West Palm Beach, FL
Crime Rates



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West Palm Beach, FL 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

With a crime rate of 46 per one thousand residents, West Palm Beach 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 22. Within Florida, more than 92% of the communities have a lower crime rate than West Palm Beach.

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

For West Palm Beach, 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 West Palm Beach is one in 128.

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 West Palm Beach 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.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in West Palm Beach is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In West Palm Beach, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 26, which is a rate of 38 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that West Palm Beach 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 West Palm Beach is one in 247.

West Palm Beach Crime Data

 

Crime Index

5

(100 is safest)


Safer than 5% of U.S. Cities

West Palm Beach Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

873

4,257

5,130

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.80

38.02

45.82

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
West Palm Beach 7.80
Florida 3.78

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 128

in West Palm Beach

1 in 264

in Florida

West Palm Beach VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 111,955
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17 79 305 472
Rate per 1,000 0.15 0.71 2.72 4.22

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)

Crime
West Palm Beach 38.02
Florida 21.46

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 26

in West Palm Beach

1 in 47

in Florida

West Palm Beach Property CRIMES

Population: 111,955
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 466 3,337 454
Rate per 1,000 4.16 29.81 4.06

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

West Palm Beach Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
West Palm Beach 91
Florida 52