How safe is Washington, DC?

The violent and property crime rates in the Washington, D.C., metro area have been lower than the national rates for more than a decade.

Crime Index

Index Score: 7.2 /10

How we calculate this.


Washington has a lower crime rate than similarly sized metro areas.

Crime Rate 2017

Crime rate is the number of crimes committed per 100,000 people.
Washington, DC

273.4

Lower than average crime
Metro areas similar to Washington
Chicago, IL

326.0

Lower than average crime
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

369.0

Lower than average crime
Houston, TX

593.0

Higher than average crime
Washington, DC

1741.2

Lower than average crime
Metro areas similar to Washington
Chicago, IL

1979.0

Lower than average crime
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

1357.0

Lower than average crime
Houston, TX

1481.0

Lower than average crime

Violent Crime Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report.