Crime in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans's crime rate

There were 25,395 crimes reported in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 6,437 incidents for every 100,000 people.

How does New Orleans compare?

New Orleans 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.

New Orleans's overall crime rate is 73% higher than the overall crime rate in Louisiana. Statewide, there were 172,530 crimes reported in 2019, or 3,711 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 New Orleans, however, property crimes account for only about 82% of all offenses.

Despite accounting for a smaller than average share of total offenses, property crime is much more prevalent in New Orleans than it is nationwide. There were 20,879 property crimes in New Orleans in 2019, or 5,293 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 New Orleans. There were 15,785 larcenies reported in New Orleans in 2019, or 4,001 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.

Burglary

There were 2,143 break-ins reported in New Orleans in 2019, or 543 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 New Orleans, meanwhile, there were 2,951 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 748 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 New Orleans, however, violent offenses account for a larger 18% share of all reported crime.

At 1,145 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in New Orleans is well above the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in New Orleans reported a total of 4,516 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 New Orleans. There were 2,608 aggravated assaults reported in New Orleans in 2019, or 661 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 1,013 robberies reported in New Orleans in 2019, a rate of 257 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.

Rape

There were 774 rapes reported in New Orleans in 2019, or 196 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.

Murder

There were 121 homicides committed in the city in 2019. Adjusted for population, the murder rate in New Orleans is 30.7 murders for every 100,000 people, many times higher than the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.

New Orleans compared to other cities in Louisiana

New Orleans has a higher crime rate than the vast majority of all comparable cities in Louisiana. 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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