Portsmouth, VA Crime Statistics For 2022

Demographics | Crime | Cost Of Living
Updated: 2022-04-07
5,144
Total Crimes
5,460.4
Total Crimes / 100k People
132.75%
Above National Average
139 out of 144
In Virginia
8,540 out of 8,904
In America

What is the crime rate in Portsmouth, VA?

According to the most recent data from the FBI, the total crime rate in Portsmouth is 5,460.4 per 100,000 people. That's 132.75% higher than the national rate of 2,346.0 per 100,000 people and 227.94% higher than the Virginia total crime rate of 1,665.1 per 100,000 people.

Note: Because the rates of crime are so low in America, we use "per 100,000 people" to make the number a bit easier to compare across locations visually. It's mathematically the same as doing per capita comparisons and isn't conveying that there are 100,000+ people in a location.

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Portsmouth SnackAbility

5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
6/10
Housing
8
Affordability
5
Diversity
9
Safety
3
Amenities
9
Education
7
Commute
8

How Does Portsmouth Crime Compare To The Rest Of The Country?

Statistic Count
Raw
Portsmouth
/ 100k People
Virginia
/ 100k People
National
/ 100k People
Total Crimes Per 100K 5,144 5,460.4 1,665.1 2,346.0
Murder 34 36.1 6.1 6.5
Robbery 222 235.7 34.3 73.9
Aggravated Assault 585 621.0 141.7 279.7
Violent Crime 867 920.3 208.7 387.8
Burglary 465 493.6 133.5 314.2
Larceny 3,314 3,517.9 1,196.6 1,398.0
Car Theft 498 528.6 126.3 246.0
Property Crime 4,277 4,540.1 1,456.4 1,958.2

Violent Crime Rates In Portsmouth

867
Violent Crimes
920.3
Violent Crimes / 100k People
137.32%
Above National Average
  • You have a 1 in 108.7 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Portsmouth each year. That compares to a 1 in 479.3 chance statewide.
  • The violent crime rate in Portsmouth is 920.3 per 100,000 people.
  • That's 137.32% higher than the national rate of 387.8 per 100,000 people.
  • 341.07% higher than the Virginia violent crime rate of 208.7 per 100,000 people.

Property Crime Rates In Portsmouth

4,277
Property Crimes
4,540.1
Property Crimes / 100k People
131.85%
Above National Average
  • You have a 1 in 22.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Portsmouth each year. That compares to a 1 in 51.1 chance nationally.
  • The property crime rate in Portsmouth is 4,540.1 per 100,000 people.
  • That's 131.85% higher than the national rate of 1,958.2 per 100,000 people.
  • And 211.73% higher than the Virginia property crime rate of 1,456.4 per 100,000 people.

Portsmouth Crime Compared To Virginia Average

Each category of crime indexed to the worst per capita in Virginia.
Data Source -- FBI UCR 2018.

Crime In Cities Around Portsmouth

City Population Count
Raw
Total Crime
/ 100k People
Property Crime
/ 100k People
Violent Crime
/ 100k People
Virginia Beach, VA 450,858 7,261 1,610.5 1,511.8 98.7
Chesapeake, VA 247,118 5,433 2,198.5 1,785.8 412.8
Norfolk, VA 242,516 8,134 3,354.0 2,717.8 636.2
Newport News, VA 178,896 4,767 2,664.7 2,039.2 625.5
Hampton, VA 134,082 3,695 2,755.8 2,489.5 266.3
Suffolk, VA 92,881 2,081 2,240.5 1,846.4 394.1
Poquoson, VA 12,275 121 985.7 757.6 228.1
Smithfield, VA 8,518 114 1,338.3 1,174.0 164.4
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