HOUSTON TOTAL CRIME DATA

With a crime rate of 50.36 incidents per 1,000 persons, Houston presents itself as one of the more dangerous cities in the state of Texas. The following graphs will explore that crime in detail by exploring the raw numbers of crime within the city and compare it with state and federal data. Maintaining a population of over 2.3 million residents, crime in Houston stands have a sizable impact on the total crime numbers in the state of Texas, as well as the United States as a whole. 



Houston Total Crimes Data

Population: 2,344,966  

    

VIOLENT

PROPERTY

TOTAL CRIMES

Number of Crimes

24,062

94,033

118,095

Houston Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

10.26   -6.3 %

40.10  -2.9 %

50.36 -3.6%

Texas Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.11   -6.1%

23.67  -7.3 %

27.78   -7.1 %

Difference From Last Year is Mentioned Next to Crime Rate.

Calculation: Number of Crime / Population x 1000

As mentioned in the intro, Houston witnesses crime at a rate of 50.36 incidents per 1,000 residents. This is nearly twice the rate of the state of Texas which comes in at 27.78 incidents per 1,000 residents. Perhaps providing more detail as to the nature of that crime, violent crime takes place at over twice with state rate with Houston seeing violent crime at a pace of 10.26 incidents per 1,000 residents. 

By examining this graph, one would notice that total crime has dropped in Houston from 2015 to 2018. However, upon further analysis you can conclude that this total drop is due to a drop in property crime. While that drop is likely welcomed by the city of Houston, the city saw a steady increase in incidents of violent crime. In 2015, there were 21,994 incidents of violent crime per 1,000 residents. By 2018, that number had climbed to 24,062 incidents of violent crime per 1,000 Houston residents.

TOTAL CRIME DATA

At 2,344,966 residents, Houston represents 0.72% of the total U.S. population. If all factors were equal, one would assume this is the rate at which Houston contributes to total U.S. crime. However, Houston doubles that assumption and accounts for 1.4% of total U.S. crime. Examining the data closer, one can again see that violent crime is a primary driver behind Houston’s crime rate. Despite only accounting for 0.72% of the total U.S. population, Houston accounts for 1.93% of violent crime in the United States.


Population

VIOLENT

PROPERTY

TOTAL CRIMES

Number of Crimes in Houston

2,344,966

24,062

94,033

118,095

Number of Crimes in Texas

28,701,845

117,927

679,430

797,357

Number of Crimes in
 United States

327,167,434

1,245,065

7,196,045

8,441,110

Houston Contribution in Crimes of US

0.72%

1.93%

1.31%

1.40%

Contribution Calculation: Chicago Data / United States Data x 100

Calculation: Number of Crime / Population x 1000

HOUSTON VIOLENT CRIME DATA

To gain a better picture as to just how much violent crime in Houston drives total crime rates, this graph examines the rate of violent crime per 1,000 residents at the city, state, and federal level. Whereas the Texas violent crime rate is slightly higher than the national rate, the Houston violent crime rate is over twice the national rate at 10.26 incidents per 1,000 residents. 

Houston Violent Crimes Data

Population:  2,344,966


Murder

Rape

Robbery

Assault

Report Total

276

1,261

8,761

13,764

Houston Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

0.12   2.3 %

0.54   -8.0 %

3.74  -10.6 %

5.87  -3.4 %

Texas Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

0.05   -7.2 %

0.51  -0.3 %

0.98   -13.2%

2.57  -4.3 %

Difference From Last Year is Mentioned Next to Crime Rate.

Calculation: Number of Crime / Population x 1000

With violent crime in Houston representing a major problem, perhaps it is best to drive down a little more into the details. This particular graph breaks down violent crime into 4 major categories which include murder, rape, robbery, and assault. Whereas murder, rape and assault are fairly self-explanatory, it is help to note that robbery is an incident where property is taken using force or the threat of force. Robbery represents the largest statistical outlier between the city and state rates of crime. Houston witnesses a robbery rate of 3.74 incidents per 1,000 residents while the state sees 0.98 incidents per 1,000 residents. While Houston leads the state in all categories, the robbery rate is nearly 4 times the state rate.

