California’s
50 Safest Cities

2019

We’ve all heard the term “west coast, best coast” and California is a shining example of that. With everything from big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, to national parks like the Redwood Forest, to sprawling orchards in Samona, California truly has it all. It houses everyone from famous Hollywood celebrities to garlic farmers, all in one of the largest states in the country.

What should you do when you visit California? Well, the options are truly endless, but to name a few…

  • Walk the beach in Santa Monica then head on over to the ferris wheel and pier
  • Visit the Redwood Forests and see some of the oldest and tallest trees in the country
  • Have a picnic in the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco
  • Explore Yosemite which has options for hiking, river rafting, and more outdoor activities
  • Take the kids to Disneyland to have fun with Mickey and Minnie!

If you’re on this page, it’s probably because you’re planning a trip to Cali or maybe even moving there! In any case, we’ve analyzed crime data from the FBI to determine the state’s safest cities. Number one on the list is Imperial, with a population of 17,629. Amazingly, the city only has .62 violent crimes and 3.46 property crimes per 1000 people, with property crime decreasing! Other great and safe options are Irvine, Hollister, and Los Gatos.

4.493

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

4.259
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
24.967

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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To learn about how we selected California’s safest cities, scroll down to the bottom of the page for a full methodology. Otherwise, put on your sunglasses, break out your sunscreen, and read about the safest cities in the Golden State!

1
Imperial, California
Imperial
Safety Score: 89.34

Imperial, CA

Population 17,629
Median Income 85,163
Households 4,465
Violent Crime 0.62
Violent Crime +0.22
Property Crimes 3.46
Property Crime -0.69

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Hillsborough, California
Hillsboroug.
Safety Score: 88

Hillsborough, CA

Population 11,531
Median Income 238,750
Households 3,676
Violent Crime 0.69
Violent Crime -0.09
Property Crimes 6.07
Property Crime -4.38

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Guadalupe, California
Guadalupe
Safety Score: 86.93

Guadalupe, CA

Population 7,360
Median Income 44,000
Households 1,944
Violent Crime 0.54
Violent Crime -0.55
Property Crimes 7.47
Property Crime -2.17

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Moraga, California
Moraga
Safety Score: 86.83

Moraga, CA

Population 17,653
Median Income 139,018
Households 5,682
Violent Crime 0.34
Violent Crime -0.23
Property Crimes 7.25
Property Crime -0.92

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
Palos Verde.
Safety Score: 86.24

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Population 13,611
Median Income 180,815
Households 4,757
Violent Crime 0.22
Violent Crime -0.07
Property Crimes 9.18
Property Crime 1.1

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Gonzales, California
Gonzales
Safety Score: 86.19

Gonzales, CA

Population 8,508
Median Income 53,690
Households 1,998
Violent Crime 1.18
Violent Crime -2.92
Property Crimes 7.52
Property Crime -4.32

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Soledad, California
Soledad
Safety Score: 85.83

Soledad, CA

Population 25,560
Median Income 55,917
Households 3,901
Violent Crime 1.96
Violent Crime -1.1
Property Crimes 6.65
Property Crime -1.9

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Ione, California
Ione
Safety Score: 85.81

Ione, CA

Population 6,915
Median Income 67,351
Households 1,519
Violent Crime 0.43
Violent Crime -0.15
Property Crimes 8.82
Property Crime 1.68

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Tiburon, California
Tiburon
Safety Score: 85.54

Tiburon, CA

Population 9,210
Median Income 151,429
Households 3,824
Violent Crime 0.33
Violent Crime -0.1
Property Crimes 9.34
Property Crime 0.38

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Kensington, California
Kensington
Safety Score: 85.53

Kensington, CA

Population 5,397
Median Income 140,000
Households 2,336
Violent Crime 0.56
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 9.08
Property Crime -1.36

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Clayton, California
Clayton
Safety Score: 85.27

Clayton, CA

Population 12,173
Median Income 146,225
Households 4,189
Violent Crime 0.66
Violent Crime +0.33
Property Crimes 9.28
Property Crime -2.83

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Atherton, California
Atherton
Safety Score: 85.23

