Is Rochester, New York Safe? (Crime Rates And Crime Stats)


If you are thinking about visiting Rochester and have some qualms about the safety of the city, we got you covered.

We are going to deep dive into the statistics, look at some maps, graphs and talk to the residents of the city to give you a better understanding of how safe Rochester really is.

Is Rochester, New York Safe To Visit?

Statistically speaking, Rochester is a slightly unsafe place to visit. In 2020, Rochester had a violent crime rate of 794.97 per 100,000 people.

It’s violent crime rate is 2x greater than the national average and its murder rate of 38.33 is 3.7x greater than the national average.

is rochester new york safe

Rochester, New York Crime Stats

Here’s a breakdown of all the crimes in the city for 2020 compared to 2019:

2019

2020

% + OR –

Homicide

32

51

59%

Rape

102

86

-16%

Robbery

429

418

-3%

Aggravated Assault

976

1,128

16%

Burglary

1,269

1,389

9%

Larceny-Theft

5,222

4,583

-12%

Motor Vehicle Theft

651

915

41%

Arson

83

152

83%

TOTAL

8,764

8,722

-0.5%

**All data is from the FBI UCR**

Rochester’s Violent Crime Stats

In 2020 Rochester reported 1,680 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 794.97 per 100,000 people.

  • The national average for violent crime is 398.5 per 100,000 residents. Rochester’s violent crime rate is 2x greater than the national average.
  • Rochester’s violent crime rate is 2.2x greater than the state average.
  • Year over year violent crime has increased by 9%.
  • Rochester’s violent crime rate is on par with cities like Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Here’s a map showing you how violent crimes have trended in Rochester over a 30 year period.

  • Violent crime peaked in 1990 when Rochester reported 2,865 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 1,240.95 per 100,000 people
  • Violent crime has decreased 41% from its peak from 1990.

violent crimes in rochester new york

*Violent crimes include; homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults and the violent crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.

Rochester’s Property Crime Stats

In 2020 Rochester reported 6,887 property crimes and had a property crime rate of 3,258.92 per 100,000 people.

  • The national average for property crime is 1958.2 per 100,000 residents. Rochester’s property crime rate is roughly 1.7x greater than the national average.
  • Rochester’s property crime rate is roughly 2.3x greater than the state average.
  • Year over year property crime in Rochester has decreased by 4%.
  • Rochester has a similar property crime rate to Las Vegas, Sacramento and Philadelphia.

Here’s a map showing you how property crimes have trended in Rochester over a 30 year period.

  • Property crime peaked in 1992 when Rochester reported 24,964 violent crimes and had a property crime rate of roughly 10,812.92 per 100,000 people
  • Property crime has decreased 72% from its peak from 1992.

property crimes in rochester new york

*Property crimes include; burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson and property crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.

Rochester’s Murder Stats

In 2021, Rochester reported 81 homicides, which is a 59% increase from 2020.

  • Rochester homicide rate in 2021 was roughly 38.33 per 100,000 people.
  • Rochester has a similar homicide rate to Cleveland, Kansas City and Dayton.
  • Rochester’s murder rate is 3.7x greater than the national average.
  • Rochester’s murder rate is 5.8x greater than the state average.

Here’s a map showing you how homicides have trended in Rochester over a 30 year period.

  • 2021 was Rochester’s deadliest year on record.

homicides in rochester new york

Here’s a maps showing you the locations of all the homicides in 2021

rochester new york crime map

Rochester Shooting Stats

In 2021, Rochester reported 349 shootings, which is a 39% increase from 2020 and a 122% increase from 2019

Here’s a map showing you the locations of all the shootings in Rochester in 2021

rochester shootings map 2021

Rochester, New York vs The Most Dangerous Cities in the United States

Here’s a list of the top 18 most dangerous cities in the United States ranked by violent crime rates. Rochester’s violent crime rate is 3x less than Memphis, the most dangerous city on the list.

rochester vs most dangerous cities in the us

City

Number of violent crimes in 2020

Violent Crime Rate

Memphis

15,310

2,418.24

Detroit

14,370

2,248.44

St. Louis

6,017

1,995.17

Little Rock

3,657

1,805.11

South Bend

1,765

1,706.09

Cleveland

6,294

1,689.10

Milwaukee

9,407

1,629.70

Birmingham

3,166

1,577.22

Kansas City

7,919

1,558.58

Lansing

1,699

1,508.29

Springfield

2,545

1,504.35

Baltimore

8,552

1,404.20

San Bernardino

3,033

1,365.59

New Orleans

5,215

1,358.08

Albuquerque

7,552

1,337.68

Oakland

5,653

1,282.89

Stockton

4,023

1,254.04

Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Rochester, New York

  • Marketview Heights
  • Upper Falls
  • Group 14621
  • Edgerton
  • Brown Square
  • JOSANA
  • Plymouth-Exchange
  • North Clinton
  • Thurston Rd
  • Genesee St.
  • Troup St.
  • Hudson Ave
  • Ave D
  • North Goodman
  • Llyle Ave

Safest Neighborhoods in Rochester, New York

  • Browncroft
  • Cobbs Hill
  • East End
  • Park Ave
  • East Ave
  • The Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA)
  • Cornhill
  • Brighton
  • Swillburg
  • Culver-Winton
  • Maplewood
  • Mt. Hope/Highland
  • Ellwanger-Barry
  • 19th Ward
  • Genesee Valley Park
  • Charlotte
  • Northland-Lyceum
  • Homestead Hights

Is Downtown Rochester, New York Safe?

is downtown rochester safe

Downtown Rochester is generally a safe area to visit during the day time. At night we recommend that you do not venture out of the immediate downtown area, stay in well populated places and don’t stray off the beaten path.

