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How much crime is there in California?


California Crime Rate Near Historic Low

Crimes Per 100,000 Population

California Crime Rate  Near Historic Low Crimes Per 100,000 Population


  • California has experienced a decline in the property crime rate since 1980 and in the violent crime rate since 1992. Between 1980 and 2015, the state’s overall crime rate declined by about 60 percent. This decline is similar to trends in crime patterns in the rest of the United States.
  • In 2015, about 3,000 crimes were committed in California per 100,000 residents—a total of about 1.2 million incidents. Of these crimes, 86 percent were property and 14 percent were violent crimes.
  • California’s property crime rate is 5 percent higher than the nationwide rate and its violent crime rate is 14 percent higher than the nationwide rate.


Last Updated: December 2016