Atherton, CA

Population 7,256
Median Income 250,000
Households 2,320
Violent Crime 0.55
Violent Crime +0.13
Property Crimes 10.34
Property Crime -4.07

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Sierra Madre, California
Sierra Madr.
Safety Score: 84.86

Sierra Madre, CA

Population 11,080
Median Income 98,547
Households 4,441
Violent Crime 0.72
Violent Crime -1.51
Property Crimes 9.75
Property Crime -0.42

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Los Altos, California
Los Altos
Safety Score: 84.69

Los Altos, CA

Population 30,816
Median Income 208,309
Households 10,591
Violent Crime 0.32
Violent Crime -0.1
Property Crimes 10.42
Property Crime -0.64

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Truckee, California
Truckee
Safety Score: 84.38

Truckee, CA

Population 16,429
Median Income 89,154
Households 6,235
Violent Crime 1.16
Violent Crime -0.37
Property Crimes 10.04
Property Crime -1.41

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Foster City, California
Foster City
Safety Score: 84.23

Foster City, CA

Population 34,808
Median Income 136,383
Households 12,792
Violent Crime 1.24
Violent Crime +0.3
Property Crimes 10.03
Property Crime -0.03

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Bear Valley, California
Bear Valley
Safety Score: 84

Bear Valley, CA

Population 5,497
Median Income 250,000
Households 25
Violent Crime 0.91
Violent Crime -0.01
Property Crimes 10.73
Property Crime -0.43

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Fairfax, California
Fairfax
Safety Score: 83.3

Fairfax, CA

Population 7,623
Median Income 98,092
Households 3,365
Violent Crime 0.52
Violent Crime -1.57
Property Crimes 12.33
Property Crime -5.42

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San Ramon, California
San Ramon
Safety Score: 82.71

San Ramon, CA

Population 76,325
Median Income 142,718
Households 24,811
Violent Crime 0.73
Violent Crime +0.22
Property Crimes 12.76
Property Crime 2.06

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Newman, California
Newman
Safety Score: 82.57

Newman, CA

Population 11,271
Median Income 52,783
Households 3,114
Violent Crime 1.15
Violent Crime -1.75
Property Crimes 12.6
Property Crime -0.99

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Irvine, California
Irvine
Safety Score: 82.48

Irvine, CA

Population 276,115
Median Income 95,573
Households 92,869
Violent Crime 0.61
Violent Crime +0.04
Property Crimes 13.16
Property Crime -0.85

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Lincoln, California
Lincoln
Safety Score: 82.46

Lincoln, CA

Population 47,741
Median Income 78,647
Households 17,417
Violent Crime 0.92
Violent Crime +0.31
Property Crimes 12.67
Property Crime 1.21

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Los Gatos, California
Los Gatos
Safety Score: 82.26

Los Gatos, CA

Population 30,720
Median Income 132,671
Households 12,110
Violent Crime 0.46
Violent Crime -0.22
Property Crimes 14.03
Property Crime -5.87

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Hollister, California
Hollister
Safety Score: 82.02

Hollister, CA

Population 38,310
Median Income 77,823
Households 10,418
Violent Crime 3.45
Violent Crime +0.39
Property Crimes 10.34
Property Crime -0.09

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Coronado, California
Coronado
Safety Score: 81.93

Coronado, CA

Population 26,294
Median Income 99,641
Households 8,486
Violent Crime 1.1
Violent Crime +0.06
Property Crimes 13.92
Property Crime -1.3

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Murrieta, California
Murrieta
Safety Score: 81.87

Murrieta, CA

Population 113,016
Median Income 80,373
Households 32,417
Violent Crime 0.71
Violent Crime +0.27
Property Crimes 14
Property Crime -0.44

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Mill Valley, California
Mill Valley
Safety Score: 81.75

Mill Valley, CA

Population 14,423
Median Income 141,698
Households 6,114
Violent Crime 0.62
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 14.63
Property Crime -0.76

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Firebaugh, California
Firebaugh
Safety Score: 81.49

