The No. 1 safest city on its list was Imperial, a fast-growing Imperial County city with a 2010 census population of 14,758, located four miles from El Centro at the southeastern tip of Southern California. With just 0.30 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, the city of Imperial’s motto is “Winning the West — Herding Success.”
With Disneyland right up the freeway, three Orange County cities, Rancho Santa Margarita, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Woods, were ranked as the second-, third- and fourth-safest cities in California, respectively. Rounding out the top 5 was Moorpark in Ventura County.
Aliso Viejo 3rd safest.