Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleYakima/100k peopleWashington/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,615n/a (estimate)3,7553,7322,324
Violent crime589n/a (estimate)612376370
Vehicle theft506n/a525.6639.3282.7
Property crime3,026n/a (estimate)3,1433,3561,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Yakima, WA

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 Yakima crime rate is higher than the national average by 61.6%. Specifically, there were 589 violent crimes in Yakima, equivalent to 612 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 65.5%. Furthermore, Yakima recorded 3026 property crimes, amounting to 3143 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 60.8%.

Although murder rates are essentially half of what they used to be 30+ years ago, some cities still struggle with higher rates than others. Yakima is one of those cities. In the last reported crime year, there were a total of 12 murders in Yakima, which equates to 12 murders per 100,000 people. This results in Yakima being a very dangerous place to live.

The occurrence of vehicle thefts has been increasing nationwide, and Yakima faces one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the United States. In the latest reported crime year, there were a reported 506 vehicle thefts, translating to 526 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places Yakima in the bottom 10% among all cities, signifying that 90% of cities have less stolen vehicles. The likelihood of experiencing a vehicle theft is 1 in 191.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Yakima?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Yakima. Based on the results of the surveys (146 responses), 14% of people felt that there was very little crime in Yakima and felt safe walking alone at night. While 86% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Yakima a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Yakima 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, Yakima has an overall crime rate that is 62% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 9.9 daily occurrences, comprising 1.61 violent crimes and 8.29 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Yakima as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Yakima Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Yakima. 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 Yakima has increased by 6.3%. Specifically, violent crime has increased by 14.4%, while property crime has increased by 4.9%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Yakima.

Potential Causes for Crime in Yakima

Limited employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-wage jobs can result in higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Regions where individuals grapple with joblessness or meager wages may exhibit greater vulnerability to an uptick in crime due to financial instability. While areas that have strong employment rates, often will see a reduction in overall crime. Yakima, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 3.7%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

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 Yakima crime rates. The population density in Yakima is 3374.5 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

In Yakima, the median home price stands at $182,900, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

Yakima crime map

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

      • Yakima crime rates are 62% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Yakima are 65% higher than the national average
      • In Yakima you have a 1 in 27 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Yakima is safer than 11% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Yakima has increased by 4%

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        Daily Crime In Yakima (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Yakima, Washington is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Yakima are 1.01 times more than the Washington average and 1.62 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Yakima are 1.63 times more than than Washington and 1.65 times more than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Yakima are 1.07 times less than than Washington and 1.61 times more than the national average.

        How Safe is Yakima (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Yakima in comparison to other Washington communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Yakima safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Yakima being safer than 14% of cities in Washington and 11% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Washington cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Yakima. In conclusion, Yakima ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Yakima

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Yakima is 1 in 164
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Yakima is 1 in 32
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Yakima is 1 in 27
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Yakima, Washington? If you reside in Yakima, then there is a 1 in 164 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 32. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 27 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Yakima.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Yakima 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 Yakima has increased by 13% and the rate of property crime in Yakima has increased by 3%. The total crime rate in Yakima has increased by 4% year to year.

        Yakima police department

        Item Yakima Washington National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1818,169558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.92.23.3
        There are a total of 181 Yakima police officers. This results in 1.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 10.6% less than the Washington average and 40.4% 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
        Summitview, WA1,89283740823
        Moxee, WA4,111227771998
        Gleed, WA3,0061921,7141,907
        Tieton, WA2,0532091,8622,071
        Buena, WA8452111,8842,095
        Ahtanum, WA3,7012262,0212,247
        Selah, WA7,9571212,2042,325
        Yakima, WA93,8296123,1433,755

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        Livonia, MI93,9702451,7261,971
        Lawton, OK93,5358372,0722,910
        Concord, NC94,1471069841,090
        Fishers, IN93,48878750828
        Yakima, WA93,8296123,1433,755
        Source: The Yakima, 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.