Since LB's 206 ranking is a citywide figure, it includes ELB, much of which adjoins Lakewood and likely mirrors its crime rate. As previously reported by LBReport.com, ELB's 5th Council district had the lowest number of total reported crimes in the most recent LBPD mid year crime stats.
That means residents and businesses in other parts of LB may experience crime rates higher than LB's overall 206 ranking suggests.
In previous years, some LB city officials have tried to compare LB only to cities between 400,000 and 500,000 population, portraying LB as the nation's second safest city within this narrow range.
This is despite the fact Morgan Quitno's methodology indicates it is appropriate to compare cities of different sizes by using officially reported FBI crime data and deriving each city's individual crime rate per population (so statistically, city size shouldn't matter).
The contention that it's unfair to compare LB to neighboring smaller cities has also been undercut by data showing that a number of cities larger than LB -- including New York City -- rank safer than LB.
[LBReport.com comment: Since LB competes with neighboring cities to attract businesses and families, comparing LB to smaller neighboring cities is clearly appropriate. If LB City Hall itself claims smaller cities are safer, it is inviting ELB to follow the San Fernando Valley and San Pedro into independent cityhood (or alternatively joining with Lakewood).]
When compared only to cities between 400,000-500,000 population, LB ranks second (206) to Virginia Beach (49). However, there is a significant statistical difference between the two cities
The rankings show whether a city is above or below the national average crime rate in the six crimes reviewed. A negative score shows the city's average rate in these crimes is below the national rate. A positive score indicates a city's average rate in these crimes is higher than the national rate.
Virginia Beach had a negative (safer) score, better than the national rate in the six crimes analyzed (-44.36). In contrast, LB had a poorer (less safe) score, higher (i.e. worse) the national rate in the six crimes analyzed of +52.40.
Within the narrow 400,000-500,000 population limit previously used by City Hall, LB ranked safer than Sacramento (235), Fresno (243) and five other out of state cities.
Morgan Quitno's data are based on 2000 data (2001 data won't be released until fall 2002). Readers interested in more recent and detailed 2001 LB crime data can access this information on LBReport.com. Simply click on: LB crime data.
Below are data for CA and selected cities from Morgan Quitno's ranking of safest U.S. cities. A score of 0.00 would indicate an average crime rate at the national rate in the six crimes reviewed (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft). A negative score, shown in parentheses, reflects an average rate below the national rate (i.e. better than nat'l average, safer). A positive score reflects an average rate above the national rate (i.e. worse than nat'l average, less safe). Complete chart and other info can be found at Morgan Quitno's web site: www.morganquitno.com.
|Safest Order||City||Score||2000 Population|
|3||Mission Viejo, CA||(78.83)||100,198|
|6||Simi Valley, CA||(71.86)||116,751|
|13||Thousand Oaks, CA||(63.09)||121,805|
|21||Huntington Beach, CA||(59.98)||203,994|
|22||Santa Clara, CA||(57.94)||102,241|
|23||Santa Clarita, CA||(57.65)||136,822|
|25||Newport Beach, CA||(56.76)||75,645|
|36||Redwood City, CA||(52.10)||75,994|
|39||San Mateo, CA||(50.88)||93,811|
|49||Virginia Beach, VA||(44.36)||446,431|
|51||Daly City, CA||(43.86)||101,381|
|58||Costa Mesa, CA||(39.22)||106,141|
|69||Rancho Cucamon., CA||(35.28)||126,436|
|79||Buena Park, CA||(29.03)||76,052|
|90||San Jose, CA||(23.83)||888,632|
|94||Santa Barbara, CA||(21.47)||88,181|
|97||Santa Rosa, CA||(20.63)||139,899|
|101||Garden Grove, CA||(14.03)||156,899|
|110||West Covina, CA||(9.37)||102,300|
|141||Chula Vista, CA||6.02||168,529|
|141||San Diego, CA||6.02||1,266,132|
|147||Santa Monica, CA||11.19||93,081|
|148||Santa Ana, CA||11.68||316,070|
|149||Moreno Valley, CA||11.75||152,159|
|155||El Cajon, CA||14.23||96,651|
|171||San Leandro, CA||25.29||76,730|
|175||El Monte, CA||29.03||115,359|
|195||New York, NY||42.42||7,746,511|
|206||Long Beach, CA||52.40||444,563|
|212||San Francisco, CA||56.07||763,146|
|213||South Gate, CA||56.22||90,906|
|263||Los Angeles, CA||105.95||3,713,238|
|276||San Bernardino, CA||118.53||193,065|
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