Crime in Rainbow City, Alabama

Rainbow City's crime rate

There were 51 crimes reported in Rainbow City, Alabama in 2018, the most recent year crime data is available for the city. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 534 incidents for every 100,000 people.

In September 2020, the FBI released crime figures for 2019, however, as a complete dataset for Rainbow City was not included in that release, 2018 data is shown here.

How does Rainbow City compare?

Rainbow City has one of the lowest overall crime rates of any U.S. city. For comparison, the national total crime rate is 2,580 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Rainbow City's overall crime rate is 84% lower than the overall crime rate in Alabama. Statewide, there were 163,099 crimes reported in 2018, or 3,337 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 2018. In Rainbow City, however, property crimes account for about 98% of all offenses.

Despite accounting for a higher than average share of total offenses, property crime is much less prevalent in Rainbow City than it is nationwide. There were 50 property crimes in Rainbow City in 2018, or 524 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate is 2,200 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 Rainbow City. There were 30 larcenies reported in Rainbow City in 2018, or 314 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,595 per 100,000.


There were 11 break-ins reported in Rainbow City in 2018, or 115 for every 100,000 residents. For reference, there were 327 reported burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide in 2018.

Motor Vehicle Theft

Across the United States, the annual motor vehicle theft rate is 229 for every 100,000 people. In Rainbow City, meanwhile, there were 9 motor vehicle thefts in 2018, or 94 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 more than 8.4 million offenses reported across the U.S. in 2018. In Rainbow City, however, violent offenses account for a smaller 2% share of all reported crime.

At 10 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in Rainbow City is well below the national violent crime rate of 381 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in Rainbow City reported a total of one violent crime in 2018.

Aggravated Assault

With a nationwide rate of 247 per 100,000 people, aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime reported in the U.S. In Rainbow City, there was just one aggravated assault reported in 2018, or 10 for every 100,000 people.


Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America, but there were no robberies reported in Rainbow City in 2018. The national robbery rate was 86 per 100,000 in 2018.


There were 139,380 reported rapes nationwide in 2018, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people. In Rainbow City in 2018, none were reported.


While there were 16,214 murders nationwide in 2018, none were reported in Rainbow City in 2018.

Rainbow City compared to other cities in Alabama

Rainbow City has the lowest crime rate of all comparable cities in Alabama. To be considered comparable, a city must have a complete 2018 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more.

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