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Hillsborough tops list of 50 safest cities in California

(Last Updated On: May 21, 2015)

California typically gets a bad rap for being a state filled with criminal activity and high profiled crimes. However, overall, the state is actually on par with the National average crime rate. In fact, outside of a few cities, this state is safer than most think. A recent report by, took it a step further by compiling a list of the 50 safest cities in California. These cities had a dramatically lower crime rate than the national average for both violent crimes and property crimes.

The list was compiled from the 2013 FBI Crime Report data. Violent crimes and Property crimes were determined and then averaged out per 1,000 people based on the chance that a crime could happen to them. Additionally, cities had to have over 10,000 residents and reported their crime information to the FBI. Some cities were incomplete with reporting data and automatically removed from this list.

Roughly 84% of the cities on the list reported no murders. And for more staggering numbers, these 50 cities had a 70% less violent crime and a 60% less property crime rate than the national average.

After all was said and done, San Mateo County’s Hillsborough topped the list with no violent crimes reported and a property crime rate at 80% lower than the national average.

  1. Hillsborough
  2. Imperial
  3. Rancho Santa Margarita
  4. Aliso Viejo
  5. Saratoga
  6. Laguna Woods
  7. Clayton
  8. Moraga
  9. Foster City
  10. Danville
  11. Laguna Niguel
  12. San Ramon
  13. Yorba Linda
  14. Mission Viejo
  15. Palos Verdes Estates
  16. Lake Forest
  17. Fillmore
  18. Truckee
  19. Hercules
  20. Orinda
  21. Soledad
  22. Los Altos
  23. Moorpark
  24. Sierra Madra
  25. Lincoln
  26. Poway
  27. Thousand Oaks
  28. Windsor
  29. San Clemente
  30. Calabasas
  31. San Juan Capistrano
  32. Chino Hills
  33. Cupertino
  34. Avenal
  35. Rancho Palos Verdes
  36. Irvine
  37. Temple City
  38. Santa Clarita
  39. Simi Valley
  40. Canyon Lake
  41. Benicia
  42. Oakley
  43. La Canada Flintridge
  44. Mayrood
  45. Agoura Hills
  46. La Puente
  47. Murrieta
  48. Pacifica
  49. Dublin
  50. Goleta
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