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10%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
31%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
6%
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 peoplePorterville/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,612n/a (estimate)2,5642,8432,324
Murder6n/a9.55.76.3
Rape27n/a42.937.440.0
Robbery60n/a95.4123.566.1
Assault212n/a337.2332.8268.2
Violent crime305n/a (estimate)485500370
Burglary178n/a283.1371.9269.8
Theft782n/a1,243.91,499.31,401.9
Vehicle theft347n/a552.0471.9282.7
Property crime1,307n/a (estimate)2,0792,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Porterville, 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 Porterville is 10.3% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 305 violent crimes reported in Porterville, equivalent to 485 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 31.2%. Additionally, Porterville recorded 1307 property crimes, amounting to 2079 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 6.4%.

In terms of the total Porterville crime rate per 100,000 people, it falls within the midrange when compared to other cities across the United States. Our analysis of total crimes, encompassing both violent and property offenses in Porterville, revealed that the reported crime rates closely align with the nationwide average reported by other areas.

Porterville maintains a property crime rate that closely resembles the national norm. In Porterville, 2079 property crimes were reported, aligning with the national average of 1954 per 100,000 individuals. Consequently, the area's safety profile stands on par with the average city, neither significantly safer nor more dangerous. This consistency underscores a balanced commitment to community safety and security, providing residents with a stable and reassuring living environment.

Vehicle thefts across all of America are on the rise and Porterville has one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the country. In the most recent crime report, Porterville reported 347 vehicle thefts, which equates to 552 stolen vehicles per 100,000 people. This falls in the bottom 10% of all cities, meaning that 90% of cities have better vehicle theft rates. The chance of having your vehicle stolen in Porterville is 1 in 182.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Porterville?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Porterville. Based on the results of the surveys (25 responses), 28% of people felt that there was very little crime in Porterville and felt safe walking alone at night. While 72% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Porterville a Safe Place to Live?

Is Porterville 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, Porterville has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 10%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 4.42 daily incidents, encompassing 0.84 violent crimes and 3.58 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Porterville as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Porterville Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Porterville has increased by 28.8%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Porterville, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has increased by 29.2%, while property crime has increased by 28.6%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Porterville is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Porterville

In Porterville, the poverty rate currently stands at 23.1%, which contrasts with the national average of 15.1%. It's essential to recognize that the economic status of a city's inhabitants could be a pivotal factor influencing crime stats. Communities grappling with high poverty rates and income inequality are often susceptible to elevated crime levels, as some individuals may turn to unlawful activities to fulfill their essential needs. While lower poverty rates could lead to a reduction in Porterville crime rates.

Porterville reports an unemployment rate of 7.7%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall Porterville crime rates.

In Porterville, 63.1% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of any city can exert a significant influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with reduced crime rates, as they furnish individuals with improved employment prospects and viable alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, communities characterized by lower educational achievement often grapple with higher crime rates, as limited opportunities may drive individuals towards criminal behavior.

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

  • Porterville crime rates are 10% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Porterville are 31% higher than the national average
  • In Porterville you have a 1 in 39 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Porterville is safer than 20% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Porterville has increased by 22%

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        Daily Crime In Porterville (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Porterville for every 100,000 residents. The Porterville total amount of daily crime is 1.11 times less than the California average and 1.10 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Porterville, is 1.03 times less than the California average, and it is 1.31 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Porterville has a daily crime average that is 1.13 times less than the California average and 1.06 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Porterville (higher is better)

        How safe is Porterville, California compared to other cities in California and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Porterville is safer than 32% of the cities in California and 20% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in California and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Porterville. Overall, Porterville is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Porterville

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Porterville is 1 in 207
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Porterville is 1 in 49
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Porterville is 1 in 39
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Porterville? In Porterville, CA you have a 1 in 207 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 49 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 39 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Porterville.

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

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Porterville, California (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 Porterville has increased by 23%, the amount of property crime in Porterville has increased by 22%, and the total amount of crime in Porterville has increased by 22% year over year.

        Porterville police department

        Item Porterville California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)8251,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.53.63.3
        There are a total of 82 Porterville police officers. This results in 1.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 59.1% less than the California average and 54.6% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in California

        State Total offenders California /100K National /100K
        California79,891232266
        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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        Woodville, CA1,8362811,3151,596
        Lindsay, CA12,7933491,7132,062
        Strathmore, CA3,6413811,7852,166
        Poplar-Cotton Center, CA1,8403811,7852,166
        Terra Bella, CA2,3893811,7852,166
        Pixley, CA4,3223811,7852,166
        East Porterville, CA5,3996503,0483,698
        Porterville, CA59,0564852,0792,564

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        Fountainebleau, FL59,1743572,1562,512
        San Rafael, CA59,1785353,0173,552
        St. Clair Shores, MI59,1841778761,053
        Brookline, MA59,2231058961,001
        Porterville, CA59,0564852,0792,564
        Source: The Porterville, 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.