California’s 50 Safest Cities of 2022

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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the eighth annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in California for 2022

See if your city made the full list.

When it comes to safety, daily concern seems to be the California state of mind. From those we surveyed, 56% of Californians feel a high daily level of concern for their safety. Californians were second in the nation for highest concern over COVID-19, third in the nation for concern over gun violence, and fifth for concern over violent crime.

Just 4 in 10 Californians say they feel safe in their state. But those who are lucky enough to call our safest cities home have less to worry about.

In this report

2022 California crime rates

California’s violent crime rate held steady year over year, avoiding the spike seen across most of the country. The Golden State saw 4.4 violent crime incidents per 1,000 people—exceeding the national rate of 4.0 but avoiding an increase over the previous reporting year.

California continued to see a decline in its property crime rate, falling nearly 9% from 23.4 incidents per 1,000 to 21.4. Again, California’s crime rate is higher than the national rate of 19.6, but it’s trending down year over year.

Bar chart of violent and property crime rates per 1,000 people where the national average is 4.0 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 19.6 property crimes per 1,000 people.

Image: SafeWise

Level of concern and experience with crime in California

Higher-than-average levels of concern in California coincide with higher reports of personal experience with violent crime, gun violence, and package theft. Property crime was the only crime for which Californians reported less experience than the national average in our latest survey.

Reported experience with property crime was cut in half year over year, falling from 38% to 16% during our last survey period (US 18%). Experience with violent crime was two percentage points higher than the national average of 10%, and personal run-ins with package theft came in six points higher than the national average of 20%. Gun violence barely exceeded the nationwide average, with 9% of Californians reporting a personal experience (US 8%).

Pictogram showing the percentage of state residents that are concerned about their safety on a daily basis, as well as which type of crime they are concerned about the most, and which crimes they have experienced within the past 12 months. Crimes include violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise. Past 12 months=12 months prior to survey.

Crime concerns in California

We asked California residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Californians are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

Bar chart showing percentages of how concerned state residents are about crime compared to the national averages for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

View the complete 2022 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in California: Fear vs. reality

Californians are highly concerned about their safety and have the crime rates to back it up, yet only 25% use personal protection (US 34%).

  • 54% of Californians said they are highly concerned about violent crime happening to them—that’s 13 percentage points higher than the US average.
  • California is one of only 15 states that saw a dip in violent crime year over year.
  • Despite having a higher statewide violent crime rate than the US and the Pacific region, all of California’s safest cities have rates below state, regional, and US rates.
  • Proportionately, California reported fewer murders, rapes, and aggravated assaults than the rest of the country.
  • Statewide, robberies made up 26% of all violent crimes—across the US, robberies account for 19% of all violent crime.
Despite drops in both violent and property crime statewide, 70% of Californians believe that crime is increasing in their state.

Attitudes about gun violence and personal safety in California

California reported the third-highest number of mass shootings in 2021, recording 46 incidents, an 18% increase over 2020.

  • 1 in 2 Californians are worried about a gun violence incident happening to them, making California the third most concerned state.
  • 25% of Californians use some type of personal protection. Pepper spray is used most often, with 17% carrying it. Concealed carry firearms are used least often, with 4% using them for personal safety.
  • 8% of Californians use firearms to protect their property compared to the national average of 26%.
  • 54% say their personal safety has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (US 44%)
Line graph of violent and property crime rates over the past three years in the state compared to national crime rates per 1,000 residents for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

Property crime in California: Fear vs. reality

Property crime rates in California are steadily dropping year over year, which may explain why Californians are less worried about property crime than any other crime category.

  • Statewide, the property crime rate fell by 2 incidents per 1,000 people.
    Larceny-theft was the most common property crime in The Golden State with over 528,000 incidents reported—but that’s nearly 100,000 fewer than reported the previous year.
  • California saw a higher proportion of burglaries than the rest of the US, with burglaries making up 17% of all property crimes versus 16% nationwide.
  • 64% of Californians use some form of property protection with security systems being the most popular (30%), followed by security cameras (29%).
  • 38% say the security of their property has been affected by the pandemic. (US 29%)

A closer look at the safest cities in California

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.

