Santa Monica, CA
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Santa Monica, 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

With a crime rate of 61 per one thousand residents, Santa Monica 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 16. Within California, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Santa Monica. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Santa Monica to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

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 91,411, Santa Monica 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 Monica 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 Monica.

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

For Santa Monica, 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 Monica is one in 114.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Santa Monica is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Santa Monica, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 19, which is a rate of 52 per one thousand population.

Santa Monica Crime Data

 

Crime Index

2

(100 is safest)


Safer than 2% of U.S. Cities

Santa Monica Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

799

4,745

5,544

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

8.74

51.91

60.65

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Santa Monica 8.74
California 4.47

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 114

in Santa Monica

1 in 224

in California

Santa Monica VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 91,411
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 7 60 279 453
Rate per 1,000 0.08 0.66 3.05 4.96

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 Monica 51.91
California 23.80

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 19

in Santa Monica

1 in 42

in California

Santa Monica Property CRIMES

Population: 91,411
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 666 3,840 239
Rate per 1,000 7.29 42.01 2.61

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 Monica Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Santa Monica 659
California 85