California’s 50 Safest Cities of 2021

2021 Safest Cities badge for California

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the seventh annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in California for 2021

1. Danville
2. Rancho Santa Margarita 
3. Moorpark
4. Rancho Palos Verdes
5. Aliso Viejo 
6. Lake Forest
7. Yorba Linda
8. Laguna Niguel
9. Mission Viejo
10. Lincoln

See if your city made the full list.

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When it comes to safety, daily concern seems to be the California state of mind. The Golden State placed in the top five for four of the eight concerns we asked about. 

Only 40% of Californians feel safe in their state, with 72% worried about gun violence and 77% concerned about the pandemic.

From those we surveyed, 56% of Californians feel a high daily level of concern for their safety. Californians were second in the nation for highest concern over COVID-19, third in the nation for concern over gun violence and police violence, and fifth for concern over violent crime. But, for all this worry, 40% say they feel safe in California.

2021 California crime rates

Violent crime is a top concern for 54% of Californians. The state has a higher violent crime rate than the country as a whole. The good news is that the rate has decreased slightly over the last year.

California 2021 crime rates

Level of concern and experience with crime in California

Californians are highly concerned about their safety, especially when it comes to violent crimes. 

But those we surveyed showed less experience with violent crime since last year and much less property crime since 2020. Though these rates have dropped year over year, they’re still higher than average.

Crime concerns in California

We asked Californians which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if California residents are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

California crime concerns compared to the rest of the USA

View the complete 2021 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in California: Fear vs. reality

Californians are highly concerned about their safety and have the crime rates to back it up, yet only 25% use personal protection (US 34%). Even the safest cities aren’t immune to the violent crime across the state. 

  • All 50 safest cities in California have violent crime rates below the state, regional, and national averages.
  • 38 of the 50 cities saw less than 100 violent crimes in the last year and 17 kept violent crime rates under 1 per 1,000 people.
  • There was a higher percentage of rape in the safest cities (13%) than across the state (9%).
  • Statewide, there were over 105,000 cases of aggravated assault. 
  • California saw 39 mass shooting incidents in 2020. This number is reflected by the 72% of Californians who said gun violence was a top safety concern.
  • The police are a concern for residents of The Golden State as well. 61% said they worried about police violence daily. 
  • There were 294 officer-involved shootings in California in 2020. 48% of Californians say they have confidence in law enforcement.
  • 25% of Californians use some type of personal protection like pepper spray or stun guns. 
  • 54% say their personal safety has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • California was the third most concerned state when it comes to gun violence.

Violent crime rates 2019–2021

California violent crime rates 3 year trend

Property crime in California: Fear vs. reality

Property crime in California is well above the national average of 21.1 per 1,000 people. But those rates are steadily dropping year over year. All of the safest cities landed below the state, regional, and national rates for property crime.

  • 35 of the safest cities saw under 1,000 property crimes in the last year and 14 of those were under 500 incidents. 
  • Larceny-theft was the most common property crime in The Golden State with over 626,000 incidences in the last year. 
  • There was a higher percentage of larceny-theft in the safest cities (74%) than across the state (68%).
  • 64% of Californians use some form of property protection with security systems being the most popular (30%), followed by security cameras (29%). 
  • 8% of Californians use firearms to protect their property compared to the national average of 26%.
  • 38% say the security of their property has been affected by the pandemic.

