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Crime rate in West Palm Beach, Florida (FL): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in West Palm Beach, FL compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in West Palm Beach, FL

The 2019 crime rate in West Palm Beach, FL is 427 (City-Data.com crime index), which is 1.6 times greater than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 92.8% U.S. cities. The 2019 West Palm Beach crime rate fell by 11% compared to 2018. The number of homicides stood at 17 - a decrease of 10 compared to 2018. In the last 5 years West Palm Beach has seen decline of violent crime and decreasing property crime.
See how dangerous West Palm Beach, FL is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
West Palm Beach:

426.9
Palm Beach:

72.6
Mangonia Park:

844.1
Lake Clarke Shores:

77.9
Riviera Beach:

485.9
Palm Beach Shores:

117.4
Palm Springs:

337.8
Lake Park:

687.4
Lake Worth:

486.2
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in West Palm Beach by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
17
(17.1)
12
(11.8)
18
(17.9)
19
(18.9)
19
(18.8)
14
(13.8)
17
(16.6)
15
(14.6)
15
(14.6)
22
(21.0)
10
(9.3)
25
(22.8)
27
(24.2)
17
(15.1)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
46
(46.4)
43
(42.4)
47
(46.8)
42
(41.7)
49
(48.4)
48
(47.4)
31
(30.3)
29
(28.3)
45
(43.7)
50
(47.7)
71
(65.7)
66
(60.3)
77
(69.0)
79
(70.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
574
(579.0)
574
(566.5)
446
(444.1)
376
(373.2)
264
(260.7)
235
(232.0)
334
(326.1)
281
(274.1)
326
(316.4)
277
(264.0)
333
(308.1)
322
(294.2)
354
(317.0)
304
(269.5)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
537
(541.6)
529
(522.1)
456
(454.0)
468
(464.5)
457
(451.3)
472
(466.0)
439
(428.6)
376
(366.8)
463
(449.4)
575
(548.0)
540
(499.7)
493
(450.4)
568
(508.7)
459
(406.9)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
1,591
(1,605)
1,594
(1,573)
1,445
(1,439)
1,291
(1,281)
1,246
(1,230)
1,354
(1,337)
1,289
(1,259)
1,024
(998.9)
929
(901.7)
780
(743.4)
946
(875.3)
847
(773.8)
578
(517.6)
464
(411.4)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
4,775
(4,816)
4,748
(4,686)
3,887
(3,870)
3,645
(3,617)
3,415
(3,372)
3,685
(3,638)
3,801
(3,711)
3,453
(3,368)
3,567
(3,462)
3,670
(3,498)
4,100
(3,794)
3,907
(3,569)
3,290
(2,946)
3,314
(2,938)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
966
(974.4)
913
(901.1)
513
(510.8)
429
(425.8)
391
(386.1)
344
(339.6)
314
(306.6)
386
(376.5)
292
(283.4)
643
(612.9)
553
(511.7)
521
(476.0)
381
(341.2)
453
(401.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
6
(6.1)
13
(12.8)
20
(19.9)
11
(10.9)
17
(16.8)
13
(12.8)
21
(20.5)
21
(20.5)
23
(22.3)
16
(15.2)
23
(21.3)
27
(24.7)
20
(17.9)
18
(16.0)
City-Data.com crime index736.4701.7593.7544.3496.6494.7502.0442.3473.1509.9517.4507.3481.8426.9

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. 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 Florida and other state lists, there were 289 registered sex offenders living in West Palm Beach, Florida as of September 27, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in West Palm Beach is 375 to 1.



Violent crime rate in 2019
West Palm Beach:

438.4
U.S. Average:

205.8

Violent crime rate in 2018
West Palm Beach:

530.2
U.S. Average:

208.2

Violent crime rate in 2017
West Palm Beach:

478.3
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
West Palm Beach:

488.1
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
West Palm Beach:

495.6
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
West Palm Beach:

455.7
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
West Palm Beach:

378.0
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
West Palm Beach:

440.8
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
West Palm Beach:

424.1
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
West Palm Beach:

441.9
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
West Palm Beach:

498.2
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
West Palm Beach:

531.7
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
West Palm Beach:

610.4
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
West Palm Beach:

641.0
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
West Palm Beach:

696.4
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
West Palm Beach:

527.2
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
West Palm Beach:

508.3
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
West Palm Beach:

521.6
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2019
West Palm Beach:

289.4
U.S. Average:

178.6

Property crime rate in 2018
West Palm Beach:

302.0
U.S. Average:

190.2

Property crime rate in 2017
West Palm Beach:

404.6
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
West Palm Beach:

441.5
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
West Palm Beach:

415.5
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
West Palm Beach:

396.0
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
West Palm Beach:

424.7
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
West Palm Beach:

483.2
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
West Palm Beach:

500.2
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
West Palm Beach:

472.6
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
West Palm Beach:

501.0
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
West Palm Beach:

557.9
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
West Palm Beach:

684.1
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
West Palm Beach:

707.9
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
West Palm Beach:

714.4
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
West Palm Beach:

612.6
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
West Palm Beach:

628.8
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
West Palm Beach:

696.4
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 2019, including police officers: 377 (285 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.53
Florida average:

2.14

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 377 (287 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.57
Florida average:

2.08

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 357 (268 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.45
Florida average:

2.17

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 365 (278 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.57
Florida average:

2.38

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 366 (276 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.63
Florida average:

2.41

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 363 (274 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.66
Florida average:

2.30

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 349 (261 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.55
Florida average:

2.45

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 357 (264 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.58
Florida average:

2.46

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 359 (271 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.68
Florida average:

2.39

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 372 (280 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.76
Florida average:

2.45

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 397 (294 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.92
Florida average:

2.48

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 403 (303 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.02
Florida average:

2.48

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 409 (305 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.01
Florida average:

2.47

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 390 (287 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.50
Florida average:

2.54

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 378 (277 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.37
Florida average:

2.40

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 388 (281 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.42
Florida average:

2.53

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 376 (272 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.31
Florida average:

2.55

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in West Palm Beach, FL
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 33401, 33405.