Hawaii's crime rate

There were 44,304 crimes reported in Hawaii in 2018, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, Hawaii's crime rate is 3,119 crimes per 100,000 residents.

How does Hawaii compare?

Crime is more common in Hawaii than it is on average nationwide. By comparison, the national crime rate of 2,580 per 100,000 people is 17% lower. Of the 50 states, 12 have a higher crime rate than Hawaii.

Crime rates nationwide range from 1,422 per 100,000 in New Hampshire to 4,276 per 100,000 in New Mexico, the states with the lowest and highest crime rates, respectively.

Here are the crime rates for all 50 states.

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. This share was higher in Hawaii, with property crimes accounting for 92% of all crimes reported in the state.

There were 40,772 property crimes reported in Hawaii in 2018, or 2,870 per 100,000 residents. This is much higher than the national rate of 2,200 property crimes per 100,000 people and is the ninth highest rate of the 50 states.

Larceny

Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime. The 5,217,055 reported incidents nationwide in 2018 accounted for 72% of all property crime. Hawaii's rate of 2,076 reported larceny incidents per 100,000 residents is higher than the nationwide rate of 1,595 per 100,000 and is the sixth highest among states.

Burglary

An estimated 5,631 break-ins were reported in Hawaii in 2018, or 396 per 100,000 state residents -- the 20th highest rate among states. For reference, there were an estimated 1,230,149 break-ins nationwide, or 376 break-ins per 100,000 people.

Motor vehicle theft

Across the U.S., there were 748,841 reported motor vehicle thefts in 2018, a rate of 229 per 100,000 people. Hawaii's rate of 398 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 residents was much higher than this national rate and the third highest rate compared to all states.

Violent crime

Violent crimes make up a small share of crimes nationwide. In Hawaii, violent crimes account for just 8% of total crimes, versus 15% nationwide.

While Hawaii has the 38th lowest total crime rate of all states, it has the 14th lowest violent crime rate. The state’s violent crime rate of 249 per 100,000 people is considerably lower than the national rate of 381 per 100,000. There were 3,532 violent crimes reported to Hawaii law enforcement agencies in 2018.

Aggravated assault

Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime. Nationwide, there were 807,410 aggravated assaults in 2018, accounting for 65% of violent crimes across the country. In Hawaii, 1,925 aggravated assaults were reported in 2018. Hawaii's rate of aggravated assault of 136 per 100,000 people is much lower than the national rate of 247 per 100,000 and is the 10th lowest of all states.

Robbery

Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 946 robberies reported in Hawaii in 2018, or 67 robberies for every 100,000 residents. This is lower than the national rate of 86 robberies per 100,000 people, and the 25th lowest robbery rate among states.

Rape

There were 625 reported rapes in 2018 in Hawaii. The state's rate of rape of 44.0 per 100,000 residents is similar to the national rate of 42.6 per 100,000 people. Hawaii has the 25th lowest rate of rape.

Murder

In 2018, there were 36 murders reported to law enforcement in Hawaii. The state’s murder rate of 2.5 per 100,000 residents is nearly half the national rate of 5.0 per 100,000. Hawaii's murder rate is the 16th lowest in the country.

Where are these crimes being committed?

Because crime is influenced by local circumstances, crime levels vary considerably within each state. Often a state’s dense urban areas will have higher crime rates than its rural areas. Even in a state with an exceptionally low crime rate, there is often at least one area where crime rates exceed the nation.

City with the highest crime rate in Hawaii

Since Urban Honolulu was the only city that provided crime data to the FBI in 2018, it is by default the city with the highest crime rate in Hawaii. The city's total crime rate is 3,191 per 100,000 residents.

Crime over time

National historical trend

The FBI provides access to crime data by state dating back to 1960. This nearly 60-year span, can be divided into three periods. Crime skyrocketed between 1960 and 1980, with the crime rate more than tripling in just 20 years from 1,887 crimes per 100,000 Americans to 5,950 crimes per 100,000 Americans.

Crime remained high in the 1980s and reached its second highest peak in 1991. Since that year, crime has fallen steadily nationwide, reaching its current rate of 2,580 per 100,000, a 56% decline in 27 years.

Hawaii's historical trend

In 1960, Hawaii's crime rate was 2,298 crimes per 100,000 residents. Crime peaked in the state in 1980 at 7,482 per 100,000, an increase of 226%.

Crime changes 2013-2018

Over the five years since 2013, the nationwide total crime rate has decreased by 16.8%, but this change varied dramatically between states. In New Hampshire, for example, the crime rate decreased by 43.6%, the largest decline of any state. The largest increase was in Alaska, where crime rose by 19.0% between 2013 and 2018.

With a decrease of 10.0%, Hawaii's crime rate has fallen slower than the country as a whole. The crime rate declined in 47 states over this time period, and in most of them, it declined faster than in Hawaii.

How Hawaii has compared to other states historically

Since 1960, Hawaii has always had a higher crime rate than the majority of states. Over these 59 years, the state has been among the 10 states with the highest crime rates in 35 of them, but never among the states with the lowest crime rates.

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