Is Pompano Beach Safe? Everything You Need To Know (Stats, Graphs And Maps)


is pompano beach safe

If you are thinking about visiting Pompano Beach and have some qualms about the safety of the city, we got you covered.

We are going to deep dive into the statistics, look at some maps, graphs and talk to the residents of the city to give you a better understanding of how safe Pompano Beach really is.

Is Pompano Beach Safe To Visit?

Statistically speaking, Pompano Beach is a moderately safe place to visit. It’s crime rate is not indicative of an unsafe city. In 2020, Pompano Beach had a violent crime rate of 747 per 100,000 people and is on par with cities like Miami, Atlanta and Jacksonville.

As a tourist, and assuming you will be going to the beach and doing normal touristy things, you should have absolutely no problem while visiting Pompano Beach.

Most of the crime in Pompano Beach occurs west of the US1 and away from places a tourist would want to see or visit.

Pompano Beach Crime Stats

Here’s a breakdown of all the crimes in the city for 2020 compared to 2019:

2019

2020

Percent Change

Homicide

8

19

138%

Rape

73

62

-15%

Robbery

317

244

-23%

Aggravated Assault

502

512

2%

Burglary

661

434

-34%

Larceny/Theft

3,058

2,237

-27%

Motor Vehicle Theft

558

471

-16%

Arson

8

13

63%

TOTALS

5185

3992

-23%

**All data is from the FBI Crime Data Explorer**

Pompano Beach’s Violent Crime Stats

In 2020 Pompano Beach reported 837 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 747.01 per 100,000 people.

  • The national average for violent crime is 398.5 per 100,000 residents. Pompano Beach’s violent crime rate is 1.9x greater than the national average.
  • Year over year violent crime has decreased by 7%.

Here’s a map showing you how violent crime has trended in Pompano Beach over a 30 year period.

  • Violent crime peaked in 1990 when there were 2,089 violent crimes reported and the city had a violent crime rate of roughly 2,886.36 per 100,000 people.
  • Violent crime has decreased over 60% from it’s 30-year high in 1990.

=violent crimes in pompano beach

*Violent crimes include; homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults and the violent crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.

Pompano Beach’s Property Crime Stats

In 2020 Pompano Beach reported 3,142 property crimes and had a property crime rate of 2,804.21 per 100,000 people.

  • The national average for property crime is 1958.2 per 100,000 residents. Pompano Beach’s property crime rate is 1.4x greater than the national average.
  • Pompano Beach’s property crime rate is 1.6x greater than the state average.
  • Year over year property crime in Pompano Beach has decreased by 36%.
  • Pompano Beach has a similar property crime rate to Anaheim, San Jose and Las Vegas.

Here’s a map showing you how property crime has trended in Pompano Beach over a 30 year period.

  • Property crime peaked in 1993 when there were 8,472 property crimes reported and the city had a property crime rate of roughly 11,296.00 per 100,000 people.
  • Property crime has decreased over 63% from it’s 30-year high in 1993.

property crimes in pompano beach

*Property crimes include; burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson and property crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.

Pompano Beach’s Murder Stats

In 2020, Pompano Beach reported 19 homicides, a 138% increase over 2019, where 8 homicides were reported.

  • 19 homicides is the most amount recorded in the last 30 years. The lowest was in 2001 when only 1 homicide was reported.
  • In 2020 Pompano Beach had a homicide rate of 16.9 per 100,000 people.
  • Pompano Beach’s murder rate is 2.6x greater than the national average.
  • Pompano Beach’s murder rate is 2.9x greater than the state average.
  • Pompano Beach has a similar homicide rate to cities like Daytona Beach, Toledo and Canton.

homicides in pompano beach

Pompano Beach vs The Rest Of Florida

Here’s a graph showing you the violent crime rates of the 14 most populous cities in Florida. Pompano Beach’s violent crime rate ranked 4th place among all the cities and is about 1.65x less than Daytona Beach, the city with the highest crime rate on the list.

pompano beach vs florida cities

Is Pompano Beach Safer Than Miami?

Statistically speaking, Pompano Beach is slightly more dangerous than Miami. Pompano Beach’s violent crime rate is 3.7% greater than Miami. However Miami does has a greater property crime rate than Miami.

Pompano Beach vs The Most Dangerous Cities in the United States

Here’s a list of the top 17 most dangerous cities in the United States ranked by violent crime rates. Pompano Beach’s violent crime rate is 3.2x less than Memphis, the most dangerous city on the list.

pompano beach vs most dangerous cities us

City

Number of violent crimes in 2020

Violent Crime Rate

Memphis

15,310

2,418.24

Detroit

14,370

2,248.44

St. Louis

6,017

1,995.17

Little Rock

3,657

1,805.11

South Bend

1,765

1,706.09

Cleveland

6,294

1,689.10

Milwaukee

9,407

1,629.70

Birmingham

3,166

1,577.22

Kansas City

7,919

1,558.58

Lansing

1,699

1,508.29

Springfield

2,545

1,504.35

Baltimore

8,552

1,404.20

San Bernardino

3,033

1,365.59

New Orleans

5,215

1,358.08

Albuquerque

7,552

1,337.68

Oakland

5,653

1,282.89

Stockton

4,023

1,254.04

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Pompano Beach

Here’s a great color coordinated map that shows you good and bad neighborhoods of Pompano Beach. Green sections are the nicest, red are the worst, blue are average and yellow should be seen in person before making a decision.

