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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 peopleHillsborough/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime87n/a (estimate)8152,8432,324
Violent crime5n/a (estimate)47500370
Vehicle theft3n/a28.1471.9282.7
Property crime82n/a (estimate)7682,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Hillsborough, 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 Hillsborough is 64.9% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 5 violent crimes reported in Hillsborough, equivalent to 47 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 87.3%. Additionally, Hillsborough recorded 82 property crimes, amounting to 768 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 60.7%.

Hillsborough has one of the lowest violent crime rates of all cities in the United States. With a rate of 47 violent crimes per 100,000 people, Hillsborough ranks among the safest cities in the United States making it an attractive choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

In the latest reported crime year, Hillsborough 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.

Is Hillsborough a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Hillsborough 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. Hillsborough has a total crime rate that is 65% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.24 daily crimes (0.01 violent daily crimes and 0.22 daily property crimes) in Hillsborough.

Has Crime in Hillsborough Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Hillsborough. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Hillsborough has decreased by 17.1%. Violent crimes have decreased by 16.7%, while property crimes have decreased by 17.2%. 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 Hillsborough

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 Hillsborough crime rates. In Hillsborough, the poverty rate stands at 2.9%, diverging from the national average of 15.1%.

In Hillsborough, the median home price stands at $2,000,001, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

In Hillsborough, the average rental rates are $3,501 per month, compared to the national average of $949. Rapid increases in rental costs can lead to neighborhood instability as residents are forced to move frequently in search of more affordable housing. This transience can weaken community bonds and hinder the establishment of social support networks, which can indirectly contribute to crime. While affordable rent and areas with higher income per capita, allow for long term renters and community bonds to the formed, therefore reducing crime rates on the long term.

Hillsborough crime map

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

      • Hillsborough crime rates are 65% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Hillsborough are 87% lower than the national average
      • In Hillsborough you have a 1 in 123 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Hillsborough is safer than 84% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Hillsborough has decreased by 11%

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        Daily Crime In Hillsborough (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Hillsborough for every 100,000 residents. The Hillsborough total amount of daily crime is 3.49 times less than the California average and 2.85 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Hillsborough, is 10.67 times less than the California average, and it is 7.90 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Hillsborough has a daily crime average that is 3.05 times less than the California average and 2.55 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Hillsborough (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in California and all other cities across the US, is Hillsborough safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Hillsborough is safer than 96% of other cities in the state of California. In addition, Hillsborough is safer than 84% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all California and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Hillsborough. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Hillsborough is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Hillsborough

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Hillsborough is 1 in 2136
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Hillsborough is 1 in 131
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Hillsborough is 1 in 123
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Hillsborough, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 2136. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 131 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 Hillsborough is 1 in 123.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Hillsborough is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Hillsborough has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 10% in Hillsborough, while property crimes in Hillsborough have decreased by 11%. Total crime has decreased by 11% year over year.

        Hillsborough police department

        Item Hillsborough California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3051,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.73.63.3
        There are a total of 30 Hillsborough police officers. This results in 2.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 24.9% less than the California average and 16.6% 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.

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        Ladera, CA1,38570329399
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        Source: The Hillsborough, 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.