See Which California Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 50k

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

Not only is California known for its fruitful economy, it is also a highly desirable state to visit and reside in. It is home to many diverse regions, including both suburban and metropolitan areas. The golden state has a plethora of hiking trails, noteworthy diners and restaurants, and iconic spots such as Yosemite, Death Valley, Golden Gate Bridge, Big Sur, Griffith Observatory, and so many more! In addition to these attractions, California also has plenty to offer when it comes to safety: 16 of California’s cities made our list in the top 100 safest cities in the United States, and 174 of them made it in the top 500. It’s no wonder many love to call the golden state home!

Of the 177 scored cities in California, the top 25 safest cities on this list have a Safety Score of at least 80. The top 5 safest cities in California are clustered in the Southern California region, in Orange County.

Yorba Linda ranks as the number one safest city, with a Safety Score of 90.6. In 2005, CNN ranked Yorba Linda as the 21st best place to live in the U.S. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it has also been identified as one of the richest cities in the states, with a median household income of $121,075.

Neighboring cities including Aliso Viejo (90.19), Laguna Niguel (89.93), Mission Viejo (89.68), Lake Forest (89.26), and San Clemente (88.03) are also up there. These are smaller suburban & family-oriented areas, which may contribute to their higher Safety Scores. This is not to say that other regions of California are not safe. In fact, Cupertino and Sunnyvale, two booming cities in Northern California, rank over 80. These regions are not only safe, but also great places to be in if you’re looking for somewhere with a hot job market.


