Lots of folks try to measure what city is “safest” to live in, and by one new measurement, it’s Irvine.

The 24/7 Wall St. website ranked the 50 safest U.S. cities among those with 100,000 people based on the FBI’s latest crime stats and demographics figures such as population growth, income and poverty.

Top-ranked Irvine was one of 10 Southern California cities to make the Top 50. And when you compare the safety rankings with local housing prices, it’s no surprise that these safe cities are also among the nation’s priciest places to buy a residence.

Here is a look at the 10 SoCal cities on the safest-city list and a snippet of 24/7 Wall St.’s analysis. Plus, we’ve added some housing-cost info from my trusty spreadsheet using Zillow figures: median value of a single-family home as of September and how that ranks among the 400 largest cities nationwide; and the five-year price increase, plus how than gain ranks among the 400.

And Southern Californians do pay up to be safe. The median house value in these 10 cities is $659,850 vs. $265,500 in the 400 largest cities nationwide …

1. Irvine: “The low prevalence of crime may have been a big draw for the large influx of residents who moved to Irvine over the past decade. From 2009 to 2018, the population of Irvine grew by 33.6%, more than five times the 6.6% national growth rate.” An Irvine home costs $994,300 — No. 12 nationally — up 15.52% in five years, 27th smallest gain of the 400.

3. Murrieta: “Adjusted for population, there were just 80 violent crimes per 100,000 Murrieta residents, less than one-fourth the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans.” Murrieta homes cost $446,800 — No. 86 nationally — up 25% in five years, 90th smallest of 400.

8. Thousand Oaks: “While Thousand Oaks is one of the safest cities in the country, in November 2018 a mass shooting took place there that left 13 dead, including the gunman.” A Thousand Oaks home costs $761,700 — No. 27 nationally — up 20% in five years, 54th smallest of 400.

9. Glendale: “Just 99 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Glendale, the fourth-lowest rate of any city with a population of at least 100,000 in California and the ninth-lowest nationwide.” A Glendale home costs $945,400 — No. 14 nationally — up 30% in five years, 130th smallest of 400.

15. Orange: “Just 113 violent crimes reported per 100,000 city residents, far less than the national violent crime rate.” An Orange home costs $725,000 — No. 30 nationally — up 26% in five years, 94th smallest of 400.

19. Temecula: “Just 6.8% of residents live in poverty, and 3.5% of the labor force is unemployed, compared to the national poverty rate of 14.6% and an unemployment rate of 3.9%.” Temecula homes cost $484,200 — No. 74 nationally — up 24% in five years, No. 81st smallest of 400.

25. Santa Clarita: “Just 135 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in 2018, far less than the corresponding national rate.” A Santa Clarita home costs $594,700 — No. 46 nationally — up 28% in five years, 120th smallest of 400.

31. Corona: “In 2018, there were 155 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in the city, far less than the national violent crime rate.” A Corona home costs $510,600 — No. 67 nationally — up 24% in five years, 78th smallest of 400.

40. Simi Valley: “The city was one of 19 mid- to large-size cities nationwide with no criminal homicides reported in all of 2018.” A Simi Valley home costs $593,000 — No. 47 nationally — up 26% in five years, 93rd smallest of 400.

45. Torrance: “Just 1,838 property crimes reported for every 100,000 people in the city in 2018, well below the national rate of 2,200 per 100,000.” A Torrance home costs $860,900 — No. 21 nationally — up 24% in five years, 76th smallest of 400.

PS: 24/7 Wall Street quoted John Roman, a researcher at the University of Chicago, on the long-term trend: “If you are under the age of 40, you’ve never been safer than you are today … Growing cities tend to grow because they’re perceived as safe and that safety compounds in a virtuous cycle. Safe places get safer.”

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