San Luis Obispo, CA
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San Luis Obispo, 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 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 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 47 per one thousand residents, San Luis Obispo 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 21. Within California, more than 95% of the communities have a lower crime rate than San Luis Obispo.

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 47,446, San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 211. This equates to a rate of 5 per one thousand inhabitants.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in San Luis Obispo is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In San Luis Obispo, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 24, which is a rate of 42 per one thousand population.

San Luis Obispo Crime Data

 

Crime Index

5

(100 is safest)


Safer than 5% of U.S. Cities

San Luis Obispo Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

225

2,003

2,228

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.74

42.22

46.96

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
San Luis Obispo 4.74
California 4.47

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 211

in San Luis Obispo

1 in 224

in California

San Luis Obispo VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 47,446
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 56 33 135
Rate per 1,000 0.02 1.18 0.70 2.85

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
San Luis Obispo 42.22
California 23.80

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 24

in San Luis Obispo

1 in 42

in California

San Luis Obispo Property CRIMES

Population: 47,446
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 259 1,654 90
Rate per 1,000 5.46 34.86 1.90

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

San Luis Obispo Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
San Luis Obispo 172
California 85