Compared to the other cities in California and cities in all other U.S. states, how safe is Salinas, CA? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Salinas, CA has been ranked safer than 16% of other cities in the state of California. In addition, Salinas, CA is safer than 14% 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 Salinas, CA. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Salinas, CA is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.