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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 peopleAtherton/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime83n/a (estimate)1,2382,8432,324
Violent crime6n/a (estimate)89500370
Vehicle theft1n/a14.9471.9282.7
Property crime77n/a (estimate)1,1492,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Atherton, CA

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Atherton crime rate is lower than the national average by 46.7%. Specifically, there were 6 violent crimes in Atherton, equivalent to 89 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 75.8%. Furthermore, Atherton recorded 77 property crimes, amounting to 1149 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 41.2%.

Atherton stands out with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the United States. Reporting only 89 violent crimes per 100,000 people, Atherton secures its place among the safest cities in the nation, making it an enticing destination for those in search of a new home.

In the most recently reported crime year, Atherton registered zero reported homicides. This statistic not only designates the area as an exemplar of security but also emanates a profound sense of safety within its community. A minimal incidence of severe violent crime not only fosters a strong sense of well-being among residents but also sets a commendable standard for other regions aiming to cultivate similarly safe surroundings.

Is Atherton a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Atherton 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. Atherton has a total crime rate that is 47% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.23 daily crimes (0.02 violent daily crimes and 0.21 daily property crimes) in Atherton.

Has Crime in Atherton Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Atherton crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Atherton has decreased by 47.1% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 60% and property crime has decreased by 45.8%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Atherton

If employment opportunities are limited or if many jobs offer low wages, it can lead to higher rates of unemployment and underemployment, which could lead to an increase in Atherton crime rates. Areas where individuals struggle with unemployment or low wages, may be more susceptible to an increase in criminal activities as a result of financial insecurity. While lower rates of unemployment or a surplus of job opportunities could lead to a decrease in crime as their basic needs are being met. Atherton has an unemployment rate of 2.3%, compared to a national average of 4.7%.

The level of education within a community can impact crime rates. Higher educational attainment often correlates with lower crime rates, as it provides individuals with better job opportunities and alternatives to criminal behavior. While lower educational achievement rates tend to lead to higher crime rates. In Atherton, 96.7% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

In cities grappling with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves needing to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, elevating stress levels and potentially fueling domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. Atherton has a median home price of $2,000,001, deviating from the national average of $184,700. Large disparities in housing costs can significantly impact the well-being of residents and the prevalence of crime within the community.

Atherton crime map

The Atherton crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Atherton 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 Atherton crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Atherton 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

  • Atherton crime rates are 47% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Atherton are 76% lower than the national average
  • In Atherton you have a 1 in 81 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Atherton is safer than 71% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Atherton has decreased by 44%

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        Daily Crime In Atherton (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Atherton on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of California and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Atherton (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to California, are 2.30 times less than the state average and 1.88 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Atherton on a daily basis are 5.58 times less than than California average and 4.13 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Atherton are 2.04 times less than the daily state average and 1.70 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Atherton (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Atherton in comparison to other California communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Atherton safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Atherton being safer than 90% of cities in California and 71% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking California cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Atherton. In conclusion, Atherton ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Atherton

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Atherton is 1 in 1118
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Atherton is 1 in 88
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Atherton is 1 in 81
        How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Atherton, California you have a 1 in 1118 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 88 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 81 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Atherton.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Atherton is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Atherton has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 57% in Atherton, while property crimes in Atherton have decreased by 42%. Total crime has decreased by 44% year over year.

        Atherton police department

        Item Atherton California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2451,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.43.63.3
        There are a total of 24 Atherton police officers. This results in 3.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 5.9% less than the California average and 4.5% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in California

        State Total offenders California /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 79,891 sex offenders in California. This yields a total of 232 sex offenders in California per 100,000 residents which is 13% less than the national average.

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        Atherton, CA7,060891,1491,238

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        Source: The Atherton, CA 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.