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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 peopleSeaside/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime528n/a (estimate)1,6572,8432,324
Violent crime134n/a (estimate)421500370
Vehicle theft53n/a166.3471.9282.7
Property crime394n/a (estimate)1,2372,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Seaside, CA

The Seaside crime rates are 28.7% 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 134 violent crimes in Seaside (421 per 100,000 people), which is 13.7% higher than the national average and there were a total of 394 property crimes (1237 per 100,000 residents) which is 36.7% lower than average.

The violent crime rate in Seaside closely mirrors the national average among all cities that reported crime, with 421 incidents per 100,000 people. The national average for violent crime per 100,000 people was 370. This consistency highlights Seaside as a community where safety standards are in line with the broader national landscape, providing residents with a reliable sense of security.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, Seaside reported a murder rate of 0. This could indicate that it is a very safe place to live, but also serves as an inspiration to other urban areas striving for safer communities. Examining the full crime report will provide a complete overview of all crimes - violent and property.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Seaside?

What do the local residents think about crime in Seaside? Well, based on a recent survey of 16 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 31% of Seaside residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 69% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Seaside a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Seaside 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 Seaside crime rate is 29% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 1.45 crimes per day - 0.37 violent crimes and 1.08 property crimes.

Has Crime in Seaside Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Seaside has decreased by 7.4% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Seaside is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has increased by 86.1%, while property crime has decreased by 20.9%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Seaside.

Potential Causes for Crime in Seaside

Limited employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-wage jobs can result in higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Regions where individuals grapple with joblessness or meager wages may exhibit greater vulnerability to an uptick in crime due to financial instability. While areas that have strong employment rates, often will see a reduction in overall crime. Seaside, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 4.1%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

In Seaside, 73.2% of residents have graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of a community 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.

In areas where housing affordability is an issue, crime can become a significant concern. Some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions, which can increase stress and potentially contribute to domestic disputes and related crimes. The median home price in Seaside is $539,200, compared to a national average of $184,700.

Seaside crime map

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

  • Seaside crime rates are 29% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Seaside are 14% higher than the national average
  • In Seaside you have a 1 in 61 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Seaside is safer than 31% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Seaside has decreased by 2%

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        Daily Crime In Seaside (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Seaside, CA per 100,000 people. In Seaside, the total number of daily crimes is 1.72 times less than the California average and 1.40 times less than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Seaside is 1.19 times less than the California average and 1.14 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Seaside has a daily crime rate that is 1.90 times less than the California average and 1.58 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Seaside (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in California and all other cities across the US, is Seaside safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Seaside is safer than 53% of other cities in the state of California. In addition, Seaside is safer than 31% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all California and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Seaside. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Seaside is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Seaside

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Seaside is 1 in 238
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Seaside is 1 in 81
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Seaside is 1 in 61
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Seaside, California? If you reside in Seaside, then there is a 1 in 238 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 81. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 61 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Seaside.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Seaside is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Seaside has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 98% in Seaside, while property crimes in Seaside have decreased by 16%. Total crime has decreased by 2% year over year.

        Seaside police department

        Item Seaside California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)4551,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.33.63.3
        There are a total of 45 Seaside police officers. This results in 1.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 63.2% less than the California average and 59.2% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in California

        State Total offenders California /100K National /100K
        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 Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Del Monte Forest, CA3,783130609738
        Carmel Valley Village, CA4,175130609738
        Elkhorn, CA998149698847
        Pacific Grove, CA15,47187778866
        Marina, CA21,9663271,8592,185
        Salinas, CA156,1775211,6772,198
        Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA3,7892522,2982,550
        Seaside, CA34,0634211,2371,657

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        New City, NY34,0602108421,052
        Merritt Island, FL33,9752301,3931,623
        Pullman, WA33,974919411,032
        Salisbury, NC33,9618853,6564,541
        North Ridgeville, OH33,96141392433
        Seaside, CA34,0634211,2371,657
        Source: The Seaside, 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.