What do residents of Pompano Beach say about it’s safety?

  1. "Just stay east of Dixie Hwy and you should be fine."
  2. "The further east of 95 you are, the better."
  3. "Good rule of thumb in Pompano. Stay east of Cypress and south of Atlantic."
  4. "I have lived in Pompano Beach for a few years now with no problems. Something to keep in mind is that it gets nicer the further east you go."
  5. "Sick east of us1 if you want safe."
  6. "As long as you aren’t affiliated with gangs and don’t get involved with drugs, you will be fine."
  7. "The rough parts of Pompano are places you would want to visit."
  8. "Stick to the beach and stick to the tourist attractions and you should be fine."
  9. "Anything along A1A is pretty safe."

Is Pompano Beach Safe For Women?

Pompano Beach is safe for female solo travelers, as long as you learn the layout of the city, avoid problem areas, don’t walk alone at night and follow general precautionary measures.

Is Pompano Beach Safe From Hurricanes?

Pompano Beach is not safe from hurricanes and is actually very susceptible to them, because of its location on the south-eastern tip of Florida.

Since 1851, Broward County has been directly hit by 27 hurricanes and many more tropical storms.

On September 10, 2017, Pompano Beach was hit directly by Hurricane Irma, which necessitated evacuation of coastal areas of the city. The hurricane caused $3.5 million in private property damage to the city.

When is hurricane season in Pompano Beach?

Hurricane season in Pompano Beach officially runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The peak of hurricane season is mid-August to mid-October.

Is it safe to visit Pompano Beach during hurricane season?

It is safe to visit Pompano Beach during hurricane season, as long as you don’t visit when a hurricane is about to hit! Fortunately there is usually adequate warning when a hurricane is brewing in the area.

Check out https://www.nhc.noaa.gov before you visit. This is your best resource for tracking and monitoring storms. Another great website to check out is https://spaghettimodels.com.

Are There Alligators In Pompano Beach?

In the state of Florida, if there is fresh water then there is a great likelihood that there will be alligators lurking in it.

Most alligators tend to stay away from humans, however they will snatch your dog if given the chance. Keep your dogs away from canals, lakes, ponds and rivers where alligators live.

Luckily, they don’t live in the ocean (salt water), so you don’t have to worry about alligators stalking you when you swimming in the Atlantic.

Tips to stay safe while visiting Pompano Beach

  • Do you research before you arrive. Learn which parts of the city to avoid. Make sure you are not arriving when there is a hurricane about to touch down on the city.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Always keep the inside of your car clean and free of anything of value that a thief may want to steal.
  • Don’t entertain or acknowledge street shenanigans. Keep moving forward.
  • Walk with vigilance and don’t advertise your valuables.
  • Don’t share too much information with strangers. Never share your room number. If someone ask you where you are staying, give them vague answers or lie and tell them a different hotel.
  • Stop using your back pocket. Don’t leave your wallet or phone in there.
  • Don’t walk around alone at night. Use a ride sharing service or a taxi to get you to your destination.

A Few Things You Should Do While Visiting Pompano Beach

  • Charm City Burgers. The outside may look like a hole in the wall, but make no mistake, it has the best burgers and shakes in the area. The burger creations are crazy and the deserts are extremely over the top in an awesome way.
  • Butterfly World – It’s really a transcendental experience to have countless birds and butterflies flying all around you.
  • Tom Jenkins BBQ – Hands down, one of the best bbq places in the area.
  • Pompano Beach Pier – A proper place to watch the sunset

How Dangerous Is Pompano Beach?

Pompano Beach is not dangerous on the level of Detroit or Baltimore, nor is it safe on the level Cape Coral or Pembroke Pines. It sits comfortably in the middle.

If you have never left the confines of a suburbian bubble, you might find Pompano Beach outside of your comfort zone. However most travelers can agree that Pompano Beach is a relatively safe place to visit.

Quick Facts About Pompano Beach

Fact

Pompano Beach, Florida

United States

Population, Census, April 1, 2020

112,046

331,449,281

Population, Census, April 1, 2010

99,845

308,745,538

Black or African American alone, percent

32.2%

13.4%

American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent

0.2%

1.3%

Asian alone, percent

1.1%

5.9%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent

0.0%

0.2%

Two or More Races, percent

3.0%

2.8%

Hispanic or Latino, percent

22.5%

18.5%

White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent

42.3%

60.1%

Foreign born persons, percent, 2015-2019

29.3%

13.6%

Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019

$213,700.00

$217,500.00

Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2015-2019

$1,591.00

$1,595.00

Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2015-2019

$626.00

$500.00

Median gross rent, 2015-2019

$1,265.00

$1,062.00

Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2015-2019

37.7%

21.6%

High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019

82.4%

88.0%

Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019

25.1%

32.1%

Persons  without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent

25.1%

10.2%

In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019

59.8%

63.0%

Median household income (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019

$49,518.00

$62,843.00

Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019

$28,708.00

$34,103.00

Persons in poverty, percent

19.2%

11.4%

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