Santa Maria, CA
Crime Rates



map preview
Please wait, loading your map...

Safest
Most Dangerous




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 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 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 Maria is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 23 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 43. 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 216. 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 19 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 54.

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 180.

Santa Maria Crime Data

 

Crime Index

23

(100 is safest)


Safer than 23% of U.S. Cities

Santa Maria Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

498

1,994

2,492

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.64

18.56

23.20

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Santa Maria 4.64
California 4.47

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 216

in Santa Maria

1 in 224

in California

Santa Maria VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 107,408
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 6 60 159 273
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.56 1.48 2.54

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Santa Maria 18.56
California 23.80

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 54

in Santa Maria

1 in 42

in California

Santa Maria Property CRIMES

Population: 107,408
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 381 1,016 597
Rate per 1,000 3.55 9.46 5.56

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

Santa Maria Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Santa Maria 107
California 85