Californians have been shaken to the core by two large-scale earthquakes in two days. There are reports of emergency supply stores running out of earthquake emergency kits, but there’s still hope if all your neighbors beat you to the store.
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.
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 report—60% named quakes their biggest natural disaster fear, coming in behind air quality with 72%.
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.
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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.
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