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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 peopleHomer/100k peopleAlaska/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime98n/a (estimate)1,6632,5482,324
Violent crime25n/a (estimate)424759370
Vehicle theft6n/a101.8245.5282.7
Property crime73n/a (estimate)1,2391,7891,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Homer, AK

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Homer crime rate is 28.5% lower than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Homer, there were 25 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 424 per 100,000 individuals, 14.7% higher than the national average. Additionally, Homer recorded 73 property crimes, amounting to 1239 per 100,000 residents, 36.6% lower than the U.S. average.

The violent crime rate in Homer closely mirrors the national average among all cities that reported crime, with 424 incidents per 100,000 people. The national average for violent crime per 100,000 people was 370. This consistency highlights Homer as a community where safety standards are in line with the broader national landscape, providing residents with a reliable sense of security.

While murder rates in the United States have generally declined since 1990, recent years have seen an unfortunate uptick. Homer stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates among cities reporting crime data. In Homer, a total of 1 murders were reported, equating to 17 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.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Homer?

AreaVibes surveyed 7 local residents in Homer to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 43% of people answered that there was very little crime in Homer and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 57% 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 Homer a Safe Place to Live?

Is Homer a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Homer has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 28%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 0.27 daily incidents, encompassing 0.07 violent crimes and 0.2 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Homer as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Homer Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Homer has decreased by 4.9%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Homer, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has increased by 8.7%, while property crime has decreased by 8.8%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Homer is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Homer

In Homer, the poverty rate currently stands at 11.4%, 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 Homer crime rates.

Limited employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-wage jobs can result in higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Regions where individuals grapple with joblessness or meager wages may exhibit greater vulnerability to an uptick in crime due to financial instability. While areas that have strong employment rates, often will see a reduction in overall crime. Homer, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 5.4%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

The educational level achieved in any given city can influence crime rates significantly. Greater educational achievement is frequently associated with decreased crime rates, as it offers individuals improved job prospects and alternatives to engaging in crime related activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment rates tend to coincide with elevated crime rates. In Homer, 88.7% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, in contrast to the national average where 83% have achieved high school graduation.

Homer crime map

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

      • Homer crime rates are 28% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Homer are 15% higher than the national average
      • In Homer you have a 1 in 61 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Homer is safer than 31% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Homer has decreased by 1%

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        Daily Crime In Homer (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Homer for every 100,000 residents. The Homer total amount of daily crime is 1.53 times less than the Alaska average and 1.40 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Homer, is 1.79 times less than the Alaska average, and it is 1.15 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Homer has a daily crime average that is 1.44 times less than the Alaska average and 1.58 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Homer (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Homer, Alaska compared to other areas of Alaska, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Homer safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Homer is safer than 42% of Alaska cities, and 31% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Alaska, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Homer. At this time, Homer sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Homer

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Homer is 1 in 236
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Homer is 1 in 81
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Homer is 1 in 61
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Homer? In Homer, you have a 1 in 236 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 81. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Homer, AK is 1 in 61.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Homer is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Homer has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 13% in Homer, while property crimes in Homer have decreased by 5%. Total crime has decreased by 1% year over year.

        Homer police department

        Item Homer Alaska National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)231,171558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.55.43.3
        There are a total of 23 Homer police officers. This results in 4.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 17.1% less than the Alaska average and 37.5% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Alaska

        State Total offenders Alaska /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 3,433 sex offenders in Alaska. This yields a total of 490 sex offenders in Alaska per 100,000 residents which is 84% 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
        Diamond Ridge, AK1,336257605862
        Fritz Creek, AK2,034293690982
        Anchor Point, AK2,2473608481,208
        Kachemak, AK5456601,5552,214
        Seldovia Village, AK1758622,0322,895
        Seldovia, AK1648752,0622,936
        Nikolaevsk, AK1881,1852,7923,977
        Homer, AK5,8304241,2391,663

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Medina, NY5,8295362,1532,689
        Loudon, TN5,82915494509
        Zimmerman, MN5,8312882,0152,303
        Granville, OH5,82970523592
        Bay Harbor Islands, FL5,83253726780
        Homer, AK5,8304241,2391,663
        Source: The Homer, AK 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.