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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 peopleWest Richland/100k peopleWashington/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime215n/a (estimate)1,2253,7322,324
Violent crime16n/a (estimate)91376370
Vehicle theft28n/a159.5639.3282.7
Property crime199n/a (estimate)1,1333,3561,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in West Richland, WA

When we analyze the latest crime report, the West Richland crime rate is 47.3% lower 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 West Richland, there were 16 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 91 per 100,000 individuals, 75.4% lower than the national average. Additionally, West Richland recorded 199 property crimes, amounting to 1133 per 100,000 residents, 42% lower than the U.S. average.

West Richland distinguishes itself with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the U.S., reporting a mere 91 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This achievement firmly establishes West Richland among the safest cities in the nation, rendering it an alluring choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, West Richland reported a murder rate of 0. This could indicate that it is a very safe place to live, but also serves as an inspiration to other urban areas striving for safer communities. Examining the full crime report will provide a complete overview of all crimes - violent and property.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in West Richland?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in West Richland. Based on the results of the surveys (9 responses), 78% of people felt that there was very little crime in West Richland and felt safe walking alone at night. While 22% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is West Richland a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is West Richland a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the West Richland crime rate is 47% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 0.59 crimes per day - 0.04 violent crimes and 0.55 property crimes.

Has Crime in West Richland Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in West Richland crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in West Richland has increased by 39.6% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 5.9% and property crime has increased by 45.3%.

Potential Causes for Crime in West Richland

West Richland has a population density of 671.1 people per square mile, while with the national average is 90.6 people per square mile. Cities characterized by high population density are frequently larger urban centers offering diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality may be accentuated, resulting in the coexistence of poverty and affluence. Such economic disparities can contribute to elevated property crimes and on occasion, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density generally record lower West Richland crime rates.

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 West Richland is $292,500, compared to a national average of $184,700.

In West Richland, the average rental rates are $1,409 per month, compared to the national average of $949. Rapid increases in rental costs can lead to neighborhood instability as residents are forced to move frequently in search of more affordable housing. This transience can weaken community bonds and hinder the establishment of social support networks, which can indirectly contribute to crime. While affordable rent and areas with higher income per capita, allow for long term renters and community bonds to the formed, therefore reducing crime rates on the long term.

West Richland crime map

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

      • West Richland crime rates are 47% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in West Richland are 75% lower than the national average
      • In West Richland you have a 1 in 82 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • West Richland is safer than 71% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in West Richland has increased by 26%

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        Daily Crime In West Richland (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in West Richland on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Washington and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in West Richland (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Washington, are 3.05 times less than the state average and 1.90 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in West Richland on a daily basis are 4.12 times less than than Washington average and 4.06 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in West Richland are 2.96 times less than the daily state average and 1.72 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is West Richland (higher is better)

        How safe is West Richland, Washington compared to other cities in Washington and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that West Richland is safer than 88% of the cities in Washington and 71% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Washington and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than West Richland. Overall, West Richland is ranked above average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in West Richland

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in West Richland is 1 in 1098
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in West Richland is 1 in 89
        The chance of being a victim of crime in West Richland is 1 in 82
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in West Richland? In West Richland, you have a 1 in 1098 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 89. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in West Richland, WA is 1 in 82.

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

        A good indicator of whether West Richland is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in West Richland has decreased by 15%, while the property crime rate in West Richland has increased by 31% year over year. The number of total crimes in West Richland has increased by 26% year over year.

        West Richland police department

        Item West Richland Washington National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)178,169558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.42.23.3
        There are a total of 17 West Richland police officers. This results in 1.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 36.3% less than the Washington average and 57.5% 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
        West Pasco, WA1,5921221,0861,208
        Benton City, WA3,4222462,1922,438
        Pasco, WA74,2663182,8223,140
        Richland, WA57,3533123,7114,023
        Kennewick, WA82,6334774,6575,134
        West Richland, WA14,842911,1331,225

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Glen Allen, VA14,8422451,7772,023
        Natchez, MS14,8542721,9422,214
        Kilgore, TX14,8244022,1242,526
        Oldsmar, FL14,8242471,4921,739
        Sunset, FL14,869116701816
        West Richland, WA14,842911,1331,225
        Source: The West Richland, 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.