Kansas's crime rate
There were 89,468 crimes reported in Kansas in 2018, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, Kansas's crime rate is 3,073 crimes per 100,000 residents.
How does Kansas compare?
Crime is more common in Kansas than it is on average nationwide. By comparison, the national crime rate of 2,580 per 100,000 people is 16% lower. Of the 50 states, 13 have a higher crime rate than Kansas.
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.
The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2018. This share was roughly the same in Kansas, with property crimes accounting for 86% of all crimes reported in the state.
There were 76,686 property crimes reported in Kansas in 2018, or 2,634 per 100,000 residents. This is higher than the national rate of 2,200 property crimes per 100,000 people and is the 15th highest rate of the 50 states.
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. Kansas's rate of 1,934 reported larceny incidents per 100,000 residents is higher than the nationwide rate of 1,595 per 100,000 and is the 12th highest among states.
An estimated 12,537 break-ins were reported in Kansas in 2018, or 431 per 100,000 state residents -- the 16th 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. Kansas's rate of 269 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 residents was higher than this national rate and the 13th highest rate compared to all states.
Violent crimes make up a small share of crimes nationwide. In Kansas, violent crimes account for 14% of total crimes, versus 15% nationwide.
While Kansas has the 37th lowest total crime rate of all states, it has the 36th lowest violent crime rate. The state’s violent crime rate of 439 per 100,000 people is higher than the national rate of 381 per 100,000. There were 12,782 violent crimes reported to Kansas law enforcement agencies in 2018.
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 Kansas, 9,559 aggravated assaults were reported in 2018. Kansas's rate of aggravated assault of 328 per 100,000 people is higher than the national rate of 247 per 100,000 and is the 11th highest of all states.
Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 1,543 robberies reported in Kansas in 2018, or 53 robberies for every 100,000 residents. This is lower than the national rate of 86 robberies per 100,000 people, and the 17th lowest robbery rate among states.
There were 1,567 reported rapes in 2018 in Kansas. The state's rate of rape of 53.8 per 100,000 residents is higher than the national rate of 42.6 per 100,000 people. Kansas has the 11th highest rate of rape.
In 2018, there were 113 murders reported to law enforcement in Kansas. The state’s murder rate of 3.9 per 100,000 residents is lower than the national rate of 5.0 per 100,000. Kansas's murder rate is the 24th 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 Kansas
The city with the highest total crime rate in Kansas is Wichita, with a crime rate of 6,799 per 100,000 residents. This excludes cities with a population below 5,000 and cities with incomplete FBI crime reports.
Because property crimes are much more common than violent crimes, often the city with the highest total crime rate in a state has an especially high property crime rate but not the highest violent crime rate. However, this is not the case in Kansas. Not only does Wichita have the highest total crime rate in the state, but it also has the highest property crime rate at 5,619 per 100,000 and highest violent crime rate at 1,180 per 100,000. The city's violent crime rate is more than two and a half times the statewide rate.
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.
Kansas's historical trend
In 1960, Kansas's crime rate was 1,395 crimes per 100,000 residents. Crime peaked in the state in 1991 at 5,534 per 100,000, an increase of 297%.
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 7.0%, Kansas's crime rate has fallen much slower than the country as a whole. The crime rate declined in 47 states over this time period, and almost all of them declined faster than in Kansas.
How Kansas has compared to other states historically
Since 1960, Kansas has typically had a higher crime rate than the majority of states. However, it also has never been among the states where crime was especially high.
All cities in Kansas
Here are all Kansas cities ranked by total crime rate. For a city to be included, it must have a complete 2018 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more. Click any bar or city name to see more about crime in that city.