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Safest Cities In California 2021

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  • University of California-Davis, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,957
65
  • Camp Pendleton South, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,491
  • Living in Camp Pendleton South might not be exactly what you thought you were getting when you moved to a marine base, but this Southern California base is close to all the things that make living in…[read more]
75
  • Fort Irwin, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,337
67
  • Lemoore Station, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,544
62
  • Camp Pendleton North, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,885
79
  • Imperial, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,583
  • I know what you're thinking, well no I don't really. I have an idea of what you should be thinking, however. This California living isn't for everyone, and not just anyone can stand the lifestyle. Living…[read more]
84
  • Palos Verdes Estates, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,582
  • I have relatives that have lived in Palos Verdes Estates for a long time and have visited the city often and know it very well. This is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in California, perfect for…[read more]
84
  • Tiburon, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,170
86
  • Danville, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 43,758
  • I lived in Danville California for the better part of my childhood, and I still travel there to visit my parents and grandparents during holidays. The city is a very calm place, and in my opinion a great…[read more]
87
  • Los Altos Hills, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,376
83
  • Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 49,038
  • RSM gives us the small town feel of running into someone you know everyday at the grocery store, gas station or restaurant, while having 10 minute access to big city Irvive amenities. We are 1/2 hour…[read more]
83
  • Laguna Woods, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,347
  • I absolutely loved living here with my Grandparents. It's a warm suburban area that I will always remember as my home. I enjoyed the nightlife, the excellent destinations and the diverse assortment of…[read more]
67
  • Hughson, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,160
76
  • Moorpark, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,594
  • I have experienced life in and around the city of Moorpark in Southern California for several years. Moorpark is relatively isolated from some of the denser regions of the south bay in California, there…[read more]
86
  • Hillsborough, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,312
  • I’ve lived in Hillsborough for 10 years. The cost of living is extremely expensive in Hillsbourough, but the low crime rates and safe neighborhoods make it well worth it in my mind. The weather is…[read more]
87
  • Saratoga, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,830
  • I grew up in Saratoga. Unlike many of the people I grew up with, I stayed. There is definitely a bit of a sleepy small town feeling here, but I personally find it enchanting. I delight in seeing the main…[read more]
80
  • Aliso Viejo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 50,219
  • I have lived in Aliso Viejo for six months and have found it to be a quiet and relaxing town. I relocated from a nearby city after selling my house. Aliso Viejo is nestled in South Orange County,…[read more]
83
  • Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 42,412
  • For your Rancho Palos Verdes Real Estate needs visit www.SouthBay4Sale.com From the beautiful coastlines, Trump Golf Course, to Terranea Resort Rancho Palos Verdes how so much to see and do. he…[read more]
79
  • Villa Park, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,922
75
  • Lake Forest, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 80,658
  • I have lived in Lake Forest, CA and in this city review I will be going over some of Lake Forest's community aspects such as attractions, the community as a whole, the nightlife, different shopping…[read more]
65
  • Paradise, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,396
  • The town manager narrowed the Skyway before the fire and this was against the advice of the Butte County Grand Jury. The Chamber, Town, and Rotary are controlled by self serving morons who ran the town…[read more]
80
  • Yorba Linda, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 67,362
  • This was one of the best exercises I’ve ever had. I’ve played sports and exercised a lot in my life, I even did kick boxing. That place doesn’t compare. The staff was friendly and welcoming. I wasn’t…[read more]
74
  • Laguna Niguel, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 64,984
  • ANYONE THINKING ABOUT MOVING TO LAGUNA NIGUEL HAD BETTER RETHINK THEIR DECISION IF IT IS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE LAGUNA KNOWLS H.O.A. IT IS THE MOST RACIALLY ABUSIVE HOSTILE LIVING SITUATION YOU…[read more]
79
  • Mission Viejo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 96,178
  • We moved here in 2014, wish we had made the decision much sooner! It is funny that people here are hush hush about the city to avoid being over crowded with new comers. No idea why the amenities is rated…[read more]
77
  • Clayton, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,655
  • Clayton is an average sized suburb of San Francisco housing approximately eleven thousand residents. This is an extremely respected neighborhood for many reasons, one of which includes the fact that is a…[read more]
72
  • Lincoln, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 45,675
  • I currently live just outside of Lincoln, CA, although I have lived inside the city boundaries for several months last year. To say that the area is going downhill is an understatement, as the crime rate…[read more]
75
  • Buellton, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,021
88
  • Los Altos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,238
  • I grew up in Los Altos and spent a lot of my time walking around the town and finding out the "secrets" of the town. Los Altos is a sleepy old town with lots of history, but it is sleepy for sure: there…[read more]
78