  • 230 cities met criteria to be considered for ranking.
  • The top 3 safest cities in California (Danville, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Moorpark) hold their title and spot for the third year in a row.
    San Gabriel (number 39) saw the most dramatic improvement year over year, climbing 32 spots to make it into the top 50.
  • All of the safest cities reported violent and property crime rates below state, regional, and US rates.
  • Surprisingly, 9 of the safest cities (18%) have more than 100,000 people, and 3 of those have populations over 200,000—including Santa Clarita, which landed at number 13. The average population among California’s safest cities is 77,162.
  • 48% of the safest cities reported 0 incidents of murder.
  • Among the safest cities, there were fewer reports of each major property crime this reporting year—except motor vehicle thefts, echoing rising national car thefts during the pandemic.
Map of state with markers and labels highlighting the cities with the lowest crime rates.

Image: SafeWise

The 50 safest cities in California

Geographic location of Danville, CA
#1
Danville
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    44,800
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $160,808
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.5, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.3, 6.6, 7.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
#2
Rancho Santa Margarita
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    47,894
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $121,017
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.6, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.9, 6.1, 6.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Moorpark, California
#3
Moorpark
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    36,573
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $107,820
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.7, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.2, 6.2, 7.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Aliso Viejo, California
#4
Aliso Viejo
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    51,244
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $112,689
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.5, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.6, 8.3, 8.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Yucaipa, California
#5
Yorba Linda
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    68,017
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $129,995
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    8.4, 9.2, 11.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Laguna Niguel, California
#6
Laguna Niguel
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+2
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    66,759
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $108,537
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.6, 0.6, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    8.7, 9.1, 9.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Poway, California
#7
Poway
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    49,479
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $107,902
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.1, 1.0, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.4, 9.8, 10.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Mission Viejo, CA
#8
Mission Viejo
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+1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    94,513
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $118,477
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.8, 0.7, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.0, 9.1, 9.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
#9
Rancho Palos Verdes
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-5
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    41,513
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $138,557
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.0, 0.7, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    8.1, 7.5, 9.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Thousand Oaks, California
#10
Thousand Oaks
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+1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    126,823
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $109,378
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.6, 0.7, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.4, 10.9, 11.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
San Ramon, California
#11
San Ramon
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+14
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    76,502
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $160,783
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, 0.8, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.4, 14.4, 10.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Murrieta, California
#12
Murrieta
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+8
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    117,639
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $90,535
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.8, 0.7, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.2, 13.0, 12.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Santa Clarita, CA
#13
Santa Clarita
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    221,932
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $99,666
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.3, 1.3, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.1, 9.4, 11.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Lake Forest, California
#14
Lake Forest
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-8
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    86,469
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $109,492
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.1, 0.8, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.8, 7.9, 8.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Temple City, California
#15
Temple City
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+8
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    35,840
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,516
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.4, 1.8, 1.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.0, 9.1, 12.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Lincoln, California map
#16
Lincoln
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-6
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    48,887
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $88,734
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.8, 0.7, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.4, 9.6, 8.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Camarillo, California
#17
Camarillo
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-2
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    70,424
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,512
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.8, 0.8, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.6, 11.7, 12.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Chino Hills, California
#18
Chino Hills
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-2
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    84,909
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,347
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.3, 1.1, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.8, 10.5, 13.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Oakley, California
#19
Oakley
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+2
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    43,385
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,893
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.0, 1.2, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.0, 11.6, 11.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of San Juan Capistrano, CA
#20
San Juan Capistrano
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Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    36,074
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $91,600
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.7, 1.7, 2.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    8.4, 8.2, 9.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Simi Valley, California
#21
Simi Valley
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-8
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    125,742
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $99,151
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.3, 1.2, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.5, 9.4, 11.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Wildomar, California
#22
Wildomar
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+21
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    37,808
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $74,991
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.5, 1.6, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.0, 16.8, 19.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of San Marcos, CA
#23
San Marcos
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+3
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    98,198
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,814
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.0, 2.0, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.9, 9.7, 10.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Dana Point, CA
#24
Dana Point
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+3
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,604
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $99,409
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.0, 1.5, 2.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    13.4, 11.8, 14.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Irvine, California
#25
Irvine
