St. Joseph, MO Criminal and Public Records

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About St. Joseph

St. Joseph is located in Buchanan County, with a population of 76,596. This makes it the 8th most populous city in Missouri. It has an average income of $43,298.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 397 reported major violent crimes (0.005154 per person) and 4,534 reported major property crimes in St. Joseph (0.058856 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 St. Joseph.

Crime Rates Compared to Missouri

When it comes to major violent crimes, St. Joseph has 0.005154 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.004974 violent crimes per person statewide.

St. Joseph has 0.058856 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.028542 per person statewide.


St. Joseph Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 8th
  • Violent Crimes: 6th (90th per 100k)
  • Murder: 4th (34th per 100k)
  • Rape: 5th (53rd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 6th (120th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 6th (53rd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 5th (27th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 5th (34th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 5th (29th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 5th (23rd per 100k)
  • Arson: 5th (54th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 434th
  • Violent Crimes: 281st (1,194th per 100k)
  • Murder: 71st (326th per 100k)
  • Rape: 130th (647th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 257th (1,441st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 256th (840th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 173rd (401st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 180th (541st per 100k)
  • Larceny: 176th (506th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 187th (244th per 100k)
  • Arson: 97th (561st per 100k)

In Buchanan County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (1st 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: 76,596
  • Households: 28,557
  • Median Income: $43,298
  • Land Area: 44.007 miles2
  • Water Area: 0.781 miles2
  • Time Zone: CDT

St. Joseph, MO Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 2 7
Rape 56 61
Agg. Assault 204 243
Robbery 89 86
Burglary 680 847
Vehicle Thefts 319 452
Arson 12 21

Violent Crimes in St. Joseph, MO in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 7
Rape 61
Aggravated Assault 243
Robbery 86

Property Crimes in St. Joseph, MO in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 847
Larceny 3235
Motor Vehicle Theft 452
Arson 21

Burglary in St. Joseph, MO

Year Burglary
2006 761
2007 770
2008 770
2009 970
2010 870
2011 907
2012 993
2013 805
2014 680
2015 847

Property Crimes in St. Joseph, MO

Year Property Crimes
2006 3863
2007 3857
2008 3634
2009 3794
2010 3605
2011 4056
2012 4708
2013 4338
2014 4294
2015 4534

Missouri Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of Missouri or nationwide.


Burglary in the state of Missouri

Year Burglary
2006 44647
2007 43446
2008 45788
2009 43787
2010 44043
2011 44822
2012 42466
2013 38865
2014 35258
2015 34006

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