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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 peopleSpokane/100k peopleWashington/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime14,694n/a (estimate)6,4083,7322,324
Violent crime1,541n/a (estimate)672376370
Vehicle theft1,803n/a786.3639.3282.7
Property crime13,153n/a (estimate)5,7363,3561,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Spokane, WA

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Spokane crime rate is higher than the national average by 175.7%. Specifically, there were 1541 violent crimes in Spokane, equivalent to 672 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 81.7%. Furthermore, Spokane recorded 13153 property crimes, amounting to 5736 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 193.5%.

Spokane has a crime rate of 6408 per 100,000 people, which surpasses the national average by 175.73%, leading to one of the highest total crime rates in the United States. Addressing this issue is vital for improving overall safety and desirability of Spokane. Efforts to reduce crime through community engagement, effective law enforcement, and collaborative initiatives are essential to create a more secure and appealing environment for residents and prospective newcomers alike.

With a property crime rate of 5736 crimes per 100,000 people, Spokane unfortunately has the distinction of being among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting crime. The likelihood of falling victim to property crime in Spokane is alarmingly high, estimated at 1 in 18, significantly surpassing the national average. This data emphasizes the city's pressing need for concerted efforts to address and reduce property crime, ensuring a safer environment for its residents.

The surge in vehicle thefts is a concerning trend across the United States, and Spokane is no exception, experiencing one of the nation's highest vehicle theft rates. Last year, Spokane reported a total of 1803 vehicle thefts, resulting in 786 stolen vehicles per 100,000 people. This places the city in the lowest 10% tier among all cities, indicating that 90% of cities have less stolen vehicles. The probability of a vehicle being stolen stands at 1 in 128, underscoring the need for heightened vigilance and security measures.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Spokane?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Spokane residents. Out of the respondents (255 in total), 26% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Spokane were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 74% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Spokane a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Spokane 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. Spokane has a total crime rate that is 176% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 40.26 daily crimes (4.22 violent daily crimes and 36.04 daily property crimes) in Spokane.

Has Crime in Spokane Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Spokane has increased by 21% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Spokane 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 6%, while property crime has increased by 23.1%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Spokane.

Spokane Neighborhood Crime Rates

Spokane is a large urban city with at least 27 distinct neighborhoods. As a result, crime rates will differ dramatically from one neighborhood to the next. Typically, high density neighborhoods that are located close to the city center, experience more crime than neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city. Some of the safest neighborhoods in Spokane include: Manitocannon Hill, Lincoln Heights and North Indian Trail. Some neighborhoods that have a higher number of reported crime that you might want to avoid include: West Central, Hillyard and Whitman.

Potential Causes for Crime in Spokane

Spokane reports an unemployment rate of 3.7%, 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 Spokane crime rates.

The effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing initiatives can influence crime rates. A strong and collaborative relationship between the police and the community can deter criminal activity and improve safety. In Spokane, there are 1.81 police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to the national average of 3.25. The effectiveness of law enforcement often depends on community policing strategies that emphasize building trust and cooperation between the police and the community. It's not just about the number of officers but also how they engage with the community.

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 Spokane are $905, compared to a national average of $949 per month.

Spokane crime map

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

      • Spokane crime rates are 176% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Spokane are 82% higher than the national average
      • In Spokane you have a 1 in 16 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Spokane is safer than 5% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Spokane has increased by 18%

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        Daily Crime In Spokane (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Spokane on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Washington and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Spokane (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Washington, are 1.72 times more than the state average and 2.76 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Spokane on a daily basis are 1.79 times more than than Washington average and 1.82 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Spokane are 1.71 times more than the daily state average and 2.94 times more than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Spokane (higher is better)

        Is Spokane safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Washington as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Spokane to other cities in the state and across the country, Spokane is 4% safer than other cities of Washington and 5% safer than other cities in the nation. Spokane has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Spokane

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Spokane is 1 in 149
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Spokane is 1 in 18
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Spokane is 1 in 16
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Spokane, Washington? If you reside in Spokane, then there is a 1 in 149 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 18. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 16 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Spokane.

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

        A good indicator of whether Spokane is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Spokane has increased by 3%, while the property crime rate in Spokane has increased by 20% year over year. The number of total crimes in Spokane has increased by 18% year over year.

        Spokane police department

        Item Spokane Washington National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3848,169558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.82.23.3
        There are a total of 384 Spokane police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 16.5% less than the Washington average and 44.3% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Washington

        State Total offenders Washington /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 6,688 sex offenders in Washington. This yields a total of 107 sex offenders in Washington per 100,000 residents which is 60% 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
        Millwood, WA1,7421701,5191,689
        Cheney, WA12,4551991,8412,039
        Green Bluff, WA3662392,1302,368
        Medical Lake, WA4,9503322,9633,294
        Mead, WA6,9953763,3603,737
        Four Lakes, WA5153903,4853,875
        Town and Country, WA5,4023923,4983,890
        Spokane, WA219,1856725,7366,408

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Spring Valley, NV218,6976263,2823,908
        San Bernardino, CA216,7841,1862,9554,141
        Baton Rouge, LA222,1911,0285,8526,880
        Tacoma, WA215,7661,6108,54010,149
        Des Moines, IA215,4084281,9932,421
        Spokane, WA219,1856725,7366,408
        Source: The Spokane, WA 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.