Irvine and Santa Ana (Yes, That Santa Ana) are Dueling Safest Cities in America
However, the online version of Forbes does not include Irvine among its separate list of the top 10 safest cities in America. The financial mag does have another Orange County city at No. 4, and you'll never guess which one.
It's Santa Ana, the county seat with one of the highest concentrations of Spanish speakers in America, generally the most murders among OC's 34 incoporated cities, and average family household incomes that were iffy before the country's economic downturn--certainly more in all three areas than upscale Irvine.
Here's the Forbes entry:
#4 Santa Ana, CA
Car fatality rank: 4
Violent crime rank: 11
In cities with 75,000 to 99,000 population, Lake Forest comes in at No. 9 in the CQ rankings. Combine those cities with metropolitan areas with more than 100,000 people, and Irvine comes in at No. 6 overall. The CQ analysis relies on murder, rape, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and motor vehicle theft data to calculate its rankings. As noted above, Forbes factors in those violent crimes and car fatalities.
Days after the CQ rankings were announced, Irvine issued a second release heralding preliminary findings in an FBI report that show the city has the lowest per capita violent crime rate in the nation among cities with populations over 100,000. And that rate--which calculates murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults--was down 8 percent from the previous year in Irvine, city officials note.