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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleApex/100k peopleNorth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime791n/a (estimate)1,1982,4692,324
Violent crime36n/a (estimate)55405370
Vehicle theft39n/a59.1199.3282.7
Property crime755n/a (estimate)1,1442,0641,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Apex, NC

The Apex crime rates are 48.5% lower than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 36 violent crimes in Apex (55 per 100,000 people), which is 85.3% lower than the national average and there were a total of 755 property crimes (1144 per 100,000 residents) which is 41.5% lower than average.

Apex distinguishes itself with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the U.S., reporting a mere 55 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This achievement firmly establishes Apex among the safest cities in the nation, rendering it an alluring choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

Apex showcased a dedication to violent crime safety in its latest reported crime year by achieving a murder rate of 0. This accomplishment could indicate that it is a safe place for residents, but also provides a shining example to other urban areas endeavoring to create safer communities.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Apex?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Apex residents. Out of the respondents (43 in total), 79% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Apex were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 21% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Apex a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Apex is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Apex has a total crime rate that is 48% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 2.17 daily crimes (0.1 violent daily crimes and 2.07 daily property crimes) in Apex.

Has Crime in Apex Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Apex has increased by 24.6%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Apex, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has decreased by 12.2%, while property crime has increased by 27.1%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Apex is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Apex

In Apex, 93.7% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of any city can exert a significant influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with reduced crime rates, as they furnish individuals with improved employment prospects and viable alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, communities characterized by lower educational achievement often grapple with higher crime rates, as limited opportunities may drive individuals towards criminal behavior.

In Apex, the cost of living is 9.65% higher than the national average. A substantial cost of living can burden residents, particularly those with constrained financial means. When individuals contend with steep housing expenses, grocery bills, utility costs, healthcare and essential needs that strain their budgets, they may turn to criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities characterized by a more affordable cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, which could potentially lead to decreased crime rates.

Apex has an average rental rate of $1,415 per month, compared to the national average of $949. In areas with high rental costs, some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions. Overcrowding can lead to increased stress and tension, which may contribute to domestic disputes and related property or violent crimes. Addressing affordable housing and economic mobility can be important strategies for reducing crime in such areas.

Apex crime map

The Apex crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Apex as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Apex crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Apex crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Apex crime rates are 48% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Apex are 85% lower than the national average
      • In Apex you have a 1 in 84 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Apex is safer than 77% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Apex has increased by 28%

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        Daily Crime In Apex (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Apex for every 100,000 residents. The Apex total amount of daily crime is 2.06 times less than the North Carolina average and 1.94 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Apex, is 7.43 times less than the North Carolina average, and it is 6.78 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Apex has a daily crime average that is 1.81 times less than the North Carolina average and 1.71 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Apex (higher is better)

        How safe is Apex, North Carolina compared to other cities in North Carolina and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Apex is safer than 91% of the cities in North Carolina and 77% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in North Carolina and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Apex. Overall, Apex is ranked above average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Apex

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Apex is 1 in 1835
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Apex is 1 in 88
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Apex is 1 in 84
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Apex? In Apex, you have a 1 in 1835 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 88. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Apex, NC is 1 in 84.

        Year Over Year Crime In Apex (per 100,000 people)

        An ideal indicator of whether Apex is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Apex has decreased by 8% and the rate of property crime in Apex has increased by 31%. The total crime rate in Apex has increased by 28% year to year.

        Apex police department

        Item Apex North Carolina National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)7214,511558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.84.83.3
        There are a total of 72 Apex police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 61.4% less than the North Carolina average and 43.3% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in North Carolina

        State Total offenders North Carolina /100K National /100K
        North Carolina26,293320266
        There are a total of 26,293 sex offenders in North Carolina. This yields a total of 320 sex offenders in North Carolina per 100,000 residents which is 20% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Fearrington Village, NC2,69264324387
        Fuquay-Varina, NC29,11069850920
        Holly Springs, NC36,595661,0041,070
        Cary, NC169,177801,1061,185
        Carrboro, NC21,2542741,7322,006
        Chapel Hill, NC61,9121851,9892,174
        Morrisville, NC27,5821202,1442,264
        Apex, NC55,220551,1441,198

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        Gilroy, CA55,2274812,1802,661
        Carson City, NV55,2445182,7163,234
        Chicopee, MA55,1865451,8672,412
        Kettering, OH55,271511,4081,459
        Hempstead, NY55,1535181,0761,594
        Apex, NC55,220551,1441,198
        Source: The Apex, NC crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.