Columbus, OH Criminal and Public Records

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About Columbus

Columbus is located in Franklin County, with a population of 850,106. This makes it the 1st most populous city in Ohio. It has an average income of $45,659.00.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 4,631 reported major violent crimes (0.005463 per person) and 33,353 reported major property crimes in Columbus (0.039343 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 Columbus.

Crime Rates Compared to Ohio

When it comes to major violent crimes, Columbus has 0.005463 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.002919 violent crimes per person statewide.

Columbus has 0.039343 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.025877 per person statewide.

Disclaimer: The city of Columbus resides in these counties: Delaware County, Franklin County, Fairfield County.


Columbus Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (19th per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (30th per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (22nd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 2nd (42nd per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (11th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (49th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (35th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (59th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (8th per 100k)
  • Arson: 2nd (18th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 18th
  • Violent Crimes: 28th (1,103rd per 100k)
  • Murder: 23rd (326th per 100k)
  • Rape: 9th (508th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 54th (2,322nd per 100k)
  • Robbery: 17th (233rd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 17th (1,268th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 15th (1,033rd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 19th (1,575th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 27th (618th per 100k)
  • Arson: 6th (366th per 100k)

In Franklin County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (3rd per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 850,106
  • Households: 334,724
  • Median Income: $45,659.00
  • Land Area: 218.45 miles2
  • Water Area: 5.887 miles2
  • Time Zone: EST
  • ZIP Codes: 43002 • 43004 • 43016 • 43017 • 43026 • 43035 • 43054 • 43065 • 43068 • 43081 • 43082 • 43085 • 43109 • 43110 • 43119 • 43123 • 43125 • 43137 • 43147 • 43201 • 43202 • 43203 • 43204 • 43205 • 43206 • 43207 • 43209 • 43210 • 43211 • 43212 • 43213 • 43214 • 43215 • 43216 • 43217 • 43218 • 43219 • 43220 • 43221 • 43222 • 43223 • 43224 • 43226 • 43227 • 43228 • 43229 • 43230 • 43231 • 43232 • 43234 • 43235 • 43236 • 43240 • 43251 • 43260 • 43265 • 43266 • 43268 • 43270 • 43271 • 43272 • 43279 • 43287 • 43291

Columbus, OH Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 83 77
Rape 738 806
Agg. Assault 1644 1508
Robbery 2098 2240
Burglary 9066 7219
Vehicle Thefts 2940 3113
Arson 0 405

Violent Crimes in Columbus, OH in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 77
Rape 806
Aggravated Assault 1508
Robbery 2240

Property Crimes in Columbus, OH in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 7219
Larceny 23021
Motor Vehicle Theft 3113
Arson 405

Vehicle Thefts in Columbus, OH

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 6400
2007 6228
2008 5311
2009 4186
2010 4150
2011 3615
2014 2940
2015 3113

Violent Crimes in Columbus, OH

Year Violent Crimes
2006 5948
2007 6269
2008 5821
2009 5340
2010 5451
2011 5185
2014 4563
2015 4631

Ohio Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large Columbus 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 33030 33898
Murder 464 500
Rape 9139 9303
Agg. Assault 14771 15695
Robbery 12753 12554
Property Crimes 324528 300525
Burglary 78845 69303
Larceny 227668 213993
Vehicle Thefts 18015 17229
Arson 0 0

While the above statistics are helpful in some circumstances, they do not give you information about how Columbus compares to the rest of Ohio 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 Columbus is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of Ohio or nationwide.


Vehicle Thefts in the state of Ohio

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 37425
2007 33779
2008 28532
2009 22890
2010 21118
2011 21068
2012 19512
2013 19532
2014 18015
2015 17229

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