Property crime rates 2019–2021

California property crime rates 3 year trend

A closer look at the safest cities in California

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • The top three safest cities in California hold their title and spot for the second year in a row. Five of the 50 saw no change in ranking. 
  • The top two cities, Danville and Rancho Santa Margarita, tied for the number of property crimes in the last year (296). But Danville came out on top this year for its lower violent crime rate (0.5).
  • 17 of the 50 safest cities kept violent crime rates under 1 per 1,000 people. 
  • Baldwin Park, California was the most improved city this year, jumping from number 100 to number 50. Meanwhile, Pacifica dropped ranking 21 to 40. 
  • Santa Clarita (pop. 218,103) was the largest city on our list and had a violent crime rate of 1.3 and property crime rate of 9.4. 
  • Dana Point (pop. 33,779) was the smallest city on our list and jumped 19 spots to number 27 this year.
  • The top 12 cities on our list had violent crime rates under 1 per 1,000. 
  • Aggravated assault made up over half of the violent crime incidents in the safest cities. There were over 2,500 cases in the last year within all 50 cities.
  • 22 of the 50 safest cities reported zero murders in the last year.
  • Danville, Rancho Santa Margarita, Moorpark, Aliso Viejo, and Cupertino held the same spots from last year.
Overview map of California's safest cities

