Petaluma has an overall crime rate of 17 per 1,000 residents, making the crime rate here near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in America. According to our analysis of FBI crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in Petaluma is 1 in 60. How does Petaluma fare compared to other communities in California of all population sizes? Petaluma's crime rate is lower than approximately 70% of California communities.
However, NeighborhoodScout analyzed all cities and towns in America with a similar population size to Petaluma, and we found that the crime rate in Petaluma is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means Petaluma is one of the safest places in America in which to live for its size, a very important finding.
The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for this analysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.
Now let us turn to take a look at how Petaluma does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Petaluma.
From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Petaluma occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Petaluma; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 353. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.
Moreover, the rate of property crime in Petaluma; burglary, larceny ($50 or more), grand theft auto, and arson; is 14 per 1,000 residents. This is about average for all cities and towns in America of all population sizes.