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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 peopleKetchikan/100k peopleAlaska/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime87n/a (estimate)1,0942,5482,324
Violent crime13n/a (estimate)163759370
Vehicle theft0n/a0.0245.5282.7
Property crime74n/a (estimate)9301,7891,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Ketchikan, AK

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Ketchikan is 52.9% lower 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 Ketchikan, there were 13 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 163 per 100,000 individuals, 55.8% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 74 property crimes, amounting to 930 per 100,000 residents, 52.4% lower than the U.S. average.

During the most recently reported crime year, Ketchikan experienced a total of 0 reported murders. This statistic paints it as a beacon of security when it comes to severe violent crimes. Such an achievement not only instills a profound sense of security for its residents but also sets a high standard for other communities striving to create similarly secure environments. It underscores the area as a place where safety is a top priority, enhancing its appeal as a desirable location to live and thrive.

The United States contends with some of the globe's most elevated vehicle theft rates, reaching around 300 incidents per 100,000 individuals. Remarkably, merely a small fraction, approximately 10%, of cities have been fortunate enough to remain unscathed by vehicle theft reports. In this regard, Ketchikan stands out as one of those cities, as it reported no vehicle thefts in its most recent crime report.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Ketchikan?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Ketchikan. Based on the results of the surveys (13 responses), 23% of people felt that there was very little crime in Ketchikan and felt safe walking alone at night. While 77% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Ketchikan a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Ketchikan is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Ketchikan has an overall crime rate that is 53% lower than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 0.24 daily occurrences, comprising 0.04 violent crimes and 0.2 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Ketchikan as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Ketchikan Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Ketchikan. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Ketchikan has decreased by 33.1%. Specifically, violent crime has decreased by 48%, while property crime has decreased by 29.5%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Ketchikan.

Potential Causes for Crime in Ketchikan

Ketchikan has a poverty rate that stands at 10.8, in contrast to the national average of 15.1. Historically, a direct correlation has been observed between poverty rates and crime stats. Higher poverty rates have led to higher crime rates, while lower poverty rates have led to a reduction in Ketchikan crime rates. Income disparities and heightened poverty levels can serve as catalysts for elevated or reduced criminal activity, as individuals may or may not turn to illicit means to fulfill their basic needs. This could be one of many factors that may influence crime.

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 Ketchikan crime rates. The population density in Ketchikan is 2157.6 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

High rental costs can limit economic mobility, making it difficult for individuals to save money, invest in education, or access better job opportunities. This can perpetuate a cycle of poverty and increase the risk of involvement in criminal activities. In summary, high rental costs can create economic challenges, overcrowding, and neighborhood dynamics that may increase the likelihood of certain types of crime, particularly property crimes. In Ketchikan, the average rental rates are $1,148 per month, compared to the national average of $949.

Ketchikan crime map

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

  • Ketchikan crime rates are 53% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Ketchikan are 56% lower than the national average
  • In Ketchikan you have a 1 in 92 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Ketchikan is safer than 63% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Ketchikan has decreased by 31%

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        Daily Crime In Ketchikan (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Ketchikan for every 100,000 residents. The Ketchikan total amount of daily crime is 2.33 times less than the Alaska average and 2.12 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Ketchikan, is 4.64 times less than the Alaska average, and it is 2.26 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Ketchikan has a daily crime average that is 1.92 times less than the Alaska average and 2.10 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Ketchikan (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in Alaska and all other cities across the US, is Ketchikan safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Ketchikan is safer than 58% of other cities in the state of Alaska. In addition, Ketchikan is safer than 63% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Alaska and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Ketchikan. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Ketchikan is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Ketchikan

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Ketchikan is 1 in 612
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Ketchikan is 1 in 108
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Ketchikan is 1 in 92
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Ketchikan? If you reside in Ketchikan, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 612. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 108 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Ketchikan, is 1 in 92.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Ketchikan is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Ketchikan has decreased by 47% and the rate of property crime in Ketchikan has decreased by 27%. The total crime rate in Ketchikan has decreased by 31% year to year.

        Ketchikan police department

        Item Ketchikan Alaska National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)341,171558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.15.43.3
        There are a total of 34 Ketchikan police officers. This results in 4.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 23.2% less than the Alaska average and 27.3% 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
        Saxman, AK3289462,2303,177
        Ketchikan, AK8,2301639301,094

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Mahtomedi, MN8,232120843963
        St. Marys, OH8,2273121,8932,205
        Pewaukee village, WI8,225492,0302,079
        Brazil, IN8,2253761,8992,276
        Seffner, FL8,2362501,5141,764
        Ketchikan, AK8,2301639301,094
        Source: The Ketchikan, 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.