California’s 50 Safest Cities of 2019

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 Danvil

Population45,088 Median Income$152,798 Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)0.35 Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)7.83

Danville, California

#2 Irvine

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

Irvine, California

#3 Rancho Santa Margarita

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

Rancho Santa Margarita, California

#4 Yorba Linda

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

Yucaipa, California

Population68,889Median Income$123,962Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)0.65Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)10.36

#5 Murrieta

Population113,016 Median Income$80,373 Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)0.71 Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)14.00

Murrieta, California

Population113,016Median Income$80,373Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)0.71Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)14.00

#6 San Ramon

Population76,325 Median Income$142,718 Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)0.73 Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)12.76

San Ramon, California

#7 Rancho Palos Verdes

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

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

#8 Folsom

Population78,155 Median Income$106,718 Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)0.82 Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)15.73

Folsom, California

#9 Laguna Niguel

Population65,700Median Income$99,206Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)0.82Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)8.72

Laguna Niguel, California

#10 Aliso Viejo

Population51,984Median Income$106,353Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)0.85Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)7.58

Aliso Viejo, California

#11 Chino Hills

Population79,480Median Income$102,746Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)0.88Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)17.14

Chino Hills, California

#12 Eastvale

Population62,422Median Income$110,685Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)0.88Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)21.13

Eastvale, California

#13 Lincoln

Population47,741Median Income$78,647Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)0.92Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)12.67

Lincoln, California

#14 Diamond Bar

Population56,996Median Income$94,531Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)1.00Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)18.30

Diamond Bar, California

#15 Temecula

Population115,220Median Income$87,115Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)1.02Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)22.69

Temecula, California

#16 Rocklin

Population63,735Median Income$91,995Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)1.04Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)17.81

Rocklin, California

#17 Mission Viejo

Population: 96,928 Median Income: $107,988 Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 1.04 Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)1: 0.00

Mission Viejo, California

#18 Poway

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

Poway, California

#19 Pleasanton

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

Pleasanton, California

#20 Sunnyvale

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

Sunnyvale, California

#21 Fountain Valley

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

Fountain Valley, California

#22 Foster City

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

Foster City, California

#23 Oakley

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

Oakley, California

#24 Cupertino

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

Cupertino, California

#25 Moorpark

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

Moorpark, California

#26Central Marin

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

Central Marin, California

#27 Corona

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

Corona, California

#28 Thousand Oaks

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

Thousand Oaks, California

#29 Palo Alto

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

Palo Alto, California

#30 Glendale

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

Glendale, California

#31 Menifee

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

Menifee, California

#32 Dublin

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

Dublin, California

#33 Davis

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

Davis, California

#34 Yucaipa

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

Yucaipa, California

#35 San Clemente

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

San Clemente, California

#36 Martinez

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

Martinez, California

#37 Cypress

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

Cypress, California

#38 Newport Beach

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

Newport Beach, California

#39 Milpitas

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

Milpitas, California

#40 Simi Valley

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

Simi Valley, California

#41 Temple City

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

Temple City, California

#42 Walnut Creek

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

Walnut Creek, California

#43 Wildomar

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

Wildomar, California

#44 Orange

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

Orange, California

#45 Menlo Park

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

Menlo Park, California

#46 Lake Forest

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

Lake Forest, California

#47 Camarillo

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

Camarillo, California

#48 Morgan Hill

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

Morgan Hill, California

#49 La Quinta

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

La Quinta, California

#50 Novato

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

Novato, California

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.

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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.

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

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