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-6
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    297,069
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,126
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    15.0, 13.1, 12.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Eastvale, California
#26
Eastvale
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+3
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    65,392
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $119,213
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.3, 1.3, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    12.5, 14.2, 14.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Santee, CA
#27
Santee
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+7
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    58,598
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,098
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.8, 1.7, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.7, 13.7, 15.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Encinitas, CA
#28
Encinitas
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-11
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    63,055
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $116,022
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.1, 1.4, 1.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.7, 9.6, 12.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Cupertino, California
#29
Cupertino
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+4
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    59,343
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $171,917
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.2, 0.9, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    14.0, 16.9, 15.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Folsom, California
#30
Folsom
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+12
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    82,427
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $114,405
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.0, 1.0, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    14.5, 18.6, 15.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Diamond Bar, California
#31
Diamond Bar
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+6
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    55,735
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $99,083
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.1, 1.3, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    14.2, 16.1, 16.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Foster City, California
#32
Foster City
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-8
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,291
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $158,529
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.2, 1.1, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    14.1, 12.3, 10.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Pleasanton, California
#33
Pleasanton
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+16
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    83,164
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $156,400
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.1, 1.3, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    14.3, 19.4, 17.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
San Clemente, California
#34
San Clemente
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-3
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    64,665
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $110,434
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.4, 1.3, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    13.4, 14.1, 13.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Baldwin Park, CA
#35
Baldwin Park
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+15
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    75,233
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $65,904
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.1, 2.5, 3.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.5, 14.6, 18.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Dublin, California
#36
Dublin
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+18
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    67,368
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $150,299
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.6, 1.6, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    13.2, 19.1, 18.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Cypress, California
#37
Cypress
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-15
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    49,124
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,137
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.2, 1.1, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    14.8, 12.1, 14.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Glendale, California
#38
Glendale
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-2
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    200,168
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $66,130
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.0, 1.1, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    16.0, 16.3, 15.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
San Gabriel, California
#39
San Gabriel
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+32
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    39,927
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $62,541
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.9, 2.4, 3.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    13.1, 17.7, 17.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Rocklin, California
#40
Rocklin
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-12
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    70,219
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $98,566
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.0, 1.0, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    16.2, 14.3, 14.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Cathedral City, CA
#41
Cathedral City
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-2
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    55,417
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $46,521
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.3, 2.6, 3.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.7, 10.9, 13.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Daly City, California
#42
Daly City
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+15
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    106,855
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $94,550
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.8, 2.2, 2.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    13.7, 17.3, 14.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Hollister, CA
#43
Hollister
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-13
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    41,438
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,629
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.2, 2.8, 2.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.5, 7.7, 12.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#44
La Puente
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+20
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    39,589
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $64,592
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.1, 3.8, 4.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.8, 11.2, 12.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Morgan Hill, California
#45
Morgan Hill
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-13
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    46,925
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $124,419
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.3, 1.1, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    16.3, 15.2, 16.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Yucaipa, California
#46
Yucaipa
(
+21
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    54,200
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $69,104
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.8, 3.7, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.1, 11.9, 15.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
La Mirada, California
#47
La Mirada
(
-9
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    48,144
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,685
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.9, 1.8, 1.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    14.5, 14.4, 16.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Elk Grove, CA
#48
Elk Grove
(
-4
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    177,331
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,780
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.2, 2.1, 2.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    13.4, 14.8, 13.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Martinez, California
#49
Martinez
(
-4
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    38,543
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $107,328
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.0, 2.1, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    14.5, 14.7, 13.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Orange, California
#50
Orange
(
-15
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    138,846
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,827
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.3, 1.3, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    17.3, 15.6, 17.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime

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We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. 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 2020.

