According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI crime statistics, Oakland is safer than 69% of the cities and towns in the US of all population sizes. In Tennessee, only on the order of 18% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Oakland. If you live in Oakland, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in the community is 1 in 83. The US average across communities from the largest to the smallest is 1 in 31.
Compared to other communities of similar population size, Oakland has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Oakland is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.
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 Oakland 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 Oakland.
For Oakland, NeighborhoodScout found that the violent crime rate is well below the national average for all communities of all population sizes. Violent crimes such as assault, rape, murder and armed robbery happen less often in Oakland than in most of America. One's chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime here is one in 1116, which is a violent crime rate of 1 per one thousand inhabitants.
Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the town, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Oakland experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.
NeighborhoodScout's analysis of property crime reveals that the property crime rate in Oakland is below average to all cities and towns in the nation. This means that you are less likely to become a victim of arson, motor vehicle theft, larceny, or burglary in Oakland than in most communities in America. Your chance of becoming a victim of property crime if you live here? Just one in 89.