Firebaugh, CA

Population 8,436
Median Income 41,365
Households 2,203
Violent Crime 3.2
Violent Crime +1.67
Property Crimes 11.38
Property Crime -1.7

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Paradise, California
Paradise
Safety Score: 81.48

Paradise, CA

Population 26,610
Median Income 48,831
Households 10,748
Violent Crime 3.31
Violent Crime +1.61
Property Crimes 11.09
Property Crime -7.83

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Belmont, California
Belmont
Safety Score: 81.28

Belmont, CA

Population 27,285
Median Income 125,958
Households 10,294
Violent Crime 1.43
Violent Crime +0.3
Property Crimes 13.82
Property Crime 0.11

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Colusa, California
Colusa
Safety Score: 81.12

Colusa, CA

Population 5,930
Median Income 50,265
Households 2,080
Violent Crime 0.84
Violent Crime -0.68
Property Crimes 15.35
Property Crime -1.52

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Simi Valley, California
Simi Valley
Safety Score: 80.97

Simi Valley, CA

Population 126,635
Median Income 93,516
Households 42,025
Violent Crime 1.45
Violent Crime +0.08
Property Crimes 14.4
Property Crime 2.09

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Rio Vista, California
Rio Vista
Safety Score: 80.96

Rio Vista, CA

Population 8,870
Median Income 65,797
Households 4,206
Violent Crime 4.62
Violent Crime +0.88
Property Crimes 10.6
Property Crime -0.97

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Hercules, California
Hercules
Safety Score: 80.96

Hercules, CA

Population 25,570
Median Income 107,221
Households 8,193
Violent Crime 1.17
Violent Crime -0.9
Property Crimes 14.78
Property Crime -0.56

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Pacifica, California
Pacifica
Safety Score: 80.95

Pacifica, CA

Population 39,353
Median Income 106,959
Households 14,080
Violent Crime 2.19
Violent Crime +0.55
Property Crimes 13.42
Property Crime 1.01

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Calistoga, California
Calistoga
Safety Score: 80.9

Calistoga, CA

Population 5,336
Median Income 58,533
Households 2,177
Violent Crime 1.69
Violent Crime -0.36
Property Crimes 14.81
Property Crime 0.64

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Piedmont, California
Piedmont
Safety Score: 80.84

Piedmont, CA

Population 11,464
Median Income 202,631
Households 3,919
Violent Crime 1.22
Violent Crime -1.56
Property Crimes 15.18
Property Crime -2.19

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Cypress, California
Cypress
Safety Score: 80.79

Cypress, CA

Population 49,064
Median Income 90,345
Households 15,840
Violent Crime 1.41
Violent Crime +0.16
Property Crimes 14.8
Property Crime -0.98

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Folsom, California
Folsom
Safety Score: 80.49

Folsom, CA

Population 78,155
Median Income 106,718
Households 26,843
Violent Crime 0.82
Violent Crime -0.16
Property Crimes 15.73
Property Crime -2.19

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Williams, California
Williams
Safety Score: 80.47

Williams, CA

Population 5,201
Median Income 55,682
Households 1,538
Violent Crime 2.11
Violent Crime +0.96
Property Crimes 14.42
Property Crime 2.71

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Glendale, California
Glendale
Safety Score: 80.46

Glendale, CA

Population 202,381
Median Income 58,657
Households 72,738
Violent Crime 1.35
Violent Crime +0.23
Property Crimes 15.41
Property Crime -1.59

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Cathedral City, California
Cathedral C.
Safety Score: 80.42

Cathedral City, CA

Population 54,506
Median Income 43,384
Households 17,888
Violent Crime 2.51
Violent Crime -0.29
Property Crimes 14.11
Property Crime -6.09

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St. Helena, California
St. Helena
Safety Score: 80.39

St. Helena, CA

Population 6,210
Median Income 85,663
Households 2,516
Violent Crime 1.77
Violent Crime +0.3
Property Crimes 14.98
Property Crime -3.91

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Elk Grove, California
Elk Grove
Safety Score: 80.34

Elk Grove, CA

Population 172,620
Median Income 85,556
Households 51,351
Violent Crime 3.24
Violent Crime +0.02
Property Crimes 13.01
Property Crime -0.79

