Monterey, CA
Crime Rates


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Monterey, CA crime analytics

The crime rate in Monterey is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 41 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 Monterey is 1 in 24. Based on FBI crime data, Monterey is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Monterey has a crime rate that is higher than 89% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Monterey 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 Monterey; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 208. This equates to a rate of 5 per one thousand inhabitants.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Monterey 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 also reveals that Monterey's rate for property crime is 36 per one thousand population. This makes Monterey 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 Monterey is one in 27.

Importantly, we found that Monterey 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 Monterey is one in 283.

Monterey Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 10% of U.S. Cities

Monterey Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Monterey 4.80
California 4.26
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 208

in Monterey

1 in 235

in California
Population: 28,338
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 3 13 42 78
Rate per 1,000 0.11 0.46 1.48 2.75
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)

Monterey 36.45
California 26.18
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 27

in Monterey

1 in 38

in California
Monterey Property CRIMES
Population: 28,338
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 172 761 100
Rate per 1,000 6.07 26.85 3.53
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

Monterey Crimes Per Square Mile

Monterey 137
California 90