California’s 50 Safest Cities of 2020

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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 50 Safest Cities in California for 2020. See if your city made the list.

California crime experience infographic; 16% violent crime, 38% property crime, 10% mass shooting

California is more worried about safety than the rest of the country, but its safest cities boast crime rates well below both state and national averages.

Find out if your city is one of the 50 safest in California.

Our 2020 State of Safety survey revealed that 58% of Californians are worried about their safety on a daily basis. That’s 12 percentage points higher than the national average of 46%. Californians also reported higher levels of experience with crime than most of the nation.

California crime stats infographic

California is 26% more concerned about their safety than the national average.

The state’s violent crime rate remained stable year over year, reporting 4.5 incidents per 1,000 people for the second year in a row. That’s higher than the national violent crime rate of 3.7. Property crime decreased this year to 23.8 incidents per 1,000, compared to 25.1 last year. That’s higher than the national property crime rate of 22.0.

Violent crime in California: fear vs. reality

Murder is the state’s biggest violent crime concern even though murder makes up just 1% of all violent crime in California.

  • 54% of State of Safety respondents cited murder by a stranger as their highest violent crime concern. Nationwide, only 36% share that fear.
  • In 2018, there were 42 murders reported among the safest cities—that’s 0.8% of all violent crimes.
  • Despite fear of murder, Californians think being robbed on the street is more likely to actually happen.
  • Robbery made up 29% of all the violent crimes reported among the safest cities, and 31% of all violent crime in the state.
  • For the second year, Californians reported higher levels (16%) of personal experience with violent crime, compared with national reports of 12%.
California crime stats infographic
California crime stats infographic

Property crime in California: fear vs. reality

California reports both higher concern about and more personal experience with property crime than much of the country. Someone breaking in when the resident is not home was named both the most concerning property crime and the most likely to happen.

  • 70% of Californians are highly concerned about break-ins, compared to 62% nationwide.
  • 56% named a break-in the most likely property crime, versus 38% nationally.
  • 38% of State of Safety respondents experienced a property crime in the past 12 months (26% nationwide).
  • Californians have more home security systems than most of the country, with 34% reporting they use one.
  • Despite the higher number of people with security systems, California is on par with the national average of people who don’t use any form of protection for their property, 29%.
  • Just 13% reported using firearms for protection—less than many other states.
  • Burglaries made up 18% of the property crimes reported by the safest cities.
  • Larceny-theft was the most common property crime in California, claiming 72% of all property crime reported among the safest cities, and 66% across the state.
California crime stats infographic
California crime stats infographic

A closer look at California's safest cities of 2020

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.

  • 68% of the safest cities saw increases in ranking year over year.
  • Hollister showed the most improvement jumping 89 spots this year, followed by Elk Grove, which climbed 75 places.
  • Danville remains the safest city in California for the third consecutive year, reporting only 16 violent crimes in 2018.
  • All of the safest cities beat both national (3.7) and state (4.5) violent crime rates, and no safest city reported more than three violent crime incidents per 1,000.
  • 60% of the cities reported zero murders, and 88% had one or fewer murders.
  • Thousand Oaks is the outlier, with 14 murders reported due to the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill that killed 13 (including the gunman) in 2018.
  • 10% of respondents reported a personal experience with a mass shooting in the past 12 months, compared to 7% nationally.
  • Despite a higher statewide property crime rate (23.8 versus 22.0 nationwide), all of the safest cities are below both.
  • The highest property crime rate is 17.6 in Orange, which is about six percentage points below the state average.
  • Moorpark had the lowest total number of property crimes at 261 (7.0 rate), but Rancho Santa Margarita had the lowest per capita with 6.5 incidents per 1,000 people and 326 total crimes.