1 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 90.6

Yorba Linda, CA

68,698 n/a 39 -14.6% 650 -8.7%

2 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 90.19

Aliso Viejo, CA

50,751 n/a 32 -8.7% 363 32.8%

3 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.93

Laguna Niguel, CA

66,035 n/a 49 -33.9% 691 22.8%

4 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.68

Mission Viejo, CA

98,217 n/a 86 19.8% 1,090 24.8%

5 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.26

Lake Forest, CA

80,798 n/a 109 3.4% 908 31.4%

6 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.03

San Clemente, CA

65,755 n/a 79 13.9% 771 11.6%

7 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.46

Poway, CA

50,327 n/a 44 -37.8% 512 16.2%

8 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.75

Diamond Bar, CA

57,085 n/a 58 17.5% 804 10.5%

9 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.45

Santa Clarita, CA

211,132 n/a 351 12.1% 2,925 17.6%

10 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.08

Thousand Oaks, CA

129,976 n/a 136 5.6% 1,577 -2%

11 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.19

San Ramon, CA

76,081 938 27 15.8% 895 18%

12 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.1

Simi Valley, CA

127,472 715 174 23.4% 1,513 -7.1%

13 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.05

Placentia, CA

52,753 850 76 -7.7% 746 1.4%

14 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.99

Chino Hills, CA

77,515 n/a 70 14% 1,073 3.4%

15 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.86

Irvine, CA

258,198 865 144 12.9% 3,868 19.5%

16 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.53

Cupertino, CA

61,162 n/a 63 56% 935 -9.8%

17 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.35

Glendale, CA

202,298 596 195 2.1% 3,513 11.4%

18 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.27

Sunnyvale, CA

152,443 536 158 -7.3% 2,355 -2%

19 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.16

Santee, CA

57,934 n/a 86 -35.2% 870 7.3%

20 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.93

Eastvale, CA

57,808 n/a 40 -34.9% 904 -6.6%

21 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.64

San Marcos, CA

95,314 n/a 171 -16.9% 1,516 12.3%

22 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.64

Encinitas, CA

62,909 n/a 126 19.5% 986 7.1%

23 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.22

Torrance, CA

149,243 474 214 36.9% 2,881 8.9%

24 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.18

Camarillo, CA

67,325 n/a 114 55.9% 1,116 13.8%

25 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.15

Dublin, CA

57,148 n/a 68 -8.6% 997 17.6%

26
Safety Score: 83.91

Norwalk, CA

107,470 n/a 400 25.8% 1,910 -5.1%

27
Safety Score: 83.9

Daly City, CA

107,320 710 234 18.7% 1,778 3.9%

28
Safety Score: 83.78

Folsom, CA

76,183 855 71 -13.5% 1,185 -12.6%

29
Safety Score: 83.72

Murrieta, CA

109,495 868 69 0.4% 1,700 15.4%

30
Safety Score: 82.93

La Habra, CA

62,488 630 104 -1.8% 1,279 20.9%

31
Safety Score: 82.83

Tustin, CA

81,953 584 130 -5% 1,715 22%

32
Safety Score: 82.8

El Monte, CA

117,376 792 400 18.9% 2,132 -4.6%

33
Safety Score: 82.77

Orange, CA

140,572 691 172 21.3% 2,897 29.5%

34
Safety Score: 82.32

Arcadia, CA

58,694 630 68 11.9% 1,272 8.4%

35
Safety Score: 82.05

Palmdale, CA

159,613 n/a 830 -2.1% 2,988 -8%

36
Safety Score: 82.05

Carlsbad, CA

113,972 749 172 -16.9% 2,134 21.5%

