Monday, November 19, 2007


O.C. fans and residents, rejoice.

A new FBI study found that Orange County's Mission Viejo is the safest city in America.

Five other Southern California cities - Lake Forest, Irvine, Thousand Oaks, Chino Hills and Glendale - made it in the top 20 safest cities list.

The rankings are contained in the 14th edition of "City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America," published by Washington-based CQ Press

They are based on statistics for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and vehicle theft and include about 400 cities of at least 75,000 residents that reported crime data to the FBI.

Two Northern California cities were among those named in the top 10 least safe: Oakland and Richmond.

In order of being least safe, here are the cities' rankings:
Detroit was the least safe city, followed by St. Louis, Mo, Flint, Mich., Oakland; Camden, N.J.; Birmingham, Ala.; North Charleston, S.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; Richmond, Calif.; and Cleveland. Compton, Calif. was ranked 14th least safe.

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