The 50 safest cities in California

California safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

VC=Violent Crime PC=Property Crime

Danville, California
#1
Danville
  • Circle Population
    Population
    45,202
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $152,798
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 0.4, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    7.2, 7.8, 8.1
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
#2
Rancho Santa Margarita
(
+1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    48,918
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,939
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.9, 0.7, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    6.5, 6.7, 5.4
Moorpark, California
#3
Moorpark
(
+22
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    37,121
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $102,145
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.9, 1.3, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    7.0, 9.0, 8.1
Lincoln, California
#4
Lincoln
(
+9
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    48,364
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,647
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 0.9, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.6, 12.7, 11.5
Aliso Viejo, California
#5
Aliso Viejo
(
+5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    52,183
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,353
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 0.8, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.5, 7.6, 8.1
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
#6
Rancho Palos Verdes
(
+1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    42,464
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $124,552
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 0.8, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    9.2, 10.5, 9.7
San Ramon, California
#7
San Ramon
(
-1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    76,569
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $142,718
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 0.7, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    10.3, 12.8, 10.7
Mission Viejo, California
#8
Mission Viejo
(
+9
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    96,419
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $107,988
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.2, 1.0, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    9.7, 10.0, 10.0
Laguna Niguel, California
#9
Laguna Niguel
  • Circle Population
    Population
    66,806
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $99,206
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.2, 0.8, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    9.6, 8.7, 11.3
Yucaipa, California
#10
Yorba Linda
(
-6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    68,794
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $123,962
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 0.7, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    11.8, 10.4, 10.6
Foster City, California
#11
Foster City
(
+11
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,993
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $136,383
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 1.2, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    10.7, 10.0, 10.1
Irvine, California
#12
Irvine
(
-10
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    288,052
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,573
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    12.7, 13.2, 14.0
Poway, California
#13
Poway
(
+5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    50,346
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $102,338
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.3, 1.1, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    10.1, 11.4, 9.0
Thousand Oaks, California
#14
Thousand Oaks
(
+14
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    129,319
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $103,793
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 1.3, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    11.4, 13.1, 13.0
Murrieta, California
#15
Murrieta
(
-10
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    114,706
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,373
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 0.7, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    12.3, 14.0, 14.4
Oakley, California
#16
Oakley
(
+7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    42,655
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $89,392
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 1.3, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    11.9, 11.8, 10.3
Lake Forest, California
#17
Lake Forest
(
+29
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    85,302
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $96,963
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.9, 1.6, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.9, 9.0, 8.9
Santa Clarita, California
#18
Santa Clarita
(
+34
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    216,589
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $90,544
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.3, 1.6, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    11.3, 14.2, 13.7
Camarillo, California
#19
Camarillo
(
+28
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    68,218
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $92,780
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.1, 1.6, 1.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    12.3, 16.0, 16.5
Chino Hills, California
#20
Chino Hills
(
-9
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    81,117
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $102,746
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.9, 0.9, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    13.3, 17.1, 12.8
Pacifica, California
#21
Pacifica
(
+57
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    39,339
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,959
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.8, 2.2, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    10.2, 13.4, 12.4
Rocklin, California
#22
Rocklin
(
-6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    65,969
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $91,995
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 1.0, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    14.4, 17.8, 19.4
Simi Valley, California
#23
Simi Valley
(
+17
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    127,222
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,516
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.7, 1.5, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    11.7, 14.4, 12.3
San Juan Capistrano, California
#24
San Juan Capistrano
(
+58
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    36,295
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,730
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.3, 2.2, 2.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    9.7, 12.3, 11.8
San Marcos, California
#25
San Marcos
(
+47
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    98,088
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,417
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.1, 2.0, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    10.7, 11.7, 12.1
