California Safe and Dangerous Cities FBI Crime Statistics


California Safe and Dangerous Cities FBI Crime Statistics

Violent crimes in all four regions of the United States were reported for 2008 according to FBI crime statistics. California cities rank both with high and low marks. Regions no more the 50 to 75 miles apart can rank at the top and bottom for safety, amazingly.  While crimes can and do happen most any place, these rankings combined the size of the cities and the number of reported crimes, ranking them in categories with cities of comparable size and then overall. California enjoys six out of 25 safest cities overall and none of the 25 most dangerous. That's fairly impressive. Delving further, two cities, San Jose and San Diego rank among the safest for populations over 500,000 (each tops 1 million), with no California cities ranked as most dangerous in populations of 500,000 or more.  Even in the 100,000 to 499,999 category there are not California cities in the dangerous category. All in all, California receives a fairly high score for traveling and enjoying.


FBI Crime Statistics

Digesting California: in 2008 Mission Viejo was the safest city, but slipped to 2nd place. Irvine no longer ranks in the top 10 safest, an honor it earned around 2006 or 2007. For cities of 500,000 or more people, here's the score: Safest city was Honolulu, HI, followed by 2. New York, NY.  El Paso, TX was 3rd, San Jose 4th, Austin 5th, San Diego sixth, Seattle 7th, and Los Angeles 8th safest. California ranks three out of the top 8, which isn't too bad. Bad cities (unsafe) brought Detroit in first place, followed by Baltimore, Memphis, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Dallas.


Note: This chart below is from 2005. Statistics may have changed since this was posted.

OVERALL: (369 cities)

SAFEST 25:

MOST DANGEROUS 25:

1

Newton, MA

1

Camden, NJ

2

Clarkstown, NY

2

Detroit, MI

3

Amherst, NY

3

St. Louis, MO

4

Mission Viejo, CA 

4

Flint, MI

5

Brick Twnshp, NJ

5

Richmond, VA

6

Troy, MI

6

Baltimore, MD

7

Thousand Oaks, CA 

7

Atlanta, GA

8

Round Rock, TX

8

New Orleans, LA

9

Lake Forest, CA 

9

Gary, IN

10

Cary, NC

10

Birmingham, AL

11

Colonie, NY

11

Richmond, CA   

12

Fargo, ND

12

Cleveland, OH

13

Irvine, CA 

13

Washington, DC

14

Orem, UT

14

West Palm Beach, FL

15

Dover Twnshp, NJ

15

Compton, CA   

16

Warwick, RI

16

Memphis, TN

17

Sunnyvale, CA 

17

Dayton, OH

18

Hamilton Twnshp, NJ*

18

San Bernardino, CA   

19

Parma, OH

19

Springfield, MA

20

Canton Twnshp, MI

20

Cincinnati, OH

21

Greece, NY

21

Oakland, CA   

22

Simi Valley, CA 

22

Dallas, TX

23

Coral Springs, FL

23

Newark, NJ

24

Port St. Lucie, FL

24

Hartford, CT

25

Centennial, CO

25

Little Rock, AR

*Mercer County

TIES OF 500,000 OR MORE POPULATION: (32 cities)

Safest 10:

Most Dangerous 10:

1

San Jose, CA 

1

Detroit, MI

2

El Paso, TX

2

Baltimore, MD

3

Honolulu, HI

3

Washington, DC

4

New York, NY

4

Memphis, TN

5

Austin, TX

5

Dallas, TX

6

San Diego, CA 

6

Philadelphia, PA

7

Louisville, KY

7

Columbus, OH

8

San Antonio, TX

8

Nashville, TN

9

Fort Worth, TX

9

Houston, TX

10

Jacksonville, FL

10

Charlotte, NC

 

CITIES OF 100,000 TO 499,999 POPULATION: (208 cities)

Safest 10:

Most Dangerous 10:

1

Amherst, NY

1

St. Louis, MO

2

Thousand Oaks, CA 

2

Flint, MI

3

Cary, NC

3

Richmond, VA

4

Irvine, CA 

4

Atlanta, GA

5

Sunnyvale, CA 

5

New Orleans, LA

6

Simi Valley, CA 

6

Gary, IN

7

Coral Springs, FL

7

Birmingham, AL

8

Port St. Lucie, FL

8

Richmond, CA

9

Glendale, CA

9

Cleveland, OH

10

Provo, UT

10

Dayton, OH

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CITIES OF 75,000 TO 99,999 POPULATION: (129 cities)

Safest 10:

Most Dangerous 10:

1

Newton, MA

1

Camden, NJ

2

Clarkstown, NY

2

West Palm Beach, FL

3

Mission Viejo, CA 

3

Compton, CA   

4

Brick Twnshp, NJ

4

Trenton, NJ

5

Troy, MI

5

Reading, PA

6

Round Rock, TX

6

Canton, OH

7

Lake Forest, CA 

7

Youngstown, OH

8

Colonie, NY

8

Miami Beach, FL

9

Fargo, ND

9

North Charleston, SC

10

Orem, UT

10

Macon, GA*

*Albany, NY was erroneously listed as 10th.  It is 12th

OVERALL (330 METROPOLITAN AREAS):

Safest 25:

Most Dangerous 25:

1

Logan, UT-ID

1

Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI M.D.

2

Fond du Lac, WI

2

New Orleans, LA

3

Glens Falls, NY

3

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

4

Appleton, WI

4

Sumter, SC

5

Sheboygan, WI

5

Miami-Dade County, FL M.D.

6

Columbus, IN

6

Stockton, CA   

7

La Crosse, WI-MN

7

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

8

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

8

Florence, SC

9

Bangor, ME

9

Hot Springs, AR

10

Bismarck, ND

10

Myrtle Beach, SC

11

Eau Claire, WI

11

Pine Bluff, AR

12

State College, PA

12

Flint, MI

13

Binghamton, NY

13

Saginaw, MI

14

Wausau, WI

14

Little Rock, AR

15

Fargo, ND-MN

15

Tucson, AZ

16

Nassau-Suffolk, NY M.D.

16

Modesto, CA   

17

Portland, ME

17

Albuquerque, NM

18

Rockingham County, NH M.D.

18

Jackson, TN

19

Edison, NJ M.D.

19

Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC

20

Williamsport, PA

20

Baltimore-Towson, MD

21

Owensboro, KY

21

Wichita Falls, TX

22

Elizabethtown, KY

22

Houston, TX

23

Jefferson City, MO

23

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

24

Harrisonburg, VA

24

Tallahassee, FL

25

Rochester, MN

25

Los Angeles County, CA M.D.  

All "Metro Area" listings are for Metropolitan Statistical Areas (M.S.A.s) except for those ending with "M.D." Listings with "M.D." are Metropolitan Divisions which are smaller parts of ten large M.S.A.s. These ten M.S.A.s, further divided into M.D.s, are indicated by the word "(greater)" following the name. An example is Dallas (greater) which includes the two M.D.s of Dallas-Plano and Fort Worth-Arlington.


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