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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 peopleElk City/100k peopleOklahoma/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime189n/a (estimate)1,6552,7522,324
Violent crime24n/a (estimate)210420370
Vehicle theft23n/a201.5314.0282.7
Property crime165n/a (estimate)1,4452,3321,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Elk City, OK

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 Elk City crime rate is lower than the national average by 28.8%. Specifically, there were 24 violent crimes in Elk City, equivalent to 210 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 43.2%. Furthermore, Elk City recorded 165 property crimes, amounting to 1445 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 26.1%.

Elk City 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.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Elk City?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Elk City residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 9 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 67% of Elk City residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 33% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Elk City a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Elk City 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. Elk City has a total crime rate that is 29% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.52 daily crimes (0.07 violent daily crimes and 0.45 daily property crimes) in Elk City.

Has Crime in Elk City Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Elk City. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Elk City has decreased by 19.2%. Violent crimes have increased by 41.2%, while property crimes have decreased by 24%. 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 Elk City

If employment opportunities are limited or if many jobs offer low wages, it can lead to higher rates of unemployment and underemployment, which could lead to an increase in Elk City crime rates. Areas where individuals struggle with unemployment or low wages, may be more susceptible to an increase in criminal activities as a result of financial insecurity. While lower rates of unemployment or a surplus of job opportunities could lead to a decrease in crime as their basic needs are being met. Elk City has an unemployment rate of 2.7%, compared to a national average of 4.7%.

In Elk City, the cost of living is 9.32% lower than the national average. A high cost of living can induce economic stress for locals, especially those with limited financial resources. When people grapple with soaring housing expenses, utility bills, healthcare costs, and other essential necessities, they may be driven towards criminal activities, including theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities boasting a lower cost of living may mitigate economic pressures and potentially result in reduced crime rates.

High rent costs can create economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When a significant portion of one's income is spent on housing, there may be less money available for other essential needs such as food, healthcare and education. Economic stress can contribute to desperation and potentially lead individuals to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Average rent rates in Elk City are $776, compared to a national average of $949 per month.

Elk City crime map

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

  • Elk City crime rates are 29% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Elk City are 43% lower than the national average
  • In Elk City you have a 1 in 61 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Elk City is safer than 50% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Elk City has decreased by 20%

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        Daily Crime In Elk City (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Elk City on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Oklahoma and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Elk City (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Oklahoma, are 1.66 times less than the state average and 1.40 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Elk City on a daily basis are 2.00 times less than than Oklahoma average and 1.76 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Elk City are 1.61 times less than the daily state average and 1.35 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Elk City (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Elk City to every other city in Oklahoma, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Elk City safe? The gauges above illustrate that Elk City is safer than 46% of every city located within Oklahoma along with 50% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Oklahoma and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Elk City, OK is ranked above average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Elk City

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Elk City is 1 in 476
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Elk City is 1 in 70
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Elk City is 1 in 61
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Elk City? If you reside in Elk City, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 476. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 70 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Elk City, is 1 in 61.

        Year Over Year Crime In Elk City (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Elk City is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Elk City has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 40% in Elk City, while property crimes in Elk City have decreased by 25%. Total crime has decreased by 20% year over year.

        Elk City police department

        Item Elk City Oklahoma National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)326,557558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.73.43.3
        There are a total of 32 Elk City police officers. This results in 2.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 20.7% less than the Oklahoma average and 17% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Oklahoma

        State Total offenders Oklahoma /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 7,097 sex offenders in Oklahoma. This yields a total of 203 sex offenders in Oklahoma per 100,000 residents which is 24% 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
        Butler, OK268000
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        Sayre, OK4,48092825917
        Foss, OK1635232,9033,426
        Canute, OK5075292,9393,469
        Carter, OK1955733,1793,752
        Elk City, OK11,5442101,4451,655

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Muscoy, CA11,5467623,5704,332
        Somerset, KY11,5482471,8572,104
        Valley Falls, RI11,5481761,3121,487
        Magnolia, AR11,5375433,4453,988
        Wallington, NJ11,553511,2851,336
        Elk City, OK11,5442101,4451,655
        Source: The Elk City, OK 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.