Temecula and Murrieta Score Well ( and Bologna Day?)

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October may be a month of many bounties–Halloween, of course, the 

slight possibility of a string of less than 90-degree days, National Cookie 

Month and “Eat Country Ham” Month among them – but this year 

October has also brought good news and good press to Temecula and 

Murrieta, both named as two of the fastest-growing and safest cities in 

the United States.


Per Business Insider, which ranked the top #13 safest cities in America,

Murrieta comes in at #4 and Temecula is #2. The study used number 

of violent crimes per 100,000 people to arrive at its rankings. “Violent” 

crime here includes “murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated 

assault (http://www.businessinsider.com/safest-cities-in-america-2011-6).

BI states that Murrieta experienced only 95 violent crimes 

and one murder while Temecula experienced just 72 such crimes and 

no murders. A number of other California cities also made the list, 

including Irvine, coming in just ahead of Temecula at #1. (Thousand 

Oaks is #12; Orange is #10, and Simi Valley is #8).


This news may come as no surprise to residents, many of whom flocked

to the valley for the very reasons and qualities that put these closely 

neighboring cities on the proverbial map in the first place. But for those 

utterly unfamiliar with or perhaps only slightly so, these designations 

could spur an as-of-yet unpredictable number of relocations.


Perhaps not coincidentally, Temecula and Murrieta also appeared 

rather high on the Wallet Hub’s list of 2014’s fastest-growing cities in 

the U.S., occupying spaces #208 and #114 respectively. Several nearby 

San Diego cities also made the cut, including San Marcos, coming in right 

below Temecula at #213, Chula Vista (#161), and San Diego city proper 

(#186). WalletHub used various metrics to arrive at their rankings, 

which are identified as those cities “that have expanded most rapidly in 

socio-economic terms between 2008 and 2013”



Comparing the two lists, we find that nearly half of the safest American 

cities are also among the fastest-growing, so a correlation is quite 

probable. In addition to Murrieta and Temecula, they are: Thousand 

Oaks, CA, Surprise, AZ, Bellevue, WA, Cary, NC, Frisco, TX and Round 

Rock, TX.


Thus, eight of the 13 safest cities are also some of the fastest-growing; 

unsurprisingly, then, a number of these cities also made it onto 

WalletHub’s 2014 list of Best Cities for First-Time Home Buyers – 

Murrieta sits at #119 and Temecula at #129. Let’s hope these results 

spread quickly and travel far, contributing to a stellar 2015 for local 

agents. If all else fails, it’s still National Pizza, Seafood and Popcorn 

Popping Month, and we still have Bologna Day (the 24th)

World Pasta Day (the 25th) , and, uh, Mincemeat Day (the 26th)

to which to look forward, so there’s that.




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