Riverside, CA
Crime Rates


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Riverside, 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 2016 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2017 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2017 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

With a crime rate of 41 per one thousand residents, Riverside 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 24. Within California, more than 89% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Riverside.

How does the crime rate in Riverside compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Riverside with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Riverside'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 Riverside 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 Riverside.

For Riverside, 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 Riverside is one in 187.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Riverside's rate for property crime is 36 per one thousand population. This makes Riverside 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 Riverside is one in 28.

Importantly, we found that Riverside 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 Riverside is one in 165.

Riverside Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 10% of U.S. Cities

Riverside Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Riverside 5.34
California 4.45

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 187

in Riverside

1 in 225

in California


Population: 324,722
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 10 143 590 991
Rate per 1,000 0.03 0.44 1.82 3.05


Population: 323,127,513
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,250 130,603 332,198 803,007
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.40 1.03 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Riverside 35.68
California 25.53

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 28

in Riverside

1 in 39

in California

Riverside Property CRIMES

Population: 324,722
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 2,003 7,619 1,964
Rate per 1,000 6.17 23.46 6.05

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 323,127,513
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,515,096 5,638,455 765,484
Rate per 1,000 4.69 17.45 2.37

Riverside Crimes Per Square Mile

Riverside 164
California 89