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%

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