2022 Rank
City
Population
2022 VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
2022 PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
2021 Rank
51Seaside33,8222.114.741
52Menifee96,8371.417.156
53Fontana216,5533.111.680
54Carlsbad116,5161.915.859
55Livermore91,2001.816.755
56Arcadia58,1221.517.878
57Chula Vista278,0273.311.7169
58Tracy96,0671.817.063
59Vista102,6003.411.776
60Bellflower76,4154.68.1130
61Temecula116,4421.319.473
62Claremont36,4221.419.160
63La Quinta42,2281.120.295
64Beaumont52,8842.216.552
65Redwood City86,9832.117.147
66Manteca84,9292.616.8102
67El Monte115,6903.015.358
68Vacaville101,6162.417.3134
69Alhambra83,8172.118.575
70Coachella46,3063.015.489
71Central Marin34,5931.221.7122
72Sunnyvale154,1331.520.679
73Pacifica38,6772.118.540
74Corona171,8481.421.066
75Calexico39,9571.820.199
76Roseville144,1281.919.784
77Petaluma60,8064.212.451
78Manhattan Beach35,1901.322.386
79Newport Beach84,4481.721.162
80Torrance143,4211.920.568
81Clovis116,8092.120.081
82La Habra60,6722.618.265
83Monterey Park59,6091.920.694
84Menlo Park35,0021.522.372
85Delano53,6253.416.0129
86West Covina104,9892.021.1107
87La Mesa59,4883.017.482
88Huntington Beach200,1282.519.674
89Brentwood66,0612.619.692
90Fountain Valley55,3451.224.248
91Pico Rivera61,9252.818.8106
92Rosemead54,0873.516.590
93Napa78,2373.416.988
94Downey111,0542.719.4123
95Whittier85,0742.819.2105
96Milpitas86,4161.324.398
97Rancho Cucamonga178,9163.118.291
98Fremont244,2591.723.453
99San Diego1,437,6083.716.9113
100Novato55,9264.315.261
101Lodi68,2073.318.5142
102San Bruno42,9972.321.8146
103Azusa50,3733.119.493
104Redondo Beach66,7292.521.385
105Jurupa Valley111,1982.621.1117
106Glendora51,6762.023.2157
107Burbank102,4191.724.2108
108Palmdale155,3214.813.7101
109Santa Clara131,9761.625.0168
110Escondido152,4463.717.787
111Porterville59,7573.917.0120
112South San Francisco68,2602.322.9100
113San Mateo105,2462.621.997
114San Dimas33,6492.522.6112
115Apple Valley73,9295.811.6114
116Pasadena141,4732.921.4137
117Norwalk103,7744.217.1104
118Ceres49,0283.918.3159
119Hesperia96,3785.712.2133
120Bell35,5265.114.1103
121Monrovia36,3021.925.270
122Lakewood79,2223.021.5116
123Oceanside176,6164.118.0135
124Mountain View83,7451.726.0128
125Brea43,7051.427.0145
126Stanton38,1663.421.146
127Oxnard210,0643.520.6115
128Lake Elsinore71,2852.823.1140
129Tustin79,7951.926.7110
130Garden Grove171,6983.022.9119
131Madera66,3514.717.2155
132Chino96,3093.521.5139
133Walnut Creek70,8491.329.1165
134Santa Rosa176,9325.216.0125
135Palo Alto65,4591.229.5118
136Buena Park81,9012.226.2131
137Ontario187,4643.721.3138
138Cerritos49,9522.027.3166
139Indio93,2195.714.8180
140Covina47,4133.223.4149
141Fullerton139,0113.024.0111
142Rancho Cordova76,2924.220.496
143El Cajon103,0355.017.9164
144El Centro44,2383.622.7150
145Citrus Heights88,3143.224.0151
146Woodland61,1233.722.5147
147Santa Ana333,1074.320.8141
148Union City74,6253.025.4136
149Adelanto34,3308.08.9189
150San Jacinto49,7792.029.4160
151Placentia51,2604.520.8109
152Perris80,5263.823.5143
153Highland55,6676.813.3176