  • Los Alamitos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,661
  • The city of Los Alamitos is a medium sized suburb of Los Angeles. This is a great neighborhood for all types of families, including ones with kids that are going to school. The city's school districts…[read more]
84
  • Kensington, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,602
87
  • Lafayette, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,381
  • Lafayette is an incredible small city across the bay from San Francisco. It is tucked in between many small parks that are very fun to spend time in, no matter what time of year it is. The Lafayette…[read more]
80
  • Orinda, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,936
  • I guess if you are 55+ years old, this quiet little town is fine for you. I would not recommend it to younger folks. After 8 PM the whole town seems to fall asleep. Even nearby Moraga has more going…[read more]
76
  • Thousand Oaks, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 128,623
  • Rampant homeless population, drug use and dealing, and a real estate market that is 2.5x the national average make up a burgeoning list of negatives that have come to the former "Safest City in America".…[read more]
64
  • Ione, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,056
78
  • Moraga, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,977
  • I have lived in Moraga, CA for a couple of years now and it is a wonderful place to create a life for yourself. The city has access to all of the fun of the San Francisco bay area without the hustle and…[read more]
74
  • Canyon Lake, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,985
  • Living in Canyon Lake, CA is a luxurious experience. Waterfront property, boating and other water sports, and a safe, gated community are some of the best things about living here! Homes sit lakeside,…[read more]
72
  • Poway, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 49,675
  • I live in Poway, California, and love it. Poway offers beautiful scenery as well as natural and many fun things to do. One of Poway's biggest attractions is the Old Poway Park. Here, you can see what…[read more]
84
  • Pacific Grove, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,546
  • I retired here to Pacific Grove, California 7 years ago and I love it here. This place offers me everything that I need to enjoy by leisurely days. The neighborhoods are quiet and the people are…[read more]
59
  • Fillmore, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,391
  • The small town of Fillmore is located in Venture County of southern California. Fillmore is extremely peaceful and offers the natural feeling of enjoying life in a secluded area on the west coast. The…[read more]
69
  • Carpinteria, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,553
  • Having been a Carp resident for 4 years, its still the nicest place of the many different places I've lived, and I never thought Alameda CA or Irvine would drop below the #1 spot. What I love about it is…[read more]
87
  • Los Gatos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,491
  • My husband and I moved here with our two sons in 2000. We came from West San Jose. Our WSJ home had Cupertino schools, but ZERO charm. So the schools were a HUGE draw for us. We love the friendly "small…[read more]
69
  • Ojai, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,581
  • Good place to retire and visit, but living here is EXPENSIVE. Its a very peaceful town, so when something bad happens here it shocks the whole town. everyone here knows each other and are typically very…[read more]
84
  • Sierra Madre, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,067
  • The city of Sierra Madre is one of the best destinations for couples, a family or even for any person willing to get a new experience. The town is based at the foothill of San Gabriel Mountains. For the…[read more]
78
  • Benicia, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,780
  • What Inlove about Benicia is it’s not as an Francisco or Sacramento. It’s a nice small town with a lot to offer, and right of the back I would recommend for any family of any size. It was great growing…[read more]
75
  • Camarillo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 66,630
  • If you want a safe quiet place to raise a family or retire, Camarillo is a perfectly nice place. However, if you’re looking to start up your career or have any sort of nightlife, look somewhere else.…[read more]
72
  • Simi Valley, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 126,126
  • I've lived in Simi Valley for 20 years and moved here from the midwest after college. If you're looking for nightlife, high end shopping or anything trendy/high fashion, look elsewhere. Simi Valley is…[read more]
81
  • Irvine, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 246,992
  • If you like well tended homes that exude Pride Of Ownership, quality dining choices, top quality malls and attractions, great award-winning schools, University of California Irvine's gorgeous campus,…[read more]
76
  • Murrieta, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 108,583
  • I moved to Murrieta 6 years ago because it was more affordable to live here than in San Diego County. The one great thing is that there are plenty of shops close by for everything you would need. The…[read more]
85
  • Saranap, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,211
79
  • Ladera Heights, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,195

Low crime rates are an important factor when determining the livability of any given city in California. Finding the safest places to live in California can be challenging, especially in larger cities which tend to have more crime. Luckily, AreaVibes has done all the heavy lifting for you. Using science and data, AreaVibes has created a list of the safest places to live in California with a population over 5,000.

The California cities listed above have impeccably low crime rates when compared to other cities in the state. How did we choose the safest places to live in California? To create the list, we looked at both property crimes (burglary, theft, vehicle theft) and violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault), then calculated the number of crimes per 100,000 people so that all cities are compared equally. Higher weights were given to violent crimes.

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