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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 peopleSolvang/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime82n/a (estimate)1,3702,8432,324
Violent crime12n/a (estimate)201500370
Vehicle theft6n/a100.3471.9282.7
Property crime70n/a (estimate)1,1702,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Solvang, CA

The Solvang crime rates are 41.1% 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 12 violent crimes in Solvang (201 per 100,000 people), which is 45.8% lower than the national average and there were a total of 70 property crimes (1170 per 100,000 residents) which is 40.2% lower than average.

In the latest reported crime year, Solvang 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 Solvang?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Solvang. Based on the results of the surveys (11 responses), 91% of people felt that there was very little crime in Solvang and felt safe walking alone at night. While 9% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Solvang a Safe Place to Live?

Is Solvang 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, Solvang has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 41%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 0.22 daily incidents, encompassing 0.03 violent crimes and 0.19 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Solvang as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Solvang Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Solvang. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Solvang has increased by 12.3%. Specifically, violent crime has increased by 50%, while property crime has increased by 7.7%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Solvang.

Potential Causes for Crime in Solvang

Solvang has a population density of 2327.2 people per square mile, contrasting with the national average of 90.6 people per square mile. High population density cities are often large urban hubs teeming with diverse economic opportunities. Within these environments, income disparities can become pronounced, leading to higher poverty levels. This economic divide may contribute to an uptick in property crimes and, occasionally, violent crimes. In contrast, areas characterized by low population density typically exhibit lower Solvang crime rates.

In Solvang, the median home price stands at $725,100, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

High rent costs can create economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When a significant portion of one's income is spent on housing, there may be less money available for other essential needs such as food, healthcare and education. Economic stress can contribute to desperation and potentially lead individuals to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Average rent rates in Solvang are $1,315, compared to a national average of $949 per month.

Solvang crime map

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

  • Solvang crime rates are 41% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Solvang are 46% lower than the national average
  • In Solvang you have a 1 in 73 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Solvang is safer than 54% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Solvang has increased by 11%

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        Daily Crime In Solvang (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Solvang on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of California and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Solvang (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to California, are 2.07 times less than the state average and 1.70 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Solvang on a daily basis are 2.49 times less than than California average and 1.84 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Solvang are 2.00 times less than the daily state average and 1.67 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Solvang (higher is better)

        Is Solvang safe in comparison to other cities in the state of California as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Solvang to other cities in the state and across the country, Solvang is 81% safer than other cities of California and 54% safer than other cities in the nation. Solvang has a ranks above average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Solvang

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Solvang is 1 in 499
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Solvang is 1 in 86
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Solvang is 1 in 73
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Solvang, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 499. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 86 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Solvang is 1 in 73.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Solvang, CA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Solvang has increased by 49%, while the property crime rate in Solvang has increased by 6% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Solvang has increased by 11% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Solvang police department

        Item Solvang California National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a51,506558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a3.63.3

        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

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        Santa Ynez, CA4,728130609738
        Los Alamos, CA1,2751969161,112
        Ballard, CA7642029471,149
        Los Olivos, CA8382029471,149
        Buellton, CA5,2761161,7661,883
        Solvang, CA5,6442011,1701,370

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Malone, NY5,6445272,1152,642
        Carlinville, IL5,6452552,8913,145
        Eaton, CO5,6461709331,102
        Marion, VA5,6463152,2942,609
        Buckner, KY5,64070471541
        Solvang, CA5,6442011,1701,370
        Source: The Solvang, 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.