in the city in 2019. Adjusted for population, the murder rate in Houston is 11.7 murders for every 100,000 people, more than double the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.
Houston compared to other cities in Texas
Houston has a higher crime rate than the vast majority of all comparable cities in Texas. 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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