California’s 50 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated February 1, 2019

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July 9, 2019

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SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 50 Safest Cities in California for 2019. See if your city made the list.

California saw some big challenges in 2018—and one of our safest cities, Thousand Oaks, went through two major events. This community faced a mass shooting and a devastating wildfire. But it was able to limit both violent and property crime to below state and national averages in 2017, making it our 28th safest California city.

Overall 86% of this year’s safest cities are on the list for the second consecutive year. And Northern California gained one more city this year, to claim 40% of the state’s safest cities—plus the number one city, Danville, is from the north. But Southern California continues to dominate, with 30 of its cities making the list.

The five safest cities in California in 2019 are Danville, Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita, Yorba Linda, and Murrieta.

Take a look at the full list to find out how your city ranks, and whether it’s one of the Golden State’s safest places to live.

California's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • Every city on the list had fewer than two violent crimes per 1,000 people, and 26% saw fewer than one.
  • California’s violent crime rate is slightly higher (4.51) than the national rate of 4.49.
  • At 26.08, the state beats the national property crime rate of 27.11.
  • 92% of cities had lower property crime rates than both state and national averages.
  • Despite lower property crime rates, Californians ranked property crime as their biggest safety concern on our State of Safety survey, with 64% ranking it number one—that’s five points above the national average.
  • 21% of respondents cited personal experience with property crime in the past year, and 16% reported experiencing a violent crime.

California’s Earthquake Fear Factor

Earthquakes were the number two environmental concern of Californians on our State of Safety report60% named quakes their biggest natural disaster fear, coming in behind air quality with 72%.

pie chart showing percentage of cities in northern and southern california

The 50 Safest Cities in California

#1

Danville

0

Danville, California
Population 45,088
Median Income $152,798
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.35
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.83

#2

Irvine

+2

Irvine, California
Population 276,115
Median Income $95,573
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.61
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 13.16

#3

Rancho Santa Margarita

+10

Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Population 49,144
Median Income $106,939
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.65
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.67

#4

Yorba Linda

+2

Yucaipa, California
Population 68,889
Median Income $123,962
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.65
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.36

#5

Murrieta

-3

Murrieta, California
Population 113,016
Median Income $80,373
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.71
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.00

#6

San Ramon

-3

San Ramon, California
Population 76,325
Median Income $142,718
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.73
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.76

#7

Rancho Palos Verdes

+1

Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Population 42,563
Median Income $124,552
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.78
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.48

#8

Folsom

+7

Folsom, California
Population 78,155
Median Income $106,718
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.82
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.73

#9

Laguna Niguel

+5

Laguna Niguel, California
Population 65,700
Median Income $99,206
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.82
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.72

#10

Aliso Viejo

-5

Aliso Viejo, California
Population 51,984
Median Income $106,353
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.85
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.58

#11

Chino Hills

-2

Chino Hills, California
Population 79,480
Median Income $102,746
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.88
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.14

#12

Eastvale

+16

Eastvale, California
Population 62,422
Median Income $110,685
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.88
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.13

#13

Lincoln

-6

Lincoln, California
Population 47,741
Median Income $78,647
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.92
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.67

#14

Diamond Bar

+12

Diamond Bar, California
Population 56,996
Median Income $94,531
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.30

#15

Temecula

+21

Temecula, California
Population 115,220
Median Income $87,115
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.02
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 22.69

#16

Rocklin

+2

Rocklin, California
Population 63,735
Median Income $91,995
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.04
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.81

#17

Mission Viejo

-7

Mission Viejo, California
Population 96,928
Median Income $107,988
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.04
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.00

#18

Poway

+19

Poway, California
Population 50,438
Median Income $102,338
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.15
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.42

#19

Pleasanton

+11

Pleasanton, California
Population 84,440
Median Income $138,269
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.17
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 19.67

#20

Sunnyvale

-3

Sunnyvale, California
Population 154,919
Median Income $118,314
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.17
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.31

#21

Fountain Valley

0

Fountain Valley, California
Population 56,704
Median Income $86,602
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.20
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 27.88

#22

Foster City

-10

Foster City, California
Population 34,808
Median Income $136,383
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.24
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.03

#23

Oakley

+19

Oakley, California
Population 41,509
Median Income $89,392
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.25
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.78

#24

Cupertino

+3

Cupertino, California
Population 60,970
Median Income $153,449
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.26
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.91

#25

Moorpark

-9

Moorpark, California
Population 36,813
Median Income $102,145
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.30
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.02

#26

Central Marin

-7

Central Marin, California
Population 35,060
Median Income $104,703*
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.31
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 25.44

#27

Corona

-5

Corona, California
Population 169,164
Median Income $73,594
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.32
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 19.49

#28

Thousand Oaks

+7

Thousand Oaks, California
Population 129,240
Median Income $103,793
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.33
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 13.05

#29

Palo Alto

-9

Palo Alto, California
Population 67,441
Median Income $147,537
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.33
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 26.44

