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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 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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

With a crime rate of 51 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 20. Within California, more than 97% of the communities have a lower crime rate than San Francisco.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in San Francisco 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 Francisco; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 178. This equates to a rate of 6 per one thousand inhabitants.

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 22, which is a rate of 45 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 146.

San Francisco Crime Data

 

Crime Index

4

(100 is safest)


Safer than 4% of U.S. Cities

San Francisco Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

4,922

39,403

44,325

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

5.63

45.09

50.72

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
5.63
4.4
National Median: 4
    San Francisco
    California

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 178

in San Francisco

1 in 227

in California

San Francisco VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 873,965
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 49 202 2,490 2,181
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.23 2.85 2.50

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
45.09
21.3
National Median: 19
    San Francisco
    California

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 22

in San Francisco

1 in 47

in California

San Francisco Property CRIMES

Population: 873,965
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 7,513 25,901 5,989
Rate per 1,000 8.60 29.64 6.85

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

San Francisco Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
939
77
National Median: 26.9
    San Francisco
    California