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Total crime 29%
Violent crime 28%
Property crime 39%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBellingham/100k peopleWashington/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,940n/a (estimate)3,1992,9762,489
Murder4n/a4.42.65.0
Rape28n/a30.543.842.6
Robbery61n/a66.467.681.6
Assault158n/a171.9179.9250.2
Violent crime251n/a (estimate)273294379
Burglary323n/a351.4453.6340.5
Theft2,251n/a2,449.21,907.91,549.5
Vehicle theft115n/a125.1320.5219.9
Property crime2,689n/a (estimate)2,9262,6822,110

Key findings

  • Bellingham crime rates are 29% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Bellingham are 28% lower than the national average
  • In Bellingham you have a 1 in 32 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Bellingham is safer than 30% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Bellingham has decreased by 19%

Bellingham crime map

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The Bellingham crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Bellingham as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Bellingham crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Bellingham (per 100,000 people)

      The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Bellingham, Washington is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Bellingham are 1.07 times more than the Washington average and 1.29 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Bellingham are 1.08 times less than than Washington and 1.39 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Bellingham are 1.09 times more than than Washington and 1.39 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Bellingham (higher is better)

      How safe is Bellingham, Washington compared to other cities in Washington and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Bellingham is safer than 30% of the cities in Washington and 30% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Washington and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Bellingham. Overall, Bellingham is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Bellingham

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Bellingham is 1 in 367
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Bellingham is 1 in 35
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Bellingham is 1 in 32
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Bellingham, Washington you have a 1 in 367 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 35 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 32 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Bellingham.

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

      An analysis of year to year crime rates in Bellingham, Washington (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Bellingham has increased by 21%, the amount of property crime in Bellingham has decreased by 21%, and the total amount of crime in Bellingham has decreased by 19% year over year.

      Bellingham police department

      ItemBellinghamWashingtonNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1578,169558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.92.23.3
      There are a total of 157 Bellingham police officers. This results in 1.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 12.4% less than the Washington average and 41.6% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Washington

      StateTotal offendersWashington /100KNational /100K
      Washington6,688107266
      There are a total of 6,688 sex offenders in Washington. This yields a total of 107 sex offenders in Washington per 100,000 residents which is 60% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Geneva, WA2,63083760844
      Everson, WA2,55523903926
      Nooksack, WA1,7631361,2371,373
      Alger, WA1561811,6491,830
      Lynden, WA13,204931,7401,832
      Marietta-Alderwood, WA4,4922041,8572,061
      Sudden Valley, WA6,8182482,2602,508
      Bellingham, WA84,4622732,9263,199

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Bend, OR84,4161531,9082,061
      Edinburg, TX84,3992792,9333,211
      Trenton, NJ84,5591,1232,0943,217
      Riverview, FL84,5904422,5112,953
      Champaign, IL84,6729302,4783,409
      Bellingham, WA84,4622732,9263,199
      Source: The Bellingham, WA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.