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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 peopleCortez/100k peopleColorado/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime312n/a (estimate)3,4723,6402,324
Violent crime46n/a (estimate)512493370
Vehicle theft22n/a244.9785.7282.7
Property crime266n/a (estimate)2,9603,1481,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Cortez, 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 Cortez crime rate is higher than the national average by 49.4%. Specifically, there were 46 violent crimes in Cortez, equivalent to 512 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 38.4%. Furthermore, Cortez recorded 266 property crimes, amounting to 2960 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 51.5%.

Although murder rates are essentially half of what they used to be 30+ years ago, some cities still struggle with higher rates than others. Cortez is one of those cities. In the last reported crime year, there were a total of 2 murders in Cortez, which equates to 22 murders per 100,000 people. This results in Cortez being a very dangerous place to live.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Cortez?

What do the local residents think about crime in Cortez? Well, based on a recent survey of 10 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 40% of Cortez residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 60% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Cortez a Safe Place to Live?

Is Cortez 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, Cortez has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 49%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 0.85 daily incidents, encompassing 0.13 violent crimes and 0.73 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Cortez as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Cortez Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Cortez. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Cortez has increased by 3.7%. Violent crimes have increased by 4.6%, while property crimes have increased by 3.5%. 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 Cortez

In Cortez, the cost of living is 7.64% lower 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.

The quality of housing and neighborhood conditions can influence crime rates. Neglected or run-down neighborhoods with poorly maintained properties may be more susceptible to criminal activities. In areas with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves residing in cramped or inadequate housing settings, amplifying stress levels and potentially fostering domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. It's worth noting that the median home price in Cortez stands at $166,800, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

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 Cortez, the average rental rates are $839 per month, compared to the national average of $949.

Cortez crime map

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

  • Cortez crime rates are 49% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Cortez are 38% higher than the national average
  • In Cortez you have a 1 in 29 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Cortez is safer than 15% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Cortez has increased by 1%

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        Daily Crime In Cortez (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Cortez on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Colorado and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Cortez (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Colorado, are 1.05 times less than the state average and 1.49 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Cortez on a daily basis are 1.04 times more than than Colorado average and 1.38 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Cortez are 1.06 times less than the daily state average and 1.51 times more than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Cortez (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Cortez to every other city in Colorado, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Cortez safe? The gauges above illustrate that Cortez is safer than 22% of every city located within Colorado along with 15% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Colorado and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Cortez, CO is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Cortez

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Cortez is 1 in 196
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Cortez is 1 in 34
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Cortez is 1 in 29
        How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Cortez, Colorado you have a 1 in 196 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 34 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 29 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Cortez.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Cortez 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 Cortez has increased by 2% and the rate of property crime in Cortez has increased by 1%. The total crime rate in Cortez has increased by 1% year to year.

        Cortez police department

        Item Cortez Colorado National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)519,049558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents6.09.63.3
        There are a total of 51 Cortez police officers. This results in 6.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 37.7% less than the Colorado average and 83.1% 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
        Dolores, CO1,0172421,5501,792
        Lewis, CO1865753,6794,254
        Towaoc, CO1,1407574,8465,604
        Cortez, CO8,7295122,9603,472

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Chatham, NJ8,72911720731
        Brigantine, NJ8,725799681,047
        Swissvale, PA8,7243281,7342,062
        New Albany, MS8,723262,3282,354
        Park Ridge, NJ8,72110269279
        Cortez, CO8,7295122,9603,472
        Source: The Cortez, 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.