9. Santa Ana, California
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Overall score: 83.72Violent crime rate: 490.8 per 100,000 peopleProperty crime rate: 2,100.1 per 100,000 peopleAccidental death rate: 22.9 per 100,000 peopleBinge drinking rate: 14.4% of adultsSmoking rate: 15.7% of adults
While Los Angeles has many dangerous neighborhoods, its neighboring cities farther down the coast, including Santa Ana, count themselves among the safest in the country. Santa Ana’s unemployment rate is extremely low, measuring in at just 2.7 percent. Additionally, the city is taking steps towards creating oversight committees that could make the area safer for both citizens and law enforcement.