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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 peopleMill Valley/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime165n/a (estimate)1,1772,8432,324
Violent crime9n/a (estimate)64500370
Vehicle theft13n/a92.7471.9282.7
Property crime156n/a (estimate)1,1122,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Mill Valley, CA

The Mill Valley crime rates are 49.4% lower than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 9 violent crimes in Mill Valley (64 per 100,000 people), which is 82.6% lower than the national average and there were a total of 156 property crimes (1112 per 100,000 residents) which is 43.1% lower than average.

With only 64 incidents per 100,000 people, Mill Valley boasts an exceptionally low rate of violent crimes, positioning it as one of the safest cities in the United States. Given these low violent crime rates, Mill Valley has become an appealing destination for individuals in search of a secure and welcoming place to establish their new home.

During the most recently reported crime year, Mill Valley 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.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Mill Valley?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Mill Valley residents. Out of the respondents (13 in total), 77% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Mill Valley were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 23% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Mill Valley a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Mill Valley, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Mill Valley presents a total crime rate that is 49% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Mill Valley experiences an average of 0.45 daily crimes, comprising 0.02 violent incidents and 0.43 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 Mill Valley Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Mill Valley has decreased by 48% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Mill Valley 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 50%, while property crime has decreased by 49.8%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Mill Valley.

Potential Causes for Crime in Mill Valley

In areas where employment options are limited or where a significant proportion of jobs offer meager wages, the likelihood of heightened unemployment and homelessness increases. Regions facing challenges related to unemployment or inadequate income may become more vulnerable to a surge in crime stemming from economic instability. While low unemployment rates tend to lead to reduced crime in most areas. Mill Valley currently has an unemployment rate of 1.4%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. This could be one of many factors that could contribute to a higher or lower crime rate.

Escalating cost of living expenses, encompassing exorbitant housing costs, grocery and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards criminal activities, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In Mill Valley, the cost of living is 145.36% higher than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

The impact of law enforcement and community policing efforts plays a crucial role in shaping crime rates in any city. A robust and cooperative bond between law enforcement and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, enhancing overall safety. In Mill Valley, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents stands at 1.76, differing from the national average of 3.25. Effective law enforcement hinges not solely on officer numbers but also on the manner in which they interact and collaborate with the community. Building trust and cooperation are central tenets of community policing, amplifying its influence on crime prevention.

Mill Valley crime map

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

  • Mill Valley crime rates are 49% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Mill Valley are 83% lower than the national average
  • In Mill Valley you have a 1 in 85 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Mill Valley is safer than 76% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Mill Valley has decreased by 47%

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        Daily Crime In Mill Valley (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Mill Valley on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of California and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Mill Valley (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to California, are 2.42 times less than the state average and 1.98 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Mill Valley on a daily basis are 7.78 times less than than California average and 5.76 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Mill Valley are 2.11 times less than the daily state average and 1.76 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Mill Valley (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Mill Valley to every other city in California, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Mill Valley safe? The gauges above illustrate that Mill Valley is safer than 93% of every city located within California along with 76% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in California and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Mill Valley, CA is ranked above average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Mill Valley

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Mill Valley is 1 in 1559
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Mill Valley is 1 in 90
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Mill Valley is 1 in 85
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Mill Valley? If you reside in Mill Valley, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 1559. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 90 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 Mill Valley, is 1 in 85.

        Year Over Year Crime In Mill Valley (per 100,000 people)

        A good indicator of whether Mill Valley 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 Mill Valley has increased by 52%, while the property crime rate in Mill Valley has decreased by 49% year over year. The number of total crimes in Mill Valley has decreased by 47% year over year.

        Mill Valley police department

        Item Mill Valley California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2551,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.83.63.3
        There are a total of 25 Mill Valley police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 51.2% less than the California average and 45.8% 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
        Woodacre, CA1,46470329399
        Black Point-Green Point, CA1,73870329399
        Bolinas, CA1,22370329399
        Sleepy Hollow, CA2,36678368446
        Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA1,87491428520
        Ross, CA2,4530690690
        Belvedere, CA2,2460718718
        Mill Valley, CA14,456641,1121,177

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Scottsboro, AL14,4524041,7192,123
        Midlothian, IL14,4642041,9092,114
        Norridge, IL14,4652321,3601,592
        North Auburn, CA14,4465672,6583,225
        Owosso, MI14,4767891,3442,133
        Mill Valley, CA14,456641,1121,177
        Source: The Mill Valley, 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.