Santa Maria, 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 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 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

The crime rate in Santa Maria is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 22 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 Maria is 1 in 44. Based on FBI crime data, Santa Maria is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Santa Maria has a crime rate that is higher than 61% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in Santa Maria compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Santa Maria with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Santa Maria's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Santa Maria 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 Maria; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 219. This equates to a rate of 5 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Santa Maria's rate for property crime is 18 per one thousand population. This makes Santa Maria 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 Maria is one in 56.

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

Santa Maria Crime Data

 

Crime Index

24

(100 is safest)


Safer than 24% of U.S. Cities

Santa Maria Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

489

1,922

2,411

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.56

17.92

22.48

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
4.56
4.41
National Median: 4
    Santa Maria
    California

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 219

in Santa Maria

1 in 227

in California

Santa Maria VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 107,263
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
17.92
23.31
National Median: 21
    Santa Maria
    California

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 56

in Santa Maria

1 in 43

in California

Santa Maria Property CRIMES

Population: 107,263
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

Santa Maria Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
103
83
National Median: 28.3
    Santa Maria
    California