Milwaukee Crime Rates And Crime Stats For 2022


Lets deep dive into the some statistics, look at crime rates and graphs and see how safe or dangerous Milwaukee really is.

What is Milwaukee’s Crime Rate?

In 2021 Milwaukee had a crime rate of 1,786.81 per 100,000 residents. Milwaukee’s crime rate is 4.5 times higher than the national average and is on par with cities like Cleveland, Camden and South Bend.

Population

Violent Crime

Milwaukee’s Crime Rate

2017

593,905

9,608

1,617.77

2018

592,025

8,739

1,476.12

2019

590,157

8,290

1,404.71

2020

577,222

10,004

1,733.13

2021

575,606

10,285

1,786.81

Here’s a scale to give you some perspective on Milwaukee’s violent crime rate:

Milwaukee crime rate

*All data is from the Milwaukee Police Department*

Does Milwaukee have a high crime rate?

Milwaukee has a high crime rate. It’s crime rate is many times higher than the national average and is one of the higest crime rates in the nation.

Milwaukee’s Crime Rate Breakdown

Violent Crime Rate

In 2021, Milwaukee reported 10,285 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 1,786.81 per 100,000 residents.

Year over year violent crime has increased by 3%.

You have a 1 in 56 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Milwaukee.

Here’s a graph showing you how violent crime has trended in Milwaukee over a 12 year period. Violent crime was at its lowest level in 2011 and has increased nearly 50% since then.

violent crimes in Milwaukee graph

*Violent crimes include; homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults.

Murder Rate

In 2021, Milwaukee reported 193 murders and had a murder rate of 33.53 per 100,000 residents. Milwaukee’ murder rate is more than 5 times greater than the national average.

193 murders is the most amount of murders ever recorded in Milwaukee.

Year over year murders has increased 2%.

You have a 1 in 2,982 chance of becoming a victim of murder in Milwaukee.

Here’s a graph showing you how murders have trended over the last 12 years in Milwaukee. Murders was at its lowest level in 2014 and has increased nearly 124% since then.

homicides crimes in Milwaukee graph

Here’s a table you showing the murder rates of 15 major cities in the United States. Milwaukee murder rate and is comparable to cities like Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Murder Rate

Philadelphia

35.4

Milwaukee 33.53

Washington D.C.

32.2

Chicago

29.3

Oakland

28.6

Houston

20.3

Dallas

16.1

Phoenix

11.5

Portland

11

Los Angeles

10.6

Las Vegas

8.7

Austin 8.5

San Francisco

6.3

New York

5.7

San Diego

4.1

San Jose

2.9

Property Crime Rate

In 2021 Milwaukee reported 23,737 property crimes and had a property crime rate of 4,123.83 per 100,000 residents. Milwaukee’s property crime rate is 2 times greater the national average.

Year over year property crime has increased by 41%.

You have a 1 in 24 chance of becoming a victim of property crime in Milwaukee.

Here’s a graph showing you how property crime has trended in Milwaukee over a 12 year period.

property crimes in Milwaukee graph

*Property crimes include; burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson

Milwaukee’s crime rate vs other cities in Wisconsin (2020)

Here’s how Milwaukee’s crime rate compared to other cities in Wisconsin. Milwaukee had the highest crime rates of all cities listed.

Population

Violent Crime Rates

Milwaukee

577,222

1,733.13

Racine

77,816

532.02

Green Bay

107,395

513.99

Kenosha

99,986

391.05

Madison

269,840

312.04

Oshkosh

66,816

279.87

Eau Claire

69,421

275.13

Appleton

75,644

261.75

Janesville

65,615

220.99

Waukesha

71,158

172.85

Milwaukee’s Crime Rate Comparison

Here’s a list of the top 22 most dangerous cities in the United States ranked by crime rates. Milwaukee’s crime rate is 5.7x less than Monroe, the most dangerous city in the U.S.

Milwaukee crime rate vs most dangerous cities us

How are Milwaukee’s crime rates calculated?

Crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.

For example, in 2021 there were 193 murders in Milwaukee and the population was 575,606. This equals a murder rate of 33.53 per 100,000 residents.

Milwaukee’s Crime Statistics

2020

2021

% CHANGE

Homicide

190

193

2%

Rape

491

503

2%

Robbery

2,085

2,080

-0%

Aggravated Assault

7,238

7,509

4%

VIOLENT CRIME TOTALS

10,004

10,285

3%

Burglary

3,462

2,828

-18%

Theft

8,547

10,185

19%

Motor Vehicle Theft

4,508

10,479

132%

Arson

288

245

-15%

PROPERTY CRIME TOTALS

16,805

23,737

41%

TOTALS

26,809

34,022

27%

How much has crime increased in Milwaukee?

In 2021, Milwaukee reported 34,022 total crimes, which is a 27% increase over 2020.

In 2021, Milwaukee reported 10,285 violent crimes, which is a 3% increase over 2020.

In 2021, Milwaukee reported 193 murders, which is a 2% increase over 2020.

In 2021, Milwaukee reported 23,737 property crimes, which is a 41% increase over 2020.

Facts about Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • The population of Milwaukee in 2021 is 575,606 and is the 31st most populous city in the United States.
  • The city covers a land area of 96.18  square miles.
  • The median age of the city is 31 years old.
  • The median income for a household in the city was $43,125. The per capita income for the city was $24,167.
  • 24.6% of the population live below the poverty line.
  • 84.4% of residents 25 and older is a high school graduate. 24.6% of residents 25 and older has a bachelors degree or higher.
  • The median home price in Milwaukee is $165,000 in 2022.
  • In 2022, the average rent for a Milwaukee 2-bedroom apartment is $1,095.

Mariska Lee

Mariska is a recovering attorney who gave up her professional job to discover new perspectives of life while traveling in a 2009 Ford Transit. She has been living the van life for 3 years and has not looked back since.

Recent Posts