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Orange Cove, California
Orange Cove
Safety Score: 80.33

Orange Cove, CA

Population 9,674
Median Income 25,619
Households 2,342
Violent Crime 6
Violent Crime +1.98
Property Crimes 9.82
Property Crime -5.94

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Martinez, California
Martinez
Safety Score: 80.26

Martinez, CA

Population 38,619
Median Income 98,102
Households 14,773
Violent Crime 1.4
Violent Crime +0.08
Property Crimes 16.03
Property Crime -6.23

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Daly City, California
Daly City
Safety Score: 80

Daly City, CA

Population 107,355
Median Income 86,342
Households 31,318
Violent Crime 2.47
Violent Crime +0.2
Property Crimes 14.54
Property Crime -0.61

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Benicia, California
Benicia
Safety Score: 79.9

Benicia, CA

Population 28,370
Median Income 95,225
Households 11,186
Violent Crime 0.99
Violent Crime +0.32
Property Crimes 16.64
Property Crime -2.37

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Morgan Hill, California
Morgan Hill
Safety Score: 79.88

Morgan Hill, CA

Population 45,277
Median Income 107,161
Households 14,205
Violent Crime 1.59
Violent Crime -0.27
Property Crimes 15.95
Property Crime 1.36

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Chula Vista, California
Chula Vista
Safety Score: 79.73

Chula Vista, CA

Population 271,109
Median Income 70,197
Households 78,476
Violent Crime 2.98
Violent Crime +0.4
Property Crimes 14.32
Property Crime -1.43

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

No big deal! We ranked all of the cities in your state for safety, so scroll down to see where your city landed. And remember— there’s always next year!

