Scotts Valley, 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 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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 Scotts Valley is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 18 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 Scotts Valley is 1 in 54. Based on FBI crime data, Scotts Valley is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Scotts Valley has a crime rate that is higher than 48% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Scotts Valley to other communities of similar population, then Scotts Valley crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Scotts Valley 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 Scotts Valley 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 Scotts Valley.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Scotts Valley's violent crime rate is 1 per one thousand inhabitants, which is about average for all communities in America, across all population sizes. Violent crimes that are tracked and included in this rate are armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape (not statutory), and murder and non-negligent manslaughter. Roughly similar to the national average, our analysis shows that your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Scotts Valley is one in 764.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Scotts Valley's rate for property crime is 17 per one thousand population. This makes Scotts Valley 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 Scotts Valley is one in 58.

Scotts Valley Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 31% of U.S. Cities

Scotts Valley Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
National Median: 4
    Scotts Valley

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 764

in Scotts Valley

1 in 227

in California


Population: 12,224
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 7 7 2
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.57 0.57 0.16


Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
National Median: 19
    Scotts Valley

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 58

in Scotts Valley

1 in 47

in California

Scotts Valley Property CRIMES

Population: 12,224
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 60 113 37
Rate per 1,000 4.91 9.24 3.03

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Scotts Valley Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
National Median: 26.9
    Scotts Valley

Popular Neighborhoods in Scotts Valley

Zip Codes in Scotts Valley, CA