Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleOroville/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime921n/a (estimate)4,6362,8432,324
Violent crime209n/a (estimate)1,052500370
Vehicle theft203n/a1,021.7471.9282.7
Property crime712n/a (estimate)3,5842,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Oroville, CA

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 Oroville is 99.5% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 209 violent crimes reported in Oroville, equivalent to 1052 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 184.5%. Additionally, Oroville recorded 712 property crimes, amounting to 3584 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 83.4%.

In Oroville, the crime rate stands at 4636 per 100,000 residents, surpassing the national average by 99.45%. This places the city among those with some of the highest total crime rates nationwide. However, it's important to recognize that this doesn't imply that the entire city is unsafe. As with any urban area, there are neighborhoods in Oroville that exhibit varying levels of safety, emphasizing the need for localized crime prevention efforts and community involvement to create a safe environment across the entire city.

With a violent crime rate of 1052 crimes per 100,000 residents, Oroville is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. In fact, Oroville ranks in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported violent crime last year. This translates into a 1 in 96 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime. Keep in mind that some areas will be safer than others and this doesn't necessarily mean that the entire city suffers from a high violent crime rate.

Although murder rates are essentially half of what they used to be 30+ years ago, some cities still struggle with higher rates than others. Oroville is one of those cities. In the last reported crime year, there were a total of 3 murders in Oroville, which equates to 15 murders per 100,000 people. This results in Oroville being a very dangerous place to live.

Oroville reports one of the nation's highest property crime rates, with 3584 incidents per 100,000 people, positioning it among the worst 10% of American cities reporting crime. This unfortunate statistic translates to a 1 in 28 chance of falling victim to property crime in Oroville, significantly surpassing the national average. These figures underscore the city's challenges in combating property-related offenses, necessitating a concerted effort to enhance security and community safety.

With a total of 203 vehicle thefts last year, Oroville has one of the most stolen cars in the country at 1022 per 100,000 people. This lands Oroville in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported crime and the chance of any vehicle being stolen is one in 98.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Oroville?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Oroville. Based on the results of the surveys (59 responses), 17% of people felt that there was very little crime in Oroville and felt safe walking alone at night. While 83% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Oroville a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Oroville, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Oroville presents a total crime rate that is 99% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Oroville experiences an average of 2.52 daily crimes, comprising 0.57 violent incidents and 1.95 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 Oroville Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Oroville crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Oroville has increased by 25.3% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 42.2% and property crime has increased by 21.1%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Oroville

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 Oroville crime rates. Oroville registers a population density of 1421 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

The educational level within a community can have an influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of education are associated with reduced crime rates, as they offer individuals improved employment prospects and alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment tends to correspond with higher crime rates. In Oroville, 75.6% of residents have achieved at least a high school diploma, which differs from the national average of 83%.

The median home price in Oroville is $192,000, compared to the national average of $184,700. High housing costs can lead to financial stress for residents. When individuals struggle to make ends meet due to expensive housing, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities to address their financial difficulties, such as theft or fraud. Communities with stable housing environments tend to foster stronger social bonds and community engagement. This can lead to increased vigilance and cooperation among residents, which can deter criminal behavior.

Oroville crime map

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

      • Oroville crime rates are 99% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Oroville are 184% higher than the national average
      • In Oroville you have a 1 in 22 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Oroville is safer than 3% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Oroville has increased by 32%

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        Daily Crime In Oroville (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Oroville for every 100,000 residents. The Oroville total amount of daily crime is 1.63 times more than the California average and 1.99 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Oroville, is 2.11 times more than the California average, and it is 2.84 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Oroville has a daily crime average that is 1.53 times more than the California average and 1.83 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Oroville (higher is better)

        Is Oroville safe in comparison to other cities in the state of California as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Oroville to other cities in the state and across the country, Oroville is 3% safer than other cities of California and 3% safer than other cities in the nation. Oroville has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Oroville

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Oroville is 1 in 96
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Oroville is 1 in 28
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Oroville is 1 in 22
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Oroville? If you reside in Oroville, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 96. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 28 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 Oroville, is 1 in 22.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Oroville, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Oroville has increased by 50%, while the property crime rate in Oroville has increased by 28% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Oroville has increased by 32% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Oroville police department

        Item Oroville California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3751,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.43.63.3
        There are a total of 37 Oroville police officers. This results in 2.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 34.8% less than the California average and 27.6% 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.

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Butte Creek Canyon, CA677146683829
        Richvale, CA1572029471,149
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        Berry Creek, CA1,2782541,1881,442
        Biggs, CA2,6482681,2571,525
        Kelly Ridge, CA2,9322751,2891,564
        South Oroville, CA2,6063811,7852,166
        Oroville, CA19,6591,0523,5844,636

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        Oroville, CA19,6591,0523,5844,636
        Source: The Oroville, 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.