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 peopleIndependence/100k peopleOregon/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime167n/a (estimate)1,6113,2782,324
Violent crime17n/a (estimate)164342370
Vehicle theft17n/a164.0551.5282.7
Property crime150n/a (estimate)1,4472,9351,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Independence, OR

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 Independence is 30.7% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 17 violent crimes reported in Independence, equivalent to 164 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 55.7%. Additionally, Independence recorded 150 property crimes, amounting to 1447 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 26%.

In the latest reported crime year, Independence 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.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Independence?

AreaVibes surveyed 6 local residents in Independence to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 83% of people answered that there was very little crime in Independence and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 17% 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 Independence a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Independence, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Independence presents a total crime rate that is 31% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Independence experiences an average of 0.46 daily crimes, comprising 0.05 violent incidents and 0.41 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 Independence Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Independence has increased by 1.8% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Independence is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has increased by 13.3%, while property crime has increased by 0.7%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Independence.

Potential Causes for Crime in Independence

The economic well-being of a city's residents plays a significant role in crime rates. High poverty rates and income inequality can lead to increased crime stats as individuals may resort to illegal activities to meet their basic needs. While lower rates could lead to a lower Independence crime rate. The poverty level in Independence is 9%, while the national average is 15.1%.

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. Independence, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 4.3%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

Regions characterized by high population density frequently encompass expansive urban hubs that offer diverse economic prospects. In such areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, creating pockets of poverty alongside affluence. Economic disparities within these regions may correlate with elevated property crimes and, in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density numbers generally exhibit reduced Independence crime rates. Independence registers a population density of 3412.9 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

Independence crime map

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

      • Independence crime rates are 31% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Independence are 56% lower than the national average
      • In Independence you have a 1 in 63 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Independence is safer than 56% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Independence has increased by 9%

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        Daily Crime In Independence (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Independence, OR per 100,000 people. In Independence, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 2.03 times less than the Oregon average and 1.44 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Independence is 2.09 times less than the Oregon average and 2.26 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Independence has a daily crime rate that is 2.03 times less than the Oregon average and 1.35 times less than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Independence (higher is better)

        How safe is Independence, Oregon compared to other cities in Oregon and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Independence is safer than 71% of the cities in Oregon and 56% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Oregon and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Independence. Overall, Independence is ranked above average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Independence

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Independence is 1 in 610
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Independence is 1 in 70
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Independence is 1 in 63
        How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Independence, Oregon you have a 1 in 610 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 70 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 63 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Independence.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Independence is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Independence has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 21% in Independence, while property crimes in Independence have increased by 8%. Total crime has increased by 9% year over year.

        Independence police department

        Item Independence Oregon National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)145,156558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.62.23.3
        There are a total of 14 Independence police officers. This results in 1.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 27.6% less than the Oregon average and 50.6% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Oregon

        State Total offenders Oregon /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 883 sex offenders in Oregon. This yields a total of 24 sex offenders in Oregon per 100,000 residents which is 91% 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
        Millersburg, OR2,2341241,0671,191
        Turner, OR2,0341461,2561,403
        Monmouth, OR10,4111801,4741,654
        Jefferson, OR3,3482121,8202,032
        Dallas, OR16,6122781,9632,242
        Keizer, OR39,4081952,5692,765
        Adair Village, OR1,1074173,5763,993
        Independence, OR10,1781641,4471,611

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Struthers, OH10,1773842,3322,716
        Saks, AL10,1754852,0632,549
        East Whittier, CA10,1824792,2462,725
        Great Neck, NY10,172163656819
        Waverly, IA10,1726611,0721,733
        Independence, OR10,1781641,4471,611
        Source: The Independence, OR 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.