Also avoid straying into the crescent area of the city, which are the neighborhoods surrounding the northern border of downtown: Upper Falls, Marketview Heights, Group 14621, Edgerton, Brown Square, and JOSANA.

Is Rochester, New York safe from hurricanes and tornadoes?

Rochester is at very low risk from hurricanes and tornadoes and is something that doesn’t concern residents of the city.

Is the public transportation in Rochester safe?

The public transportation system in Rochester is handled by RTS (Regional Transport Services). and it offers 37 fixed bus routes.

It is generally safe to use the public transportation of Rochester during commuting hours (8am – 6pm), however we do not recommend that you take the bus at night. You should opt for a taxi or ride sharing service instead.

What do residents of Rochester say about it’s safety?

  1. "Overall Rochester is a safe city. That doesn’t mean that there aren’tneighborhoods I wouldn’t hang out in at night."
  2. "I feel safe in Rochester, but I have a great deal of awareness of where not to go."
  3. "Rochester is as safe as any medium size city in the US. There are places where you shouldn’t be late at night but overall it’s a great city."
  4. "Rochester is not dangerous unless you decide to live or spend time in the few areas of high crime in the inner city."
  5. "The city is very safe, unless you are entangled in the drug trade or gang life."
  6. "The majority of violent crime in Rochester occurs in the “fatal crescent” area of the city.

Is Rochester safe for women?

While there are no guarantees, Rochester is generally safe for female solo travelers as long as you learn the layout of the city, avoid problem areas, stay in well lit/well populated areas and avoid walking by yourself at night.

Is Rochester safe at night?

Rochester is safe at night as long as you stay away from the sketchy neighborhoods mentioned above. You should be able to mitigate your chances of being a victim if you study the layout of the city and avoid areas where crime is high.

Streets and squares that are perfectly safe in the day can be questionable at night. Stay where the tourists go during the day and avoid any places that are outside normal pedestrian areas at night.

Is Rochester’s tap water safe to drink?

The tap water in Rochester, New York is safe to drink. From Oct. 31, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2021, Rochester only had 0 health violations.

While the tap water in Rochester meets the EPA health guidelines, it can still contain contaminants present in trace amounts that could potentially cause health issues over the long-run.

If you have any concerns about the tap water in Rochester, we suggest that you use bottle water for your drinking needs.

Tips to stay safe while visiting Rochester, New York

  • Learn the layout of the city and figure out which areas you should avoid. Book your accommodations accordingly.
  • Save the sight seeing for the daytime. At night the situation can drastically change in certain neighborhoods.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. That means to keep your ears and eyes open. Keep your headphones off and don’t scroll aimlessly through your phone.
  • Always listen to your gut and trust your instincts. If a situation feels unsafe or if you feel uncomfortable, even if you don’t know why, leave. Don’t stick around to find out.
  • Map your route before you leave. Don’t just jump in the car, set the GPS and drive. You need to know where you are going and what you are going through.
  • Don’t walk by yourself at night. There is safety in numbers.
  • Don’t leave any valuables in your car.
  • Always park in a well-lit or secure area.

A Few Things You Should Do While Visiting Rochester According To Locals

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Quick Facts About Rochester, New York

 

Rochester, New York

United States

Population, Census, April 1, 2020

211,328

331,449,281

Population, Census, April 1, 2010

210,565

308,745,538

Persons under 5 years, percent

6.3%

6.0%

Persons under 18 years, percent

22.7%

22.3%

Persons 65 years and over, percent

10.9%

16.5%

Black or African American alone, percent

39.8%

13.4%

American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent

1.0%

1.3%

Asian alone, percent

3.1%

5.9%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent

0.1%

0.2%

Two or More Races, percent

4.4%

2.8%

Hispanic or Latino, percent

19.2%

18.5%

White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent

36.7%

60.1%

Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019

$83,100.00

$217,500.00

Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2015-2019

$1,055.00

$1,595.00

Median gross rent, 2015-2019

$848.00

$1,062.00

Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2015-2019

75.7%

82.7%

High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019

80.4%

88.0%

Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019

25.1%

32.1%

In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019

62.3%

63.0%

Median household income (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019

$35,590.00

$62,843.00

Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019

$23,246.00

$34,103.00

Persons in poverty, percent

31.3%

11.4%

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