The crime rate in El Paso is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 29 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in El Paso is 1 in 35. Based on FBI crime data, El Paso is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Texas, El Paso has a crime rate that is higher than 69% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.
However, NeighborhoodScout analyzed all cities and towns in America with a similar population size to El Paso, and we found that the crime rate in El Paso is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means El Paso 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 El Paso 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 El Paso.
From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in El Paso 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 El Paso; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 236. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.
NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that El Paso's rate for property crime is 25 per one thousand population. This makes El Paso a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in El Paso is one in 40.