Safety RankCityPopulationMedian IncomeViolent CrimeProperty CrimeLaw OfficerSafety Score
51Seaside, CA34,51957,6532.67 14.86 0.979.64
52Novato, CA56,69889,8121.62 16.35 0.9579.49
53McFarland, CA14,88235,0694.5 12.03 0.8779.44
54Los Alamitos, CA11,67179,4591.37 17.31 1.9779.36
55Santa Paula, CA30,49655,0903.38 14.23 0.8979.35
56Sunnyvale, CA154,919118,3141.17 17.31 1.3779.33
57Placentia, CA52,43788,5011.7 16.48 0.8679.3
58King City, CA14,03739,4434.06 13.96 1.2179.12
59Mendota, CA11,45927,4796.46 10.82 0.9679.1
60Ripon, CA15,65982,1410.83 18.26 1.479.05
61Arroyo Grande, CA18,23974,6541.75 17.05 1.3779.01
62Redwood City, CA86,35399,0262.42 16.1 0.9878.91
63Rocklin, CA63,73591,9951.04 17.81 0.878.82
64Avenal, CA12,05434,6385.48 12.36 1.4178.8
65Fowler, CA6,47556,3753.4 15.6 2.1678.78
66Reedley, CA25,79443,0363.88 14.31 1.0978.75
67Bell Gardens, CA42,93039,0082.33 17.45 1.1678.58
68Sebastopol, CA7,72565,3192.59 16.7 1.8178.55
69Farmersville, CA10,76037,5713.16 15.99 1.378.54
70Greenfield, CA17,60349,4605.79 12.16 1.1478.48
71San Gabriel, CA40,53155,9392.81 16.43 1.3378.41
72Scotts Valley, CA11,985101,4041.17 18.94 1.5978.36
73Port Hueneme, CA22,37465,3521.74 17.7 0.9878.28
74Healdsburg, CA11,91577,9281.59 18.55 1.5178.26
75South Pasadena, CA25,96192,7560.69 19.41 1.2378.2
76Orange, CA141,13083,5001.54 18.31 1.0878.2
77San Fernando, CA24,89954,2984.82 14.46 1.1278.18
78Cloverdale, CA8,83067,3093.06 16.19 1.4778.15
79San Marino, CA13,402152,5271.04 19.03 1.8778.13
80Cotati, CA7,48573,0986.55 12.56 1.3478.04
81Petaluma, CA60,95784,9493.82 15.52 0.9578.01
82Winters, CA7,23581,5861.94 18.11 1.5278.01
83Rialto, CA103,98054,9623.84 16.2 0.9877.91
84Woodlake, CA7,67832,3753.52 15.89 1.1777.91
85East Palo Alto, CA29,93358,7834.18 15.57 1.1777.75
86Napa, CA80,95875,3413.36 16.71 0.8977.71
87Morro Bay, CA10,71661,6902.05 18.38 1.5977.7
88Menlo Park, CA34,195132,9281.55 19.18 1.2677.68
89Corona, CA169,16473,5941.32 19.49 0.9177.6
90Grover Beach, CA13,72061,4822.84 17.93 1.3177.59
91Pleasanton, CA84,440138,2691.17 19.67 0.977.55
92Orland, CA7,62443,6433.15 17.31 1.3177.48
93Gustine, CA5,86544,1675.63 14.49 1.5377.43
94Marina, CA22,03060,4102.45 18.38 1.2377.42
95Atascadero, CA30,66172,2403.49 16.89 0.9177.33
96Dixon, CA20,04973,0471.95 18.6 1.0577.3
97Corcoran, CA22,34537,7933.49 17.14 0.7277.24
98Fontana, CA211,78268,3043.37 17.64 0.8577.2
99Pacific Grove, CA15,71680,7881.02 20.62 1.2177.13
100Escondido, CA152,84558,8343.77 17.04 1.0477.11
101Carlsbad, CA115,344102,7222.14 19.15 176.93
102Coalinga, CA16,37154,6057.57 12.83 1.0476.59
103Mammoth Lakes, CA7,95662,3083.39 18.48 1.2676.59
104San Diego, CA1,424,11671,5353.67 18.43 1.2376.46
105La Habra, CA61,87872,1782.21 20.22 1.0876.39
106La Mesa, CA60,42559,6292.65 19.74 1.1176.32
107Lemoore, CA25,99954,4715.42 16.69 1.2776
108Tehachapi, CA12,21044,4704.01 18.26 1.2375.95
109Huron, CA6,97322,8029.47 7.74 1.8675.94
110Santa Rosa, CA176,36167,1444.09 18.4 0.9875.89
111Beaumont, CA46,85671,6643.88 18.61 0.8375.89
112San Mateo, CA105,090103,3992.55 20.22 1.0275.82
