Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleFerndale/100k peopleWashington/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime470n/a (estimate)2,9723,7322,324
Violent crime28n/a (estimate)177376370
Vehicle theft29n/a183.4639.3282.7
Property crime442n/a (estimate)2,7953,3561,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Ferndale, WA

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Ferndale is 27.9% higher than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Ferndale, there were 28 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 177 per 100,000 individuals, 52.1% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 442 property crimes, amounting to 2795 per 100,000 residents, 43% higher than the U.S. average.

While murder rates in the United States have generally declined since 1990, recent years have seen an unfortunate uptick. Ferndale stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates among cities reporting crime data. In Ferndale, a total of 3 murders were reported, equating to 19 murders per 100,000 residents. This statistic underscores the challenges facing the area in terms of severe violent crime and the importance of ongoing efforts to enhance safety and security within the community.

Is Ferndale a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Ferndale, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Ferndale presents a total crime rate that is 28% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Ferndale experiences an average of 1.29 daily crimes, comprising 0.08 violent incidents and 1.21 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

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 increased by 26.7%. Violent crimes have increased by 21.7%, while property crimes have increased by 27%. 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

In Ferndale, the poverty rate currently stands at 14.4%, which contrasts with the national average of 15.1%. It's essential to recognize that the economic status of a city's inhabitants could be a pivotal factor influencing crime stats. Communities grappling with high poverty rates and income inequality are often susceptible to elevated crime levels, as some individuals may turn to unlawful activities to fulfill their essential needs. While lower poverty rates could lead to a reduction in Ferndale crime rates.

Ferndale reports an unemployment rate of 3.7%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall Ferndale crime rates.

In Ferndale, 85.3% of residents have graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of a community can exert a significant influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with reduced crime rates, as they furnish individuals with improved employment prospects and viable alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, communities characterized by lower educational achievement often grapple with higher crime rates, as limited opportunities may drive individuals towards criminal behavior.

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 28% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Ferndale are 52% lower than the national average
  • In Ferndale you have a 1 in 34 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Ferndale is safer than 40% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Ferndale has increased by 28%

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        Daily Crime In Ferndale (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Ferndale, WA per 100,000 people. In Ferndale, the total number of daily crimes is 1.26 times less than the Washington average and 1.28 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Ferndale is 2.12 times less than the Washington average and 2.09 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Ferndale has a daily crime rate that is 1.20 times less than the Washington average and 1.43 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Ferndale (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Ferndale to every other city in Washington, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Ferndale safe? The gauges above illustrate that Ferndale is safer than 51% of every city located within Washington along with 40% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Washington and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Ferndale, WA is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Ferndale

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Ferndale is 1 in 565
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Ferndale is 1 in 36
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Ferndale is 1 in 34
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Ferndale, Washington? If you reside in Ferndale, then there is a 1 in 565 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 36. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 34 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Ferndale.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Ferndale is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Ferndale has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 23% in Ferndale, while property crimes in Ferndale have increased by 29%. Total crime has increased by 28% year over year.

        Ferndale police department

        Item Ferndale Washington National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)198,169558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.62.23.3
        There are a total of 19 Ferndale police officers. This results in 1.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 24.9% less than the Washington average and 50% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Washington

        State Total offenders Washington /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 6,688 sex offenders in Washington. This yields a total of 107 sex offenders in Washington per 100,000 residents which is 60% 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
        Sumas, WA1,405182425607
        Everson, WA2,77386559645
        Geneva, WA2,5961079511,058
        Nooksack, WA1,5941731,5481,722
        Lynden, WA14,7001112,0892,200
        Blaine, WA5,4272482,0172,264
        Marietta-Alderwood, WA3,4632602,3242,585
        Ferndale, WA14,5911772,7952,972

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Greenlawn, NY14,5982561,0281,284
        Homosassa Springs, FL14,5663562,1552,511
        Thibodaux, LA14,5654683,0073,475
        Yankton, SD14,6194002,5922,992
        Roanoke Rapids, NC14,5627394,5925,331
        Ferndale, WA14,5911772,7952,972
        Source: The Ferndale, WA 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.