#30

Glendale

-6

Glendale, California
Population 202,381
Median Income $58,657
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.35
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.41

#31

Menifee

New

Menifee, California
Population 90,403
Median Income $60,808
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.36
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.81

#32

Dublin

+14

Dublin, California
Population 62,235
Median Income $138,007
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.37
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 19.20

#33

Davis

New

Davis, California
Population 68,540
Median Income $63,071
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.37
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 23.62

#34

Yucaipa

New

Yucaipa, California
Population 53,614
Median Income $58,166
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.38
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.29

#35

San Clemente

-10

San Clemente, California
Population 65,596
Median Income $101,843
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.39
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.38

#36

Martinez

+2

Martinez, California
Population 38,619
Median Income $98,102
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.40
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.03

#37

Cypress

-5

Cypress, California
Population 49,064
Median Income $90,345
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.41
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.80

#38

Newport Beach

-4

Newport Beach, California
Population 86,910
Median Income $119,379
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.43
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 24.43

#39

Milpitas

-10

Milpitas, California
Population 79,503
Median Income $110,752
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.43
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 24.88

#40

Simi Valley

+3

Simi Valley, California
Population 126,635
Median Income $93,516
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.45
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.40

#41

Temple City

-1

Temple City, California
Population 36,500
Median Income $69,853
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.48
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.12

#42

Walnut Creek

-19

Walnut Creek, California
Population 69,953
Median Income $86,845
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.50
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 32.94

#43

Wildomar

-2

Wildomar, California
Population 36,683
Median Income $67,510
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.53
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.62

#44

Orange

New

Orange, California
Population 141,130
Median Income $83,500
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.54
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.31

#45

Menlo Park

-34

Menlo Park, California
Population 34,195
Median Income $132,928
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.55
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 19.18

#46

Lake Forest

-13

Lake Forest, California
Population 84,224
Median Income $93,963
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.58
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.99

#47

Camarillo

New

Camarillo, California
Population 67,714
Median Income $92,780
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.58
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.04

#48

Morgan Hill

New

Morgan Hill, California
Population 45,277
Median Income $107,161
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.59
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.95

#49

La Quinta

New

La Quinta, California
Population 41,528
Median Income $76,131
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.61
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 28.82

#50

Novato

-5

Novato, California
Population 56,698
Median Income $89,812
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.62
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.35

How We Determined the Safest Cities

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

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for  Best Home Security Systems.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