TOTAL VIOLENT CRIME DATA

Keeping in mind that Houston accounts for 0.72% of the total U.S. population, one can glean from these graphs that Houston violent crime continues to be a driver for total U.S. violent crime. It represents 1.70% of total U.S. murders and assaults while simultaneously, accounting for 3.11% of the nation’s robberies. Meanwhile, incidents of rape in Houston account for 0.90% which is closer to what Houston’s total population percentage would suggest.


Murder

Rape

Robbery

Assault

Number of Crimes in Houston

276

1,261

8,761

13,764

Number of Crimes in Texas

1,322

14,693

28,256

73,656

Number of Crimes in
 United States

16,214

139,380

282,061

807,410

Houston Contribution in Crimes of Texas

20.88 %

8.58 %

31.01 %

18.69 %

Houston Contribution in Crimes of US

1.70 %

0.90 %

3.11 %

1.70 %

Contribution Calculation: Chicago Data / United States Data x 100

Calculation: Number of Crime / Population x 1000

When examining violent crime in Houston from 2017 to 2018, one can discern more detail as to the direction of crime in Houston. Violent crime in Houston was down across the board in Houston from 2017 to 2018 with the exception of murder. There was a total of 7 additional murders in 2018 while assault dropped by 500 incidents, robbery by 1,000 incidents and rapes by about 100 incidents.

HOUSTON PROPERTY CRIME DATA

Despite violent crime being a major problem in Houston, the city still leads the state and nation in incidents of property crime per 1,000 residents. The state of Texas witnesses incidents of property crime at the rate of 23.67 per 1,000 residents, which is not far above the national rate of 21.99 incidents. However, Houston continues to lead the way with 40.10 incidents per 1,000 residents.

Houston Property Crimes Data

Population: 2,344,966


Burglary

Theft

Motor Vehicle Theft

Report Total

16,317

65,767

11,949

Houston Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

6.96   -4.9 %

28.05   -3.3 %

5.10  2.7%

Texas Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.11   -12.8 %

17.13   -7.0 %

2.43   1.4 %

Difference From Last Year is Mentioned Next to Crime Rate.

Calculation: Number of Crime / Population x 1000

This graph breaks down property crime by type into the three major categories of burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft. Whereas property crime occurs at a rate higher than violent crime, Houston’s property crime is closer in line with the state numbers, though still higher. Both burglary and theft occur at below twice the state rate, which motor vehicle theft occurring at just over twice the state rate.

TOTAL PROPERTY CRIME DATA

With Houston accounting for 0.72% of the total population, the city continues to be a driver for total U.S. property crime. Though not at the same high percentages as violent crime, Houston contributes more than its fair share of U.S. property crime. This includes accounting for 1.33% of all U.S. burglaries, 1.26% of thefts and 1.60 percent of incidents of motor vehicle theft.


Burglary

Theft

Motor Vehicle Theft

Number of Crimes in Houston

16,317

65,767

11,949

Number of Crimes in Texas

117,911

491,702

69,817

Number of Crimes in
 United States

1,230,149

5,217,055

748,841

Houston Contribution in Crimes of Texas

13.84%

13.38 %

17.11 %

Houston Contribution in Crimes of US

1.33 %

1.26 %

1.60 %

Contribution Calculation: Chicago Data / United States Data x 100

Calculation: Number of Crime / Population x 1000

Despite Houston’s struggle with crime, there is some encouraging news when comparing 2017 to 2018 side by side. Both incidents of burglary and theft declined from year to year while incidents of motor vehicle theft saw a modest increase. However, the proportion of crimes by type remains consistent with theft being the largest number of incidents of property crime.

 Our Final Thoughts


Despite having only 0.72% of the total population, Houston’s primary contribution to total U.S. crime occurs as a result of violent crime. Behind only San Antonio, Houston is one of the more dangerous large cities in the state of Texas. The above data represents just the facts. Many might opine as to the reason behind the facts, but the truth rests with the data. 

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