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 peopleEl Paso/100k peopleTexas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime11,476n/a (estimate)1,6922,7322,324
Violent crime2,123n/a (estimate)313432370
Vehicle theft1,410n/a207.9331.2282.7
Property crime9,353n/a (estimate)1,3792,3001,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in El Paso, TX

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 El Paso crime rate is lower than the national average by 27.2%. Specifically, there were 2123 violent crimes in El Paso, equivalent to 313 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 15.4%. Furthermore, El Paso recorded 9353 property crimes, amounting to 1379 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 29.4%.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in El Paso?

AreaVibes surveyed 135 local residents in El Paso to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 55% of people answered that there was very little crime in El Paso and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 45% 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 El Paso a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if El Paso is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. El Paso has a total crime rate that is 27% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 31.44 daily crimes (5.82 violent daily crimes and 25.62 daily property crimes) in El Paso.

Has Crime in El Paso Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in El Paso has increased by 12.1% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not El Paso is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has increased by 25%, while property crime has increased by 9.5%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in El Paso.

El Paso Neighborhood Crime Rates

Typically, densely populated areas in close proximity to the city center tend to experience higher crime rates compared to neighborhoods that are situated on the city's periphery. El Paso, an expansive urban metropolis, has more than 50 distinct neighborhoods, each bearing its unique crime rate characteristics. The prevalence of criminal activity varies significantly among these neighborhoods. Noteworthy among safest neighborhoods in El Paso are areas such as Cielo Vista, Mesa Hills and North Hills, which provide residents with enhanced security and peace of mind. Conversely, neighborhoods like Borderland, Central and Las Tierras are marked by a higher incidence of reported crimes, warranting prudent consideration for those seeking to avoid areas with potentially elevated safety concerns.

Potential Causes for Crime in El Paso

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 El Paso crime rates. In El Paso, the poverty rate stands at 18.8%, diverging from the national average of 15.1%.

Regions characterized by high population density frequently encompass expansive urban hubs that offer diverse economic prospects. In such areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, creating pockets of poverty alongside affluence. Economic disparities within these regions may correlate with elevated property crimes and, in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density numbers generally exhibit reduced El Paso crime rates. El Paso registers a population density of 2631 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 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 El Paso is $132,800, compared to a national average of $184,700.

El Paso crime map

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

      • El Paso crime rates are 27% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in El Paso are 15% lower than the national average
      • In El Paso you have a 1 in 60 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • El Paso is safer than 39% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in El Paso has increased by 13%

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        Daily Crime In El Paso (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in El Paso for every 100,000 residents. The El Paso total amount of daily crime is 1.61 times less than the Texas average and 1.37 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in El Paso, is 1.38 times less than the Texas average, and it is 1.18 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that El Paso has a daily crime average that is 1.67 times less than the Texas average and 1.42 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is El Paso (higher is better)

        How safe is El Paso, Texas compared to other cities in Texas and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that El Paso is safer than 37% of the cities in Texas and 39% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Texas and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than El Paso. Overall, El Paso is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in El Paso

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in El Paso is 1 in 320
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in El Paso is 1 in 73
        The chance of being a victim of crime in El Paso is 1 in 60
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In El Paso, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 320. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 73 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 El Paso is 1 in 60.

        Year Over Year Crime In El Paso (per 100,000 people)

        A good indicator of whether El Paso is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in El Paso has increased by 26%, while the property crime rate in El Paso has increased by 11% year over year. The number of total crimes in El Paso has increased by 13% year over year.

        El Paso police department

        Item El Paso Texas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1,25446,020558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.93.03.3
        There are a total of 1,254 El Paso police officers. This results in 1.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 38.3% less than the Texas average and 42.9% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Texas

        State Total offenders Texas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 95,281 sex offenders in Texas. This yields a total of 443 sex offenders in Texas per 100,000 residents which is 67% 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
        San Elizario, TX9,07940298337
        Socorro, TX34,329224740964
        Sunland Park, NM17,5814596771,135
        Prado Verde, TX3591819631,144
        Vinton, TX1,6922251,1961,421
        La Union, NM9074161,5922,008
        Santa Teresa, NM6,5535792,2172,796
        El Paso, TX679,8793131,3791,692

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Detroit, MI672,3512,0284,4786,506
        Boston, MA689,3266191,8022,421
        Nashville, TN667,0701,1023,8254,927
        Washington, DC701,9747453,4844,229
        Memphis, TN650,9102,4217,1669,587
        El Paso, TX679,8793131,3791,692
        Source: The El Paso, TX 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.