Santa Barbara, CA
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Santa Barbara, 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

The crime rate in Santa Barbara is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 35 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 Santa Barbara is 1 in 28. Based on FBI crime data, Santa Barbara is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Santa Barbara has a crime rate that is higher than 87% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 212. This equates to a rate of 5 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Santa Barbara's rate for property crime is 31 per one thousand population. This makes Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara is one in 33.

Santa Barbara Crime Data

 

Crime Index

12

(100 is safest)


Safer than 12% of U.S. Cities

Santa Barbara Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

434

2,832

3,266

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.71

30.75

35.46

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Santa Barbara 4.71
California 4.49

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 212

in Santa Barbara

1 in 223

in California

Santa Barbara VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 92,101
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 111 80 243
Rate per 1,000 0.00 1.21 0.87 2.64

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
Santa Barbara 30.75
California 24.97

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 33

in Santa Barbara

1 in 40

in California

Santa Barbara Property CRIMES

Population: 92,101
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 362 2,241 229
Rate per 1,000 3.93 24.33 2.49

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

Santa Barbara Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Santa Barbara 167
California 88