San Francisco, CA
Crime Rates



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San Francisco, 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

With a crime rate of 70 per one thousand residents, San Francisco 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 14. Within California, more than 99% of the communities have a lower crime rate than San Francisco.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 884,363, San Francisco has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether San Francisco does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as San Francisco.

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

For San Francisco, 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 San Francisco is one in 138.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in San Francisco is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In San Francisco, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 16, which is a rate of 62 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that San Francisco 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 Francisco is one in 181.

San Francisco Crime Data

 

Crime Index

2

(100 is safest)


Safer than 2% of U.S. Cities

San Francisco Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

6,410

55,253

61,663

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.25

62.48

69.73

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
San Francisco 7.25
California 4.49

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 138

in San Francisco

1 in 223

in California

San Francisco VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 884,363
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 56 373 3,281 2,700
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.42 3.71 3.05

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
San Francisco 62.48
California 24.97

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 16

in San Francisco

1 in 40

in California

San Francisco Property CRIMES

Population: 884,363
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 4,993 45,385 4,875
Rate per 1,000 5.65 51.32 5.51

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

San Francisco Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
San Francisco 1307
California 88