37
Safety Score: 82.04

Monterey Park, CA

61,750 642 103 12.3% 1,349 28.9%

38
Safety Score: 81.87

Lynwood, CA

72,398 n/a 414 2.4% 1,419 -1.2%

39
Safety Score: 81.8

Baldwin Park, CA

77,538 842 299 35.5% 1,442 6.6%

40
Safety Score: 81.79

Fremont, CA

232,427 829 337 16.2% 4,371 9.5%

41
Safety Score: 81.79

Menifee, CA

87,051 n/a 125 13.9% 1,799 16.8%

42
Safety Score: 81.77

Rosemead, CA

55,231 n/a 155 4.5% 1,247 4.2%

43
Safety Score: 81.77

Novato, CA

55,782 688 103 26.4% 1,032 31.6%

44
Safety Score: 81.71

Chula Vista, CA

265,215 874 705 12.9% 4,619 0.1%

45
Safety Score: 81.62

San Mateo, CA

104,306 728 266 13.2% 2,045 3%

46
Safety Score: 81.6

South San Francisco, CA

67,843 616 157 -0.9% 1,421 9.8%

47
Safety Score: 81.55

Pico Rivera, CA

64,551 n/a 199 -28.3% 1,451 5.7%

48
Safety Score: 81.44

Rocklin, CA

61,105 753 64 26.5% 1,203 14.4%

49
Safety Score: 81.42

Alhambra, CA

86,175 672 168 -1.4% 1,929 9.1%

50
Safety Score: 81.3

Newport Beach, CA

87,749 403 112 2.8% 2,181 16%

51
Safety Score: 81.18

Pleasanton, CA

79,611 716 86 32.9% 1,644 24.6%

52
Safety Score: 81.11

Vista, CA

99,097 n/a 343 -0.6% 1,989 16.3%

53
Safety Score: 80.99

Napa, CA

80,749 707 298 17.9% 1,412 5.8%

54
Safety Score: 80.86

Burbank, CA

105,865 467 159 5.2% 2,656 8.6%

55
Safety Score: 80.61

Redwood City, CA

84,415 746 190 -5% 1,842 3.4%

56
Safety Score: 80.47

Alameda, CA

78,613 701 148 0% 1,819 3.5%

57
Safety Score: 80.47

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

176,376 n/a 264 -8.7% 3,936 5.1%

58
Safety Score: 80.3

Huntington Beach, CA

203,233 615 420 5.3% 4,942 14.3%

59
Safety Score: 80.28

Bellflower, CA

78,635 n/a 373 26% 1,825 11.3%

60
Safety Score: 80.26

Santa Ana, CA

337,304 639 1,626 28.7% 7,270 25.4%

61
Safety Score: 80.22

Carson, CA

93,677 n/a 433 26.6% 2,146 0.5%

62
Safety Score: 80.19

Elk Grove, CA

166,183 810 586 -7.6% 3,120 -0.4%

63
Safety Score: 80.07

San Diego, CA

1,400,467 549 5,582 4.6% 29,158 6.3%

64
Safety Score: 80.03

Glendora, CA

51,753 638 55 -17.4% 1,336 6.7%

65
Safety Score: 79.82

Cathedral City, CA

53,947 804 117 -9.6% 1,152 -4.6%

66
Safety Score: 79.8

Brentwood, CA

58,398 729 110 3.1% 1,288 -1.5%

67
Safety Score: 79.72

El Cajon, CA

103,942 573 360 8.9% 2,267 -0.4%

68
Safety Score: 79.49

Redondo Beach, CA

68,492 492 185 16.4% 1,757 20.7%

69
Safety Score: 79.39

Yucaipa, CA

53,498 n/a 94 30.7% 1,309 32.1%

70
Safety Score: 79.39

Corona, CA

163,633 736 212 22.1% 3,727 6.7%

71
Safety Score: 79.39

Palo Alto, CA

67,560 475 68 14.6% 1,704 30.4%

72
Safety Score: 79.36

Pasadena, CA

141,815 425 428 7.5% 3,693 5.4%

73
Safety Score: 79.35

Montebello, CA

64,280 623 158 16.9% 1,682 15.1%

74
Safety Score: 79.3

Vacaville, CA

96,693 648 249 -9% 2,159 -18.3%

75
Safety Score: 79.25

Fountain Valley, CA

57,392 725 66 -23.7% 1,517 47.3%

76
Safety Score: 79.17

Lakewood, CA

82,047 n/a 222 9% 2,198 25.5%

77
Safety Score: 79.09

Los Angeles, CA

3,962,726 312 25,156 29.4% 93,503 10.9%

78
Safety Score: 79.08

Fontana, CA

206,982 754 804 11.9% 4,269 13.7%

79
Safety Score: 79.04

Downey, CA

114,754 780 335 18% 2,892 -1.2%

80
Safety Score: 79.03

Perris, CA

75,036 n/a 178 -3.5% 1,833 -6.1%

81
Safety Score: 79

Highland, CA

55,011 n/a 202 -21.7% 1,242 -5.9%

82
Safety Score: 78.76

Union City, CA

74,648 769 265 25.7% 1,643 0.7%

83
Safety Score: 78.69

Temecula, CA

111,673 n/a 114 10.6% 2,917 11.6%

84
