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 peopleCenter/100k peopleColorado/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime38n/a (estimate)1,9663,6402,324
Violent crime8n/a (estimate)414493370
Vehicle theft4n/a206.9785.7282.7
Property crime30n/a (estimate)1,5523,1481,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Center, CO

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 Center crime rate is lower than the national average by 15.4%. Specifically, there were 8 violent crimes in Center, equivalent to 414 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 11.9%. Furthermore, Center recorded 30 property crimes, amounting to 1552 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 20.6%.

The violent crime rate per 100,000 people in Center is very close to the national average of all cities that reported crime. Center reported 414 violent crimes, while the average of all cities was 370.

Center showcased a dedication to violent crime safety in its latest reported crime year by achieving a murder rate of 0. This accomplishment could indicate that it is a safe place for residents, but also provides a shining example to other urban areas endeavoring to create safer communities.

Is Center a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Center, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Center presents a total crime rate that is 15% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Center experiences an average of 0.1 daily crimes, comprising 0.02 violent incidents and 0.08 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Center Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Center. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Center has decreased by 20.8%. Violent crimes have decreased by 20%, while property crimes have decreased by 21.1%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Center

Limited employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-wage jobs can result in higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Regions where individuals grapple with joblessness or meager wages may exhibit greater vulnerability to an uptick in crime due to financial instability. While areas that have strong employment rates, often will see a reduction in overall crime. Center, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 7.7%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

High population density areas are often large urban centers with diverse economic opportunities. These areas can exacerbate income inequality, with pockets of poverty existing alongside affluence. Areas with economic disparities may experience higher property crimes and, in some cases, violent crimes. On the other hand, areas with low population density tend to see lower Center crime rates. The population density in Center is 2753.8 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

In areas where housing affordability is an issue, crime can become a significant concern. Some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions, which can increase stress and potentially contribute to domestic disputes and related crimes. The median home price in Center is $88,300, compared to a national average of $184,700.

Center crime map

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

  • Center crime rates are 15% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Center are 12% higher than the national average
  • In Center you have a 1 in 51 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Center is safer than 28% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Center has decreased by 2%

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        Daily Crime In Center (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Center

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Center is 1 in 242
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Center is 1 in 65
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Center is 1 in 51

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

        Center police department

        Item Center Colorado National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)129,049558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents5.29.63.3
        There are a total of 12 Center police officers. This results in 5.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 45.7% less than the Colorado average and 59.7% greater 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
        Del Norte, CO1,5090347347
        Monte Vista, CO4,0723624,0064,368
        Center, CO2,3794141,5521,966

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Lapel, IN2,379125631756
        East Berwick, PA2,379119628747
        Warsaw, MO2,3802192,0162,235
        Hayti, MO2,3801,3105,6616,971
        Liberty, PA2,381148784932
        Center, CO2,3794141,5521,966
        Source: The Center, 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.