Is Hermosa Beach Safe? (Crime Rates And Crime Stats)


When people think of California, they think of beaches, surfing volleyball, carefree summers and chill vibes and Hermosa Beach is most direct translation of that sentiment.

If you are thinking about visiting Hermosa Beach and have qualms about the safety of the city, we got you covered. We deep dived into the statistics, crime rates and talked to the residents of the city to give you a better understanding of how safe the safe the city really is.

Is Hermosa Beach safe?

is hermosa beach safe

Statistically speaking, Hermosa Beach is a very safe city as indicated by its crime rates. In 2020, Hermosa Beach had a violent crime rate of 238.24 per 100,000 residents, which is 40% less than the national average.

Here’s a scale to give you some perspective on Hermosa Beach’s crime rate

hermosa beach crime rate

Hermosa Beach Crime Rates And Crime Stats

The most recent, complete set of crime statistics comes from the FBI UCR and cross referenced with the Hermosa Beach PD and are for 2019 and 2020:

Hermosa Beach police reported a total of 523 offenses in 2020, compared with 504 in 2019, which is a 4 percent year-over-year increase.

2019

2020

Percent Change

Homicide

0

0

Rape

7

5

-29%

Robbery

9

12

33%

Aggravated Assault

35

30

-14%

Violent Crime Total

51

47

-8%

Burglary

97

123

27%

Larceny/Theft

326

298

-9%

Motor Vehicle Theft

26

54

108%

Arson

4

1

-75%

Property Crimes Total

453

476

5%

TOTAL

504

523

4%

Violent Crime Rate

In 2020 Hermosa Beach reported 47 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 238.24 per 100,000 residents. Hermosa Beach’s violent crime rate is 40% less than the national average.

Year over year violent crime decreased 8%.

You have a 1 in 420 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Hermosa Beach.

Violent crimes include; homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults.

Property Crime Rate

In 2020 Hermosa Beach reported 476 property crimes and had a property crime rate of 2,412.81 per 100,000 residents. Hermosa Beach’s property crime rate is 23% greater than the national average.

Year over year property crime increased 5%.

You have a 1 in 41 chance of becoming a victim of property crime in Hermosa Beach.

Property crimes include; burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Murder Rate

In 2020 Hermosa Beach reported 0 murders and had a murder rate of 0 per 100,000 residents.

Hermosa Beach’s crime rate vs other cities in California (2020)

Here’s how Hermosa Beach’s crime rate compared to other cities in California. Hermosa Beach had the lowest crime rate of all cities listed.

 

Population

Violent Crime Rate (2020)

Oakland

440,646

1,347.34

Stockton

320,804

1,254.04

Los Angeles

3,898,747

727.39

Sacramento

524,943

675.69

Fresno

542,107

656.70

San Francisco

873,965

556.89

Long Beach

466,742

501.99

Bakersfield

403,455

497.45

San Jose

1,013,240

431.78

San Diego

1,386,932

382.35

Anaheim

346,824

357.82

Hermosa Beach

19,728 238.24

Hermosa Beach’s Crime Rate Comparison

Here’s a list of the top 23 most dangerous cities in the United States ranked by violent crime rates. Hermosa Beach’s violent crime rate is 12 times less than Monroe, Louisiana, the most dangerous city on the list.

City

Population

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000 people

Monroe

47,702

2,932.79

Memphis

633,104

2,418.24

Atlantic City

38,497

2,335.25

Saginaw

44,202

2,327.95

Detroit

639,111

2,248.44

St. Louis

301,578

1,995.17

Alexandria

45,275

1,877.42

Pine Bluff

41,253

1,808.35

Little Rock

202,591

1,805.11

Milwaukee

577,222

1,733.13

South Bend

103,453

1,706.09

Cleveland

372,624

1,689.10

Camden

71,791

1,632.52

Birmingham

200,733

1,577.22

Kansas City

508,090

1,558.58

Baltimore

585,708

1,460.11

Albuquerque

564,559

1,406.41

Chattanooga

181,099

1,382.67

San Bernardino

222,101

1,365.59

New Orleans

383,997

1,358.08

Oakland

440,646

1,347.34

Hermosa Beach

19,728 238.24

Hermosa Beach Crime Map

Here’s a crime map showing you all the locations of all the violent crime in Hermosa Beach from 6/10/2021 – 6/10/2021.

The red icon indicates aggravated assaults and the blue icons indicated a robbery.

hermosa beach crime map

Is the Hermosa Beach Pier safe?

is hermosa beach safe

The Hermosa Beach pier is a very safe area during the day and at night. There is usually a good amount of people and police around. The only thing you really have to worry about are drunk people stumbling out of bars being obnoxious and possibly trying to pick fights.

Is the public transportation in Hermosa Beach safe?

The public transportation system in Hermosa Beach is handled by the Beach Cities Transit, which offers many routes that interweave throughout the entire city.

The Hermosa Beach Bus is generally a safe option to use during while visiting the city.

Is Hermosa Beach safe at night?

Hermosa Beach is generally a safe city at night. The only areas you should avoid going at night are under freeways where homeless people camped out.

You should also stay in well lit areas and avoid walking through desolate areas at night.

Is Hermosa Beach safe for a solo traveler?

Hermosa Beach is safe for all travelers, including female solo travelers!

If you visit Hermosa Beach alone you’ll be plenty safe if you practice common sense when it comes to safety (i.e. avoid walking alone at night, locking up your vehicles, and keeping an eye on your things belongings).

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

  1. Hermosa is pretty dang safe. It is slightly nicer than Redondo, but not as nice as Manhattan Beach.
  2. Hermosa is safe. The biggest danger here are drunk bros trying to fight you at a bar.
  3. I’ve lived here for a few years now and I’ve always felt safe. It’s a very affluent area with little to no serious crime.
  4. If Hermosa Beach ain’t safe, nowhere is safe.
  5. Hermosa is one of the safest neighborhoods in LA. It’s not crime free but it doesn’t suffer from the abundance of serious crimes in places more inland.
  6. Most crime in Hermosa are dumbasses at the pier trying to start fights after having one too many drinks.
  7. Hermosa is super clean and super safe. Nothing really to worry about here. Just bring sunscreen so you don’t get burnt in the summers.

Tips to stay safe while visiting Hermosa Beach

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Don’t walk around with your head buried in your phone or headphones.
  • Always keep an eye on your drink. Don’t accept drink from strangers and if you do, make sure it comes directly from the bartender.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain sight in your car. Take them with you or put it in the trunk.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings while at the beach.
  • Trust your gut. Walk away if something or someone doesn’t give you a good feeling.
  • Walk away from people trying to start a fight. Nothing good comes from beating up a drunk person.

Facts about Hermosa Beach, CA

  • The population of Hermosa Beach in 2020 was 19,728.
  • The city covers a land area of 1.43 sq mi.
  • The median age was 37 years.
  • 97.9% of residents 25 and older is a high school graduate. 77% of residents 25 and older has a bachelors degree or higher.
  • The median income for a household in the city was $142,500. The per capita income for the city was $96,152.
  • 4.2% of the population live below the poverty line.
  • The median home value in Hermosa Beach is $2.2M in 2022.
  • In 2022, the average rent for a Hermosa Beach 2-bedroom apartment is $4,500.

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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