Safety Score: 78.68

Escondido, CA

151,732 765 529 2% 3,393 10.7%

85
Safety Score: 78.66

Gardena, CA

60,782 519 301 8.1% 1,519 8.4%

86
Safety Score: 78.63

Rialto, CA

103,590 744 423 27.7% 2,218 1.9%

87
Safety Score: 78.61

Milpitas, CA

75,520 692 77 -35.8% 1,966 -13.8%

88
Safety Score: 78.57

Inglewood, CA

112,450 499 775 -1.4% 2,612 -5.1%

89
Safety Score: 78.51

Livermore, CA

88,316 673 233 -3.7% 2,113 37.3%

90
Safety Score: 78.5

Hesperia, CA

93,348 n/a 302 1.2% 2,227 -4.1%

91
Safety Score: 78.46

Garden Grove, CA

176,041 810 504 24.2% 4,433 43.1%

92
Safety Score: 78.32

Mountain View, CA

80,705 606 164 2.6% 2,030 23.2%

93
Safety Score: 78.07

Chino, CA

86,344 556 221 12.3% 2,138 11.3%

94
Safety Score: 78.07

West Covina, CA

109,030 726 263 15.9% 2,982 4.4%

95
Safety Score: 77.91

Roseville, CA

131,039 700 239 21.9% 3,295 5.7%

96
Safety Score: 77.9

San Jose, CA

1,031,458 777 3,400 2.7% 25,035 -0.3%

97
Safety Score: 77.86

Whittier, CA

87,807 519 238 -1.4% 2,531 11.5%

98
Safety Score: 77.76

Petaluma, CA

60,450 755 244 20.7% 1,338 23.2%

99
Safety Score: 77.7

Davis, CA

67,034 728 95 12% 1,718 16.9%

100
Safety Score: 77.62

Fullerton, CA

140,771 692 389 14% 3,893 20.7%

101
Safety Score: 77.48

National City, CA

60,768 542 327 21.2% 1,449 -9.8%

102
Safety Score: 77.26

Rancho Cordova, CA

70,955 n/a 344 9.1% 1,726 1.6%

103
Safety Score: 77.24

Apple Valley, CA

72,173 n/a 234 9.1% 1,878 12.2%

104
Safety Score: 77.21

Hayward, CA

157,157 545 556 -10.3% 4,483 -10.2%

105
Safety Score: 77.09

Santa Rosa, CA

175,738 728 606 -6.2% 4,311 10.2%

106
Safety Score: 76.94

Porterville, CA

55,760 696 186 16.9% 1,384 14.2%

107
Safety Score: 76.84

Anaheim, CA

349,471 605 1,271 14.6% 10,038 21.6%

108
Safety Score: 76.73

Santa Clara, CA

123,562 617 156 -5.6% 3,579 7.3%

109
Safety Score: 76.56

Tracy, CA

86,477 708 154 17.4% 2,417 5.1%

110
Safety Score: 76.53

Jurupa Valley, CA

99,706 n/a 260 -10.3% 2,860 9.5%

111
Safety Score: 76.49

Lancaster, CA

162,095 n/a 1,005 11.5% 3,818 3.1%

112
Safety Score: 76.42

Oceanside, CA

176,319 638 702 6.3% 4,597 13.9%

113
Safety Score: 75.97

Buena Park, CA

83,684 702 237 8.9% 2,549 25.2%

114
Safety Score: 75.94

Paramount, CA

55,727 n/a 283 17.3% 1,692 19%

115
Safety Score: 75.86

Compton, CA

99,125 n/a 988 -13.3% 2,410 -8.8%

116
Safety Score: 75.7

Delano, CA

52,534 772 219 1.3% 1,376 -7.9%

117
Safety Score: 75.29

Long Beach, CA

476,318 423 2,766 18.7% 14,337 14%

118
Safety Score: 75.18

Lake Elsinore, CA

61,871 n/a 137 1.5% 1,909 8.9%

119
Safety Score: 75.18

La Mesa, CA

59,676 648 196 -6.8% 1,740 8.6%

120
Safety Score: 75.02

Yuba City, CA

65,974 845 216 -3.8% 1,792 4.8%

121
Safety Score: 74.85

Hawthorne, CA

88,410 669 628 -6.4% 2,482 -6%

122
Safety Score: 74.77

Clovis, CA

103,769 668 239 7.4% 3,083 -2.4%

123
Safety Score: 74.62

Ontario, CA

170,274 529 547 25.4% 5,169 9.8%

124
Safety Score: 74.57

Santa Maria, CA

104,355 639 463 4% 2,975 -3.7%

125
Safety Score: 74.55

Indio, CA

87,195 871 585 21.7% 2,112 -7.3%

126
Safety Score: 74.39

Santa Barbara, CA

91,877 461 363 18.9% 2,717 12.5%

127
Safety Score: 74.17

Westminster, CA

92,640 777 303 55.5% 2,950 32.9%

128
Safety Score: 74.03

Pomona, CA

154,410 609 792 0.3% 4,507 0.7%

129
Safety Score: 73.95

San Rafael, CA

59,598 692 236 21.7% 1,887 12.8%

130
Safety Score: 73.87

Salinas, CA

158,185 903 1,098 9.2% 4,145 -21.3%

131
Safety Score: 73.78

Fairfield, CA