The 50 Safest Cities in California

Geographic location of Danville, CA
#1
Danville
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    44,997
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $152,714
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.4, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.6, 7.2, 7.8
Geographic location of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
#2
Rancho Santa Margarita
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-0-
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    48,377
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $115,073
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.9, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.1, 6.5, 6.7
Geographic location of Moorpark, CA
#3
Moorpark
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    36,826
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,839
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.9, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.2, 7.0, 9.0
Geographic location of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
#4
Rancho Palos Verdes
(
+2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    41,961
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $133,286
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.8, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.5, 9.2, 10.5
Geographic location of Aliso Viejo, CA
#5
Aliso Viejo
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    52,247
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $108,558
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.8, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    8.3, 8.5, 7.6
Geographic location of Lake Forest, CA
#6
Lake Forest
(
+11
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    86,691
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,449
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 1.9, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.9, 8.9, 9.0
Geographic location of Yorba Linda, CA
#7
Yorba Linda
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    68,225
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $129,391
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.6, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.2, 11.8, 10.4
Geographic location of Laguna Niguel, CA
#8
Laguna Niguel
(
+1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    66,671
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $103,910
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 1.2, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.1, 9.6, 8.7
Geographic location of Mission Viejo, CA
#9
Mission Viejo
(
-1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    95,453
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $114,688
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 1.2, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.1, 9.7, 10.0
Geographic location of Lincoln, CA
#10
Lincoln
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-6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    48,625
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,417
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.7, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.6, 8.6, 12.7
Geographic location of Thousand Oaks, CA
#11
Thousand Oaks
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    127,811
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,485
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 1.0, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    10.9, 11.4, 13.1
Geographic location of Poway, CA
#12
Poway
(
+1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    49,928
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,732
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.0, 1.3, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.8, 10.1, 11.4
Geographic location of Simi Valley, CA
#13
Simi Valley
(
+10
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    126,025
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,543
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.2, 1.7, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.4, 11.7, 14.4
Geographic location of Santa Clarita, CA
#14
Santa Clarita
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    218,103
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $94,282
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.3, 1.3, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.4, 11.3, 14.2
Geographic location of Camarillo, CA
#15
Camarillo
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    69,628
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $92,913
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 1.1, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    11.7, 12.3, 16.0
Geographic location of Chino Hills, CA
#16
Chino Hills
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    84,577
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,590
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.1, 0.9, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    10.5, 13.3, 17.1
Geographic location of Encinitas, CA
#17
Encinitas
(
+12
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    63,320
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $113,175
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.4, 1.8, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.6, 12.5, 14.5
Geographic location of San Juan Capistrano, CA
#18
San Juan Capistrano
(
+6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    36,209
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,353
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.7, 2.3, 2.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    8.2, 9.7, 12.3
Geographic location of Irvine, CA
#19
Irvine
(
-7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    292,673
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $100,969
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.1, 12.7, 13.2
Geographic location of Murrieta, CA
#20
Murrieta
(
-5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    116,413
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $84,817
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.8, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.0, 12.3, 14.0
Geographic location of Oakley, CA
#21
Oakley
(
-5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    43,014
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,824
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.2, 1.0, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    11.6, 11.9, 11.8
Geographic location of Cypress, CA
#22
Cypress
(
+5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    49,085
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $92,098
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.1, 1.2, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    12.1, 14.3, 14.8
Geographic location of Temple City, CA
#23
Temple City
(
+7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    36,192
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,984
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.8, 1.8, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.1, 12.9, 15.1
Geographic location of Foster City, CA
#24
Foster City
(
-13
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,624
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $152,446
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.1, 1.0, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    12.3, 10.7, 10.0
Geographic location of San Ramon, CA
#25
San Ramon
(
-18
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    76,387
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $151,026
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 0.6, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    14.4, 10.3, 12.8
