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Violent 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 peopleBozeman/100k peopleMontana/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,162n/a (estimate)2,0752,3372,324
Violent crime166n/a (estimate)296418370
Vehicle theft72n/a128.6222.6282.7
Property crime996n/a (estimate)1,7791,9191,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Bozeman, MT

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 Bozeman crime rate is lower than the national average by 10.7%. Specifically, there were 166 violent crimes in Bozeman, equivalent to 296 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 19.8%. Furthermore, Bozeman recorded 996 property crimes, amounting to 1779 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 9%.

The Bozeman crime rate is about average when compared to all the other cities across the U.S. per 100,000 residents. When we compared the total crimes (violent and property) in Bozeman, we found that the reported crime rates were almost equal to the average of all other areas that reported crime.

In the most recent release, Bozeman reported a property crime rate that closely aligns with the national average. In Bozeman, there were 1779 reported property crimes, a figure consistent with the national average of 1954 per 100,000 individuals. This positions the area as maintaining a level of safety and security on par with the typical city. The harmonious statistics underscore a balanced commitment to community well-being, offering residents a sense of stability and peace in their surroundings.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Bozeman?

AreaVibes surveyed 18 local residents in Bozeman to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 72% of people answered that there was very little crime in Bozeman and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 28% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Bozeman a Safe Place to Live?

Is Bozeman a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Bozeman has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 11%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 3.18 daily incidents, encompassing 0.45 violent crimes and 2.73 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Bozeman as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Bozeman 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 Bozeman 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 Bozeman has increased by 38.2% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 4.1% and property crime has increased by 49.1%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Bozeman

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 Bozeman, 97% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

In Bozeman, the cost of living is 14.66% higher than the national average. A substantial cost of living can burden residents, particularly those with constrained financial means. When individuals contend with steep housing expenses, grocery bills, utility costs, healthcare and essential needs that strain their budgets, they may turn to criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities characterized by a more affordable cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, which could potentially lead to decreased crime rates.

In Bozeman, the median home price stands at $412,500, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

Bozeman crime map

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

  • Bozeman crime rates are 11% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Bozeman are 20% lower than the national average
  • In Bozeman you have a 1 in 49 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Bozeman is safer than 40% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Bozeman has increased by 30%

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        Daily Crime In Bozeman (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Bozeman on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Montana and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Bozeman (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Montana, are 1.13 times less than the state average and 1.12 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Bozeman on a daily basis are 1.41 times less than than Montana average and 1.25 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Bozeman are 1.08 times less than the daily state average and 1.10 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Bozeman (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Bozeman in comparison to other Montana communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Bozeman safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Bozeman being safer than 63% of cities in Montana and 40% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Montana cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Bozeman. In conclusion, Bozeman ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Bozeman

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Bozeman is 1 in 338
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Bozeman is 1 in 57
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Bozeman is 1 in 49
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Bozeman, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 338. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 57 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Bozeman is 1 in 49.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Bozeman is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Bozeman has decreased by 10% and the rate of property crime in Bozeman has increased by 40%. The total crime rate in Bozeman has increased by 30% year to year.

        Bozeman police department

        Item Bozeman Montana National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)59872558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/an/a3.3

        Sex offenders in Montana

        State Total offenders Montana /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 2,923 sex offenders in Montana. This yields a total of 291 sex offenders in Montana per 100,000 residents which is 9% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Four Corners, MT4,859138631769
        King Arthur Park, MT1,933167765931
        Manhattan, MT1,950931,3931,486
        Gallatin Gateway, MT7982761,2671,543
        Belgrade, MT9,1845111,7082,219
        Churchill, MT9894031,8482,251
        Amsterdam, MT1694121,8902,302
        Bozeman, MT48,3302961,7792,075

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        Ceres, CA48,3555172,1632,680
        Rancho Santa Margarita, CA48,28038469508
        Beaumont, CA48,2723501,2341,584
        Palm Springs, CA48,3906994,9565,655
        Bozeman, MT48,3302961,7792,075
        Source: The Bozeman, MT 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.