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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property 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 peopleNorman/100k peopleOklahoma/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,938n/a (estimate)3,0562,7522,324
Violent crime391n/a (estimate)303420370
Vehicle theft363n/a281.7314.0282.7
Property crime3,547n/a (estimate)2,7522,3321,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Norman, OK

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Norman is 31.5% higher 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 Norman, there were 391 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 303 per 100,000 individuals, 18% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 3547 property crimes, amounting to 2752 per 100,000 residents, 40.8% higher than the U.S. average.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Norman?

What do the local residents think about crime in Norman? Well, based on a recent survey of 54 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 54% of Norman residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 46% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Norman a Safe Place to Live?

Is Norman 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, Norman has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 31%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 10.79 daily incidents, encompassing 1.07 violent crimes and 9.72 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Norman as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Norman Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Norman has decreased by 4.4% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Norman 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 decreased by 1.5%, while property crime has decreased by 4.7%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Norman.

Potential Causes for Crime in Norman

The economic prosperity of a city's inhabitants exerts substantial influence on crime stats. Elevated poverty rates and income inequality can precipitate heightened criminal activity, as individuals may turn to illicit means to fulfill their fundamental requirements. While lower poverty rates could lead to lower Norman crime rates. In Norman, the poverty rate stands at 16.9%, diverging from the national average of 15.1%.

If employment opportunities are limited or if many jobs offer low wages, it can lead to higher rates of unemployment and underemployment, which could lead to an increase in Norman crime rates. Areas where individuals struggle with unemployment or low wages, may be more susceptible to an increase in criminal activities as a result of financial insecurity. While lower rates of unemployment or a surplus of job opportunities could lead to a decrease in crime as their basic needs are being met. Norman has an unemployment rate of 3.6%, compared to a national average of 4.7%.

The quality of housing and neighborhood conditions can influence crime rates. Neglected or run-down neighborhoods with poorly maintained properties may be more susceptible to criminal activities. In areas with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves residing in cramped or inadequate housing settings, amplifying stress levels and potentially fostering domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. It's worth noting that the median home price in Norman stands at $184,300, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

Norman crime map

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

      • Norman crime rates are 31% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Norman are 18% lower than the national average
      • In Norman you have a 1 in 33 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Norman is safer than 28% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Norman has decreased by 6%

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        Daily Crime In Norman (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Norman for every 100,000 residents. The Norman total amount of daily crime is 1.11 times more than the Oklahoma average and 1.31 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Norman, is 1.38 times less than the Oklahoma average, and it is 1.22 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Norman has a daily crime average that is 1.18 times more than the Oklahoma average and 1.41 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Norman (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Norman, Oklahoma compared to other areas of Oklahoma, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Norman safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Norman is safer than 25% of Oklahoma cities, and 28% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Oklahoma, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Norman. At this time, Norman sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Norman

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Norman is 1 in 330
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Norman is 1 in 37
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Norman is 1 in 33
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Norman, Oklahoma? If you reside in Norman, then there is a 1 in 330 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 37. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 33 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Norman.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Norman is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Norman has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 3% in Norman, while property crimes in Norman have decreased by 6%. Total crime has decreased by 6% year over year.

        Norman police department

        Item Norman Oklahoma National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2136,557558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.93.43.3
        There are a total of 213 Norman police officers. This results in 1.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 45.1% less than the Oklahoma average and 42.5% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Oklahoma

        State Total offenders Oklahoma /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 7,097 sex offenders in Oklahoma. This yields a total of 203 sex offenders in Oklahoma per 100,000 residents which is 24% 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
        Washington, OK6870288288
        Goldsby, OK2,36085470555
        Blanchard, OK8,36242696738
        Dibble, OK898106742848
        Newcastle, OK10,425681,4371,505
        Noble, OK6,9561161,4071,523
        Slaughterville, OK4,2913131,7382,051
        Norman, OK124,0863032,7523,056

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Lehigh Acres, FL124,5234172,5232,940
        Fargo, ND123,5506174,1474,764
        Abilene, TX124,6914691,9952,464
        Athens, GA124,9624742,1832,657
        Berkeley, CA123,0655815,6446,224
        Norman, OK124,0863032,7523,056
        Source: The Norman, OK 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.