San Diego, 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 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 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 about Scout's Crime Data

The crime rate in San Diego is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 24 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 San Diego is 1 in 42. Based on FBI crime data, San Diego is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, San Diego has a crime rate that is higher than 64% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

However, NeighborhoodScout analyzed all cities and towns in America with a similar population size to San Diego, and we found that the crime rate in San Diego is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means San Diego is one of the safest places in America in which to live for its size, a very important finding.

Now let us turn to take a look at how San Diego 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 San Diego.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in San Diego 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 San Diego; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 267. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that San Diego's rate for property crime is 20 per one thousand population. This makes San Diego 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 San Diego is one in 50.

Importantly, we found that San Diego 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 San Diego is one in 270.

San Diego Crime Data

 

Crime Index

22

(100 is safest)


Safer than 22% of U.S. Cities

San Diego Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

5,333

28,230

33,563

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

3.75

19.83

23.57

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
3.75
4.41
National Median: 4
    San Diego
    California

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 267

in San Diego

1 in 227

in California

San Diego VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 1,423,851
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 50 572 1,360 3,351
Rate per 1,000 0.04 0.40 0.96 2.35

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
19.83
23.31
National Median: 21
    San Diego
    California

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 50

in San Diego

1 in 43

in California

San Diego Property CRIMES

Population: 1,423,851
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 3,638 19,318 5,274
Rate per 1,000 2.56 13.57 3.70

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

San Diego Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
102
83
National Median: 28.3
    San Diego
    California