Costa Mesa, CA
CRIME DATA & CRIME RATES




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Costa Mesa, CA crime analytics


With a crime rate of 45 per one thousand residents, Costa Mesa 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 22. Within California, more than 92% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Costa Mesa.

Importantly, when you compare Costa Mesa to other communities of similar population, then Costa Mesa crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Costa Mesa does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 291. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Costa Mesa is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Costa Mesa, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 24, which is a rate of 42 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Costa Mesa has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Costa Mesa is one in 241.

Costa Mesa Crime Data

 
Crime Index

8

(100 is safest)


Safer than 8% of U.S. Cities

Costa Mesa Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

389

4,734

5,123

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

3.44

41.82

45.25

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Costa Mesa 3.44
California 4.26
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 291

in Costa Mesa

1 in 235

in California
Costa Mesa VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 113,204
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 53 122 213
Rate per 1,000 0.01 0.47 1.08 1.88
United States VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Costa Mesa 41.82
California 26.18
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 24

in Costa Mesa

1 in 38

in California
Costa Mesa Property CRIMES
Population: 113,204
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 701 3,564 469
Rate per 1,000 6.19 31.48 4.14
United States Property CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Costa Mesa Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Costa Mesa 326
California 90