113Torrance, CA147,48285,0701.81 21.74 1.4475.77
114Vacaville, CA99,29377,8071.99 21.23 1.0375.74
115Fremont, CA236,368122,1911.82 21.5 0.7575.72
116Baldwin Park, CA76,63657,2094.54 18.33 0.975.64
117Auburn, CA14,06957,2893.84 19.26 1.2875.52
118Huntington Beach, CA202,24488,0792.28 21.19 1.0375.49
119Livermore, CA90,485109,0841.83 21.85 0.9975.47
120National City, CA61,57443,1684.81 18.79 1.3875.39
121Alhambra, CA85,86555,4012 21.86 0.975.24
122Lindsay, CA13,51330,0293.33 20.2 1.1175.17
123La Palma, CA15,81191,0241.2 22.96 1.1475.09
124Monrovia, CA37,21471,3731.77 22.79 1.3475.03
125Sanger, CA25,12644,9284.38 19.46 1.4775.01
126Ridgecrest, CA28,87360,7945.37 17.94 1.1174.95
127South Lake Tahoe, CA21,76845,2232.66 22.14 1.6574.81
128Livingston, CA14,11753,1153.83 20.19 1.4274.68
129Exeter, CA10,53345,0572.28 22.69 1.5274.68
130Kingsburg, CA11,87462,8322.95 21.39 1.2674.56
131Davis, CA68,54063,0711.37 23.62 0.8574.51
132Rohnert Park, CA42,92262,7695.08 19.38 1.3574.5
133Pasadena, CA142,89176,2644.02 20.62 1.674.43
134West Sacramento, CA53,70359,5863.71 21.19 1.3274.23
135Union City, CA76,31195,6253.34 22.09 174.2
136Tustin, CA81,24673,5671.62 23.99 1.1674.17
137Newport Beach, CA86,910119,3791.43 24.43 1.5574.17
138Bell, CA35,92539,6866.35 18.15 0.7574.15
139Redondo Beach, CA68,051104,5482.59 23.07 1.4574.14
140Milpitas, CA79,503110,7521.43 24.88 1.0273.85
141Tracy, CA90,26384,1622.14 24.14 0.9473.73
142Manhattan Beach, CA35,843148,8991.98 24.41 1.6573.72
143Mountain View, CA81,52568,8281.84 24.31 1.0773.69
144Parlier, CA15,28931,3286.93 16.87 1.0573.67
145Santa Ana, CA335,69957,1514.89 20.9 0.9773.65
146Roseville, CA135,02881,1191.76 24.6 0.9373.49
147La Verne, CA32,61382,8292.82 -23.49 -1.2373.48
148Chino, CA89,42075,5302.54 23.95 1.273.48
149Santa Maria, CA107,42455,4854.43 21.91 1.0773.44
150Brentwood, CA62,12096,9452.53 23.97 1.0373.34
151Oakdale, CA22,88652,5001.35 25.61 0.9673.28
152El Cajon, CA104,44749,4454.11 22.31 1.1173.27
153Central Marin, CA35,060n/a1.31 25.44 1.1473.26
154Galt, CA25,97168,9083.5 22.91 1.1673.26
155Kerman, CA14,76045,1393.32 23.24 1.4273.2
156Shafter, CA19,28440,4932.23 24.53 1.373.19
157Banning, CA31,24739,7004.83 21.35 0.873.19
158Azusa, CA50,20257,7282.93 23.96 1.1873.06
159Suisun City, CA29,73875,1953.4 23.17 0.8472.98
160Oceanside, CA176,81561,7783.93 23.12 1.1572.8
161South San Francisco, CA67,53392,0743.46 23.77 1.1872.8
162Palo Alto, CA67,441147,5371.33 26.44 1.1472.68
163Escalon, CA7,58767,2774.48 22.67 1.3272.67
164Seal Beach, CA24,49565,4011.84 26.25 1.2772.48
165West Covina, CA108,12874,5512.54 25.28 0.8772.45
166Albany, CA19,88087,6941.81 26.31 1.2172.43
167Covina, CA48,67468,3113.53 24.24 1.1772.39
168Arcadia, CA58,88390,6661.87 26.05 1.1272.35
169Monterey Park, CA61,21055,1171.83 26.35 1.1472.33
170Laguna Beach, CA23,261117,5864.3 24.03 2.0672.2
171El Monte, CA116,16843,5043.88 24.24 1.0272.16
172Claremont, CA36,24696,9232.04 25.93 1.0272.15
173Placerville, CA10,73251,2502.7 26 1.6872.15
174San Jose, CA1,037,52996,6624.04 24.41 0.9172.05
175Garden Grove, CA175,46662,6753.43 24.78 0.9271.99
