Columbia, MO Criminal and Public Records

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About Columbia

Columbia is located in Boone County, with a population of 119,108. This makes it the 4th most populous city in Missouri. It has an average income of $44,907.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 600 reported major violent crimes (0.005046 per person) and 3,635 reported major property crimes in Columbia (0.030569 per person). While these reported crime rates are helpful, it is very important to realize that there is a gap between the actual number of crimes committed and the number of reported crimes; many crimes are notoriously underreported.

In addition, some crimes may be charged under different headings. For example, aggravated assaults that are committed against family members may be charged as domestic violence rather than assault. The charts below show more stats on yearly trends for specific crime types in Columbia.

Crime Rates Compared to Missouri

When it comes to major violent crimes, Columbia has 0.005046 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.004974 violent crimes per person statewide.

Columbia has 0.030569 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.028542 per person statewide.


Columbia Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 4th
  • Violent Crimes: 4th (95th per 100k)
  • Murder: 9th (55th per 100k)
  • Rape: 4th (67th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 4th (119th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 4th (51st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 6th (116th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 6th (87th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 7th (120th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 7th (105th per 100k)
  • Arson: 9th (90th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 220th
  • Violent Crimes: 202nd (1,229th per 100k)
  • Murder: 77th (409th per 100k)
  • Rape: 111th (743rd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 188th (1,434th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 203rd (794th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 234th (2,132nd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 182nd (1,466th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 236th (2,318th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 304th (1,491st per 100k)
  • Arson: 109th (758th per 100k)

In Boone County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (1st per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 119,108
  • Households: 45,024
  • Median Income: $44,907
  • Land Area: 64.989 miles2
  • Water Area: 0.266 miles2
  • Time Zone: CDT

Columbia, MO Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 5 1
Rape 63 82
Agg. Assault 226 376
Robbery 116 141
Burglary 750 839
Vehicle Thefts 169 226
Arson 26 9

Violent Crimes in Columbia, MO in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 1
Rape 82
Aggravated Assault 376
Robbery 141

Property Crimes in Columbia, MO in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 839
Larceny 2570
Motor Vehicle Theft 226
Arson 9

Property Crimes in Columbia, MO

Year Property Crimes
2006 3105
2007 3323
2008 3951
2009 3906
2010 3816
2011 4263
2012 4221
2013 4359
2014 3988
2015 3635

Vehicle Thefts in Columbia, MO

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 226
2007 220
2008 147
2009 132
2010 135
2011 142
2012 143
2013 166
2014 169
2015 226

Missouri Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large Columbia is compared to the overall population of State or if you want to determine whether there has been an increase or a decline in reported crime numbers from year-to-year, then you may want to look at statewide reported crimes.

Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 26856 30261
Murder 403 502
Rape 4085 4407
Agg. Assault 18482 20830
Robbery 5592 6376
Property Crimes 176237 173642
Burglary 35258 34006
Larceny 124622 122637
Vehicle Thefts 16357 16999
Arson 0 0

While the above statistics are helpful in some circumstances, they do not give you information about how Columbia compares to the rest of Missouri or to the nation in terms of likelihood that you will be the victim of a crime. To make those comparisons, you need to look at the crime rate. The crime rate refers to the number of crimes per a set number of people. In our crime rates, we have chosen to report the crime rate as incidents per 1,000 people. By comparing these rates, you can determine whether a person in Columbia is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of Missouri or nationwide.


Property Crimes in the state of Missouri

Year Property Crimes
2006 223570
2007 219759
2008 216585
2009 202698
2010 200414
2011 198882
2012 199590
2013 189606
2014 176237
2015 173642

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