Crime in New York State in 2015

Though violent crime went down statewide and nationally for the past two decades, it went up in 2015. Violent crime is defined as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The latter two make up a significant bulk of the reported offenses. There are not nearly as many of the first two crimes.

There are particular cities where rates of such crimes are higher, like Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and New York City. The latter is because it is the most densely populated city in the country with more than 8.5 million people out of 19.75 in the whole state, according to the 2015 census. Buffalo has the highest rate of violent crime out of any city or town in New York, with roughly 1 violent crime being committed for every 89 people. To put that in perspective, about 1 violent crime happens out of every 170 people in New York City, 1 out of 126 in Syracuse and 1 out of 114 in Rochester.

The chart below compares cities, towns and villages in the Central New York area to other places in the state and to New York City. The first section of the chart illustrates the populations of each area and the second part shows the number of violent crimes in each place. The data from the chart below is provided by the F.B.I’s Uniform Crime Reporting section.

Violent Crime in NY in 2015
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