The City of Poway was named the 11th safest city in California by Safewise, an organization that annually rates the 50 safest cities in states around the country. The 2017 ranking, which was announced on June 5, is a jump up from #16 in 2016.
The 50 Safest Cities in California list is based on FBI crime data and population statistics. Only cities with 10,000 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.
“Our Sheriff’s deputies deserve all the credit for Poway being remarkably safe,” Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said. “They not only understand public safety is our community’s highest priority but they work tirelessly around the clock to achieve it. We are in their debt.”
In addition to improving its Safest Cities ranking, Poway retained the top ranking of cities in San Diego County. Poway also retained its top safety ranking in a report released by the San Diego Association of Governments in March. The report was based on 2016 FBI statistics that shows a seven percent decrease in crime, with a crime rate of 10.38 crimes per 1,000 population.