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Amherst County, VA | Crime Rates

Amherst is a county located in VA, and has a population of 30,481. This region is policed by AMHERST COUNTY.

Amherst County has an overall crime rate of 2,323 per 100,000 residents. This is one of the safest regions in the United States. This means that your chances of becoming a victim of any type of crime in Amherst County is 1 in 43 if you reside there for a year.

The average overall crime rate for Amherst County for the previous 2 years was 2,182 per 100,000 residents. This means that the crime rate for Amherst County has been increasing over time.

Below are its crime rates and policing statistics according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR). For more specific crime statistics (NIBRS) for many US cities & counties, see Offense Statistics.

Crime Rates

(per 100,000) Amherst USA
Crime Rate (Overall) 2,323 4,506
Murder Rate N/A 6
Robbery Rate 7 148
Rape Rate 26 30
Assault Rate 571 644
Burglary Rate 207 726
Forced Entry Rate 131 417
Larceny Rate 1,444 2,185
Auto Theft Rate 69 362

Policing Statistics

Amherst USA
Overall Clearance 10% 28%
Homicide Clearance N/A 56%
Assault Clearance 21% 52%
Rape Clearance 12% 38%
Robbery Clearance 14% 23%
Burglary Clearance 3% 12%
Larceny Clearance 6% 18%
Auto Theft Clearance 7% 12%

Sex Offenders

Of the 730,000 sex offenders in the United States, there are a total of 25 sex offender(s) in Amherst County. On a per capita basis, there are approximately 82 sex offender(s) per 100,000 people in Amherst County. This is compared to the nation-wide average of 240 sex offenders per 100,000 people.

To search the official state sex offender registry for Virginia see

Data estimated from arrests & clearances from a sample from the Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice. Washington, D.C. 2011. If missing data exist, these figures will tend to underestimate the true figures. is not responsible for the currency or accuracy of this data.

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