RankCityPopulationViolent Crime (per 1,000)Property Crime (per 1,000)
51Tustin81,2461.6223.99
52Santa Clarita216,3501.6314.24
53Encinitas63,7221.6614.52
54Santa Clara127,5381.6828.37
55Placentia52,4371.7016.48
56Palm Desert52,8451.7239.28
57Roseville135,0281.7624.60
58Monrovia37,2141.7722.79
59Torrance147,4821.8121.74
60Fremont236,3681.8221.50
61Monterey Park61,2101.8326.35
62Livermore90,4851.8321.85
63Mountain View81,5251.8424.31
64Rancho Cucamonga178,3081.8523.44
65Arcadia58,8831.8726.05
66Dana Point34,1231.8815.09
67Newark46,3601.9032.31
68San Dimas34,4991.9421.30
69Manhattan Beach35,8431.9824.41
70Vacaville99,2931.9921.23
71Alhambra85,8652.0021.86
72San Marcos97,2902.0011.68
73Claremont36,2462.0425.93
74Fullerton141,6372.0727.90
75La Mirada49,3282.1118.37
76Tracy90,2632.1424.14
77Carlsbad115,3442.1419.15
78Pacifica39,3532.1913.42
79Calexico40,4992.2031.61
80La Habra61,8782.2120.22
81Clovis108,4192.2426.70
82San Juan Capistrano36,5322.2412.26
83Huntington Beach202,2442.2821.19
84Bell Gardens42,9302.3317.45
85Pleasant Hill35,1362.3649.49
86San Jacinto47,9322.3833.48
87Burbank104,6222.4228.14
88Redwood City86,3532.4216.10
89Daly City107,3552.4714.54
90Perris77,6262.4724.18
91Glendora52,1332.4729.41
92Campbell41,1922.4832.53
93Cerritos50,8092.5044.64
94Cathedral City54,5062.5114.11
95Brentwood62,1202.5323.97
96Chino89,4202.5423.95
97West Covina108,1282.5425.28
98San Mateo105,0902.5520.22
99Redondo Beach68,0512.5923.07
100Jurupa Valley104,9222.5925.36
101Santee58,5632.6514.79
102La Mesa60,4252.6519.74
103Brea43,0002.6533.49
104Seaside34,5192.6714.86
105Lake Elsinore66,1362.6832.43
106San Bruno43,2742.8025.81
107Coachella45,6462.8025.00
108San Gabriel40,5312.8116.43
109Azusa50,2022.9323.96
110Chula Vista271,1092.9814.32
111Upland77,1543.0126.84
112Redlands71,7073.0136.66
113Westminster91,8633.0630.75
114Woodland59,6763.1331.19
115Apple Valley73,1053.1621.41
116Rosemead54,6153.1724.30
117Alameda79,7613.1729.43
118Costa Mesa113,2673.1937.95
119Montebello63,4733.2025.90
120Elk Grove172,6203.2413.01
121Manteca78,5643.2628.51
122San Rafael59,1443.2827.51
123Union City76,3113.3422.09
124Napa80,9583.3616.71
125Downey113,5113.3728.38
126Highland55,2293.3719.59
127Fontana211,7823.3717.64
128Beverly Hills34,7813.3952.30
129Garden Grove175,4663.4324.78
130Whittier87,1413.4428.77
131Hollister38,3103.4510.34
132Visalia132,1433.4633.27
133South San Francisco67,5333.4623.77
134Hayward161,4173.4931.12
135Buena Park83,5523.4933.68
136Covina48,6743.5324.24
137Anaheim353,4003.5526.30
138Concord129,7893.5634.05
139Vista103,0043.5914.50
140Los Banos37,9103.6428.30
141La Puente40,4673.6610.97
142Stanton38,7673.6616.74
143San Diego1,424,1163.6718.43
144Pico Rivera63,7463.7022.46
145Gilroy56,1633.7029.34
146West Sacramento53,7033.7121.19
147San Luis Obispo47,9343.7137.18
148Escondido152,8453.7717.04
149Yuba City67,0423.8032.92
150Petaluma60,9573.8215.52
151Rialto103,9803.8416.20
152Moreno Valley207,4183.8530.64
153El Monte116,1683.8824.24
154Beaumont46,8563.8818.61
155Lakewood81,3173.9129.78
156Oceanside176,8153.9323.12
157Citrus Heights88,1263.9631.57
158Tulare63,3494.0126.88
159Pasadena142,8914.0220.62
160Hesperia94,2924.0322.45
161San Jose1,037,5294.0424.41
162Santa Barbara92,5084.0827.01
163Santa Rosa176,3614.0918.40
164El Cajon104,4474.1122.31
165Norwalk106,2784.1118.40
166Rancho Cordova73,6074.1419.16
167El Centro44,4584.1640.94
168Porterville59,2454.1725.91
169Ventura110,0064.1833.07
170Palmdale158,0944.3116.82
171Oxnard209,5134.3325.43
172Santa Maria107,4244.4321.91
173Colton55,1274.4426.10
174Chico92,4594.4738.86
175Baldwin Park76,6364.5418.33
176Culver City39,4404.6447.82
177Bellflower77,9844.6525.49
178Ceres48,6734.6632.89
179Fairfield116,3724.6927.94
180Delano52,6394.7124.96
181Pittsburg71,9444.7424.55
182Bakersfield381,1544.7940.68
183National City61,5744.8118.79
184Santa Ana335,6994.8920.90
185Lodi65,0424.9725.84
186Rohnert Park42,9225.0819.38
187Riverside328,0235.0930.58
188Hanford55,7895.0924.36
189Carson92,9925.1124.20
190Hemet85,1665.3736.43
191Antioch112,2525.4134.19
192Berkeley122,6875.4349.07
193Watsonville54,2265.5031.55
194Lompoc43,9485.5322.16
195Pomona153,0665.5729.29
196Fresno526,3715.6538.41
197San Leandro91,3865.7340.65
198Madera64,9395.8226.21
199Montclair39,3185.8539.02
200Paramount55,0415.8929.31
201Palm Springs48,1936.0240.73
202Turlock73,4886.0831.24
203Santa Cruz65,1326.2856.56
204Bell35,9256.3518.15
205Lynwood71,4536.4123.53
206Salinas158,3136.4530.29
207Gardena60,2496.5223.12
208Long Beach471,3976.5826.72
209Hawthorne88,6646.6225.64
210Sacramento499,9976.7629.37
211Merced83,1806.7732.08
212West Hollywood37,0936.8545.97
213Victorville123,2846.9926.91
214South Gate95,7177.0432.71
215Inglewood110,8117.0824.91
216Indio90,0557.1025.40
217Redding92,1277.1041.69
218San Francisco881,2557.1561.68
219Huntington Park59,0047.2430.79
220Santa Monica92,9357.5947.07
221Lancaster160,6537.5920.65
222Los Angeles4,007,1477.6125.36
223Vallejo122,1748.5837.63
224Richmond110,8049.1537.25
225Modesto213,6779.7139.62
226Compton97,72811.9126.43
227San Bernardino217,25912.9138.68
228Oakland424,91512.9959.83

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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  • Jonathon

    Thank you mostly to The Rocklin Police Department!

  • 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…

    • StormyWeather

      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! 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.

    • 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.

  • Al

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

  • Paulson Lee

    Wonder why Walnut Creek is not on the list??

  • 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.

  • 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.