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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 peopleLong Beach/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime14,085n/a (estimate)3,1472,8432,324
Violent crime2,455n/a (estimate)549500370
Vehicle theft3,069n/a685.8471.9282.7
Property crime11,630n/a (estimate)2,5992,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Long Beach, CA

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Long Beach crime rate is higher than the national average by 35.4%. Specifically, there were 2455 violent crimes in Long Beach, equivalent to 549 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 48.3%. Furthermore, Long Beach recorded 11630 property crimes, amounting to 2599 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 33%.

The surge in vehicle thefts is a concerning trend across the United States, and Long Beach is no exception, experiencing one of the nation's highest vehicle theft rates. Last year, Long Beach reported a total of 3069 vehicle thefts, resulting in 686 stolen vehicles per 100,000 people. This places the city in the lowest 10% tier among all cities, indicating that 90% of cities have less stolen vehicles. The probability of a vehicle being stolen stands at 1 in 146, underscoring the need for heightened vigilance and security measures.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Long Beach?

AreaVibes surveyed 181 local residents in Long Beach to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 29% of people answered that there was very little crime in Long Beach and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 71% 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 Long Beach a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Long Beach, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Long Beach presents a total crime rate that is 35% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Long Beach experiences an average of 38.59 daily crimes, comprising 6.73 violent incidents and 31.86 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 Long Beach Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Long Beach has decreased by 6.4% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Long Beach 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 4.8%, while property crime has decreased by 8.5%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Long Beach.

Long Beach Neighborhood Crime Rates

Long Beach is a large urban city with at least 27 distinct neighborhoods. As a result, crime rates will differ dramatically from one neighborhood to the next. Typically, high density neighborhoods that are located close to the city center, experience more crime than neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city. Some of the safest neighborhoods in Long Beach include: City Of Signal Hill, City College Area and The Plaza. Some neighborhoods that have a higher number of reported crime that you might want to avoid include: Downtown, Poly High District and Wilmington.

Potential Causes for Crime in Long Beach

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 Long Beach crime rate. The poverty level in Long Beach is 16.2%, while the national average is 15.1%.

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 Long Beach crime rates. Long Beach registers a population density of 9111.3 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

High cost of living can lead to economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When people struggle to make ends meet due to high housing costs, healthcare expenses, or other basic necessities, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. On the flipside, cities that have a lower cost of living, could see a reduced crime rate. In Long Beach, the cost of living is 43.21% higher than the national average.

Long Beach crime map

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

  • Long Beach crime rates are 35% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Long Beach are 48% higher than the national average
  • In Long Beach you have a 1 in 32 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Long Beach is safer than 15% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Long Beach has decreased by 3%

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        Daily Crime In Long Beach (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Long Beach, California is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Long Beach are 1.11 times more than the California average and 1.35 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Long Beach are 1.10 times more than than California and 1.48 times more than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Long Beach are 1.11 times more than than California and 1.33 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Long Beach (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in California and all other cities across the US, is Long Beach safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Long Beach is safer than 22% of other cities in the state of California. In addition, Long Beach is safer than 15% 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 Long Beach. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Long Beach is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Long Beach

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Long Beach is 1 in 183
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Long Beach is 1 in 39
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Long Beach is 1 in 32
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Long Beach, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 183. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 39 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 Long Beach is 1 in 32.

        Year Over Year Crime In Long Beach (per 100,000 people)

        A good indicator of whether Long Beach is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Long Beach has increased by 8%, while the property crime rate in Long Beach has decreased by 5% year over year. The number of total crimes in Long Beach has decreased by 3% year over year.

        Long Beach police department

        Item Long Beach California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1,13151,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.43.63.3
        There are a total of 1,131 Long Beach police officers. This results in 2.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 33.4% less than the California average and 26% 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.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Rolling Hills, CA1,4390480480
        Marina del Rey, CA10,065175822998
        Rossmoor, CA11,9231908931,083
        La Habra Heights, CA5,318551,0491,104
        Palos Verdes Estates, CA13,359311,0811,112
        Rancho Palos Verdes, CA41,6351291,0071,136
        Bell Gardens, CA41,7703871,1031,490
        Long Beach, CA462,0815492,5993,147

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        Colorado Springs, CO471,6866433,4004,043
        Virginia Beach, VA450,882871,6111,698
        Omaha, NE479,5295613,4684,029
        Long Beach, CA462,0815492,5993,147
        Source: The Long Beach, 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.