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 peopleRochester/100k peopleMichigan/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime61n/a (estimate)4741,9982,324
Violent crime4n/a (estimate)31461370
Vehicle theft1n/a7.8267.2282.7
Property crime57n/a (estimate)4431,5371,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Rochester, MI

The Rochester crime rates are 79.6% 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 4 violent crimes in Rochester (31 per 100,000 people), which is 91.6% lower than the national average and there were a total of 57 property crimes (443 per 100,000 residents) which is 77.3% lower than average.

Boasting a crime rate of 474, well below the national average of 2324, Rochester emerges as a standout destination for those seeking a secure place to reside in the United States. This crime rate is derived from the total occurrences of both violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents, underscoring the unwavering dedication of Rochester to ensure a safe living environment for its residents.

With only 31 incidents per 100,000 people, Rochester 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, Rochester has become an appealing destination for individuals in search of a secure and welcoming place to establish their new home.

In the latest reported crime year, Rochester recorded zero homicides. This statistic potentially positions the city as a paragon of security, radiating a profound sense of safety for its residents. A low number of severe violent crimes instills a deep feeling of well-being among its community but also establishes a lofty benchmark for other locales aspiring to foster equally secure environments.

In 1991, property crime rates in the United States soared to over 5,140 crimes per 100,000 people. In the years since, the U.S. property crime rate has continued to decline with the most recent year reporting only 1954 property crimes. In Rochester, the property crime rate was even less than the national average with a rate of 443, cementing it as one of the safest places to live with regards to property crime.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Rochester?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Rochester residents. Out of the respondents (9 in total), 100% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Rochester were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 0% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Rochester a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Rochester is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Rochester has a total crime rate that is 80% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.17 daily crimes (0.01 violent daily crimes and 0.16 daily property crimes) in Rochester.

Has Crime in Rochester Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Rochester. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Rochester has increased by 45.2%. Violent crimes have decreased by 55.6%, while property crimes have increased by 72.7%. 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 Rochester

Rochester reports an unemployment rate of 3.5%, 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 Rochester crime rates.

Highly populated regions typically encompass expansive urban hubs teeming with diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, giving rise to enclaves of poverty amid affluence. Communities marked by economic disparities may contend with heightened property crimes, and in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, regions characterized by low population density often exhibit lower Rochester crime rates. For instance, in Rochester, the population density stands at 3446.5 people per square mile, diverging from the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

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 Rochester, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents stands at 2.11, 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.

Rochester crime map

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

      • Rochester crime rates are 80% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Rochester are 92% lower than the national average
      • In Rochester you have a 1 in 211 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Rochester is safer than 91% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Rochester has increased by 50%

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        Daily Crime In Rochester (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Rochester, Michigan is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Rochester are 4.21 times less than the Michigan average and 4.90 times less than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Rochester are 14.83 times less than than Michigan and 11.90 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Rochester are 3.47 times less than than Michigan and 4.41 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Rochester (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Rochester to every other city in Michigan, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Rochester safe? The gauges above illustrate that Rochester is safer than 91% of every city located within Michigan along with 91% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Michigan and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Rochester, MI is ranked above average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Rochester

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Rochester is 1 in 3217
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Rochester is 1 in 226
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Rochester is 1 in 211
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Rochester, Michigan? If you reside in Rochester, then there is a 1 in 3217 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 226. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 211 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Rochester.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Rochester is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Rochester has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 54% in Rochester, while property crimes in Rochester have increased by 78%. Total crime has increased by 50% year over year.

        Rochester police department

        Item Rochester Michigan National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2710,515558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.12.13.3
        There are a total of 27 Rochester police officers. This results in 2.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 2% greater than the Michigan average and 35.1% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Michigan

        State Total offenders Michigan /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 40,460 sex offenders in Michigan. This yields a total of 414 sex offenders in Michigan per 100,000 residents which is 56% 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
        Bingham Farms, MI1,53965216280
        Orchard Lake Village, MI2,48972241313
        Oxford, MI3,54258291349
        Armada, MI2,1790362362
        Romeo, MI3,90881323404
        Berkley, MI15,35227533560
        Huntington Woods, MI6,30316557573
        Rochester, MI13,20331443474

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Clayton, OH13,2011299301,058
        Auburn, IN13,209511,2391,290
        New Ulm, MN13,2090164164
        Mounds View, MN13,1931811,6381,819
        Fostoria, OH13,1933922,3742,766
        Rochester, MI13,20331443474
        Source: The Rochester, MI 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.