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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 peopleFerndale/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime15n/a (estimate)1,0722,8432,324
Violent crime4n/a (estimate)286500370
Vehicle theft0n/a0.0471.9282.7
Property crime11n/a (estimate)7862,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Ferndale, CA

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Ferndale is 53.9% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 4 violent crimes reported in Ferndale, equivalent to 286 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 22.7%. Additionally, Ferndale recorded 11 property crimes, amounting to 786 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 59.8%.

In the latest reported crime year, Ferndale recorded zero homicides. This statistic potentially positions the city as a paragon of security, radiating a profound sense of safety for its residents. A low number of severe violent crimes instills a deep feeling of well-being among its community but also establishes a lofty benchmark for other locales aspiring to foster equally secure environments.

The United States contends with some of the world's highest vehicle theft rates, with approximately 300 vehicle thefts per 100,000 individuals. Remarkably, only a modest fraction, approximately 10%, of cities have been fortunate enough to have zero reported instances of stolen vehicles. Ferndale stands out as one of these cities, as it reported no vehicle thefts in the most recent crime report, underscoring its commitment to a secure environment.

Is Ferndale a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Ferndale 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. Ferndale has a total crime rate that is 54% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.04 daily crimes (0.01 violent daily crimes and 0.03 daily property crimes) in Ferndale.

Has Crime in Ferndale Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Ferndale. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Ferndale has decreased by 31.8%. Violent crimes have decreased by 20%, while property crimes have decreased by 35.3%. 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 Ferndale

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 Ferndale crime rates. The population density in Ferndale is 1156.6 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

In cities grappling with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves needing to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, elevating stress levels and potentially fueling domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. Ferndale has a median home price of $418,600, deviating from the national average of $184,700. Large disparities in housing costs can significantly impact the well-being of residents and the prevalence of crime within the community.

Elevated rental costs can generate economic strain for both individuals and families, particularly those with restricted financial means. When a substantial proportion of one's income is allocated to housing costs, it often leaves limited resources for fulfilling other crucial necessities such as groceries, healthcare and education. This financial pressure can fuel desperation, potentially prompting individuals to resort to criminal actions, including theft or fraud, as a means of coping with their financial hardships. In Ferndale, the average monthly rent stands at $1,041, while the national average is $949 per month.

Ferndale crime map

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

      • Ferndale crime rates are 54% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Ferndale are 23% lower than the national average
      • In Ferndale you have a 1 in 94 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Ferndale is safer than 49% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Ferndale has decreased by 34%

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        Daily Crime In Ferndale (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Ferndale

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Ferndale is 1 in 350
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Ferndale is 1 in 128
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Ferndale is 1 in 94

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

        Ferndale police department

        Item Ferndale California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)451,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.93.63.3
        There are a total of 4 Ferndale police officers. This results in 2.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 20% less than the California average and 11.2% 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
        Hydesville, CA1,0511848611,044
        Bayview CDP (Contra Costa County), CA1,7531949101,105
        Cutten, CA3,3152271,0611,288
        Bayview, CA2,7872811,3151,596
        Pine Hills, CA3,5472851,3351,620
        Humboldt Hill, CA3,4353171,4871,805
        Fortuna, CA12,1353281,6832,011
        Ferndale, CA1,3872867861,072

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Westwood, CA1,3872811,3151,596
        New Windsor, MD1,387172705876
        Spencer, TN1,38706363
        Elroy, WI1,387148689837
        Dixfield, ME1,38851606657
        Ferndale, CA1,3872867861,072
        Source: The Ferndale, 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.