San Jose Crime Rates And Crime Stats For 2022


Lets deep dive into the some statistics, look at crime rates and graphs and see how safe or dangerous San Jose really is.

What is San Jose’s Crime Rate?

In 2021 San Jose had a crime rate of 478.27 per 100,000 residents. San Jose’s crime rate is 20% greater than the national average and is on par with cities like San Diego, Austin and New York.

Here’s a table showing you San Jose’s crime rate over the past 5 years.

Population

Violent Crime

San Jose’s Crime Rate

2017

1,032,136

4,188

405.76

2018

1,030,119

4,444

431.41

2019

1,021,795

4,559

446.18

2020

1,013,240

4,375

431.78

2021

1,010,302

4,832

478.27

Here’s a scale to give you some perspective on San Jose’s violent crime rate:

San Jose crime rate

Does San Jose have a high crime rate?

San Jose does not have a high crime rate. It’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation for a city of its size.

San Jose’s Crime Rate Breakdown

Violent Crime Rate

In 2021, San Jose reported 4,832 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 478.27 per 100,000 residents. Violent crimes include; homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults.

Year over year violent crime has increased by 10.46%.

You have a 1 in 209 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in San Jose.

Here’s a graph showing you how violent crime has trended in San Jose over a 12 year period. Violent crime was at its lowest level in 2011 and has increased nearly 50% since then.

violent crimes in San Jose graph

Murder Rate

In 2021, San Jose reported 31 murders and had a murder rate of 3.07 per 100,000 residents. San Jose’s murder rate is 53% less than the national average.

Year over year murders has decreased 22.5%.

You have a 1 in 32,590 chance of becoming a victim of murder in San Jose.

Here’s a graph showing you how murders have trended over the last 12 years in San Jose.

Homicides in San Jose graph

Here’s a table you showing the murder rates of 15 major cities in the United States. San Jose murder rate and is comparable to cities like Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Murder Rate

Philadelphia

35.4

Milwaukee 33.53

Washington D.C.

32.2

Chicago

29.3

Oakland

28.6

Houston

20.3

Dallas

16.1

Phoenix

11.5

Portland

11

Los Angeles

10.6

Las Vegas

8.7

Austin 8.5

San Francisco

6.3

New York

5.7

San Diego

4.1

San Jose

3.1

Property Crime Rate

In 2021 San Jose reported 22,244 property crimes and had a property crime rate of 2,201.72 per 100,000 residents. San Jose’s property crime rate is 12% greater the national average. Property crimes include; burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Year over year property crime has decreased by 6.72%.

You have a 1 in 45 chance of becoming a victim of property crime in San Jose.

Here’s a graph showing you how property crime has trended in San Jose over a 12 year period.

property crimes in San Jose graph

San Jose’s crime rate vs other cities in California (2020)

Here’s how San Jose’s crime rate compared to other cities in California. San Jose had one of the lowest crime rates of all cities listed.

 

Population

Violent Crimes (2020)

Violent Crime Rate (2020)

Oakland

440,646

5,937

1,347.34

Stockton

320,804

4023

1,254.04

Los Angeles

3,898,747

28,359

727.39

Sacramento

524,943

3547

675.69

Fresno

542,107

3560

656.70

San Francisco

873,965

4867

556.89

Long Beach

466,742

2343

501.99

Bakersfield

403,455

2007

497.45

San Jose

1,013,240

4375

431.78

San Diego

1,386,932

5303

382.35

Anaheim

346,824

1241

357.82

San Jose’s Crime Rate Comparison

Here’s a list of the top 22 most dangerous cities in the United States ranked by crime rates. San Jose’s crime rate is 6 times less than Monroe, the most dangerous city in the U.S.

San Jose crime rate vs most dangerous cities us

How are San Jose’s crime rates calculated?

Crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.

For example, in 2021 there were 31 murders in San Jose and the population was 1,010,302. This equals a murder rate of 3.07 per 100,000 residents.

San Jose’s Crime Statistics

OFFENSES

2020

2021

% CHANGE

Homicide

40

31

-22.50%

Rape

566

730

28.98%

Robbery

1,185

1,284

8.35%

Aggravated Assault

2,584

2,787

7.86%

Total Violent Crimes

4,375

4,832

10.46%

Burglary

4,045

3,812

-5.76%

Larceny

12,737

12,013

-5.68%

Vehicle Theft

7,065

6,419

-9.14%

Total Property Crimes

23,847

22,244

-6.72%

GRAND TOTAL:

28,222

27,076

-4.06%

*All data is from the San Jose Police Department and the FBI UCR*

How much has crime increased in San Jose?

In 2021, San Jose reported 27,076 total crimes, which is a 4% decrease over 2020.

In 2021, San Jose reported 4,832 violent crimes, which is a 10.46% increase over 2020.

In 2021, San Jose reported 31 murders, which is a 22.5% decrease over 2020.

In 2021, San Jose reported 22,244 property crimes, which is a 6.72 decrease over 2020.

Facts about San Jose

  • The population of San Jose in 2021 is 1,010,302 and is the 10th most populous city in the United States.
  • The city covers a land area of 178.24 square miles.
  • The median age of the city is 35.2 years old.
  • The median income for a household in the city was $117,324. The per capita income for the city was $49,207.
  • 8.3% of the population live below the poverty line.
  • 85.0% of residents 25 and older is a high school graduate. 44.8% of residents 25 and older has a bachelors degree or higher.
  • The median home price in San Jose is $1.3M in 2022.
  • In 2022, the average rent for a San Jose 2-bedroom apartment is $3,029.

Mariska Lee

Mariska is a recovering attorney who gave up her professional job to discover new perspectives of life while traveling in a 2009 Ford Transit. She has been living the van life for 3 years and has not looked back since.

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