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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 peopleClearlake/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime502n/a (estimate)2,9702,8432,324
Violent crime143n/a (estimate)846500370
Vehicle theft78n/a461.5471.9282.7
Property crime359n/a (estimate)2,1242,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Clearlake, CA

The Clearlake crime rates are 27.8% 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 143 violent crimes in Clearlake (846 per 100,000 people), which is 128.8% higher than the national average and there were a total of 359 property crimes (2124 per 100,000 residents) which is 8.7% higher than average.

With a violent crime rate of 846 crimes per 100,000 residents, Clearlake is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. In fact, Clearlake ranks in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported violent crime last year. This translates into a 1 in 119 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime. Keep in mind that some areas will be safer than others and this doesn't necessarily mean that the entire city suffers from a high violent crime rate.

The property crime rate per 100,000 people in Clearlake is very similar to the national average. Clearlake had a property crime rate of 2124, while the national average was 1954. Based on these numbers, you could expect an average amount of property crime in this area.

Recently, vehicle thefts have seen an upward trend across the United States, and Clearlake ranks among the cities with the highest vehicle theft rates in the country. Last year, there were 78 vehicle thefts, amounting to 462 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places Clearlake within the worst 10% of all cities, indicating that 90% of cities fare better in terms of vehicle theft rates. The likelihood of your vehicle being stolen stands at 1 in 217.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Clearlake?

AreaVibes surveyed 70 local residents in Clearlake to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 26% of people answered that there was very little crime in Clearlake and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 74% 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 Clearlake a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Clearlake is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Clearlake has an overall crime rate that is 28% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 1.38 daily occurrences, comprising 0.39 violent crimes and 0.98 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Clearlake as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Clearlake Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Clearlake. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Clearlake has decreased by 1.4%. Violent crimes have increased by 12.6%, while property crimes have decreased by 6%. 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 Clearlake

The economic prosperity of a city's inhabitants exerts substantial influence on crime stats. Elevated poverty rates and income inequality can precipitate heightened criminal activity, as individuals may turn to illicit means to fulfill their fundamental requirements. While lower poverty rates could lead to lower Clearlake crime rates. In Clearlake, the poverty rate stands at 29.4%, diverging from the national average of 15.1%.

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 Clearlake, 72.1% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

High rental costs can limit economic mobility, making it difficult for individuals to save money, invest in education, or access better job opportunities. This can perpetuate a cycle of poverty and increase the risk of involvement in criminal activities. In summary, high rental costs can create economic challenges, overcrowding, and neighborhood dynamics that may increase the likelihood of certain types of crime, particularly property crimes. In Clearlake, the average rental rates are $914 per month, compared to the national average of $949.

Clearlake crime map

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

      • Clearlake crime rates are 28% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Clearlake are 129% higher than the national average
      • In Clearlake you have a 1 in 34 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Clearlake is safer than 8% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Clearlake has decreased by 11%

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        Daily Crime In Clearlake (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Clearlake, CA per 100,000 people. In Clearlake, the total number of daily crimes is 1.04 times more than the California average and 1.28 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Clearlake is 1.69 times more than the California average and 2.29 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Clearlake has a daily crime rate that is 1.10 times less than the California average and 1.09 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Clearlake (higher is better)

        Is Clearlake safe in comparison to other cities in the state of California as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Clearlake to other cities in the state and across the country, Clearlake is 12% safer than other cities of California and 8% safer than other cities in the nation. Clearlake has a ranks above average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Clearlake

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Clearlake is 1 in 119
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Clearlake is 1 in 48
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Clearlake is 1 in 34
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Clearlake, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 119. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 48 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 Clearlake is 1 in 34.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Clearlake is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Clearlake has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 2% in Clearlake, while property crimes in Clearlake have decreased by 15%. Total crime has decreased by 11% year over year.

        Clearlake police department

        Item Clearlake California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2951,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.93.63.3
        There are a total of 29 Clearlake police officers. This results in 1.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 47.6% less than the California average and 41.7% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in California

        State Total offenders California /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 79,891 sex offenders in California. This yields a total of 232 sex offenders in California per 100,000 residents which is 13% 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
        Soda Bay, CA7142171,0161,233
        Cobb, CA8052291,0741,304
        Clearlake Oaks, CA2,1942631,2331,496
        North Lakeport, CA3,0672681,2571,525
        Lower Lake, CA1,0652761,2941,570
        Nice, CA2,4072921,3681,659
        Clearlake Riviera, CA4,4083401,5951,935
        Clearlake, CA15,3298462,1242,970

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Westbury, NY15,3393141,2591,572
        Americus, GA15,3191,2463,6634,909
        Clarksdale, MS15,3423412,4292,769
        Centerton, AR15,345205424629
        Berkley, MI15,35227533560
        Clearlake, CA15,3298462,1242,970
        Source: The Clearlake, CA 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.