Ohio Crime and Arrest Statistics
Ohio is an American state located in the mid-western and Great Lakes region of the country. It is the 34th largest among all 50 states and the 7th most populous. It also ranks as the 10th highest regarding population density. Its capital is Columbus, which is also the largest city here.
The state borrows its name from the Ohio River, which, in turn, borrows its name from “Ohiyo’,” which is a Seneca word for “great river,” “good river,” or “large creek.” Ohio was the 17th state to be included in the Union on March 1, 1803, after it was partitioned from the northwest territory. It was also the first state to be added under the Northwest Ordinance.
Ohio is nicknamed the “Buckeye State” due to the presence of the famous buckeye trees. Even residents of the state are endearingly referred to as “Buckeyes.”
Governance in Ohio is achieved through 3 key bodies, namely the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch. The first is led by the Governor, the second, by the Ohio General Assembly, and the third, by the Supreme Court.
Ohio represents 16 seats in the US House of Representatives and is known for its status as a “swing state” and a bellwether in US elections. It has also produced around 6 American presidents so far.
Ohio has seen some tremendous growth in the number of people who live here. In 1800, it was home to just about 45,000 people. However, over the years, it has experienced an average growth rate of 10% every decade.
By 1970, the state was home to over 10 million people. According to the 2015 Census, published by the US Census Bureau, Ohio’s population had increased to over 11 million; a 0.67% increase compared to the 2010 United States Census.
However, in comparison to the national average, Ohio’s population growth has been slow.
Ohio is also known for having a higher density of Caucasians than any other state.
Around 6.2% of the state’s population is made up of children below the age of 5. People below 18 account for 23.7% of the overall population, while senior citizens (above 65 years of age) account for 14.1% of the population. 51.2% of the population is female.
Ohio Crime Rates
The total number of crimes reported in Ohio for 2016 was 334,234. Out of this, 34,877 were violent crimes, while 299,357 were property crimes. That translates to a violent crime rate of 3.00 per 1000 people, a property crime rate of 25.77 per 1000 people, and a total crime rate of 28.78 per 1000 people.
There is a 1 in 333 chance of you becoming a victim of violent crime in Ohio.
When broken down, Ohio saw 654 murders, 5,589 rapes, 12,523 robberies, and 16,111 assaults in 2016. That’s a murder rate of 0.06 per 100 people, a rape rate of 0.48 per 1000 people, a robbery rate of 1.08 per 1000 people, and an assault rate of 1.30 per 1000 people.
As for property crimes, Ohio saw 66,883 burglaries, 212,807 thefts, and 19,667 motor vehicle thefts. That translates to a burglary rate of 5.76 per 1000 people, a theft rate of 18.32 per 1000 people, and a motor vehicle theft rate of 1.69 per 1000 people.
There is a 1 in 39 chance of you becoming a victim of property crime in Ohio.
In the case of violent crimes, Ohio reported much higher rates of crimes under all categories, compared to the national crime rates.
In the case of property crime, Ohio reported higher numbers for theft and burglary, compared to national figures.