The City of Poway was named the 16th safest city in California by Safewise, an organization that annually rates the 50 safest cities in states around the country. The 2016 ranking, which was announced on June 13, is a 10-spot jump up from #26 in 2015.
The 50 Safest Cities in California list is based on FBI crime data and population statistics. Only cities with 11,000 residents or more are evaluated. Final ratings evaluate reported crimes occurring per 1,000 people in each city, for both violent crimes and property crimes.
"Public safety always has been, and always will be, the city's top priority,” said Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. “But our top rank is only possible thanks to the dedication and hard work of our Sheriff’s deputies. The men and women who wear the badge deserve all the credit."
Poway is no stranger to earning accolades for its safety. Poway was named the safest city in San Diego County in a report released by the San Diego Association of Governments in March. It was based on 2015 FBI statistics that stated the city’s crime rate at 11.34 crimes per 1,000 residents.
Incorporated in 1980, the City of Poway is home to more than 48,000 residents. “The City in the Country” is known for its safety, fiscal management, natural beauty, commitment to open space and recreational opportunities and a thriving business sector. The community offers a diverse range of housing options, an outstanding school district, a business park with more than 19,000 jobs, a broad range of dining and shopping opportunities, beautiful parks, over 55 miles of trails, 50 community events each year, and more.