Santa Maria, CA
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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 33 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 30. 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 80% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Santa Maria to other communities of similar population, then Santa Maria crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Santa Maria 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 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 227. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Santa Maria experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Santa Maria's rate for property crime is 29 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 35.

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 155.

Santa Maria Crime Data

 
Crime Index

16

(100 is safest)


Safer than 16% of U.S. Cities

Santa Maria Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

463

3,037

3,500

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.41

28.90

33.30

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Santa Maria 4.41
California 4.26
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 227

in Santa Maria

1 in 235

in California
Santa Maria VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 105,093
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 13 50 133 267
Rate per 1,000 0.12 0.48 1.27 2.54
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
Santa Maria 28.90
California 26.18
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 35

in Santa Maria

1 in 38

in California
Santa Maria Property CRIMES
Population: 105,093
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 597 1,761 679
Rate per 1,000 5.68 16.76 6.46
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

Santa Maria Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Santa Maria 150
California 90