These three California cities are the least safe

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Three California cities are considered among the most dangerous in the United States, and one of them is right here in the Bay Area, according to a new study by WalletHub.

Oakland, Calif., is the eighth most dangerous city in the United States with a safety score of 60.45, according to the study. Los Angeles came in at number 11 on the list with a score of 60.75, but San Bernardino came in strong as the third most dangerous city with a score of 54.41.

The study compared 42 “key safety indicators” in 180 cities across the country. Key metrics considered included everything from vaccination and unemployment rates to assaults per capita and even road quality.

Oakland was ranked number 174 for home and community safety in the city. Over the weekend, city leaders in Oakland spoke out against the high rate of fatal shootings in the city, including the 102nd homicide that took place on Friday.

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Oakland ranked 155th when considering the risk of the city facing a natural disaster. However, the city fared somewhat better when it comes to its financial ranking, ranking 43rd.

San Francisco also made the list with an overall safety score of 69.5, making it the 46th safest city in the United States. The City by the Bay also did very well financially, when considering financial security, San Francisco came in fourth place.

Another South Bay town also made the list, but for good reason. Fremont, California was listed as the 17th safest city in the study with a safety score of 79.98. Fremont ranks 10th in home and community safety and fifth in financial security.

California cities round out the bottom of the charts when it comes to measuring the number of law enforcement personnel working in each city per capita. Fontana, Modesto, Fremont, Irvine and Chula Vista were ranked 172 to 176 for the number of law enforcement officers. This ranking is surprising considering that the state of California employs more law enforcement officers than most other states in the country, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Bernard P. Love