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Data on this report is based on areas within the legal city boundary, outlined in black on the map. Any additional neighborhoods shown on the map are associated with the city by name and are included for reference only.



Santa Cruz, 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 2022 calendar year; released from FBI in Oct. 2023 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2023 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 50 per one thousand residents, Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz.

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 61,800, Santa Cruz has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Santa Cruz 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 Cruz.

For Santa Cruz, 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 Santa Cruz is one in 133.

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

Importantly, we found that Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz is one in 197.

Santa Cruz Crime Data

total Crime Index

3

(100 is safest)


Safer than 3% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Santa Cruz Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

466

2,610

3,076

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.54

42.23

49.77

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
7.54
4.99
National Median: 4
    Santa Cruz
    California

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 133

in Santa Cruz

1 in 200

in California

Santa Cruz Violent Crimes

Population: 61,800
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 50 124 291
Rate per 1,000 0.02 0.81 2.01 4.71

United States Violent Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,156 133,294 220,450 893,980
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.40 0.66 2.68

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
42.23
23.43
National Median: 20
    Santa Cruz
    California

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 24

in Santa Cruz

1 in 43

in California

Property Crimes

Population: 61,800
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 286 2,010 314
Rate per 1,000 4.63 32.52 5.08

United States Property Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 899,293 4,672,363 942,173
Rate per 1,000 2.70 14.02 2.83

Santa Cruz Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
240
84
National Median: 27.0
    Santa Cruz
    California