Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleVancouver/100k peopleWashington/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime12,006n/a (estimate)6,2123,7322,324
Violent crime1,229n/a (estimate)636376370
Vehicle theft2,801n/a1,449.3639.3282.7
Property crime10,777n/a (estimate)5,5763,3561,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Vancouver, WA

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Vancouver crime rate is 167.3% higher than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Vancouver, there were 1229 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 636 per 100,000 individuals, 72% higher than the national average. Additionally, Vancouver recorded 10777 property crimes, amounting to 5576 per 100,000 residents, 185.3% higher than the U.S. average.

In Vancouver, the crime rate stands at 6212 per 100,000 residents, surpassing the national average by 167.27%. This places the city among those with some of the highest total crime rates nationwide. However, it's important to recognize that this doesn't imply that the entire city is unsafe. As with any urban area, there are neighborhoods in Vancouver that exhibit varying levels of safety, emphasizing the need for localized crime prevention efforts and community involvement to create a safe environment across the entire city.

With a property crime rate of 5576 crimes per 100,000 people, Vancouver 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 Vancouver 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.

With a total of 2801 vehicle thefts last year, Vancouver has one of the most stolen cars in the country at 1449 per 100,000 people. This lands Vancouver in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported crime and the chance of any vehicle being stolen is one in 70.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Vancouver?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Vancouver residents. Out of the respondents (158 in total), 36% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Vancouver were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 64% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Vancouver a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Vancouver 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. Vancouver has a total crime rate that is 167% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 32.89 daily crimes (3.37 violent daily crimes and 29.53 daily property crimes) in Vancouver.

Has Crime in Vancouver Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Vancouver. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Vancouver has increased by 15.6%. Violent crimes have increased by 10.8%, while property crimes have increased by 16.1%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Vancouver Neighborhood Crime Rates

The Vancouver area comprises a diverse array of over 61 distinct neighborhoods, each exhibiting a unique crime rate influenced by location and various socioeconomic factors. Generally, neighborhoods situated in proximity to the city center, characterized by higher population density, often report elevated crime rates. Conversely, the outlying neighborhoods, marked by lower population density and reduced unemployment and poverty rates, tend to experience lower crime incidence. Some neighborhoods with lower crime rates include: Old Evergreen Highway, Cimarron and Riveridge which foster a strong sense of safety. Conversely, neighborhoods such as Bagley Downs, Fruit Valley and Rose Village exhibit crime rates above the average, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive research when evaluating different Vancouver neighborhoods, given their considerable variation in crime rates.

Potential Causes for Crime in Vancouver

High population density areas are often large urban centers with diverse economic opportunities. These areas can exacerbate income inequality, with pockets of poverty existing alongside affluence. Areas with economic disparities may experience higher property crimes and, in some cases, violent crimes. On the other hand, areas with low population density tend to see lower Vancouver crime rates. The population density in Vancouver is 3749.9 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

The educational level achieved in any given city can influence crime rates significantly. Greater educational achievement is frequently associated with decreased crime rates, as it offers individuals improved job prospects and alternatives to engaging in crime related activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment rates tend to coincide with elevated crime rates. In Vancouver, 85.6% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, in contrast to the national average where 83% have achieved high school graduation.

The median home price in Vancouver is $318,200, compared to the national average of $184,700. High housing costs can lead to financial stress for residents. When individuals struggle to make ends meet due to expensive housing, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities to address their financial difficulties, such as theft or fraud. Communities with stable housing environments tend to foster stronger social bonds and community engagement. This can lead to increased vigilance and cooperation among residents, which can deter criminal behavior.

Vancouver crime map

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

  • Vancouver crime rates are 167% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Vancouver are 72% higher than the national average
  • In Vancouver you have a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Vancouver is safer than 7% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Vancouver has increased by 12%

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        Daily Crime In Vancouver (per 100,000 people)

        The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Vancouver, WA per 100,000 people. In Vancouver, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.66 times more than the Washington average and 2.67 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Vancouver is 1.69 times more than the Washington average and 1.72 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Vancouver has a daily crime rate that is 1.66 times more than the Washington average and 2.85 times more than the overall daily national average.

        How Safe is Vancouver (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Vancouver, Washington compared to other areas of Washington, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Vancouver safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Vancouver is safer than 6% of Washington cities, and 7% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Washington, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Vancouver. At this time, Vancouver sees a above average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Vancouver

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Vancouver is 1 in 158
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Vancouver is 1 in 18
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Vancouver is 1 in 17
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Vancouver? If you reside in Vancouver, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 158. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 18 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Vancouver, is 1 in 17.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Vancouver is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Vancouver has increased by 8% and the rate of property crime in Vancouver has increased by 13%. The total crime rate in Vancouver has increased by 12% year to year.

        Vancouver police department

        Item Vancouver Washington National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2008,169558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.22.23.3
        There are a total of 200 Vancouver police officers. This results in 1.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 44.5% less than the Washington average and 63% 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
        Duluth, WA1,24953471524
        Warren, OR1,87680690770
        Raleigh Hills, OR6,6751119541,066
        Meadow Glade, WA2,7741079591,066
        Lewisville, WA2,1661121,0001,112
        West Haven-Sylvan, OR8,5051201,0301,150
        West Slope, OR6,7991211,0351,156
        Vancouver, WA182,7926365,5766,212

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Brownsville, TX182,2304321,8352,268
        Fort Lauderdale, FL181,8181711,0361,208
        Chattanooga, TN181,3701,1375,2216,359
        Sioux Falls, SD180,9275463,0833,629
        Worcester, MA185,1866031,6672,270
        Vancouver, WA182,7926365,5766,212
        Source: The Vancouver, 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.