With a crime rate of 56 per one thousand residents, Okeechobee has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 18. Within Florida, more than 86% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Okeechobee.
Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 5,718, Okeechobee has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Okeechobee does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Okeechobee.
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 Okeechobee 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 Okeechobee.
From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Okeechobee 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 Okeechobee; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 408. This equates to a rate of 2 per one thousand inhabitants.
In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Okeechobee is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Okeechobee, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 19, which is a rate of 53 per one thousand population.