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Total crime 13%
Violent crime 21%
Property crime 19%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSanta Maria/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,429n/a (estimate)2,2472,8282,580
Murder6n/a5.64.45.0
Rape60n/a55.539.242.6
Robbery159n/a147.1137.386.2
Assault272n/a251.6266.5246.8
Violent crime497n/a (estimate)460447381
Burglary377n/a348.8416.2376.0
Theft979n/a905.61,571.81,594.6
Vehicle theft576n/a532.8392.4228.9
Property crime1,932n/a (estimate)1,7872,3802,200

Key findings

  • Santa Maria crime rates are 13% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Santa Maria are 21% higher than the national average
  • In Santa Maria you have a 1 in 45 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Santa Maria is safer than 26% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Santa Maria has decreased by 15%

Santa Maria crime map

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The Santa Maria crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Santa Maria as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Santa Maria crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Santa Maria (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Santa Maria, per 100,000 residents. In Santa Maria, the total number of daily crimes is 1.26 times less than the California average and 1.15 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Santa Maria are 1.03 times more than the California average and 1.21 times more than the national average. For property crime, Santa Maria has a daily crime rate that is 1.33 times less than the California average and 1.23 times less than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Santa Maria (higher is better)

      How safe is Santa Maria, California compared to other cities in California and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Santa Maria is safer than 32% of the cities in California and 26% 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 Santa Maria. Overall, Santa Maria is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Santa Maria

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Santa Maria is 1 in 218
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Santa Maria is 1 in 56
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Santa Maria is 1 in 45
      Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Santa Maria? In Santa Maria, you have a 1 in 218 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 56. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Santa Maria, CA is 1 in 45.

      Year Over Year Crime In Santa Maria (per 100,000 people)

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Santa Maria, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Santa Maria has increased by 4%, while the property crime rate in Santa Maria has decreased by 18% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Santa Maria has decreased by 15% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Santa Maria police department

      ItemSanta MariaCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)13651,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.33.63.3
      There are a total of 136 Santa Maria police officers. This results in 1.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 62.8% less than the California average and 58.7% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in California

      StateTotal offendersCalifornia /100KNational /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.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Woodlands, CA1,07563334397
      Callender, CA1,81494502596
      Guadalupe, CA7,252148688837
      Los Alamos, CA1,3511759311,106
      Blacklake, CA8952561,3631,619
      Arroyo Grande, CA17,8421321,5681,699
      Grover Beach, CA13,4842041,8182,023
      Santa Maria, CA103,6424601,7872,247

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Columbia, MD103,4393941,7092,104
      Spring Hill, FL102,9295633,3373,900
      El Cajon, CA102,8944932,1712,664
      Lakeland, FL102,7143293,1173,447
      Burbank, CA104,5832182,4992,717
      Santa Maria, CA103,6424601,7872,247
      Source: The Santa Maria, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.