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Nueces County Crime Statistics


According to recent statistics, the crime rate for Nueces County is slightly higher than the average crime rate for a county of that size in the United States. Nueces County is also in the 39th percentile for safety, which means that 61% of counties are safer and 39% of them are more dangerous. But, this analysis only applies to its proper boundaries. The annual crime rate for Nueces County is 39.26 per 1,000 residents, and people typically consider the south part of the county to be the safest. If you live in the northern neighborhoods, you have a 1 in 15 chance of being the victim of a crime. But, you have a 1 in 46 chance if you live in the south side.

More crime-related issues show up in certain places (such as airports, parks, and schools). Because of the large number of people in those places and the low-population areas that exist nearby, major airports always look like high-crime locations. Parks and designated recreational areas also have the same problem. But, out of the 355,697 people who live in Nueces County, few of them live near these areas. Crime rates in the county may appear higher in those places, because they get a lot of visitors. This can be true even for parks that are considered safe. Crimes typically occur where people congregate, whether they live there or not. That’s why you need to look at the broader picture by analyzing nearby destinations where people may be visiting.

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Overall Crime Rates in Nueces County

Here are the individual rates for violent crimes in Nueces County:

  • 2.787 assaults per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 1.077 robberies per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 0.5237 rapes per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 0.0375 murders per 1,000 residents in a standard year.

There are a total of 4.425 violent crimes being committed per 1,000 residents in a standard year (compared to 26.2 per 1,000 residents in 2017). Here are the individual property crime rates for Nueces County:

  • 12.70 thefts per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 3.062 vehicle thefts per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 5.179 burglaries per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 0.1368 arsons per 1,000 residents in a standard year.

There are a total of 21.07 property crimes being committed per 1,000 residents in a standard year (compared to 46.1 per 1,000 residents in 2017). The individual rates for other crimes for Nueces County are as follows:

  • 0.1305 kidnappings per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 5.750 drug crimes committed per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 7.166 acts of vandalism committed per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 0.6879 acts of identity theft committed per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 0.0256 acts of animal cruelty committed per 1,000 residents in a standard year.

Compared to its surrounding counties, the crime rate for Nueces County is lower. But, it’s still less safe than other counties of the same size.

Overall Crime Rates for the City of Corpus Christi

Here are the individual rates for violent crimes in the City of Corpus Christi:

  • 0.11 murders per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 0.73 rapes per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 1.52 robberies per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 6.53 assaults per 1,000 residents in a standard year.

You have a 1 in 113 chance of being the victim of a violent crimes if you live in Corpus Christi. Here are the individual rates for property crimes in the City of Corpus Christi:

  • 6.46 burglaries per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 24.70 thefts per 1,000 residents in a standard year.
  • 2.79 motor vehicle thefts per 1,000 residents in a standard year.

You have a 1 in 29 chance of being the victim of a property crime if you live in Corpus Christi. It’s also considered to be safer than 6% of U.S. cities.

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