154Visalia135,7334.122.7186
155Carson91,3724.322.4163
156Palm Desert53,8112.329.1182
157Moreno Valley215,2573.923.8170
158Newark49,9342.428.9124
159Anaheim351,9133.525.2126
160Redlands71,8203.326.0179
161Chico105,3555.120.1193
162San Jose1,029,5424.223.2167
163Hemet86,0584.024.0195
164Gardena59,3854.522.3169
165Colton55,1173.525.9177
166Westminster90,7412.928.1153
167Tulare66,2074.522.4144
168Hanford58,0755.519.3154
169Rohnert Park43,5726.416.3172
170National City61,7105.718.8171
171Santa Barbara91,6924.223.9158
172Ventura109,2953.028.2175
173Upland77,5114.722.7148
174Gilroy60,2694.325.0162
175Watsonville54,1515.520.9173
176Yuba City67,1653.627.5161
177Davis69,8531.435.1132
178Concord130,0743.329.1197
179Alameda78,0472.531.8156
180Los Banos41,6315.322.4127
181Rialto104,0044.824.3204
182Fairfield118,4914.625.2190
183Paramount53,9394.924.3194
184West Sacramento54,0683.927.8185
185Salinas155,9845.622.3174
186Campbell41,9212.632.6152
187Lompoc42,9155.622.6202
188Antioch112,4815.324.2200
189Lancaster157,6897.617.1210
190Lynwood69,9216.321.6188
191Pittsburg73,6736.521.4192
192Redding92,8955.525.0N/A
193Hayward160,8913.333.3181
194Inglewood107,9866.323.1187
195Long Beach462,6545.127.5184
196Riverside334,3704.529.8196
197Hawthorne86,2697.818.9191
198Victorville123,0858.815.9199
199San Rafael58,5123.932.7183
200Los Angeles4,000,5877.221.5205
201Costa Mesa113,3174.331.6178
202Turlock74,1835.527.8207
203Pleasant Hill35,0322.738.7198
204Beverly Hills33,7763.336.8208
205San Luis Obispo47,7224.333.9201
206Pomona151,9825.131.3203
207Santa Maria108,1407.722.9N/A
208Modesto216,5607.424.7218
209Merced84,1978.023.1206
210Santa Cruz65,0734.734.4219
211Sacramento519,0506.827.5211
212West Hollywood36,7195.632.8226
213Palm Springs48,9525.334.5216
214Fresno535,4726.630.8N/A
215South Gate93,3366.831.6209
216Huntington Park57,4427.329.9213
217Bell Gardens42,0083.642.883
218San Leandro89,2395.238.3217
219Montclair40,4736.235.8215
220Culver City39,2185.040.8214
221Bakersfield388,2655.240.2212
222Berkeley122,3464.445.2220
223San Francisco881,5145.443.9225
224Santa Monica90,4746.042.6222
225Compton95,51311.823.5221
226Richmond111,3679.633.0224
227Vallejo122,3269.933.3223
228Stockton314,98112.829.8228
229San Bernardino216,36514.028.0227
230Oakland437,92312.9051.65229
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Sources

FBI: Crime Data Explorer, Accessed March 8, 2022.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed January 24, 2022.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 8, 2022.

For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

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Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past eight. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month poring over crime reports and spotting trends. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her expert advice and analysis in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, NPR, HGTV, MSN, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.

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