On Thursday, SafeWise issued its California 50 Safest Cities List of 2019 where Danville and San Ramon remain in the top 10, however, the City of Oakley jumped 19 spots to move into No. 23 on the list.
Overall 86% of this year’s safest cities are on the list for the second consecutive year. And Northern California gained one more city this year, to claim 40% of the state’s safest cities—plus the number one city, Danville, is from the north. But Southern California continues to dominate, with 30 of its cities making the list.
According to Oakley Police Chief Eric Christensen, he stated the partnership between the community and police department continues to build relationship and teamwork.
“The partnership between the community and the police department continues to bear fruit,” said Christensen. “We are fortunate to have a common goal, to continue to make our neighborhoods even safer. This is an excellent report card on the work of our officers, our city leaders, and our residents. It also provides us with a challenge to continue to improve.”
The Top 10 Included:
- Rancho Santa Margarita
- Yorba Linda
- San Ramon (down 3 spots)
- Rancho Palos Verdes
- Laguna Niguel
- Aliso Viejo
Other Local Communities in the Top 50 include:
- 19 – Pleasanton (+11)
- 23 – Oakley (+19)
- 32 – Dublin (+14)
- 36 – Martinez (+2)
- 42 – Walnut Creek (-14)
Other communities outside the Top 50 include:
- 62 – Livermore
- 76 – Tracy
- 85 – Pleasant Hill
- 95 – Brentwood
- 138 – Concord
- 181 – Pittsburg
- 191 – Antioch
- Every city on the list had fewer than two violent crimes per 1,000 people, and 26% saw fewer than one.
- California’s violent crime rate is slightly higher (4.51) than the national rate of 4.49.
- At 26.08, the state beats the national property crime rate of 27.11.
- 92% of cities had lower property crime rates than both state and national averages.
- Despite lower property crime rates, Californians ranked property crime as their biggest safety concern on our State of Safety survey, with 64% ranking it number one—that’s five points above the national average.
- 21% of respondents cited personal experience with property crime in the past year, and 16% reported experiencing a violent crime.