15 Worst College Crime Areas

NeighborhoodScout.com and WalletPop.com recently released a report on the most dangerous neighborhoods for property crime in the U.S. Surprisingly, this exclusive list included numerous neighborhoods which are adjacent to some of America’s largest and most prestigious colleges and universities.

Seeking to explain this phenomenon, many local police departments responded to the story by citing a young, transient population who are often on their own for the first time, living in close quarters, and not securing their belongings, as potential reasons college neighborhoods may be some of the highest risk areas for burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft.

Readers suggested that they would like to know which college neighborhoods have the highest risk for property crime. In response, NeighborhoodScout has identified the Top 15 College Neighborhoods for Property Crime in America. These neighborhoods have the highest estimated rates of property crime per 1,000 residents of any college neighborhoods in America. These neighborhoods do not necessarily have high rates of violent crime, which is not included in the analysis.

Top 15 College Neighborhoods for Property Crime in the U.S.

(Note: Colleges can be included in the list more than once, since more than one neighborhood near a particular college can make the list. Each neighborhood, shown in parenthesis, will be listed separately in the order of its property crime rate.)

No. 1: U.C. Santa Barbara

Isla Vista, Calif.

(Ocean Rd. / El Colegio Rd.)

1,019 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 2: Univ. of Texas

Austin, Texas

(Lamar Blvd. / Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.)

613 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 3: Saint Louis Univ.

St. Louis, Mo.

(Chouteau Ave. / Compton Ave.)

603 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 4: U.C. Berkeley

Berkeley, Calif.

(Haste St. / College Ave.)

502 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 5: Ohio State

Columbus, Ohio

(Summit St. / 12th Ave.)

498 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 6: Ohio State

Columbus, Ohio

(Lane Ave. / Neil Ave.)

490 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 7: LeMoyne-Owen College

Memphis, Tenn.

(Owen College / Union Ave.)

483 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 8: Univ. of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Penn.

(38th St. / Walnut St.)

459 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 9: Baylor

Waco, Texas

(3rd St. / Garden Dr.)

437 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 10: Univ. of Texas

Austin, Texas

(Lamar Blvd. / 24th St.)

435 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 11: Univ. of Akron

Akron, Ohio

(Thornton St. / Sumner St.)

427 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 12: Southwest Missouri State

Springfield, Mo.

(Southwest Missouri State U / Harrison St.)

419 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 13: Univ. of Southern California

Los Angeles, Calif.

(Figueroa St. / Adams Blvd.)

401 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 14: Univ. of South Carolina

Columbia, S.C.

(Whaley St. / Assembly St.)

394 property crimes per 1,000 residents

No. 15: Saint Louis University

St. Louis, Mo.

(Saint Louis U / Olive St.)

379 property crimes per 1,000 residents