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Rancho Santa Margarita is the Second Safest City in California

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has issued a press release, highlighting the fact that eight OCSD contract cities have made the SafeWise “50 Safest Cities in California” list.  According to the release, “SafeWise [is] a safety and home security company has completed extensive research while comparing their data to the FBI’s Crime in the US Report. They then created a list of the safest California cities to live in with 200,000 residents or more, as of 2011.”  Of the cities recognized for their safety, many of them are South County cities that we cover here at Rancho Ortega, including the second safest city in California, Rancho Santa Margarita:

2. Rancho Santa Margarita

The master-planned city of Rancho Santa Margarita was incorporated just over a decade ago, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of Orange County’s most desirable places to live. Situated in the foothills of the stunning Santa Ana Mountains, and just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the young, affluent city of Rancho Santa Margarita offers a diverse inventory of planned communities. A number of wilderness parks, a skate park, dog park, and state of the art Bell Tower Regional Community Center all provide endless recreation opportunities.  Families relocating to Rancho Santa Margarita will be glad to learn that the most recent figures from the FBI Crime Report show less than 10 robberies and 18 motor vehicle thefts were reported to authorities in 2011. That’s remarkable for a town of nearly 50,000.

In addition, the following South Orange County cities made the list:

  • #2: Rancho Santa Margarita
  • #6: Laguna Niguel
  • #15: Lake Forest
  • #18: Mission Viejo
  • #26: San Juan Capistrano
  • #27: San Clemente

Irvine, which often touts itself as the “safest city in America” was 36th on the list.

Congratulations to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Rancho Santa Margarita and all of the cities that made the list.

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