West Palm Beach, FL
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With a crime rate of 57 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 18. Within Florida, more than 92% of the communities have a lower crime rate than West Palm Beach.

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 106,779, West Palm Beach has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether West Palm Beach 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 West Palm Beach.

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 114.

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 21, which is a rate of 48 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 166.

West Palm Beach Crime Data

 

Crime Index

4

(100 is safest)


Safer than 4% of U.S. Cities

West Palm Beach Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

934

5,155

6,089

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

8.75

48.28

57.02

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
West Palm Beach 8.75
Florida 4.62

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 114

in West Palm Beach

1 in 217

in Florida

West Palm Beach VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 106,779
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 22 50 278 584
Rate per 1,000 0.21 0.47 2.60 5.47

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
West Palm Beach 48.28
Florida 28.13

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 21

in West Palm Beach

1 in 36

in Florida

West Palm Beach Property CRIMES

Population: 106,779
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 783 3,728 644
Rate per 1,000 7.33 34.91 6.03

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

West Palm Beach Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
West Palm Beach 108
Florida 64