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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 peoplePalmer/100k peopleAlaska/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime130n/a (estimate)2,0622,5482,324
Violent crime29n/a (estimate)460759370
Vehicle theft20n/a317.2245.5282.7
Property crime101n/a (estimate)1,6021,7891,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Palmer, AK

The Palmer crime rates are 11.3% 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 29 violent crimes in Palmer (460 per 100,000 people), which is 24.4% higher than the national average and there were a total of 101 property crimes (1602 per 100,000 residents) which is 18% lower than average.

The Palmer crime rate is about average when compared to all the other cities across the U.S. per 100,000 residents. When we compared the total crimes (violent and property) in Palmer, we found that the reported crime rates were almost equal to the average of all other areas that reported crime.

In the most recently reported crime year, Palmer registered zero reported homicides. This statistic not only designates the area as an exemplar of security but also emanates a profound sense of safety within its community. A minimal incidence of severe violent crime not only fosters a strong sense of well-being among residents but also sets a commendable standard for other regions aiming to cultivate similarly safe surroundings.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Palmer?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Palmer residents. Out of the respondents (5 in total), 40% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Palmer were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 60% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Palmer a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Palmer, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Palmer presents a total crime rate that is 11% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Palmer experiences an average of 0.36 daily crimes, comprising 0.08 violent incidents and 0.28 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 Palmer Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Palmer. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Palmer has increased by 31.3%. Violent crimes have increased by 123.1%, while property crimes have increased by 17.4%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Palmer

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. Palmer currently has an unemployment rate of 7%, 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 Palmer, the cost of living is 16.52% higher than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

Elevated rental costs can generate economic strain for both individuals and families, particularly those with restricted financial means. When a substantial proportion of one's income is allocated to housing costs, it often leaves limited resources for fulfilling other crucial necessities such as groceries, healthcare and education. This financial pressure can fuel desperation, potentially prompting individuals to resort to criminal actions, including theft or fraud, as a means of coping with their financial hardships. In Palmer, the average monthly rent stands at $974, while the national average is $949 per month.

Palmer crime map

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

  • Palmer crime rates are 11% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Palmer are 24% higher than the national average
  • In Palmer you have a 1 in 49 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Palmer is safer than 25% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Palmer has increased by 66%

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        Daily Crime In Palmer (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Palmer, AK per 100,000 people. In Palmer, the total number of daily crimes is 1.24 times less than the Alaska average and 1.13 times less than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Palmer is 1.65 times less than the Alaska average and 1.24 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Palmer has a daily crime rate that is 1.12 times less than the Alaska average and 1.22 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Palmer (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Palmer, Alaska compared to other areas of Alaska, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Palmer safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Palmer is safer than 29% of Alaska cities, and 25% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Alaska, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Palmer. At this time, Palmer sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Palmer

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Palmer is 1 in 218
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Palmer is 1 in 63
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Palmer is 1 in 49
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Palmer, Alaska? If you reside in Palmer, then there is a 1 in 218 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 63. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 49 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Palmer.

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

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Palmer, Alaska (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Palmer has increased by 182%, the amount of property crime in Palmer has increased by 48%, and the total amount of crime in Palmer has increased by 66% year over year.

        Palmer police department

        Item Palmer Alaska National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)281,171558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.55.43.3
        There are a total of 28 Palmer police officers. This results in 4.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 16.1% less than the Alaska average and 39% 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
        Lazy Mountain, AK1,644275648923
        Farm Loop, AK2,637290683972
        Sutton-Alpine, AK1,3433788911,269
        Butte, AK3,8883909201,310
        Gateway, AK5,9655691,3411,911
        Fishhook, AK4,7595991,4122,011
        Lakes, AK8,9446791,6002,279
        Palmer, AK7,3594601,6022,062

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Dayton, TN7,3572372,1342,371
        Hudsonville, MI7,3533961,3201,716
        Steele Creek, AK7,3655571,3131,870
        Iron Mountain, MI7,3525291,7652,295
        Waikoloa Village, HI7,3662302,1542,384
        Palmer, AK7,3594601,6022,062
        Source: The Palmer, 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.