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Safest Cities in California

The Top 50 Safest Cities in California

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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, half of our 10 safest neighborhoods in California experienced 10 or less violent crimes in 2018.

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, Moraga, Los Altos Hills, Guadalupe and  Ione 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.

What are the Top 10 Safest Cities in California?

1.   Imperial

2.   Soledad

3.   Moraga

4.   Orinda

5.   Los Altos Hills

6.   Laguna Woods

7.   Guadalupe

8.   Ione

9.   Rancho Santa Margarita

10. Danville

Safest Cities in California Video Summary

List of California’s Safest Cities

Imperial, CA

Imperial, CA

Population

17.976

Violent Crimes

9

Property Crimes

77

Soledad, CA

Soledad, CA

Population

26,313

Violent Crimes

70

Property Crimes

101

Moraga, CA

Moraga, CA

Population

17,866

Violent Crimes

12

Property Crimes

94

Orinda, CA

Orinda, CA

Population

20,020

Violent Crimes

9

Property Crimes

110

Los Altos Hills, CA

Los Altos Hills, CA

Population

8,656

Violent Crimes

7

Property Crimes

48

Laguna Woods, CA

Laguna Woods, CA

Population

16,219

Violent Crimes

10

Property Crimes

108

Guadalupe, CA

Guadalupe, CA

Population

7,411

Violent Crimes

11

Property Crimes

51

Ione, CA

Ione, CA

Population

7,848

Violent Crimes

5

Property Crimes

56

Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Population

48,918

Violent Crimes

46

Property Crimes

316

Danville, CA

Danville, CA

Population

45,202

Violent Crimes

16

Property Crimes

326

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The Rest of the Top 50

11-20

Moorpark

St. Helena

Palos Verdes Estates

Hillsborough

Saratoga

Tiburon

Huron

Sierra Madre

Solvang

Lafayette

31-40

Villa Park

Rancho Palos Verdes

Buelton

Orange Cove

Mammoth Lakes

Windsor

Avenal

San Ramon

Laguna Niguel

San Juan Capistrano

21-30

Gonzales

Kensington

Truckee

Ojai

Canyon Lake

Fillmore

Lincoln

Aliso Viejo

Los Altos

Cudahy

41-50

Laguna Niguel

Foster City

Pacifica

Hughson

Paradise

Clayton

Calistoga

Mission Viejo

Newman

Twenty Nine Pines

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

52,183

Violent Crimes

43

Property Crimes

445

San Ramon

San Ramon, CA

Population

76,569

Violent Crimes

43

Property Crimes

786

Laguna Niguel

Laguna Niguel, CA

Population

66,806

Violent Crimes

81

Property Crimes

640

Poway, CA

Poway, CA

Population

50,346

Violent Crimes

65

Property Crimes

509

Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo, CA

Population

96,419

Violent Crimes

113

Property Crimes

937

Fillmore, CA

Lake Forest, CA

Population

85,302

Violent Crimes

159

Property Crimes

761

Yorba Linda

Yorba Linda, CA

Population

68,794

Violent Crimes

44

Property Crimes

812

Camarillo, CA

Camarillo, CA

Population

68,218

Violent Crimes

78

Property Crimes

841

Thousand Oaks, CA

Thousand Oaks, CA

Population

129,319

Violent Crimes

126

Property Crimes

1480

Murrieta, CA

Murrieta, CA

Population

114,706

Violent Crimes

92

Property Crimes

1412

Methodology – How the Top 50 Were Chosen

 

To determine the most secure towns and cities throughout California, our staff members reviewed the most up-to-date  (2018) 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).

In order to reflect the seriousness of the crimes, these figures were weighted. Property crimes were factored by .50 and were added to the violent crimes.

The sum of the two was then divided by the population in the community. For comparison purposes, we normalized the mathematical finding to reflect weighted criminal offenses per 100,000.

 

The Best Places to Live in California – Crime Ratings

 

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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2019 List of California's Safest Cities

 

Video Summary of California’s Safest Cities- 2019

 

 

The 2018 Top 10 List of the Safest Cities in California

 

1.   Imperial

2.   Rancho Santa Margarita

3.   Fillmore

4.   Ione

5.   Los Altos Hills

6.   Orinda

7.   Palos Verdes Estates

8.   Danville

9.   Moraga

10. Ojai

 

Safest Cities In California was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by The Home Security Advisor

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