Eastvale, California
#26
Eastvale
(
-14
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    64,642
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $110,685
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 0.9, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    14.8, 21.1, 21.1
Cypress, California
#27
Cypress
(
+10
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    49,223
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $90,345
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.2, 1.4, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    14.3, 14.8, 15.8
Glendale, California
#28
Glendale
(
+2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    204,724
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $58,657
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 1.4, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    15.2, 15.4, 17.0
Encinitas, California
#29
Encinitas
(
+24
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    63,700
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $103,842
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.8, 1.7, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    12.5, 14.5, 16.3
Temple City, California
#30
Temple City
(
+11
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    36,484
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $69,853
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.8, 1.5, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    12.9, 15.1, 15.9
Folsom, California
#31
Folsom
(
-23
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    78,916
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,718
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.1, 0.8, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    15.8, 15.7, 17.9
Novato, California
#32
Novato
(
+18
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    56,577
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $89,812
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.7, 1.6, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    13.7, 16.3, 18.4
Cupertino, California
#33
Cupertino
(
-9
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    61,078
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $153,449
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.2, 1.3, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    15.7, 15.9, 16.4
San Clemente, California
#34
San Clemente
(
+1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    65,509
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $101,843
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.7, 1.4, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    13.7, 12.4, 12.1
Morgan Hill, California
#35
Morgan Hill
(
+13
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    46,142
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $107,161
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.1, 1.6, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    16.0, 15.9, 14.6
Diamond Bar, California
#36
Diamond Bar
(
-22
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    56,821
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $94,531
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 1.0, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    16.5, 18.3, 16.3
Martinez, California
#37
Martinez
(
-1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    38,699
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $98,102
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.9, 1.4, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    13.5, 16.0, 22.3
Redwood City, California
#38
Redwood City
(
+50
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    88,161
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $99,026
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.0, 2.4, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    14.2, 16.1, 17.3
Orange, California
#39
Orange
(
+5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    141,108
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $83,500
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.1, 1.5, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    17.6, 18.3, 18.4
Pleasanton, California
#40
Pleasanton
(
-21
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    84,992
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $138,269
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.3, 1.2, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    17.0, 19.7, 19.7
Santee, California
#41
Santee
(
+60
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    58,781
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,430
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.9, 2.6, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    15.1, 14.8, 15.6
Hollister, California
#42
Hollister
(
+89
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    38,930
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $77,823
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.5, 3.4, 3.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    12.7, 10.3, 10.4
Menlo Park, California
#43
Menlo Park
(
+2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,694
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $132,928
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.2, 1.5, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    17.5, 19.2, 18.5
Yucaipa, California
#44
Yucaipa
(
-10
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    54,001
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $58,166
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.9, 1.4, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    15.2, 17.3, 21.6
Elk Grove, California
#45
Elk Grove
(
+75
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    174,651
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $85,556
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.4, 3.2, 3.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    13.5, 13.0, 13.8
Dana Point, California
#46
Dana Point
(
+20
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,019
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $90,310
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.0, 1.9, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    14.8, 15.1, 16.3
Sunnyvale, California
#47
Sunnyvale
(
-27
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    155,637
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $118,314
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.6, 1.2, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    16.3, 17.3, 13.9
Daly City, California
#48
Daly City
(
+41
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    107,928
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $86,342
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.2, 2.5, 2.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    14.2, 14.5, 15.2
Seaside, California
#49
Seaside
(
+55
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,303
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $57,653
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.7, 2.7, 3.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    13.0, 14.9, 17.4
La Mirada, California
#50
La Mirada
(
+25
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    49,175
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,400
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.8, 2.1, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    16.9, 18.4, 17.9

