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16%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
14%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
22%
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 peopleWauchula/100k peopleFlorida/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime97n/a (estimate)1,9431,8252,324
Murder0n/a0.05.06.3
Rape2n/a40.130.240.0
Robbery2n/a40.133.666.1
Assault17n/a340.5190.1268.2
Violent crime21n/a (estimate)421259370
Burglary17n/a340.5173.5269.8
Theft58n/a1,161.61,254.71,401.9
Vehicle theft1n/a20.0138.0282.7
Property crime76n/a (estimate)1,5221,5661,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Wauchula, FL

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Wauchula is 16.4% lower 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 Wauchula, there were 21 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 421 per 100,000 individuals, 13.7% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 76 property crimes, amounting to 1522 per 100,000 residents, 22.1% lower than the U.S. average.

For violent crimes per 100,000 people, Wauchula has a rate of violent crime that is very close to the national average. There were a total of 421 violent crimes, while the national average reported 370. This is an indication that the level of crime is essentially on par with all other cities.

In the most recently reported crime year, Wauchula 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 Wauchula a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Wauchula 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. Wauchula has a total crime rate that is 16% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.27 daily crimes (0.06 violent daily crimes and 0.21 daily property crimes) in Wauchula.

Has Crime in Wauchula Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Wauchula has decreased by 16.4% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Wauchula 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 75%, while property crime has decreased by 26.9%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Wauchula.

Potential Causes for Crime in Wauchula

Highly populated regions typically encompass expansive urban hubs teeming with diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, giving rise to enclaves of poverty amid affluence. Communities marked by economic disparities may contend with heightened property crimes, and in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, regions characterized by low population density often exhibit lower Wauchula crime rates. For instance, in Wauchula, the population density stands at 1469.6 people per square mile, diverging from the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

In Wauchula, 68.1% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, whereas the national average stands at 83%. The educational makeup of any city can exert a significant influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with reduced crime rates, as they furnish individuals with improved employment prospects and viable alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, communities characterized by lower educational achievement often grapple with higher crime rates, as limited opportunities may drive individuals towards criminal behavior.

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 Wauchula is $76,500, compared to a national average of $184,700.

Wauchula crime map



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

  • Wauchula crime rates are 16% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Wauchula are 14% higher than the national average
  • In Wauchula you have a 1 in 52 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Wauchula is safer than 28% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Wauchula has decreased by 20%

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        Daily Crime In Wauchula (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Wauchula on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Florida and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Wauchula (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Florida, are 1.06 times more than the state average and 1.20 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Wauchula on a daily basis are 1.62 times more than than Florida average and 1.14 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Wauchula are 1.03 times less than the daily state average and 1.28 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Wauchula (higher is better)

        How safe is Wauchula, Florida compared to other cities in Florida and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Wauchula is safer than 36% of the cities in Florida and 28% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Florida and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Wauchula. Overall, Wauchula is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Wauchula

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Wauchula is 1 in 238
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Wauchula is 1 in 66
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Wauchula is 1 in 52
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Wauchula? In Wauchula, you have a 1 in 238 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 66. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Wauchula, FL is 1 in 52.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Wauchula 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 Wauchula has increased by 68% and the rate of property crime in Wauchula has decreased by 30%. The total crime rate in Wauchula has decreased by 20% year to year.

        Wauchula police department

        Item Wauchula Florida National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1531,023558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.94.23.3
        There are a total of 15 Wauchula police officers. This results in 2.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 30.8% less than the Florida average and 9.9% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Florida

        State Total offenders Florida /100K National /100K
        Florida53,771330266
        There are a total of 53,771 sex offenders in Florida. This yields a total of 330 sex offenders in Florida per 100,000 residents which is 24% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

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        Zolfo Springs, FL2,1491639831,145
        Bowling Green, FL2,9103638881,251
        Fort Green, FL1823221,9462,268
        Lemon Grove, FL4863392,0492,388
        Gardner, FL3673702,2392,610
        Limestone, FL3203962,3912,787
        Fort Green Springs, FL5304192,5312,949
        Wauchula, FL4,8014211,5221,943

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        Wauchula, FL4,8014211,5221,943
        Source: The Wauchula, FL 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.