Compared to the other cities in California and cities in all other U.S. states, how safe is El Monte, CA? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that El Monte, CA has been ranked safer than 49% of other cities in the state of California. In addition, El Monte, CA is safer than 38% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all California and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than El Monte, CA. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that El Monte, CA is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.