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Total crime 42%
Violent crime 29%
Property crime 54%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBoulder/100k peopleColorado/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,958n/a (estimate)3,6523,0692,580
Murder0n/a0.03.75.0
Rape39n/a36.071.542.6
Robbery39n/a36.066.786.2
Assault214n/a197.5255.4246.8
Violent crime292n/a (estimate)269397381
Burglary386n/a356.2375.2376.0
Theft3,035n/a2,800.31,915.91,594.6
Vehicle theft245n/a226.1380.5228.9
Property crime3,666n/a (estimate)3,3832,6722,200

Key findings

  • Boulder crime rates are 42% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Boulder are 29% lower than the national average
  • In Boulder you have a 1 in 28 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Boulder is safer than 28% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Boulder has increased by 159%

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

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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 1.19 times more than the Colorado average and 1.42 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Boulder are 1.47 times less than than Colorado and 1.41 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Boulder are 1.27 times more 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 33% safer than other cities of Colorado and 28% 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 372
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Boulder is 1 in 30
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Boulder is 1 in 28
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Boulder? In Boulder, you have a 1 in 372 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 30. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Boulder, CO is 1 in 28.

      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 increased by 59%, the amount of property crime in Boulder has increased by 172%, and the total amount of crime in Boulder has increased by 159% year over year.

      Boulder police department

      ItemBoulderColoradoNational
      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

      StateTotal offendersColorado /100KNational /100K
      Colorado11,204251266
      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, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Pine Brook Hill, CO1,09156375431
      Coal Creek, CO1,82156375431
      Louisville, CO19,97274427501
      Lyons, CO2,02789599688
      Niwot, CO4,588103694797
      Erie, CO20,801991,0221,122
      Superior, CO12,9281511,0181,169
      Boulder, CO105,4202693,3833,652

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Daly City, CA105,5432241,4161,640
      Wichita Falls, TX105,0133693,0883,457
      West Palm Beach, FL104,9789193,8054,724
      Green Bay, WI104,9514591,7082,167
      Broken Arrow, OK104,8691422,0822,224
      Boulder, CO105,4202693,3833,652
      Source: The Boulder, CO crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.