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Safest Cities in California

The Top 50 Safest Cities in California

California’s Safest Cities

California conjures images of surfing and sunny beaches on the Pacific,  Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the world class wineries of Napa Valley.  And while it certainly has it’s areas of crime hotbeds, California is also home to some of the safest communities in the country.

The average state crime ratings are:

California Avg Property Crime Rate

California State Average Violent Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

California Average Property Crimes per 100,000

California State Average Property Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

However, California is home to a number of communities with outstanding reputations for low crime rates which are well below these numbers.

The most populated state in the U.S., California is home to almost 40 million residents.  With dense urban populations in the  Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas, one is not surprised that the violent crime rate in California is in the upper 25% of the US.

However, 8 of our 10 safest neighborhoods in California experienced less than 10 violent crimes in 2016.

In a state with a $2.75 trillion dollar economy, California can support a substantial upper middle-class population that can enjoy a very comfortable to even lavish lifestyle.  The state has much to offer from sunny beaches, Disneyland, The Golden Gate Bridge, and Hollywood…to  the Big City life of LA….to the vineyards of Napa Valley- California seems to have it all.

But, where there is abundance, there is often crime.  And while the numbers are not so attractive in some of the major urban areas, the property crime rate in California is fairly middle of the road. Imperial, Fillmore, Ione, Los Altos and Ojai all reported 100 or fewer property crimes.

If you are looking to relocate and make a home for you and your family in The Golden State, this list of California’s safest cities is a good place to start.

Following are the top cities with populations above 5,000 which have been recognized as the safest communities in California.

Imperial, CA

Imperial, CA

Population

17,582

Violent Crimes

29

Property Crimes

73

Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Population

49,068

Violent Crimes

48

Property Crimes

267

Fillmore, CA

Fillmore, CA

Population

15,653

Violent Crimes

29

Property Crimes

100

Ione, CA

Ione, CA

Population

6,860

Violent Crimes

4

Property Crimes

63

Los Altos Hills, CA

Los Altos Hills, CA

Population

8,495

Violent Crimes

6

Property Crimes

63

Orinda, CA

Orinda, CA

Population

19,585

Violent Crimes

10

Property Crimes

156

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Population

13,730

Violent Crimes

4

Property Crimes

111

Danville, CA

Danville, CA

Population

44,897

Violent Crimes

9

Property Crimes

365

Moraga, CA

Moraga, CA

Population

17,505

Violent Crimes

10

Property Crimes

143

Ojai, CA

Ojai, CA

Population

7,658

Violent Crimes

10

Property Crimes

63

The Rest of the Top 50

11-20

Alison Viejo

Moorpark

Tiburon

Saratoga

Soledad

Guadalupe

Poway

Rancho Palos Verdes

Laguna Woods

Kensington

31-40

San Ramon

Cotati

Williams

Truckee

Lincoln

Rio Vista

Calabasas

Clayton

Hollister

Agoura Hills

21-30

Lake Forest

Sierra Madre

Foster City

Hillsborough

Oakley

Mission Viejo

Yorba Linda

Cudahy

Bear Valley

Los Altos

41-50

Laguna Niguel

Santa Paula

Gonzales

Canyon Lake

Windsor

Holtville

San Juan Capistrano

Woodlake

San Clemente

Firebaugh

Safe Cities with Populations over 50,000

Califonia Cities with Populations over 50K with Low Crime Rates

 

Statistically, smaller towns and cities typically fare better in comparisons of this nature.  While larger cities often have some of the safest neighborhoods in California, often times more urban areas may have much higher crime rates.

Because the larger cities have to struggle with many challenges that smaller towns and communities might not have to deal with, The Home Security Advisor recognizes some of the larger cities in California that have done an admirable job providing safe communities for their residents.

Aliso Viejo

Aliso Viejo, CA

Population

50,604

Violent Crimes

29

Property Crimes

411

Poway, CA

Poway, CA

Population

50,606

Violent Crimes

65

Property Crimes

455

Fillmore, CA

Lake Forest, CA

Population

83,511

Violent Crimes

105

Property Crimes

746

Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo, CA

Population

97,950

Violent Crimes

75

Property Crimes

983

Yorba Linda

Yorba Linda, CA

Population

68,702

Violent Crimes

41

Property Crimes

725

San Ramon

San Ramon, CA

Population

76,901

Violent Crimes

10

Property Crimes

823

Laguna Niguel

Laguna Niguel, CA

Population

66,3542

Violent Crimes

65

Property Crimes

751

San Clemente

San Clemente, CA

Population

65,915

Violent Crimes

75

Property Crimes

799

Chino Hills

Chino Hills, CA

Population

78,990

Violent Crimes

59

Property Crimes

1013

Simi Valley

Simi Valley, CA

Population

127,252

Violent Crimes

174

Property Crimes

1566

Process – The way in which the Top 50 were Chosen

 

To determine the most secure towns and cities throughout California, our staff members reviewed the most up-to-date  (2016) FBI Uniform Crime Report results with respect to towns and cities with Five thousand residents or higher, who recorded their crime data..

Our staff members considered both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft). These figures were weighted in order to accurately indicate the seriousness of the criminal activity. Violent crimes have been factored by .60 and property crimes by .40.

This number would be then divided by the population in the community. For comparison purposes, we normalized the mathematical finding to reflect weighted criminal offenses per 100,000.

While it’s true no rating system is infallible, this provides a very good mathematical gauge of the overall safety and security in the community. If you’re considering transferring to California, these residential districts are amongst the top rated safest metropolitan areas within which one could take up residence.

Nevertheless, it is advisable to understand that not every town and city reports their records.

Additionally, certain areas inside any community may very well be much less hazardous compared to others. This is especially valid in more robust cities. Therefore, one needs to check into specific neighborhoods within the community and communicate with law enforcement to obtain a better overall impression of the security and safety on a local level.

To get more detailed information on keeping your family and home safer, we recommend you consider an overview of Strategies for Home Security…and consider a top rated professionally monitored home security system.

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