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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 peopleSweetwater/100k peopleTexas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime207n/a (estimate)1,9872,7322,324
Violent crime61n/a (estimate)585432370
Vehicle theft16n/a153.6331.2282.7
Property crime146n/a (estimate)1,4012,3001,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Sweetwater, TX

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Sweetwater is 14.5% lower than the national average. Specifically, there were 61 violent crimes reported in Sweetwater, equivalent to 585 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 58.3%. Additionally, Sweetwater recorded 146 property crimes, amounting to 1401 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 28.3%.

In the most recently reported crime year, Sweetwater registered zero reported homicides. This statistic not only designates the area as an exemplar of security but also emanates a profound sense of safety within its community. A minimal incidence of severe violent crime not only fosters a strong sense of well-being among residents but also sets a commendable standard for other regions aiming to cultivate similarly safe surroundings.

Is Sweetwater a Safe Place to Live?

Is Sweetwater 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, Sweetwater has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 15%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 0.57 daily incidents, encompassing 0.17 violent crimes and 0.4 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Sweetwater as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Sweetwater Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Sweetwater has increased by 35.3% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Sweetwater 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 205%, while property crime has increased by 9.8%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Sweetwater.

Potential Causes for Crime in Sweetwater

Sweetwater has a population density of 958 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 Sweetwater crime rates.

The level of education within a community can impact crime rates. Higher educational attainment often correlates with lower crime rates, as it provides individuals with better job opportunities and alternatives to criminal behavior. While lower educational achievement rates tend to lead to higher crime rates. In Sweetwater, 68.6% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

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 Sweetwater are $732, compared to a national average of $949 per month.

Sweetwater crime map

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

      • Sweetwater crime rates are 15% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Sweetwater are 58% higher than the national average
      • In Sweetwater you have a 1 in 51 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Sweetwater is safer than 19% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Sweetwater has increased by 35%

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        Daily Crime In Sweetwater (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Sweetwater, TX per 100,000 people. In Sweetwater, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.38 times less than the Texas average and 1.17 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Sweetwater is 1.36 times more than the Texas average and 1.58 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Sweetwater has a daily crime rate that is 1.64 times less than the Texas average and 1.39 times less than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Sweetwater (higher is better)

        Is Sweetwater safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Texas as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Sweetwater to other cities in the state and across the country, Sweetwater is 17% safer than other cities of Texas and 19% safer than other cities in the nation. Sweetwater has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Sweetwater

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Sweetwater is 1 in 171
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Sweetwater is 1 in 72
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Sweetwater is 1 in 51
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Sweetwater, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 171. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 72 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 Sweetwater is 1 in 51.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Sweetwater is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Sweetwater has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 205% in Sweetwater, while property crimes in Sweetwater have increased by 10%. Total crime has increased by 35% year over year.

        Sweetwater police department

        Item Sweetwater Texas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2746,020558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.43.03.3
        There are a total of 27 Sweetwater police officers. This results in 2.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 19.1% less than the Texas average and 25.2% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Texas

        State Total offenders Texas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 95,281 sex offenders in Texas. This yields a total of 443 sex offenders in Texas per 100,000 residents which is 67% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Roscoe, TX1,5380325325
        Sweetwater, TX10,6015851,4011,987

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Cordele, GA10,6001,7124,7646,476
        South Yarmouth, MA10,5983591,1931,552
        Lake Barcroft, VA10,60482595677
        Greentree, NJ10,5971721,2001,372
        Broomall, PA10,608125661786
        Sweetwater, TX10,6015851,4011,987
        Source: The Sweetwater, TX 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.