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.