San Luis Obispo, CA
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San Luis Obispo, CA crime analytics


With a crime rate of 49 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 94% of the communities have a lower crime rate than San Luis Obispo.

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

For San Luis Obispo, 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 Luis Obispo is one in 189.

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 23, which is a rate of 43 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo is one in 348.

San Luis Obispo Crime Data

 
Crime Index

6

(100 is safest)


Safer than 6% of U.S. Cities

San Luis Obispo Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

251

2,055

2,306

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

5.30

43.41

48.71

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
San Luis Obispo 5.30
California 4.26
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 189

in San Luis Obispo

1 in 235

in California
San Luis Obispo VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 47,339
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 36 13 202
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.76 0.27 4.27
United States VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
San Luis Obispo 43.41
California 26.18
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 23

in San Luis Obispo

1 in 38

in California
San Luis Obispo Property CRIMES
Population: 47,339
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 253 1,666 136
Rate per 1,000 5.34 35.19 2.87
United States Property CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

San Luis Obispo Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
San Luis Obispo 178
California 90