176Lompoc, CA43,94849,0745.53 22.16 0.9371.92
177San Bruno, CA43,27494,7052.8 25.81 1.0971.87
178Fountain Valley, CA56,70486,6021.2 27.88 0.9371.8
179Chowchilla, CA18,17440,9383.41 24.93 0.9971.78
180Clovis, CA108,41968,6822.24 26.7 0.9271.63
181Paso Robles, CA32,266n/a1.08 28.51 1.0271.39
182Ontario, CA174,72457,5443.91 25.6 1.5671.37
183Pittsburg, CA71,94466,7394.74 24.55 1.171.25
184Santa Clara, CA127,538108,6091.68 28.37 1.271.23
185Anaheim, CA353,40065,3133.55 26.3 1.1971.02
186Fullerton, CA141,63771,6602.07 27.9 171.02
187Upland, CA77,15465,3493.01 26.84 0.7970.79
188Ukiah, CA15,85943,4807.63 21.12 2.0870.78
189Hanford, CA55,78955,3275.09 24.36 0.9770.77
190Oxnard, CA209,51364,8374.33 25.43 1.1470.75
191Gardena, CA60,24950,8076.52 23.12 1.5370.74
192Burbank, CA104,62269,1182.42 28.14 1.570.71
193Delano, CA52,63938,7084.71 24.96 0.9170.69
194Porterville, CA59,24539,9094.17 25.91 0.9570.65
195Hermosa Beach, CA19,836124,8491.41 29.74 1.8770.53
196Montebello, CA63,47350,3123.2 25.9 1.0270.4
197Colton, CA55,12747,2564.44 26.1 0.9170.35
198Tulare, CA63,34949,5844.01 26.88 1.1470.26
199San Rafael, CA59,14485,9313.28 27.51 1.1270.22
200Lodi, CA65,04252,2444.97 25.84 170.02
201Santa Barbara, CA92,50871,1604.08 27.01 1.5169.96
202Burlingame, CA30,551118,4102.42 29.3 1.2869.9
203Downey, CA113,51168,1623.37 28.38 0.9769.8
204Glendora, CA52,13386,4422.47 29.41 169.57
205Manteca, CA78,56468,0193.26 28.51 0.7969.51
206Whittier, CA87,14169,0583.44 28.77 1.3869.39
207Los Banos, CA37,91046,9943.64 28.3 1.0669.34
208Dinuba, CA24,38740,3297.96 23.09 1.4869.26
209Inglewood, CA110,81146,3897.08 24.91 1.5869.15
210California City, CA13,75345,1796.4 24.79 1.1669.05
211Alameda, CA79,76189,0453.17 29.43 0.9969.04
212Madera, CA64,93940,7315.82 26.21 0.8568.95
213Gilroy, CA56,16386,7423.7 29.34 1.168.79
214Hawthorne, CA88,66447,6366.62 25.64 1.0368.72
215Sausalito, CA7,155110,3851.96 32.29 2.868.66
216Fairfield, CA116,37275,2924.69 27.94 0.9568.63
217Los Angeles, CA4,007,14754,5017.61 25.36 2.4968.45
218Newark, CA46,36096,8171.9 32.31 1.2168.4
219Indio, CA90,05549,9517.1 25.4 0.768.3
220Arvin, CA21,39036,78910.71 21.18 0.8468.25
221Hayward, CA161,41774,9273.49 31.12 1.1768.18
222Long Beach, CA471,39758,3146.58 26.72 1.6968.15
223Walnut Creek, CA69,95386,8451.5 32.94 1.1968.14
224Westminster, CA91,86357,5753.06 30.75 0.8368.13
225Woodland, CA59,67660,4463.13 31.19 1.0767.49
226Calexico, CA40,49938,0152.2 31.61 0.4967.38
227Campbell, CA41,192108,4982.48 32.53 1.0767.36
228Pomona, CA153,06653,2815.57 29.29 0.9667.26
229Yreka, CA7,56432,6756.74 28.16 1.8567.15
230Citrus Heights, CA88,12654,3733.96 31.57 166.83
231Brea, CA43,00090,2142.65 33.49 1.3566.73
232Riverside, CA328,02362,4605.09 30.58 1.0766.56
233Visalia, CA132,14354,9343.46 33.27 1.0566.09
234Yuba City, CA67,04251,0373.8 32.92 0.8265.98
235Watsonville, CA54,22651,5485.5 31.55 1.3565.9
236Sacramento, CA499,99754,6156.76 29.37 1.2965.85
237Buena Park, CA83,55271,0053.49 33.68 1.0165.83
238Salinas, CA158,31354,8646.45 30.29 0.9265.7
239Concord, CA129,78976,5003.56 34.05 1.1765.65
