Charleston, WV Crime Statistics For 2021

Demographics | Crime | Cost Of Living
Updated: 2020-12-30
3,184
Total Crimes
6,707.4
Total Crimes / 100k People
170.82%
Above National Average
42 out of 44
In West Virginia
9,671 out of 9,891
In America

What is the crime rate in Charleston, WV?

According to the most recent data from the FBI, the total crime rate in Charleston is 6,707.4 per 100,000 people. That's 170.82% higher than the national rate of 2,476.7 per 100,000 people and 253.03% higher than the West Virginia total crime rate of 1,900.0 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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Charleston SnackAbility

6
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
6/10
Housing
6
Affordability
6
Diversity
8
Safety
N/A
Amenities
8.5
Education
8.5
Commute
9

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

Statistic Count
Raw
Charleston
/ 100k People
West Virginia
/ 100k People
National
/ 100k People
Total Crimes Per 100K 3,184 6,707.4 1,900.0 2,476.7
Murder 10 21.1 4.4 5.0
Robbery 48 101.1 21.1 81.6
Aggravated Assault 223 469.8 249.1 250.2
Violent Crime 331 697.3 316.6 366.7
Burglary 660 1,390.4 328.7 340.5
Larceny 1,947 4,101.5 1,119.7 1,549.5
Car Theft 246 518.2 135.0 219.9
Property Crime 2,853 6,010.1 1,583.4 2,109.9

Violent Crime Rates In Charleston

331
Violent Crimes
697.3
Violent Crimes / 100k People
90.15%
Above National Average
  • You have a 1 in 143.4 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Charleston each year. That compares to a 1 in 315.9 chance statewide.
  • The violent crime rate in Charleston is 697.3 per 100,000 people.
  • That's 90.15% higher than the national rate of 366.7 per 100,000 people.
  • 120.24% higher than the West Virginia violent crime rate of 316.6 per 100,000 people.

Property Crime Rates In Charleston

2,853
Property Crimes
6,010.1
Property Crimes / 100k People
184.85%
Above National Average
  • You have a 1 in 16.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Charleston each year. That compares to a 1 in 47.4 chance nationally.
  • The property crime rate in Charleston is 6,010.1 per 100,000 people.
  • That's 184.85% higher than the national rate of 2,109.9 per 100,000 people.
  • And 279.58% higher than the West Virginia property crime rate of 1,583.4 per 100,000 people.

Charleston Crime Compared To West Virginia Average

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

Crime In Cities Around Charleston

City Population Count
Raw
Total Crime
/ 100k People
Property Crime
/ 100k People
Violent Crime
/ 100k People
South Charleston, WV 12,357 624 5,049.8 4,669.4 380.4
St. Albans, WV 9,956 337 3,384.9 3,053.4 331.5
Dunbar, WV 7,262 343 4,723.2 4,117.3 605.9
Nitro, WV 6,406 235 3,668.4 3,434.3 234.2
Marmet, WV 1,397 25 1,789.5 1,646.4 143.2
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