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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 peopleWilliston/100k peopleNorth Dakota/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime676n/a (estimate)2,6502,2742,324
Violent crime127n/a (estimate)498280370
Vehicle theft55n/a215.6255.6282.7
Property crime549n/a (estimate)2,1521,9951,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Williston, ND

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Williston crime rate is higher than the national average by 14%. Specifically, there were 127 violent crimes in Williston, equivalent to 498 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 34.6%. Furthermore, Williston recorded 549 property crimes, amounting to 2152 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 10.1%.

When evaluating the Williston 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 Williston crime rates closely correspond to the national average reported by other regions.

Williston maintains a property crime rate that closely resembles the national norm. In Williston, 2152 property crimes were reported, aligning with the national average of 1954 per 100,000 individuals. Consequently, the area's safety profile stands on par with the average city, neither significantly safer nor more dangerous. This consistency underscores a balanced commitment to community safety and security, providing residents with a stable and reassuring living environment.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Williston?

What do the local residents think about crime in Williston? Well, based on a recent survey of 18 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 22% of Williston residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 78% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Williston a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Williston 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. Williston has a total crime rate that is 14% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 1.85 daily crimes (0.35 violent daily crimes and 1.5 daily property crimes) in Williston.

Has Crime in Williston Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Williston. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Williston has increased by 30.3%. Specifically, violent crime has increased by 36.6%, while property crime has increased by 28.9%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Williston.

Potential Causes for Crime in Williston

In Williston, the ratio of police officers and civilians stands at 2.69 per 1,000 residents, contrasting with the national average of 3.25. This discrepancy highlights the potential impact of law enforcement and community policing on crime rates. The strength of their collaboration can serve as a deterrent to criminal behavior, fostering a safer environment. Effective law enforcement leans heavily on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and cooperation between police and residents. It's essential to recognize that the effectiveness of these efforts isn't solely tied to the quantity of officers but also hinges on the quality of their engagement with the community.

The median home price in Williston is $244,400, 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.

Williston has an average rental rate of $1,009 per month, compared to the national average of $949. In areas with high rental costs, some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions. Overcrowding can lead to increased stress and tension, which may contribute to domestic disputes and related property or violent crimes. Addressing affordable housing and economic mobility can be important strategies for reducing crime in such areas.

Williston crime map

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

  • Williston crime rates are 14% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Williston are 35% higher than the national average
  • In Williston you have a 1 in 38 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Williston is safer than 43% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Williston has increased by 62%

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        Daily Crime In Williston (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Williston 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 Williston (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to North Dakota, are 1.16 times more than the state average and 1.14 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Williston on a daily basis are 1.78 times more than than North Dakota average and 1.35 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Williston are 1.08 times more than the daily state average and 1.10 times more than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Williston (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Williston to every other city in North Dakota, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Williston safe? The gauges above illustrate that Williston is safer than 26% of every city located within North Dakota along with 43% 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, Williston, ND is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Williston

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Williston is 1 in 201
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Williston is 1 in 47
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Williston is 1 in 38
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Williston, North Dakota? If you reside in Williston, then there is a 1 in 201 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 47. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 38 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Williston.

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

        A good indicator of whether Williston 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 Williston has increased by 69%, while the property crime rate in Williston has increased by 60% year over year. The number of total crimes in Williston has increased by 62% year over year.

        Williston police department

        Item Williston North Dakota National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)44842558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.72.63.3
        There are a total of 44 Williston police officers. This results in 2.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 2% greater than the North Dakota average and 17.4% 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.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Epping, ND792091,4911,701
        Springbrook, ND142481,7672,015
        Williston, ND27,8124982,1522,650

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Reisterstown, MD27,8045102,0962,607
        Fridley, MN27,7894704,1454,615
        Old Bridge, NJ27,8362011,4001,600
        Slidell, LA27,7822682,8343,103
        Perry Hall, MD27,7784551,8712,326
        Williston, ND27,8124982,1522,650
        Source: The Williston, 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.