How we determined the safest cities

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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, which is based on the median population of the state. 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 2018.

2020 Ranking

City

Population

Violent Crime (per 1,000)

Property Crime (per 1,000)

51

Wildomar

37,626

1.3

19.2

52

Chula Vista

274,370

3

13.2

53

Cathedral City

55,056

3.1

13

54

Bell Gardens

42,845

2.7

14.8

55

Central Marin

35,033

1.1

20.6

56

Corona

170,041

1.5

19.2

57

La Habra

62,769

1.8

18.4

58

Dublin

63,463

1.7

18.7

59

Torrance

146,968

1.8

18.4

60

Carlsbad

116,739

2.1

18

61

Placentia

52,324

2.3

17.3

62

Livermore

91,612

2

18.5

63

Petaluma

61,289

3.2

14.5

64

Vista

102,742

3.2

14.6

65

Palo Alto

67,560

1.1

22.4

66

La Mesa

60,442

2.6

17.4

67

La Puente

40,390

4

12.4

68

Fontana

213,964

3.3

15

69

Menifee

92,540

1.7

21

70

Huntington Beach

203,428

2.1

19.6

71

Fremont

238,024

2.1

19.7

72

Rancho Cucamonga

179,114

1.6

21.5

73

Temecula

116,411

1.2

23.3

74

Napa

80,145

3.4

15.5

75

Milpitas

79,895

1.1

24.2

76

Tustin

81,243

1.5

23.1

77

Arcadia

59,151

1.3

24

78

Stanton

38,618

3.5

16

79

Clovis

111,759

2

21.8

80

Palmdale

158,177

3.7

15.4

81

Brentwood

64,118

2.4

20.5

82

San Gabriel

40,637

3.3

17

83

Manhattan Beach

36,038

1.6

23.4

84

Newport Beach

86,276

1.4

24

85

Vacaville

101,146

2.3

21.3

86

Fountain Valley

56,433

0.9

26.5

87

San Mateo

105,839

2.7

20.4

88

San Dimas

34,463

2.3

21.8

89

Davis

69,486

1.7

24.3

90

Redondo Beach

68,048

2.5

21.3

91

El Monte

116,464

3.1

19.3

92

Escondido

153,073

3.5

17.9

93

Alhambra

85,718

2.3

22.5

94

South San Francisco

67,973

2.7

21.2

95

Apple Valley

73,631

3.1

19.8

96

La Quinta

41,849

1

27.6

97

Pico Rivera

63,602

3.6

18.2

98

Monrovia

37,128

1.9

24.6

99

Roseville

137,706

2.2

23.6

100

Baldwin Park

76,541

3.7

18.1

101

Rancho Cordova

74,863

3.6

18.5

102

Claremont

36,178

1.8

25.7

103

Mountain View

82,518

1.9

25.5

104

Bell

35,857

5.1

13.8

105

San Diego

1,436,495

3.7

19.1

106

San Bruno

43,621

2.8

22.6

107

Burbank

105,041

2.2

25

108

Coachella

46,115

2.3

24.8

109

West Covina

107,806

2.7

23.3

110

Tracy

91,988

2.2

25.3

111

Monterey Park

61,160

2

26

112

Beaumont

48,559

4.3

17.9

113

Garden Grove

174,661

2.9

23.1

114

Norwalk

106,158

4.2

18.4

115

Calexico

40,596

2.1

26.2

116

Highland

55,651

3.7

20.5

117

Union City

76,198

3.4

21.7

118

Pasadena

143,448

3.8

20.4

119

Fullerton

141,132

2.4

25.9

120

Chino

91,535

2.8

24.2

121

Santa Maria

108,100

4.6

17.9

122

Newark

48,276

2

27.3

123

Santa Rosa

176,325

4.7

17.7

124

Downey

113,277

3.2

23.1

125

Lakewood

81,097

3.3

22.8

126

Alameda

79,951

2.3

26.6

127

Santa Clara

128,682

1.6

29.1

128

Perris

79,238

2.7

25.2

129

Whittier

87,055

2.7

25.6

130

Oceanside

177,464

3.8

21.6

131

Rohnert Park

43,129

5.1

17.3

132

Santa Ana

335,403

4.7

19.1

133

Azusa

50,393

3.8

22.3

134

Rosemead

54,661

3.5

23.3

135

Lake Elsinore

68,451

2.4

28

136

Anaheim

354,743

3.4

24.5

137

Hesperia

95,519

4.3

21.3

138

Brea

43,279

1.9

29.9

139

National City

61,763

5

18.9

140

Covina

48,557

3.9

23

141

Bellflower

77,937

4.3

21.7

142

Glendora

52,727

2.3

28.9

143

Walnut Creek

70,587

1.5

31.9

144

Jurupa Valley

107,605

3.1

26.4

145

Oxnard

211,737

3.8

23.9

146

Westminster

91,821

3.1

26.5

