California – As the most populous state in the Union there are many things for Californians to be proud of, from the Golden State Warriors to the big city lights of Los Angeles, but one of the lesser known things is: Being a home to some of the safest cities in the entire USA. With a population approaching 40 million people California is one massive state, with MANY more options to live in than simply moving to L.A., San Diego, or San Francisco (btw, none of these made our list).
To give you a better idea of where you might want to explore, we’ve compiled and analyzed massive amounts of data to give you a definitive list of The 50 Safest Cities In California.
How Magellan Alert Creates Its Rankings:
Here at Magellan, we created our ranking system using hundreds of data points and various data sources. We heavily relied on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program and several internal ranking systems. We then had to ask ourselves some important questions, including:
- What’s the perfect city size to qualify for our list?
- Which crimes are important when it comes to personal safety?
- Is this city having an anomalous year?
As far as the perfect city size, we settled on choosing #12 Ojai, California as the perfect small city to be listed, for a variety of reasons. Mainly, Ojai supports two local high schools, has a reasonable poverty rate, and its median income is on par with the USA’s national average. We then decided to round out the population cutoff at 7,000 residents.
When choosing crimes to count we actually spent quite a bit of time creating what we’ve internally dubbed the “Magellan Crime Index”. The MCI is a weighted average of violent crime & property crime/population, from which we were able to eventually create one round number that we call: The Magellan Crime Average.
The entire State of California has a Magellan Crime Average of 2,534 crimes per 100,000 residents.
Here are The 50 Safest Cities In California For 2018:
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1. Imperial, California
Crimes Per 100,000 Residents: 228
2. Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Crimes Per 100,000 Residents: 318
3. Los Altos Hills, California
Crimes Per 100,000 Residents: 406
4. Danville, California
Crimes Per 100,000 Residents: 417
5. Palos Verdes Estates, California
Crimes Per 100,000 Residents: 419
6. Orinda, California
Crimes Per 100,000 Residents: 424
7. Aliso Viejo, California
Crimes Per 100,000 Residents: 435
8. Moraga, California
Crimes Per 100,000 Residents: 437
9. Fillmore, California
Crimes Per 100,000 Residents: 454
10. Moorpark, California
Crimes Per 100,000 Residents: 457