Geographic location of San Marcos, CA
#26
San Marcos
(
-1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    98,598
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $76,619
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.0, 2.1, 2.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.7, 10.7, 11.7
Geographic location of Dana Point, CA
#27
Dana Point
(
+19
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,779
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $97,519
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.5, 2.0, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    11.8, 14.8, 15.1
Geographic location of Rocklin, CA
#28
Rocklin
(
-6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    68,554
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $97,508
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.0, 0.8, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    14.3, 14.4, 17.8
Geographic location of Eastvale, CA
#29
Eastvale
(
-3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    66,310
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $114,230
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.3, 1.0, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    14.2, 14.8, 21.1
Geographic location of Hollister, CA
#30
Hollister
(
+12
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    40,399
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,621
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.8, 2.5, 3.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.7, 12.7, 10.3
Geographic location of San Clemente, CA
#31
San Clemente
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    65,018
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,812
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.3, 1.7, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    14.1, 13.7, 12.4
Geographic location of Morgan Hill, CA
#32
Morgan Hill
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    46,118
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $119,753
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.1, 1.1, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    15.2, 16.0, 15.9
Geographic location of Cupertino, CA
#33
Cupertino
(
-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    60,357
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $163,954
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, 1.2, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    16.9, 15.7, 15.9
Geographic location of Santee, CA
#34
Santee
(
+7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    58,701
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $83,533
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.7, 1.9, 2.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.7, 15.1, 14.8
Geographic location of Orange, CA
#35
Orange
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    139,830
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $86,027
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.3, 1.1, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    15.6, 17.6, 18.3
Geographic location of Glendale, CA
#36
Glendale
(
-8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    202,601
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $62,531
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.1, 1.0, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    16.3, 15.2, 15.4
Geographic location of Diamond Bar, CA
#37
Diamond Bar
(
-1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    56,364
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $96,628
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.3, 1.0, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    16.1, 16.5, 18.3
Geographic location of La Mirada, CA
#38
La Mirada
(
+12
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    48,702
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,778
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.8, 1.8, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    14.4, 16.9, 18.4
Geographic location of Cathedral City, CA
#39
Cathedral City
(
+14
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    55,346
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $46,370
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.6, 3.1, 2.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    10.9, 13.0, 14.1
Geographic location of Pacifica California
#40
Pacifica
(
-19
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    38,938
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $115,602
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.0, 1.8, 2.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.7, 10.2, 13.4
Geographic location of Seaside, CA
#41
Seaside
(
+8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,036
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $61,434
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.3, 2.7, 2.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    12.9, 13.0, 14.9
Geographic location of Folsom, CA
#42
Folsom
(
-11
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    79,927
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $109,762
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.0, 1.1, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    18.6, 15.8, 15.7
Geographic location of Wildomar, CA
#43
Wildomar
(
+8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    37,939
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $73,282
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.6, 1.3, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    16.8, 19.2, 18.6
Geographic location of Elk Grove, CA
#44
Elk Grove
(
+1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    175,492
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $90,770
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.1, 2.4, 3.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    14.8, 13.5, 13.0
Geographic location of Martinez, CA
#45
Martinez
(
-8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    38,692
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $102,966
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.1, 1.9, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    14.7, 13.5, 16.0
Geographic location of Stanton, CA
#46
Stanton
(
+32
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    38,276
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $56,506
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.5, 3.5, 3.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.7, 16.0, 16.7
Geographic location of Redwood City, CA
#47
Redwood City
(
-9
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    87,427
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $107,469
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.2, 2.0, 2.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    15.4, 14.2, 16.1
Geographic location of Fountain Valley, CA
#48
Fountain Valley
(
+38
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    55,858
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $85,423
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, 0.9, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    20.8, 26.5, 27.9
Geographic location of Pleasanton, CA
#49
Pleasanton
(
-9
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    84,017
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $148,852
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.3, 1.3, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    19.4, 17.0, 19.7
Geographic location of Baldwin Park, CA
#50
Baldwin Park
(
+50
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    75,862
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $62,227
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.5, 3.7, 4.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    14.6, 18.1, 18.3

