Irvine is the safest US city with 9 other cities in Southern California making the Top 50 – Orange County Register
Lots of people try to measure which city is “safest” to live in, and according to a new measurement, it is Irvine.
The 24/7 Wall Street website ranked the 50 safest US cities among cities with 100,000 residents based on the latest FBI crime statistics and demographics such as population growth, income and poverty.
Top-ranked Irvine was one of 10 Southern California cities to make the top 50. When comparing safety rankings to local property prices, it’s no surprise that these safe cities are also among the most expensive places in the country to buy a residence.
Here’s a look at the 10 SoCal cities on the list of the safest cities and a snippet of Wall Street’s 24/7 analysis. We’ve also added some housing cost information from my trusted table using the Zillow numbers: median single-family home as of September and how it ranks in the top 400 largest cities across the country; and the five-year price increase plus as well as profit is one of the 400.
And Southern Californians pay to be sure. The median home value in these 10 cities is $ 659,850 versus $ 265,500 in the country’s 400 largest cities …
1. Irvine: “The low prevalence of crime may have been a major draw for the large influx of residents who have moved to Irvine over the past decade. From 2009 to 2018, Irvine’s population grew 33.6%, more than five times the national growth rate of 6.6%. “A house in Irvine costs $ 994,300 – # 12 nationwide – up 15.52% in five years, the 27th smallest win in the 400.
3. Murrieta: “Adjusted for the population, there were only 80 violent crimes per 100,000 Murrieta residents, less than a quarter of the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans.” Murrieta homes are priced at $ 446,800 – # 86 nationwide – and are up 25% in five years.
8. A thousand oaks: “While Thousand Oaks is one of the safest cities in the country, mass shootings took place there in November 2018, in which 13 people died, including the shooter.” A home in Thousand Oaks is $ 761,700 – # 27 domestically – and it’s up 20% in five years, the 54th smallest of 400.
9. Glendale: “Just 99 violent crimes per 100,000 people in Glendale, the fourth lowest rate of any city of 100,000 or more in California and the ninth lowest in the country.” A home in Glendale costs $ 945,400 – number 14 nationally – and it’s up 30% in five years, the 130th smallest of 400.
15. Orange: “Only 113 violent crimes reported per 100,000 city residents, far less than the national violent crime rate.” An orange home costs $ 725,000 – number 30 nationwide – and it’s up 26% in five years, the 94th smallest of 400.
19. Temecula: “Only 6.8% of the population live in poverty and 3.5% of the labor force are unemployed, compared to the national poverty rate of 14.6% and an unemployment rate of 3.9%.” Temecula homes cost $ 484,200 – No. 74 in Germany – an increase of 24% in five years, No. 81 of the smallest of 400.
25. Santa Clarita: “Only 135 violent crimes were reported per 100,000 population in 2018, far less than the corresponding national rate.” A home in Santa Clarita costs $ 594,700 – # 46 nationwide – and it’s up 28% in five years, the 120th smallest of 400.
31. Corona: “In 2018, 155 violent crimes were reported per 100,000 inhabitants of the city, far less than the national violent crime rate.” A Corona house costs 510,600 US dollars – nationwide No. 67 – and has increased by 24% in five years, the 78th . smallest of 400.
40. Simi Valley: “The city was one of 19 medium to large cities across the country that had no reported criminal murders in 2018.” A Simi Valley home costs $ 593,000 – number 47 nationwide – up 26% in five years , the 93rd smallest of 400.
45. Torrance: “Only 1,838 property crimes were reported per 100,000 city residents in 2018, well below the national rate of 2,200 per 100,000.” A Torrance home costs $ 860,900 – # 21 domestically – up 24% in five years, the 76th smallest of 400.
The ranking also looked at the “most dangerous” cities, and only one from Southern California made this dubious list: San Bernardino ranked 13th on 24/7 Wall Street, which recorded the city’s 1,333 violent crimes per 100,000 people, more than three times the national rating. This explains the city’s median home value of $ 301,700, # 171 among 400 largest cities.
PS: Wall Street quoted John Roman, a 24/7 researcher at the University of Chicago, on the long-term trend, “If you’re under 40 you’ve never been safer than you are now … Growing cities tend to grow because of them.” perceived as safe and these safety connections in a virtuous cycle. Safe places become safer. “