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Santa Cruz County, CA | Crime Rates

Santa Cruz is a county located in CA, and has a population of 131,264. This region is policed by SANTA CRUZ COUNTY.

Santa Cruz County has an overall crime rate of 2,349 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 Santa Cruz County is 1 in 43 if you reside there for a year.

The average overall crime rate for Santa Cruz County for the previous 2 years was 2,456 per 100,000 residents. This means that the crime rate for Santa Cruz County 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) Santa Cruz USA
Crime Rate (Overall) 2,349 4,506
Murder Rate 2.1 6
Robbery Rate 27 148
Rape Rate 26 30
Assault Rate 540 644
Burglary Rate 696 726
Forced Entry Rate 360 417
Larceny Rate 1,053 2,185
Auto Theft Rate 5 362

Policing Statistics

Santa Cruz USA
Overall Clearance 24% 28%
Homicide Clearance 95% 56%
Assault Clearance 69% 52%
Rape Clearance 35% 38%
Robbery Clearance 52% 23%
Burglary Clearance 9% 12%
Larceny Clearance 9% 18%
Auto Theft Clearance 40% 12%

Sex Offenders

Of the 730,000 sex offenders in the United States, there are a total of 77 sex offender(s) in Santa Cruz County. On a per capita basis, there are approximately 59 sex offender(s) per 100,000 people in Santa Cruz County. 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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