Vancouver and Los Angeles are two of the most popular cities on the western coast of North America, many people being interested in visiting them or even purchasing a residence there. However, many people may be surprised to find out that the crime rate of Vancouver is comparable to that of Los Angeles – one of the biggest crime cities in America. Before considering moving to these two cities to be aware of the crime rates citizens face living there. At the end of the day there is one question which remains: Which city is safer to live in; Vancouver or Los Angeles?
Crime rate in Vancouver
Being the host of Olympic Winter Sports 2010, Vancouver gathers over 600,000 residents according to a recent census and is also the biggest Canadian city asides from Toronto. It has a population density of 4,34 persons/km2. However, the crime rate in Vancouver is also alarming, with an average of 43 crimes taking place for each 1,000 residents. Out of these 39 are property crimes and 4 are violent crimes.
Over 7,000 crimes take place in Vancouver every year, 6,400 of them being property crimes and almost 600 being violent crimes. Out of the total of 593 violent crimes 343 are attributed to Assault, 172 to Robberies, 73 to Rape and 5 to Murder. In terms of crime rate Vancouver is considered to be slightly unsafer than Washington, which registers more violent crimes but has a wider density of population (over 5.4 million inhabitants). In Vancouver 139 crimes take place per square mile as opposed to 57 in Washington.
Vancouver has a crime index of 13/100 (is safer than 13% of U.S. cities).
Crime rate in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the biggest city in California and the 2nd biggest in U.S. It registers over 4 million inhabitants and has a population density of 1,086 persons/km2. The crime rate is slightly lower than that of Vancouver, with 28 crimes per each 1,000 residents. Out of these 23 are property crimes and 5 are violent crimes.
Over 107,000 crimes take place in Los Angeles every year, 89,000 of them being property crimes and 18,600 violent crimes. Out of the total of 18,600 crimes one can distinguish 8,360 assaults, 9,010 robberies, 953 rapes and 299 murders. Los Angeles also has an alarming rate of 213 crimes per square mile, number which is higher than that of Vancouver, Washington and even California. “Although the famous LAPD is taking action in arresting criminals and turning the city into a safer place, it is not uncommon to be wrongfully accused of a crime in LA.” says criminal defense attorney and specialist Seppi Esfandi.
Los Angeles has a crime index of 28/100 (is safer than 28% of U.S. cities).
Which city is safer?
Although both cities can be deemed as unsafe due to their current crime rates, Los Angeles has a slight advantage in front of Vancouver due to its better crime spread. Los Angeles has more inhabitants, but the number of crimes per year is lower if we are to report to the amount of citizens. The number of violent crimes is mostly the same in terms of volume, but Los Angeles registers more crimes per square mile.