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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 peopleRocky River/100k peopleOhio/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime168n/a (estimate)7882,0762,324
Violent crime17n/a (estimate)80294370
Vehicle theft11n/a51.6234.5282.7
Property crime151n/a (estimate)7091,7831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Rocky River, OH

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 Rocky River is 66.1% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 17 violent crimes reported in Rocky River, equivalent to 80 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 78.4%. Additionally, Rocky River recorded 151 property crimes, amounting to 709 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 63.7%.

Rocky River enjoys a remarkably low crime rate, standing at just 788, a significant contrast to the national average of 2324. This distinction firmly establishes Rocky River as one of the safest places to reside in the entire United States. This crime rate is meticulously calculated, taking into account the total occurrences of both violent and property crimes per 100,000 individuals, providing a comprehensive perspective on the area's safety and livability.

Rocky River distinguishes itself with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the U.S., reporting a mere 80 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This achievement firmly establishes Rocky River among the safest cities in the nation, rendering it an alluring choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

In the latest reported crime year, Rocky River 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.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Rocky River?

What do the local residents think about crime in Rocky River? Well, based on a recent survey of 8 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 100% of Rocky River residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 0% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Rocky River a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Rocky River a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Rocky River crime rate is 66% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 0.46 crimes per day - 0.05 violent crimes and 0.41 property crimes.

Has Crime in Rocky River 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 Rocky River 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 Rocky River has increased by 78.7% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 88.9% and property crime has increased by 77.7%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Rocky River

Rocky River has a population density of 4253 people per square mile, while with the national average is 90.6 people per square mile. Cities characterized by high population density are frequently larger urban centers offering diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality may be accentuated, resulting in the coexistence of poverty and affluence. Such economic disparities can contribute to elevated property crimes and on occasion, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density generally record lower Rocky River crime rates.

Rising cost of living expenses, including increased housing costs, grocery, utility and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards crime, 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 Rocky River, the cost of living is 0.96% higher than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

Law enforcement and community policing efforts can play a pivotal role in shaping crime rates. Establishing a robust and cooperative partnership between the police and the community can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and enhance overall safety. In Rocky River, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 0 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents compared to 3.25 nationally. Effective law enforcement often hinges on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community. It's not solely about the quantity of officers but also the quality of their engagement with the community.

Rocky River crime map

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

  • Rocky River crime rates are 66% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Rocky River are 78% lower than the national average
  • In Rocky River you have a 1 in 127 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Rocky River is safer than 80% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Rocky River has increased by 68%

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        Daily Crime In Rocky River (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Rocky River for every 100,000 residents. The Rocky River total amount of daily crime is 2.63 times less than the Ohio average and 2.95 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Rocky River, is 3.68 times less than the Ohio average, and it is 4.64 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Rocky River has a daily crime average that is 2.52 times less than the Ohio average and 2.76 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Rocky River (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Rocky River in comparison to other Ohio communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Rocky River safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Rocky River being safer than 75% of cities in Ohio and 80% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Ohio cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Rocky River. In conclusion, Rocky River ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Rocky River

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Rocky River is 1 in 1254
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Rocky River is 1 in 142
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Rocky River is 1 in 127
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Rocky River? If you reside in Rocky River, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 1254. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 142 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 Rocky River, is 1 in 127.

        Year Over Year Crime In Rocky River (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Rocky River, OH is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Rocky River has increased by 78%, while the property crime rate in Rocky River has increased by 67% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Rocky River has increased by 68% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Rocky River police department

        Item Rocky River Ohio National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a17,044558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a2.73.3

        Sex offenders in Ohio

        State Total offenders Ohio /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 17,872 sex offenders in Ohio. This yields a total of 156 sex offenders in Ohio per 100,000 residents which is 41% 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
        Broadview Heights, OH19,19510144154
        Grafton, OH6,0170285285
        Valley View, OH2,07543259302
        Bay Village, OH15,25844322366
        Brecksville, OH13,52130356386
        Parma Heights, OH19,91625389414
        North Ridgeville, OH33,96141392433
        Rocky River, OH20,11580709788

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Sulphur, LA20,1224293,7134,142
        Dixon, CA20,1063371,5421,879
        South St. Paul, MN20,1324082,3062,714
        Pittsburg, KS20,0964864,2704,756
        Portsmouth, OH20,0943972,5982,995
        Rocky River, OH20,11580709788
        Source: The Rocky River, OH 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.