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Palo Alto, CA | Crime Rates

Palo Alto is a region located in CA, and has a population of 65,160. This region is policed by PALO ALTO POLICE DEPARTMENT.

Palo Alto has an overall crime rate of 2,178 per 100,000 residents. This is one of the safest regions in the United States. This means that your chances of becoming a victim of any type of crime in Palo Alto is 1 in 46 if you reside there for a year.

The average overall crime rate for Palo Alto for the previous 2 years was 2,829 per 100,000 residents. This means that the crime rate for Palo Alto has been decreasing over time.

Below are its crime rates and policing statistics according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR). For more specific crime statistics (NIBRS) for many US cities & counties, see Offense Statistics.

Crime Rates

(per 100,000) Palo Alto USA
Crime Rate (Overall) 2,178 4,506
Murder Rate N/A 6
Robbery Rate 37 148
Rape Rate 5 30
Assault Rate 221 644
Burglary Rate 439 726
Forced Entry Rate 210 417
Larceny Rate 1,417 2,185
Auto Theft Rate 60 362

Policing Statistics

Palo Alto USA
Overall Clearance 14% 28%
Homicide Clearance N/A 56%
Assault Clearance 30% 52%
Rape Clearance 20% 38%
Robbery Clearance 35% 23%
Burglary Clearance 7% 12%
Larceny Clearance 13% 18%
Auto Theft Clearance 0% 12%

Sex Offenders

Of the 730,000 sex offenders in the United States, there are a total of 20 sex offender(s) in Palo Alto. On a per capita basis, there are approximately 31 sex offender(s) per 100,000 people in Palo Alto. This is compared to the nation-wide average of 240 sex offenders per 100,000 people.

To search the official state sex offender registry for California see

Data estimated from arrests & clearances from a sample from the Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice. Washington, D.C. 2011. If missing data exist, these figures will tend to underestimate the true figures. is not responsible for the currency or accuracy of this data.

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