Portsmouth, VA Crime Statistics For 2021

Demographics | Crime | Cost Of Living
Updated: 2020-12-30
6,398
Total Crimes
6,807.0
Total Crimes / 100k People
174.84%
Above National Average
146 out of 147
In Virginia
9,677 out of 9,891
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 6,807.0 per 100,000 people. That's 174.84% higher than the national rate of 2,476.7 per 100,000 people and 267.81% higher than the Virginia total crime rate of 1,850.7 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 6,398 6,807.0 1,850.7 2,476.7
Murder 16 17.0 5.0 5.0
Robbery 230 244.7 41.3 81.6
Aggravated Assault 606 644.7 128.7 250.2
Violent Crime 889 945.8 208.0 366.7
Burglary 846 900.1 162.8 340.5
Larceny 4,189 4,456.8 1,359.5 1,549.5
Car Theft 474 504.3 120.3 219.9
Property Crime 5,509 5,861.2 1,642.7 2,109.9

Violent Crime Rates In Portsmouth

889.0
Violent Crimes
945.8
Violent Crimes / 100k People
157.93%
Above National Average
  • You have a 1 in 105.7 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Portsmouth each year. That compares to a 1 in 480.8 chance statewide.
  • The violent crime rate in Portsmouth is 945.8 per 100,000 people.
  • That's 157.93% higher than the national rate of 366.7 per 100,000 people.
  • 354.75% higher than the Virginia violent crime rate of 208.0 per 100,000 people.

Property Crime Rates In Portsmouth

5,509.0
Property Crimes
5,861.2
Property Crimes / 100k People
177.80%
Above National Average
  • You have a 1 in 17.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Portsmouth each year. That compares to a 1 in 47.4 chance nationally.
  • The property crime rate in Portsmouth is 5,861.2 per 100,000 people.
  • That's 177.80% higher than the national rate of 2,109.9 per 100,000 people.
  • And 256.80% higher than the Virginia property crime rate of 1,642.7 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 449,038 8,487 1,890.0 1,760.7 129.4
Chesapeake, VA 243,726 6,653 2,729.7 2,273.5 456.3
Norfolk, VA 242,813 9,730 4,007.2 3,461.5 545.7
Newport News, VA 177,319 5,540 3,124.3 2,528.8 595.5
Hampton, VA 133,173 4,387 3,294.2 2,999.1 295.1
Suffolk, VA 91,486 2,536 2,772.0 2,476.9 295.1
Poquoson, VA 12,126 114 940.1 750.5 189.7
Smithfield, VA 8,485 167 1,968.2 1,767.8 200.4
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