How safe is Las Vegas, NV?

Las Vegas' history of organized crime is legendary. The area once drew notorious mobsters and gangsters, and now it has a museum devoted to the infamous criminals who once walked the streets. Though gang activity is much less prevalent, Vegas has seen an uptick in violent crime over the past few years. Property crime is also common, particularly in tourist areas where pick-pockets roam.

Crime Index

Index Score: 5.4 /10

How we calculate this.


Las Vegas has a higher crime rate than similarly sized metro areas.

Crime Rate 2016

Crime rate is the number of crimes committed per 100,000 people.
Las Vegas, NV

770.5

Higher than average crime
Metro areas similar to Las Vegas
Charlotte, NC

441.0

Higher than average crime
Pittsburgh, PA

277.0

Lower than average crime
Portland, OR

276.0

Lower than average crime
Las Vegas, NV

2722.9

Higher than average crime
Metro areas similar to Las Vegas
Charlotte, NC

2919.0

Higher than average crime
Pittsburgh, PA

1682.0

Lower than average crime
Portland, OR

2793.0

Higher than average crime

Violent Crime Rate Over Time

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