St. Louis, MO Criminal and Public Records

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About St. Louis

St. Louis is located in St. Louis city, with a population of 315,685. This makes it the 2nd most populous city in Missouri. It has an average income of $35,599.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 5,762 reported major violent crimes (0.018171 per person) and 20,028 reported major property crimes in St. Louis (0.063161 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. Louis.

Crime Rates Compared to Missouri

When it comes to major violent crimes, St. Louis has 0.018171 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.004974 violent crimes per person statewide.

St. Louis has 0.063161 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.028542 per person statewide.


St. Louis Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 2nd
  • Violent Crimes: 2nd (9th per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (5th per 100k)
  • Rape: 3rd (48th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 2nd (17th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 2nd (23rd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 2nd (19th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (32nd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 2nd (6th per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (20th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 57th
  • Violent Crimes: 21st (52nd per 100k)
  • Murder: 8th (50th per 100k)
  • Rape: 42nd (612th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 21st (117th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 23rd (38th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 37th (322nd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 35th (329th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 39th (592nd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 26th (56th per 100k)
  • Arson: 16th (221st per 100k)

In St. Louis city (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (1st 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: 315,685
  • Households: 139,555
  • Median Income: $35,599
  • Land Area: 61.953 miles2
  • Water Area: 4.12 miles2
  • Time Zone: CDT

St. Louis, MO Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 159 188
Rape 279 263
Agg. Assault 3348 3521
Robbery 1562 1790
Burglary 4209 4202
Vehicle Thefts 3247 3146
Arson 190 223

Violent Crimes in St. Louis, MO in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 188
Rape 263
Aggravated Assault 3521
Robbery 1790

Property Crimes in St. Louis, MO in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 4202
Larceny 12680
Motor Vehicle Theft 3146
Arson 223

Larceny in St. Louis, MO

Year Larceny
2006 23596
2007 20330
2008 17328
2009 17799
2010 16356
2011 15285
2012 13520
2013 13452
2014 12463
2015 12680

Burglary in St. Louis, MO

Year Burglary
2006 8510
2007 7289
2008 7274
2009 6834
2010 6705
2011 7015
2012 4986
2013 4305
2014 4209
2015 4202

Missouri Criminal Statistics:


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


Larceny in the state of Missouri

Year Larceny
2006 153490
2007 152529
2008 150032
2009 141432
2010 140320
2011 138743
2012 140816
2013 134416
2014 124622
2015 122637

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