Merced, CA
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Merced, CA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

The crime rate in Merced is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 34 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 Merced is 1 in 29. Based on FBI crime data, Merced is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Merced has a crime rate that is higher than 87% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Merced to other communities of similar population, then Merced crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Merced 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 Merced 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 Merced.

For Merced, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Merced is one in 179.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Merced's rate for property crime is 28 per one thousand population. This makes Merced 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 Merced is one in 35.

Importantly, we found that Merced 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 Merced is one in 154.

Merced Crime Data

 

Crime Index

12

(100 is safest)


Safer than 12% of U.S. Cities

Merced Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

465

2,360

2,825

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

5.58

28.33

33.91

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Merced 5.58
California 4.47

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 179

in Merced

1 in 224

in California

Merced VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 83,316
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 30 116 318
Rate per 1,000 0.01 0.36 1.39 3.82

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Merced 28.33
California 23.80

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 35

in Merced

1 in 42

in California

Merced Property CRIMES

Population: 83,316
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 387 1,433 540
Rate per 1,000 4.64 17.20 6.48

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

Merced Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Merced 121
California 85