Crime in Kansas

Kansas's crime rate

There were 79,396 crimes reported in Kansas in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, Kansas's crime rate is 2,725 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 2,489 per 100,000 people is 9% lower. Of the 50 states, 18 have a higher crime rate than Kansas.

Crime rates nationwide range from 1,361 per 100,000 in Maine to 3,945 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 2019. This share was roughly the same in Kansas, with property crimes accounting for 85% of all crimes reported in the state.

There were 67,428 property crimes reported in Kansas in 2019, or 2,314 per 100,000 residents. This is higher than the national rate of 2,110 property crimes per 100,000 people and is the 21st highest rate of the 50 states.


Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime. The 5,086,096 reported incidents nationwide in 2019 accounted for 73% of all property crime. Kansas's rate of 1,722 reported larceny incidents per 100,000 residents is higher than the nationwide rate of 1,550 per 100,000 and is the 18th highest among states.


An estimated 9,984 break-ins were reported in Kansas in 2019, or 343 per 100,000 state residents -- the 24th highest rate among states. For reference, there were an estimated 1,117,696 break-ins nationwide, or 341 break-ins per 100,000 people.

Motor vehicle theft

Across the U.S., there were 721,885 reported motor vehicle thefts in 2019, a rate of 220 per 100,000 people. Kansas's rate of 250 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 residents was higher than this national rate and the 16th highest rate compared to all states.

Violent crime

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

While Kansas has the 32nd lowest total crime rate of all states, it has the 34th lowest violent crime rate. The state’s violent crime rate of 411 per 100,000 people is higher than the national rate of 379 per 100,000. There were 11,968 violent crimes reported to Kansas law enforcement agencies in 2019.

Aggravated assault

Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime. Nationwide, there were 821,182 aggravated assaults in 2019, accounting for 66% of violent crimes across the country. In Kansas, 9,154 aggravated assaults were reported in 2019. Kansas's rate of aggravated assault of 314 per 100,000 people is higher than the national rate of 250 per 100,000 and is the 10th highest of all states.


Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 1,293 robberies reported in Kansas in 2019, or 44 robberies for every 100,000 residents. This is much lower than the national rate of 82 robberies per 100,000 people, and the 15th lowest robbery rate among states.


There were 1,416 reported rapes in 2019 in Kansas. The state's rate of rape of 48.6 per 100,000 residents is higher than the national rate of 42.6 per 100,000 people. Kansas has the 19th highest rate of rape.


In 2019, there were 105 murders reported to law enforcement in Kansas. The state’s murder rate of 3.6 per 100,000 residents is lower than the national rate of 5.0 per 100,000. Kansas's murder rate is the 22nd 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 6,463 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 5,322 per 100,000 and highest violent crime rate at 1,141 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 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 2,489 per 100,000, a 58% decline in 28 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 2014-2019

Over the five years since 2014, the nationwide total crime rate has decreased by 15.2%, but this change varied dramatically between states. In New Hampshire, for example, the crime rate decreased by 37.0%, the largest decline of any state. The largest increase was in Alaska, where crime rose by 11.3% between 2014 and 2019.

With a decrease of 12.4%, Kansas's crime rate has fallen slower than the country as a whole. The crime rate declined in 48 states over this time period, and in most of them, it 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 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more. Click any bar or city name to see more about crime in that city.

Click here to see a list of all city crime pages.

Click here to see a list of all state crime pages.

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