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Crime rate in Bellingham, Washington (WA): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Bellingham, WA compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Bellingham, WA

The 2018 crime rate in Bellingham, WA is 245 (City-Data.com crime index), which is comparable to the U.S. average. It was higher than in 76.0% U.S. cities. The 2018 Bellingham crime rate fell by 24% compared to 2017. In the last 5 years Bellingham has seen decline of violent crime and decreasing property crime.
See how dangerous Bellingham, WA is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Bellingham:

244.7
Ferndale:

131.9
Everson:

45.1
Lynden:

120.9
Anacortes:

166.6
Sumas:

50.4
Sedro-Woolley:

145.8
Burlington:

435.8
Blaine:

257.4
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Bellingham by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
3
(4.1)
0
(0.0)
2
(2.6)
2
(2.5)
2
(2.5)
2
(2.5)
1
(1.2)
0
(0.0)
1
(1.2)
1
(1.2)
0
(0.0)
2
(2.3)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
28
(37.8)
33
(43.5)
29
(38.0)
23
(29.2)
37
(46.1)
37
(45.6)
35
(42.6)
29
(35.1)
55
(66.2)
47
(56.0)
61
(70.9)
56
(63.2)
34
(37.7)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
53
(71.6)
76
(100.2)
58
(76.0)
59
(74.9)
48
(59.8)
73
(90.0)
55
(66.9)
53
(64.1)
64
(77.1)
45
(53.6)
47
(54.6)
73
(82.3)
53
(58.8)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
90
(121.7)
87
(114.7)
98
(128.5)
97
(123.1)
84
(104.7)
170
(209.5)
108
(131.5)
138
(166.9)
100
(120.4)
121
(144.1)
116
(134.9)
127
(143.3)
117
(129.7)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
709
(958.4)
791
(1,043)
696
(912.3)
641
(813.4)
651
(811.3)
589
(725.9)
646
(786.3)
614
(742.8)
726
(874.2)
543
(646.6)
751
(873.2)
552
(622.7)
459
(508.8)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
4,555
(6,157)
4,267
(5,627)
4,087
(5,357)
3,515
(4,460)
3,547
(4,420)
2,931
(3,612)
2,961
(3,604)
3,223
(3,899)
3,808
(4,585)
3,362
(4,004)
3,709
(4,313)
3,435
(3,875)
2,722
(3,017)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
309
(417.7)
276
(364.0)
239
(313.3)
202
(256.3)
143
(178.2)
133
(163.9)
131
(159.5)
138
(166.9)
165
(198.7)
162
(192.9)
283
(329.1)
164
(185.0)
165
(182.9)
Arson
(per 100,000)
24
(32.4)
20
(26.4)
31
(40.6)
23
(29.2)
17
(21.2)
6
(7.4)
7
(8.5)
5
(6.0)
2
(2.4)
1
(1.2)
18
(20.9)
10
(11.3)
5
(5.5)
City-Data.com crime index431.0415.1387.4331.4328.6318.7294.9302.0363.1312.9360.1321.8244.7

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 274.0. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

- means the value is smaller than the state average.
- means the value is about the same as the state average.
- means the value is bigger than the state average.
- means the value is much bigger than the state average.



According to our research of Washington and other state lists, there were 105 registered sex offenders living in Bellingham, Washington as of October 30, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Bellingham is 834 to 1.



Violent crime rate in 2018
Bellingham:

131.9
U.S. Average:

207.3

Violent crime rate in 2017
Bellingham:

180.5
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Bellingham:

165.7
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Bellingham:

157.2
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Bellingham:

167.4
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2012
Bellingham:

150.6
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
Bellingham:

144.2
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Bellingham:

200.3
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Bellingham:

133.3
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Bellingham:

133.2
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Bellingham:

145.5
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Bellingham:

151.0
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Bellingham:

142.6
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Bellingham:

108.8
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
Bellingham:

110.7
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Bellingham:

102.2
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2018
Bellingham:

280.1
U.S. Average:

189.3

Property crime rate in 2017
Bellingham:

346.0
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Bellingham:

439.6
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Bellingham:

358.4
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Bellingham:

433.9
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2012
Bellingham:

368.5
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
Bellingham:

361.4
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Bellingham:

350.4
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Bellingham:

410.0
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Bellingham:

424.2
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Bellingham:

497.3
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Bellingham:

544.6
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Bellingham:

562.2
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Bellingham:

454.5
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
Bellingham:

416.1
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Bellingham:

402.9
U.S. Average:

336.9
Murders per 100,000 population
Rapes per 100,000 population
Robberies per 100,000 population
Assaults per 100,000 population
Burglaries per 100,000 population
Thefts per 100,000 population
Auto thefts per 100,000 population
Arson per 100,000 population

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 174 (115 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.27
Washington average:

1.42

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 176 (117 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.32
Washington average:

1.44

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 174 (113 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.31
Washington average:

1.43

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 167 (112 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.33
Washington average:

1.41

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 165 (112 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.35
Washington average:

1.43

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 154 (107 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.29
Washington average:

1.46

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 157 (110 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.33
Washington average:

1.46

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 160 (109 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.33
Washington average:

1.52

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 154 (110 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.36
Washington average:

1.58

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 157 (110 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.37
Washington average:

1.62

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 162 (111 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.41
Washington average:

1.65

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 161 (111 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.45
Washington average:

1.60

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 158 (109 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.62
Washington average:

1.61

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 156 (104 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.55
Washington average:

1.61

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 157 (106 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.58
Washington average:

1.59

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 161 (107 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.59
Washington average:

1.62

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Bellingham, WA
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 98225, 98226.