Utah's crime rate
There were 82,524 crimes reported in Utah in 2018, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, Utah's crime rate is 2,611 crimes per 100,000 residents.
How does Utah compare?
Crime is about as common in Utah as it is nationwide. By comparison, the national crime rate of 2,580 per 100,000 people is just 1% lower. Of the 50 states, 24 have a higher crime rate than Utah.
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 higher in Utah, with property crimes accounting for 91% of all crimes reported in the state.
There were 75,156 property crimes reported in Utah in 2018, or 2,378 per 100,000 residents. This is higher than the national rate of 2,200 property crimes per 100,000 people and is the 22nd 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. Utah's rate of 1,818 reported larceny incidents per 100,000 residents is higher than the nationwide rate of 1,595 per 100,000 and is the 19th highest among states.
An estimated 9,968 break-ins were reported in Utah in 2018, or 315 per 100,000 state residents -- the 21st lowest 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. Utah's rate of 245 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 residents was slightly higher than this national rate and the 19th highest rate compared to all states.
Violent crimes make up a small share of crimes nationwide. In Utah, violent crimes account for just 9% of total crimes, versus 15% nationwide.
While Utah has the 26th lowest total crime rate of all states, it has the 12th lowest violent crime rate. The state’s violent crime rate of 233 per 100,000 people is considerably lower than the national rate of 381 per 100,000. There were 7,368 violent crimes reported to Utah 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 Utah, 4,319 aggravated assaults were reported in 2018. Utah's rate of aggravated assault of 137 per 100,000 people is much lower than the national rate of 247 per 100,000 and is the 11th lowest of all states.
Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 1,236 robberies reported in Utah in 2018, or 39 robberies for every 100,000 residents. This is less than half the national rate of 86 robberies per 100,000 people, and the 11th lowest robbery rate among states.
There were 1,753 reported rapes in 2018 in Utah. The state's rate of rape of 55.5 per 100,000 residents is higher than the national rate of 42.6 per 100,000 people. Utah has the 10th highest rate of rape.
In 2018, there were 60 murders reported to law enforcement in Utah. The state’s murder rate of 1.9 per 100,000 residents is a fraction of the national rate of 5.0 per 100,000. Utah's murder rate is the eighth 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 Utah
The city with the highest total crime rate in Utah is South Salt Lake, with a crime rate of 8,100 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 Utah. Not only does South Salt Lake have the highest total crime rate in the state, but it also has the highest property crime rate at 7,138 per 100,000 and highest violent crime rate at 962 per 100,000. The city's violent crime rate is more than four 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.
Utah's historical trend
In 1960, Utah's crime rate was 2,541 crimes per 100,000 residents. Crime peaked in the state in 1995 at 6,091 per 100,000, an increase of 140%.
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 20.2%, Utah's crime rate has fallen faster than the country as a whole. The crime rate declined in 47 states over this time period, but in most of them, it declined slower than in Utah.
How Utah has compared to other states historically
Since 1960, Utah has almost 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 seven of them, but never among the states with the lowest crime rates.
All cities in Utah
Here are all Utah 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.