What does this measure?
This indicator shows the number of reported serious violent crimes per 10,000 residents. Murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault are included in the serious violent crimes measure.
Why is this important?
Crime affects the quality of life of those who directly experience and witness it, but it also impacts the lives of others within the community, housing stability, and a community's attractiveness as a place to live, work and do business.
How is our region performing?
The Mid-Hudson Valley region had 21 violent crimes per 10,000 residents in 2015, one less than the state (excluding NYC) rate. Although the rate in the region increased slightly from its lowest rate of 20 per 10,000 residents in 2014, the overall rate has declined 18% since 2000. Orange (24) had the greatest rate in the region, followed by Dutchess (19) and Ulster (17). Similar to the region, Dutchess, Ulster and Orange each reflected overall rate decreases since 2000.
Poughkeepsie and Newburgh had the highest rates of violent crime in the region with 79 and 146, respectively, in 2015.
Notes about the data
National data were not available in all years. Crime reports are never complete because some crimes, such as rape and assault, are believed to be underreported.