How we determined the safest cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

How to make a safe home anywhere

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Didn't find your city in the top 50?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2019.

2021 Rank
City
Population
VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
51Petaluma62,4253.012.6
52Beaumont50,9901.818.1
53Fremont240,8871.718.8
54Dublin66,0721.619.1
55Livermore91,4182.117.0
56Menifee94,5951.520.0
57Daly City107,7482.217.3
58El Monte115,8302.615.4
59Carlsbad117,2202.018.2
60Claremont36,6811.421.1
61Novato56,1342.615.9
62Newport Beach85,3251.620.7
63Tracy92,8951.819.8
64La Puente39,9163.811.2
65La Habra62,4162.218.0
66Corona170,8751.720.4
67Yucaipa53,9643.711.9
68Torrance145,1831.919.7
69Chula Vista275,2303.313.9
70Monrovia36,7301.223.0
71San Gabriel40,4222.417.7
72Menlo Park34,8711.422.2
73Temecula116,6301.422.5
74Huntington Beach201,8431.920.5
75Alhambra84,8371.920.6
76Vista102,2273.514.1
77Lawndale32,7513.812.5
78Arcadia58,8991.422.9
79Sunnyvale154,8591.721.8
80Fontana215,8833.414.3
81Clovis114,1702.119.9
82La Mesa59,8652.916.7
83Bell Gardens42,3663.514.9
84Roseville141,7441.822.3
85Redondo Beach67,4732.420.3
86Manhattan Beach35, 5831.523.9
87Escondido153,2153.515.5
88Napa79,5263.515.5
89Coachella46,4852.719.2
90Rosemead54,4893.217.3
91Rancho Cucamonga179,2472.819.3
92Brentwood65,4832.520.4
93Azusa50,4052.919.0
94Monterey Park60,4242.122.4
95La Quinta42,0441.624.5
96Rancho Cordova75,8693.018.7
97San Mateo106,0202.520.9
98Milpitas82,3441.226.6
99Calexico40,3272.322.2
100South San Francisco68,2512.421.7
101Palmdale157,1384.214.2
102Manteca83,5232.422.1
103Bell35,7594.712.3
104Norwalk105,0674.115.0
105Whittier86,1582.522.1
106Pico Rivera62,8803.716.7
107West Covina106,3352.422.3
108Burbank103,7381.825.2
109Placentia51,7563.717.2
110Tustin80,3561.826.4
111Fullerton140,1942.722.5
112San Dimas34,0592.324.5
113San Diego1,441,7373.618.8
114Apple Valley74,0514.614.9
115Oxnard211,3493.420.1
116Lakewood80,1512.823.0
117Jurupa Valley110,1112.922.6
118Palo Alto66,9381.329.6
119Garden Grove172,8322.922.6
120Porterville60,2093.221.5
121Montebello62,6502.823.1
122Central Marin34,7930.931.4
123Downey112,3303.122.0
124Newark48,9451.728.6
125Santa Rosa177,8844.816.2
126Anaheim353,9153.223.3
127Los Banos40,6073.521.8
128Mountain View84,5992.029.1
129Delano53,0023.921.1
130Bellflower77,1964.219.5
131Buena Park82,6273.024.9
132Davis69,7671.531.4
133Hesperia95,9154.817.3
134Vacaville101,1473.324.1
135Oceanside177,1294.021.1
136Union City75,2023.722.8
137Pasadena141,9134.320.2
138Ontario183,3223.623.4
139Chino93,3483.523.8
140Lake Elsinore70,2622.528.5
141Santa Ana333,6644.420.4
142Lodi67,6123.524.5
143Perris80,5003.325.7
144Tulare65,1344.022.6
145Brea44,1551.632.8
146San Bruno43,2973.226.3
147Woodland61,1763.724.3
148Upland77,3983.923.5
149Covina47,9853.624.8
150El Centro44,3033.226.7
151Citrus Heights88,4963.525.4
152Campbell42,6972.131.8
153Westminster91,0862.828.7
154Hanford57,2324.521.7
155Madera66,2505.019.6
156Alameda78,9072.132.7
157Glendora52,2113.028.7
158Santa Barbara91,7174.423.1
159Ceres49,1344.323.6
160San Jacinto49,4522.233.1
161Yuba City67,1643.627.1
162Gilroy60,1064.224.6
163Carson91,9474.821.8
164El Cajon103,6865.319.7
165Walnut Creek70,5461.735.4
166Cerritos50,6422.532.3
167San Jose1,040,0084.424.2
168Santa Clara131,1731.636.2
169Gardena59,8335.420.1
170Moreno Valley210,9794.026.2
171National City61,7915.918.2
172Rohnert Park44,1316.117.8
173Watsonville54,2616.017.9
174Salinas156,9435.022.5
175Ventura111,5964.126.6
176Highland55,6866.516.3
177Colton55,0593.927.6
178Costa Mesa114,0472.732.8
179Redlands71,9413.629.3
180Indio92,8035.720.3
181Hayward161,5883.430.2
182Palm Desert53,7762.534.4
183San Rafael58,8193.928.7
184Long Beach467,9745.124.1
185West Sacramento54,3723.929.5
186Visalia134,9614.328.9
187Inglewood109,3866.121.2
188Lynwood70,6196.420.1
189Adelanto34,4918.013.3
190Fairfield118,3833.731.9
191Hawthorne87,3057.317.0
192Pittsburg73,6376.122.5
193Chico95,8265.825.1
194Paramount54,4226.422.9
195Hemet86,0824.033.4
196Riverside333,2605.129.4
197Concord130,6154.134.9
198Pleasant Hill35,1252.542.2
199Victorville123,0898.018.5
200Antioch112,6415.828.4
201San Luis Obispo47,7354.036.4
202Lompoc42,8186.824.7
203Pomona152,7766.227.5
204Rialto103,9655.730.3
205Los Angeles4,015,5467.323.8
206Merced83,8546.427.9
207Turlock74,1205.731.3
208Beverly Hills34,2113.043.8
209South Gate94,4456.629.2
210Lancaster159,3358.521.0
211Sacramento513,9346.331.8
212Bakersfield388,0804.641.4
213Huntington Park58,1817.927.4
214Culver City39,2524.642.0
215Montclair39,7875.936.9
216Palm Springs48,8465.540.2
217San Leandro90,2975.045.5
218Modesto216,5428.133.2
219Santa Cruz65,2636.044.9
220Berkeley122,7885.050.9
221Compton96,63811.424.3
222Santa Monica91,6217.243.3
223Vallejo122,6578.540.3
224Richmond110,9889.337.7
225San Francisco886,0076.755.1
226West Hollywood37,1737.951.1
227San Bernardino216,71513.241.9
228Stockton313,60414.039.4
229Oakland434,03612.764.2

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Sources

FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting Program, “2019 Crime in the United States,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed November 18, 2020.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

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  • jonadenz

    It would be great to see cities with populations over 250k, 500k, and a million ranked with their peers. It would be even greater to see cities with a population of 1 million-plus be broken into maybe 5 or 6 regions. I know that my zip code in San Jose has a much different crime status than several others, and it borders on a town that’s listed as one of the safest.

