Downtown Fresno skyline image by David Castellon

published on December 4, 2017 - 1:11 PM
Written by David Castellon

Fresno is the 99th safest city in America in 2017.

That according to findings released today by Wallethub.com that compared 182 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas on 35 key indicators of safety.

They included a “home and community” ranking on the number of assaults per capita in each community, number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters per capita, number of police and firefighters per capital and road quality.

Analysts also looked at risks of natural disasters that included earthquakes, flooding, tornados and hurricane, as well as a “financial safety” category that includes unemployment rates, occurrences of identify theft, credit scores of the residents, ratios of people with savings to help cope with disasters and rates of uninsured residents.

Under those combined criteria, Nashua, N.H. came out as the safest U.S. city, while Ft. Lauderdale came out as the least safe of the 182 cities analyzed.

The first California city on the list is Irvine, ranked at 44. Other California cities on the list include Fremont, 48; Huntington Beach, 69; Oxnard, 77; Anaheim, 82; and San Diego, 91.

Some of the California cities that ranked lower than Fresno include Sacramento, 110; San Francisco, 114; Riverside, 117; San Jose, 120; Modesto, 130; Bakersfield 141; Los Angeles, 142; and Stockton, 152.

At a rank of 180, San Bernardino ranked the least safe California city.
The Visalia, Madera and Hanford metropolitan areas weren’t included in the list.


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