240Ventura, CA110,006n/a4.18 33.07 1.2265.57
241Ceres, CA48,67351,1134.66 32.89 0.9765.5
242Turlock, CA73,48853,6616.08 31.24 1.0665.08
243Huntington Park, CA59,00438,1067.24 30.79 0.8865.03
244Desert Hot Springs, CA28,71734,25110.17 27.3 0.8464.39
245San Pablo, CA30,78147,4595.78 33.79 1.3664.32
246Redlands, CA71,70768,9563.01 36.66 1.0964
247Atwater, CA29,44250,1816.39 32.3 0.8563.99
248Susanville, CA14,41451,10514.5 21.78 0.9763.82
249South Gate, CA95,71747,2817.04 32.71 0.8363.64
250Antioch, CA112,25269,9255.41 34.19 0.8663.61
251Merced, CA83,18040,7046.77 32.08 1.0563.38
252Costa Mesa, CA113,26775,1093.19 37.95 1.0563.11
253San Luis Obispo, CA47,93449,6403.71 37.18 1.1963.01
254El Segundo, CA16,93292,9422.36 40.57 3.4362.81
255Crescent City, CA6,52927,0295.82 34.92 1.5362.79
256Corning, CA7,51134,7923.33 38.08 1.4662.74
257Brawley, CA26,34243,4696.68 33.86 1.3362.47
258Hemet, CA85,16637,1715.37 36.43 0.962.19
259Arcata, CA18,05430,8663.54 39.05 1.2761.59
260Fresno, CA526,37144,8535.65 38.41 1.4960.54
261Chico, CA92,45945,3374.47 38.86 0.9660.17
262Montclair, CA39,31854,1925.85 39.02 1.1760.17
263El Centro, CA44,45843,5814.16 40.94 1.0659.76
264Blythe, CA19,57239,8403.17 41.13 1.0759.48
265Dos Palos, CA5,29141,51711.15 32.32 1.1359.45
266Bakersfield, CA381,15460,0584.79 40.68 0.9559.3
267San Leandro, CA91,38666,1785.73 40.65 1.0259.25
268Monterey, CA28,58473,9424.37 42.19 1.7559.16
269Palm Springs, CA48,19348,1266.02 40.73 1.9558.95
270Fortuna, CA12,15446,4514.03 42.7 1.458.82
271Richmond, CA110,80461,0459.15 37.25 1.658.79
272Gridley, CA6,58840,72415.79 28.54 2.1358.74
273Vallejo, CA122,17462,2728.58 37.63 0.8857.88
274Selma, CA24,81741,42811.77 35.18 1.2957.35
275Redding, CA92,12746,3897.1 41.69 1.1257.31
276Marysville, CA12,27545,6467.74 41.38 1.4756.47
277Modesto, CA213,67754,0249.71 39.62 156.17
278Pleasant Hill, CA35,136101,5302.36 49.49 1.2555.68
279Anderson, CA10,28135,6594.18 47.86 1.9555.63
280Culver City, CA39,44086,9974.64 47.82 2.6655.43
281Pismo Beach, CA8,29177,3165.07 47.4 2.6555.13
282Taft, CA9,39351,3708.84 43.12 1.8154.78
283Pinole, CA19,44984,2553.39 49.77 1.1354.65
284Stockton, CA309,56648,39614.15 36.27 1.4254.39
285Clearlake, CA15,01827,0349.59 41.35 1.1354.34
286Fort Bragg, CA7,28941,2736.45 46.78 2.0654.2
287San Bernardino, CA217,25941,02712.91 38.68 1.0954.12
288Beverly Hills, CA34,781103,6983.39 52.3 3.8253.54
289Berkeley, CA122,68775,7095.43 49.07 1.3253.3
290Santa Monica, CA92,93586,0847.59 47.07 2.2252.98
291Barstow, CA24,02836,60612.57 41.12 1.5452.39
292El Cerrito, CA25,70496,9146.54 52.17 1.5650.12
293Eureka, CA27,23039,7208.96 51.41 1.7348.28
294Santa Cruz, CA65,13265,4216.28 56.56 1.3847.26
295Grass Valley, CA12,94735,1575.87 57.93 1.8547.12
296Capitola, CA10,22269,0163.33 60.85 2.0546.88
297Signal Hill, CA11,75775,8435.36 63.71 2.8144.22
298San Francisco, CA881,25596,2657.15 61.68 2.6543.48
299Oakland, CA424,91563,25112.99 59.83 1.7539.71
300Red Bluff, CA14,16931,11911.29 67.75 1.7634.96

How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.