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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 peopleWahpeton/100k peopleNorth Dakota/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime197n/a (estimate)2,4762,2742,324
Violent crime15n/a (estimate)189280370
Vehicle theft26n/a326.8255.6282.7
Property crime182n/a (estimate)2,2881,9951,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Wahpeton, ND

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Wahpeton is 6.5% higher than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Wahpeton, there were 15 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 189 per 100,000 individuals, 49% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 182 property crimes, amounting to 2288 per 100,000 residents, 17.1% higher than the U.S. average.

When evaluating the Wahpeton crime rate for every 100,000 residents, it positions itself in the middle range among all cities that reported crime. Our examination of total offenses, spanning both violent and property crimes, indicates that the reported Wahpeton crime rates closely correspond to the national average reported by other regions.

Wahpeton showcased a dedication to violent crime safety in its latest reported crime year by achieving a murder rate of 0. This accomplishment could indicate that it is a safe place for residents, but also provides a shining example to other urban areas endeavoring to create safer communities.

Is Wahpeton a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Wahpeton is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Wahpeton has an overall crime rate that is 7% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 0.54 daily occurrences, comprising 0.04 violent crimes and 0.5 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Wahpeton as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Wahpeton Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Wahpeton has increased by 8.8%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Wahpeton, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has decreased by 54.6%, while property crime has increased by 23%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Wahpeton is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Wahpeton

In areas where employment options are limited or where a significant proportion of jobs offer meager wages, the likelihood of heightened unemployment and homelessness increases. Regions facing challenges related to unemployment or inadequate income may become more vulnerable to a surge in crime stemming from economic instability. While low unemployment rates tend to lead to reduced crime in most areas. Wahpeton currently has an unemployment rate of 2.9%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. This could be one of many factors that could contribute to a higher or lower crime rate.

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 Wahpeton crime rates. The population density in Wahpeton is 1490.3 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

In areas where housing affordability is an issue, crime can become a significant concern. Some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions, which can increase stress and potentially contribute to domestic disputes and related crimes. The median home price in Wahpeton is $125,100, compared to a national average of $184,700.

Wahpeton crime map

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

  • Wahpeton crime rates are 7% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Wahpeton are 49% lower than the national average
  • In Wahpeton you have a 1 in 41 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Wahpeton is safer than 44% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Wahpeton has increased by 6%

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        Daily Crime In Wahpeton (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Wahpeton on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of North Dakota and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Wahpeton (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to North Dakota, are 1.09 times more than the state average and 1.07 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Wahpeton on a daily basis are 1.48 times less than than North Dakota average and 1.96 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Wahpeton are 1.15 times more than the daily state average and 1.17 times more than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Wahpeton (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Wahpeton to every other city in North Dakota, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Wahpeton safe? The gauges above illustrate that Wahpeton is safer than 26% of every city located within North Dakota along with 44% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in North Dakota and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Wahpeton, ND is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Wahpeton

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Wahpeton is 1 in 531
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Wahpeton is 1 in 44
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Wahpeton is 1 in 41
        How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Wahpeton, North Dakota you have a 1 in 531 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 44 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 41 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Wahpeton.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Wahpeton is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Wahpeton has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 56% in Wahpeton, while property crimes in Wahpeton have increased by 19%. Total crime has increased by 6% year over year.

        Wahpeton police department

        Item Wahpeton North Dakota National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)16842558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.02.63.3
        There are a total of 16 Wahpeton police officers. This results in 2.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 23.2% less than the North Dakota average and 37.8% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in North Dakota

        State Total offenders North Dakota /100K National /100K
        North Dakota1,982293266
        There are a total of 1,982 sex offenders in North Dakota. This yields a total of 293 sex offenders in North Dakota per 100,000 residents which is 10% greater than the national average.

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Breckenridge, MN3,198891,4621,551
        Colfax, ND2662301,6401,870
        Abercrombie, ND2653012,1422,443
        Mooreton, ND1433462,4652,810
        Doran, MN143802,6583,038
        Kent, MN403852,6973,082
        Dwight, ND653932,8033,197
        Wahpeton, ND7,7721892,2882,476

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        Mechanicstown, NY7,7704351,7442,179
        Altoona, WI7,769861,9101,996
        Los Fresnos, TX7,7674291,3961,825
        Wahpeton, ND7,7721892,2882,476
        Source: The Wahpeton, ND 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.