147

Carson

92,895

4.7

21.2

148

Montebello

63,291

3.4

26

149

Porterville

59,394

3.5

26.3

150

Ontario

177,542

3.8

25.8

151

Woodland

60,679

3.6

26.4

152

El Cajon

104,497

4.9

21.7

153

Manteca

81,080

3.2

28.2

154

San Jacinto

48,830

2.7

29.9

155

Hanford

56,805

4.8

22.3

156

Lompoc

43,719

5

21.8

157

San Jose

1,047,305

4.2

24.6

158

Gilroy

59,033

3.5

27.3

159

Los Banos

39,651

3.6

27

160

Upland

77,453

3.7

26.8

161

Watsonville

54,513

4.5

24.4

162

Lodi

66,416

4.2

25.6

163

Colton

55,203

3.3

29

164

West Sacramento

54,215

4.2

26

165

Gardena

60,423

5.4

21.6

166

Citrus Heights

88,603

3.7

28

167

Santa Barbara

92,630

4.5

25.2

168

Visalia

134,224

3.4

29.6

169

Yuba City

67,035

3.9

27.5

170

Lynwood

71,315

6

20.2

171

Buena Park

83,336

3.1

31

172

Madera

66,098

6

20.4

173

Tulare

64,509

3.9

28.2

174

Moreno Valley

209,145

3.7

29.5

175

Adelanto

34,429

6.9

17.7

176

Campbell

41,853

2.8

32.9

177

Palm Desert

53,567

1.7

37.1

178

Delano

53,141

4.5

27

179

Pittsburg

73,462

5.7

22.9

180

Costa Mesa

114,358

3

33.2

181

Hayward

162,881

4.1

29.3

182

Indio

91,346

5.4

24.5

183

San Rafael

59,254

4.3

28.6

184

Hawthorne

88,372

7

19.3

185

Concord

130,855

3.6

31.5

186

Ventura

111,272

4

31.3

187

Victorville

123,343

6.6

22

188

Fairfield

117,883

5

27.8

189

Cerritos

51,307

3.2

35

190

Ceres

49,101

4.6

29.6

191

El Centro

44,609

2.8

36.4

192

Merced

83,659

5.6

26.5

193

Inglewood

110,726

6.2

24.8

194

Paramount

55,023

6

25.9

195

Redlands

71,954

3.7

34.6

196

Rialto

104,173

5.2

29.2

197

South Gate

95,570

6.6

24.7

198

Antioch

112,956

5.3

29.5

199

Chico

94,273

6.5

25.5

200

Riverside

331,022

5.1

30.9

201

Salinas

158,590

6.2

27.1

202

Lancaster

160,818

7.4

23.7

203

Turlock

74,267

5.7

30.1

204

Long Beach

470,445

7

25.3

205

Pleasant Hill

35,252

1.6

44.9

206

Pomona

153,496

5.7

30.6

207

Hemet

86,047

5

33.3

208

Los Angeles

4,029,741

7.5

25.1

209

San Luis Obispo

47,885

4

37.8

210

Fresno

531,818

5.6

33.4

211

Sacramento

507,037

6.6

30.4

212

Huntington Park

58,922

7.3

30.5

213

San Leandro

91,359

5.2

39.2

214

Bakersfield

385,609

4.9

41.7

215

Berkeley

123,735

4.7

43.5

216

Redding

92,068

6.7

37.3

217

Beverly Hills

34,557

3.1

50.8

218

Culver City

39,335

4.8

44.6

219

Palm Springs

48,644

5.6

42.7

220

Montclair

39,648

6

41.5

221

Vallejo

122,974

7.7

36.7

222

Santa Cruz

65,680

5.9

44.2

223

Modesto

215,822

8.8

35.8

224

Compton

97,775

12

26.2

225

Richmond

110,982

9.4

39.2

226

San Francisco

889,282

6.9

55.3

227

Santa Monica

92,674

8.6

51.1

228

West Hollywood

37,478

8

56

229

Stockton

313,158

14

37.7

230

San Bernardino

217,986

13.3

41.4

231

Oakland

430,230

12.7

53.9

Sources

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder
Gun Violence Archive (GVA), “Mass Shootings Reports

Mass Shooting Definition:

SafeWise uses the GVA definition of a mass shooting: “If four or more people are shot or killed in a single incident, not involving the shooter, that incident is categorized as a mass shooting based purely on that numerical threshold.”

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  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    Wonder why Walnut Creek is not on the list??

  • 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…

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Jonathon

    Thank you mostly to The Rocklin Police Department!