  • Kathy Watkins

    I just found this safest places in California. With all the states around us with so many riots and killings it was hard for me to see this. I’m grateful for our leadership in our safe cities who keep us safe from this. Our police officers whom I know we rely on in dangerous times. I couldn’t understand how you could defund our police. Our neighborhoods are fairly down home and I feel somewhat safe in Orange. I hope we stay as the home living we have always wanted for our children. To grow up in a safe environment and great schools. We can love and help each community and stop the hate. I would like to stay active with cities that stay united. We need to help each other.

    • jonadenz

      Orange County’s police department is not defunded. Why did you write that?

  • http://www.deftware.org Charles Van Noland

    There sure are a lot of cities missing. Placerville, Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Sebastopol, Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Auburn, Truckee…. to name a few.

    • jonadenz

      They probably had to draw the line at a certain population. They’re comparing a ton of little cities to huge ones as it is.

  • toni toni

    Uhh klantee is really on this list ohh no no no

  • Stephen J

    GOOD JOB RSM!

  • Molly Michela Spina

    …Central Marin isn’t a city. It’s a part of the county made up of a few cities. Maybe more Northern California cities would have made the list if you didn’t lump them together.

  • Mike Mann

    A list in which Oakland, Pomona, Palmdale, and Bellflower are all “safer” than La Verne lol Not exactly a good measurement if that’s the case. I know from experience. It is not even close.

    • Meximus

      I noticed that as well, very odd. Pomona should be nowhere near the top 50! They must have left off the last zero.

      • socalruss .

        I grew up in Covina quite a while ago. Pomona was always viewed as a place where you wouldn’t want to take a stroll after dark. I, too, can’t believe that it’s rated as high as it is. This list is tainted in multiple ways.

  • Joni Murphy

    Sad to see Lincoln move down the list. 13 is still something to be proud of. I hope we can move back up. I love my little town.

  • Paulson Lee

    Find Walnut creek.

  • Al

    How come there’s no Chino Hills on the list?

    • socalruss .

      Chino is listed

  • https://www.bitchute.com/profile/NQaDelvqP8NM Kauni

    You have got to be joking here!!
    A Sanctuary State is SAFE????
    How about telling the truth for a change? People are leaving CA ..100s every day…info all suppressed…

    • WeAreTrump’sJury

      You misunderstand. They are driving the anti-American republicans out of CA. They are not welcome in CA and everyone is ecstatic to see them go! Immigrants commit less crimes than citizens, so White supremacists get out! The fifth healthiest economy in the World will not tolerate hateful republicans.

      • Liberty

        CA is welcoming criminals only. 🙂 CA is being destroyed.

        • Joni Murphy

          A sad narrative but not true. There are other places though If you’re that unhappy.

        • jonadenz

          Hahahahahahahahaahaaa. You could do stand up comedy–if you can handle a ton of heckling.

    • Joni Murphy

      People who think like you can’t leave fast enough. I love it here. Always have. So do my children and grandchildren. And my siblings. It’s a wonderful place to live.

    • socalruss .

      They are leaving CA for reasons other than crime. Personally, I like it here. And so do my friends, relatives and co-workers. I don’t dwell on the negatives. I savor the positives.

    • jonadenz

      Yep. You need to get EDJAKATED. Wait, you were joking, right?

  • Jonathon

    Thank you mostly to The Rocklin Police Department!

  • PRIS

    Since we can’t all pickup and move to the safer cities, a good followup would be to find out how each of these safe cities deal with all the causes of crime. i.e. homelessness, drugs, people with mental problems, bicycle theft, package delivery theft. What can a city do to become safe?

    • Joni Murphy

      Get to know your neighbors. Watch out for each other. Support local law enforcement. Vote. Get involved in city government. My city is number 13. It may not be perfect. We have some of the issues you mentioned but overall it’s a great place to live.

    • jonadenz

      It’s mainly the fact that they are small towns averaging a population of 40,000.