Annual Crime In West Palm Beach (2018)

Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
In the event that crime data for this area is not available from the FBI, estimates are used. The estimates are based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWest Palm Beach/100k peopleFlorida/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime5,275n/a (estimate)4,7242,6672,580
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWest Palm Beach/100k peopleFlorida/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder27n/a24.25.25.0
Rape77n/a69.039.642.6
Robbery354n/a317.079.386.2
Assault568n/a508.7260.8246.8
Violent crime1,026n/a (estimate)919385381
Burglary578n/a517.6337.7376.0
Theft3,290n/a2,946.51,750.81,594.6
Vehicle theft381n/a341.2193.3228.9
Property crime4,249n/a (estimate)3,8052,2822,200

Key findings

  • West Palm Beach crime rates are 83% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in West Palm Beach are 141% higher than the national average
  • In West Palm Beach you have a 1 in 22 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • West Palm Beach is safer than 4% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in West Palm Beach has decreased by 22%

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Compare West Palm Beach, FL Crime To Other Cities

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      Daily Crime In West Palm Beach (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in West Palm Beach, FL per 100,000 people. In West Palm Beach, the total number of daily crimes is 1.77 times more than the Florida average and 1.83 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in West Palm Beach is 2.39 times more than the Florida average and 2.41 times more than the national average. With regards to property crimes, West Palm Beach has a daily crime rate that is 1.67 times more than the Florida average and 1.73 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is West Palm Beach (higher is better)

      When comparing the safety of West Palm Beach compared to every other city in Florida, as well as the entirety of the United States, the gauges found above illustrate that West Palm Beach ranks safer than 7% of every city located within Florida along with 4% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Florida and in the United States as a whole. As a result, West Palm Beach, FL is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in West Palm Beach

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in West Palm Beach is 1 in 109
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in West Palm Beach is 1 in 27
      The chance of being a victim of crime in West Palm Beach is 1 in 22
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In West Palm Beach, FL you have a 1 in 109 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 27 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 22 chance of becoming a victim of crime in West Palm Beach.

      Year Over Year Crime In West Palm Beach (per 100,000 people)

      Determining whether West Palm Beach is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. West Palm Beach violent crime rates have increased by 4%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 27% year over year. Total crimes for West Palm Beach has decreased by 22% in the same time frame.

      West Palm Beach police department

      ItemWest Palm BeachFloridaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)35731,023558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.54.23.3
      There are a total of 357 West Palm Beach police officers. This results in 3.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 17.6% less than the Florida average and 7.2% greater than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Florida

      StateTotal offendersFlorida /100KNational /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

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      South Palm Beach, FL1,3090138138
      Loxahatchee Groves, FL3,342107634740
      Gun Club Estates, FL1,401124733856
      North Palm Beach, FL12,58191795885
      Haverhill, FL1,9841458581,002
      Jupiter Farms, FL11,8091478691,016
      Golf, FL2131569221,077
      West Palm Beach, FL104,9789193,8054,724

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Green Bay, WI104,9514591,7082,167
      Wichita Falls, TX105,0133693,0883,457
      Broken Arrow, OK104,8691422,0822,224
      College Station, TX104,6842032,0782,281
      Burbank, CA104,5832182,4992,717
      West Palm Beach, FL104,9789193,8054,724
      Source: The West Palm Beach, FL crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.