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Total crime 32%
Violent crime 32%
Property crime 43%
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 peopleBoulder/100k peopleColorado/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,562n/a (estimate)3,2822,9722,489
Murder1n/a0.93.85.0
Rape41n/a37.867.242.6
Robbery37n/a34.163.681.6
Assault199n/a183.4246.3250.2
Violent crime278n/a (estimate)256381379
Burglary405n/a373.2348.4340.5
Theft2,628n/a2,421.71,858.31,549.5
Vehicle theft251n/a231.3384.0219.9
Property crime3,284n/a (estimate)3,0262,5912,110

Key findings

  • Boulder crime rates are 32% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Boulder are 32% lower than the national average
  • In Boulder you have a 1 in 31 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Boulder is safer than 30% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Boulder has decreased by 10%

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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 1.10 times more than the Colorado average and 1.32 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Boulder are 1.49 times less than than Colorado and 1.48 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Boulder are 1.17 times more than than Colorado and 1.43 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 30% 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 391
      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 31
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Boulder? In Boulder, you have a 1 in 391 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 31.

      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 5%, the amount of property crime in Boulder has decreased by 11%, and the total amount of crime in Boulder has decreased by 10% 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
      Nederland, CO1,560128256385
      Coal Creek, CO1,82153364417
      Pine Brook Hill, CO1,09153364417
      Lyons, CO2,02785581667
      Niwot, CO4,58899673772
      Erie, CO20,8011069011,007
      Superior, CO12,9281459871,132
      Boulder, CO105,4202563,0263,282

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Daly City, CA105,5432151,7341,949
      Wichita Falls, TX105,0133483,0443,393
      West Palm Beach, FL104,9787623,7514,512
      Green Bay, WI104,9515041,6422,146
      Broken Arrow, OK104,8691251,7891,914
      Boulder, CO105,4202563,0263,282
      Source: The Boulder, CO 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.