112,582 631 486 -8.3% 3,429 -13.3%

132
Safety Score: 73.69

West Sacramento, CA

52,622 691 311 13.1% 1,457 7.2%

133
Safety Score: 73.69

Citrus Heights, CA

86,853 657 385 -2.3% 2,586 -5.1%

134
Safety Score: 73.61

Moreno Valley, CA

205,182 n/a 643 8.9% 6,663 2.8%

135
Safety Score: 73.36

Colton, CA

54,503 698 185 32.5% 1,715 6.9%

136
Safety Score: 73.15

Cerritos, CA

50,238 n/a 91 5% 1,899 23.6%

137
Safety Score: 72.76

Upland, CA

76,581 841 232 35.1% 2,384 9%

138
Safety Score: 72.75

Visalia, CA

130,405 645 608 23.8% 3,995 3.7%

139
Safety Score: 72.57

Woodland, CA

57,911 751 265 -12.7% 1,798 0.5%

140
Safety Score: 72.57

Huntington Park, CA

59,668 662 386 -6.6% 2,027 11.1%

141
Safety Score: 72.5

Oxnard, CA

207,221 578 920 2.5% 6,696 3.4%

142
Safety Score: 72.39

Gilroy, CA

53,467 587 192 -4.5% 1,777 17.2%

143
Safety Score: 72.35

Tulare, CA

62,475 572 303 -34.6% 2,002 -3.9%

144
Safety Score: 72.26

Manteca, CA

75,019 892 213 17.9% 2,449 13.6%

145
Safety Score: 72.05

Riverside, CA

323,064 626 1,441 3% 10,531 5.6%

146
Safety Score: 72.05

South Gate, CA

96,775 819 561 10% 3,278 21%

147
Safety Score: 72.01

Pittsburg, CA

69,340 721 225 25.2% 2,416 -0.4%

148
Safety Score: 71.58

Walnut Creek, CA

68,530 616 91 21.2% 2,540 2.7%

149
Safety Score: 71.43

Lodi, CA

64,369 630 377 28.4% 2,093 -1.3%

150
Safety Score: 71.24

Victorville, CA

123,332 n/a 777 20% 4,008 -9.1%

151
Safety Score: 71.1

Concord, CA

128,767 624 491 3.9% 4,618 -12.5%

152
Safety Score: 70.73

Madera, CA

64,127 866 450 7.4% 1,922 12.9%

153
Safety Score: 70.71

Ventura, CA

110,077 666 374 34.5% 3,900 0.1%

154
Safety Score: 70.35

San Leandro, CA

90,438 674 412 9.5% 3,432 -10.4%

155
Safety Score: 69.94

Sacramento, CA

489,717 515 3,611 19.9% 16,501 7.9%

156
Safety Score: 69.73

Watsonville, CA

53,581 608 303 12.6% 1,930 27.7%

157
Safety Score: 69.73

Santa Monica, CA

93,796 250 445 30.8% 3,834 25.8%

158
Safety Score: 68.92

Costa Mesa, CA

113,477 640 386 20.6% 4,723 35.5%

159
Safety Score: 68.53

Hanford, CA

55,299 682 315 2.4% 2,012 7.4%

160
Safety Score: 68.29

Turlock, CA

71,895 647 380 0.6% 2,745 7.7%

161
Safety Score: 68.05

Antioch, CA

110,537 960 771 -11.1% 3,912 -8.6%

162
Safety Score: 67.81

Merced, CA

82,409 716 763 32.6% 2,760 3.8%

163
Safety Score: 67.72

Chico, CA

89,949 665 317 -8.2% 3,634 11.4%

164
Safety Score: 66.61

Palm Desert, CA

51,847 n/a 117 -17.8% 2,299 3.8%

165
Safety Score: 66.19

Fresno, CA

520,837 542 2,871 18.8% 21,606 0.9%

166
Safety Score: 66.03

Bakersfield, CA

373,887 689 1,810 6% 15,559 4.8%

167
Safety Score: 65.38

Redlands, CA

71,078 617 212 42.6% 3,211 11.9%

168
Safety Score: 63.95

Berkeley, CA

120,387 462 530 20.3% 5,906 13.2%

169
Safety Score: 63.67

Vallejo, CA

121,257 835 1,031 -1.7% 4,986 0.8%

170
Safety Score: 62.41

Redding, CA

92,020 712 614 0% 4,169 5.6%

171
Safety Score: 61.38

Hemet, CA

84,030 943 605 38% 3,768 10.1%

172
Safety Score: 60.4

Stockton, CA

304,890 533 4,122 1.5% 12,998 -2.9%

173
Safety Score: 59.21

Modesto, CA

210,794 714 2,025 11.2% 10,123 8.5%

174
Safety Score: 58.11

San Bernardino, CA

216,477 548 2,697 25.6% 10,390 11.5%

175
Safety Score: 56.37

Santa Cruz, CA

64,076 576 499 -5.7% 3,561 7.8%

176
Safety Score: 55.13

San Francisco, CA

863,782 318 6,710 -2.3% 53,019 15.7%

177
Safety Score: 52.68

Oakland, CA

419,481 405 6,051 -14.4% 24,568 -1.5%

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