San Ramon Express Article
San Ramon has been named 10th in a list of the top 50 safest cities in California.
The rating comes from Safewise.com, a home security website, which used data from FBI crime statistics, combined with its own research. To qualify for consideration, a city had to have 20,000 residents or more as of 2011.
In its summary, Safewise said San Ramon "boasts a remarkably low crime rate" and notes that Bishop Ranch,which includes several Global 500 companies and over 21,000 workers, expects to add 16,000 jobs over the next 15 years.
San Ramon placed just behind Danville, which came in as ninth and offers "a powerful sense of community," Safewise said.
Safewise praised both communities for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
Both Danville and San Ramon made a recent list of the safest cities in the entire country as well. In a list prepared by NeighborhoodScout, San Ramon placed at number 87, with Danville at number 85, separated by Lakeville, Minn.
NeighborhoodScout selected cities with 25,000 or more people and based its list on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Those crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, forcible rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault, using FBI data.
Other local cites fared well on the Safewise list, with more than a dozen in the Bay Area making the cut. Those included Dublin, which ranked number 35. Safewise notes "just 16 robberies were reported to law enforcement in 2011."
Pleasanton placed number 45 on Safewise's safe cities list. Newcomers, Safewise said, "will be welcomed into a community that boasts a low unemployment rate of just 3.9 percent and a pro-business government."