Palo Alto, CA
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Palo Alto, 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 2017 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2018 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2018 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 Palo Alto is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 28 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 Palo Alto is 1 in 36. Based on FBI crime data, Palo Alto is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Palo Alto has a crime rate that is higher than 73% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in Palo Alto compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Palo Alto with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Palo Alto's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Palo Alto's violent crime rate is 1 per one thousand inhabitants, which is about average for all communities in America, across all population sizes. Violent crimes that are tracked and included in this rate are armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape (not statutory), and murder and non-negligent manslaughter. Roughly similar to the national average, our analysis shows that your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Palo Alto is one in 715.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Palo Alto's rate for property crime is 27 per one thousand population. This makes Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto is one in 37.

Palo Alto Crime Data

 

Crime Index

19

(100 is safest)


Safer than 19% of U.S. Cities

Palo Alto Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

94

1,795

1,889

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

1.40

26.72

28.12

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Palo Alto 1.40
California 4.49

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 715

in Palo Alto

1 in 223

in California

Palo Alto VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 67,178
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 11 40 43
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.16 0.60 0.64

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,284 135,755 319,356 810,825
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.42 0.98 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Palo Alto 26.72
California 24.97

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 37

in Palo Alto

1 in 40

in California

Palo Alto Property CRIMES

Population: 67,178
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 215 1,484 96
Rate per 1,000 3.20 22.09 1.43

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,401,840 5,519,107 773,139
Rate per 1,000 4.30 16.94 2.37

Palo Alto Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Palo Alto 79
California 88