Crime

Desired Trend

Down

Current Trend

Down
Baseline (2010): 3,657
Current (2015): 3,019

Theme Distinctive

Definition

Crime Rate - combined violent and property crime rates per 100,000 population

Why is it Important?

Community safety is important for the stability and security of the St. Louis region. Crime not only harms victims and their families, but also reduces perceptions of community safety and prevents the creation of a vibrant society – one with a thriving economy and strong social bonds.

How are we Doing?

The crime rate in the St. Louis region declined from the baseline of 3,657 crimes per 100,000 population in 2010 to 3,019 crimes per 100,000 in 2015, but the rate increased over 5 percent from last year.1 Since 2003, the total crime rate has declined 31 percent from 4,377 crimes per 100,000 residents. The decline in the long-term crime rate mirrors the national trend, which declined by 30 percent from 2003 to 2015. As of 2015, the crime rate in the St. Louis region is about the same as the national crime rate of 2,962 crimes per 100,000 residents.

The change in the total crime rate is in large part due to the decrease in property crimes, which follows the same trend with a 35 percent decrease from 2003 to 2015 in St. Louis.  The violent crime rate in the region has fluctuated more with annual increases from 2003 to 2006, followed by mostly annual decreases through 2014. From 2014 to 2015, both the violent and property crimes rates in the region increased; 13 and 3 percent, respectively.

In 2015, the St. Louis region had the 24th highest crime rate (property and violent crimes) among the 50 most populous metropolitan regions for which data are available (data is available for 39 regions).

Crime Rate

Geographic Level

St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). View map.

Notes

1Violent crime includes murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crime includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. Due to lack of data availability the 2009 forcible rape statistic (included in the violent and total crime rates) for the St. Louis region is based on the average of the 2008 and 2010 forcible rape statistics.

Data Sources

Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation