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Total crime 80%
Violent crime 92%
Property crime 78%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSwarthmore/100k peoplePennsylvania/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime32n/a (estimate)4981,7102,489
Murder0n/a0.05.25.0
Rape1n/a15.634.042.6
Robbery0n/a0.076.181.6
Assault1n/a15.6191.1250.2
Violent crime2n/a (estimate)31306379
Burglary2n/a31.1182.4340.5
Theft27n/a420.01,124.21,549.5
Vehicle theft1n/a15.696.8219.9
Property crime30n/a (estimate)4671,4032,110

Key findings

  • Swarthmore crime rates are 80% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Swarthmore are 92% lower than the national average
  • In Swarthmore you have a 1 in 201 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Swarthmore is safer than 90% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Swarthmore has decreased by 16%

Swarthmore crime map

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The Swarthmore crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Swarthmore 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 Swarthmore crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Swarthmore (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Swarthmore, PA per 100,000 people. In Swarthmore, the total number of daily crimes is 3.43 times less than the Pennsylvania average and 5.00 times less than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Swarthmore is 9.85 times less than the Pennsylvania average and 12.19 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Swarthmore has a daily crime rate that is 3.01 times less than the Pennsylvania average and 4.52 times less than the national average.

      How Safe is Swarthmore (higher is better)

      When comparing the safety of Swarthmore to every other city in Pennsylvania, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Swarthmore safe? The gauges above illustrate that Swarthmore is safer than 79% of every city located within Pennsylvania along with 90% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Pennsylvania and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Swarthmore, PA is ranked above average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Swarthmore

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Swarthmore is 1 in 3214
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Swarthmore is 1 in 215
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Swarthmore is 1 in 201
      Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Swarthmore? In Swarthmore, PA you have a 1 in 3214 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 215 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 201 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Swarthmore.

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

      A good indicator of whether Swarthmore 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 Swarthmore has decreased by 52%, while the property crime rate in Swarthmore has decreased by 11% year over year. The number of total crimes in Swarthmore has decreased by 16% year over year.

      Swarthmore police department

      ItemSwarthmorePennsylvaniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)914,701558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.41.83.3
      There are a total of 9 Swarthmore police officers. This results in 1.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 20.6% less than the Pennsylvania average and 55.4% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Pennsylvania

      StateTotal offendersPennsylvania /100KNational /100K
      Pennsylvania21,558176266
      There are a total of 21,558 sex offenders in Pennsylvania. This yields a total of 176 sex offenders in Pennsylvania per 100,000 residents which is 34% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Devon, PA1,88043197240
      Wyncote, PA3,12358267326
      Berwyn, PA3,22858267326
      Chester Heights, PA2,58171323394
      Greenville, DE2,26566353420
      Flourtown, PA4,71579364444
      Narberth, PA4,30579364444
      Swarthmore, PA6,21831467498

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Kermit, TX6,2193482,1362,484
      Willis, TX6,2174102,3682,778
      Theodore, AL6,2214862,5423,027
      Princeton, KY6,2151472,7032,850
      Salem, IN6,2143952,0992,494
      Swarthmore, PA6,21831467498
      Source: The Swarthmore, PA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.