The crime rate in Lexington is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 35 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Lexington is 1 in 28. Based on FBI crime data, Lexington is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Kentucky, Lexington has a crime rate that is higher than 90% of the state’s cities and towns of all sizes.
How does the crime rate in Lexington compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Lexington with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Lexington’s crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.
Now let us turn to take a look at how Lexington does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Lexington.
From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Lexington occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Lexington; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 324. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.
In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Lexington is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Lexington, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 31, which is a rate of 32 per one thousand population.