Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleBoulder/100k peopleColorado/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,476n/a (estimate)3,3723,6402,324
Violent crime383n/a (estimate)371493370
Vehicle theft324n/a314.3785.7282.7
Property crime3,093n/a (estimate)3,0003,1481,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Boulder, CO

The Boulder crime rates are 45.1% higher 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 383 violent crimes in Boulder (371 per 100,000 people), which is 0.5% higher than the national average and there were a total of 3093 property crimes (3000 per 100,000 residents) which is 53.5% higher than average.

The violent crime rate per 100,000 people in Boulder is very close to the national average of all cities that reported crime. Boulder reported 371 violent crimes, while the average of all cities was 370.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Boulder?

What do the local residents think about crime in Boulder? Well, based on a recent survey of 34 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 71% of Boulder residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 29% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Boulder a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Boulder 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. Boulder has a total crime rate that is 45% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 9.52 daily crimes (1.05 violent daily crimes and 8.47 daily property crimes) in Boulder.

Has Crime in Boulder 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 Boulder 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 Boulder has decreased by 16.4% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 5.9% and property crime has decreased by 17.5%.

Boulder Neighborhood Crime Rates

Typically, densely populated areas in close proximity to the city center tend to experience higher crime rates compared to neighborhoods that are situated on the city's periphery. Boulder, an expansive urban metropolis, has more than 9 distinct neighborhoods, each bearing its unique crime rate characteristics. The prevalence of criminal activity varies significantly among these neighborhoods. Noteworthy among safest neighborhoods in Boulder are areas such as Palo Park, Gunbarrel and South Boulder, which provide residents with enhanced security and peace of mind. Conversely, neighborhoods like Crossroads, East Boulder and Central Boulder are marked by a higher incidence of reported crimes, warranting prudent consideration for those seeking to avoid areas with potentially elevated safety concerns.

Potential Causes for Crime in Boulder

In Boulder, the poverty rate currently stands at 20.3%, which contrasts with the national average of 15.1%. It's essential to recognize that the economic status of a city's inhabitants could be a pivotal factor influencing crime stats. Communities grappling with high poverty rates and income inequality are often susceptible to elevated crime levels, as some individuals may turn to unlawful activities to fulfill their essential needs. While lower poverty rates could lead to a reduction in Boulder crime rates.

Highly populated regions typically encompass expansive urban hubs teeming with diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, giving rise to enclaves of poverty amid affluence. Communities marked by economic disparities may contend with heightened property crimes, and in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, regions characterized by low population density often exhibit lower Boulder crime rates. For instance, in Boulder, the population density stands at 4129.6 people per square mile, diverging from the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

Boulder has an average rental rate of $1,588 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.

Boulder crime map

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

      • Boulder crime rates are 45% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Boulder are equal to the national average
      • In Boulder you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Boulder is safer than 21% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Boulder has decreased by 12%

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        Daily Crime In Boulder (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Boulder, Colorado is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Boulder are 1.08 times less than the Colorado average and 1.45 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Boulder are 1.33 times less than than Colorado and 1.00 times more than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Boulder are 1.05 times less than than Colorado and 1.54 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Boulder (higher is better)

        Is Boulder safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Colorado as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Boulder to other cities in the state and across the country, Boulder is 32% safer than other cities of Colorado and 21% safer than other cities in the nation. Boulder has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Boulder

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Boulder is 1 in 270
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Boulder is 1 in 34
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Boulder is 1 in 30
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Boulder? In Boulder, you have a 1 in 270 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 34. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Boulder, CO is 1 in 30.

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

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Boulder, Colorado (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 Boulder has decreased by 1%, the amount of property crime in Boulder has decreased by 13%, and the total amount of crime in Boulder has decreased by 12% year over year.

        Boulder police department

        Item Boulder Colorado National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2769,049558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.89.63.3
        There are a total of 276 Boulder police officers. This results in 2.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 71.2% less than the Colorado average and 15.3% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Colorado

        State Total offenders Colorado /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 11,204 sex offenders in Colorado. This yields a total of 251 sex offenders in Colorado per 100,000 residents which is 6% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Coal Creek, CO2,60569442511
        Pine Brook Hill, CO77669442511
        Lyons, CO2,302110706816
        Niwot, CO4,085128818945
        Erie, CO27,157461,0361,081
        Nederland, CO1,4651469361,082
        Superior, CO13,2921871,1991,387
        Boulder, CO108,7773713,0003,372

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Broken Arrow, OK108,8751561,6091,765
        San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA108,4673552,1852,539
        Inglewood, CA109,3096652,9003,564
        Sandy Springs, GA108,1801391,4961,635
        Hillsboro, OR108,0262962,5672,863
        Boulder, CO108,7773713,0003,372
        Source: The Boulder, CO 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.