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HB, GG are ranked among “safest cities”

SURF CITY is also one of the safest cities in California, as is Garden Grove, according to a study released Sunday (WSL photo/Morris).

Garden Grove and Huntington Beach are among the top 15 safest large cities in the state, according to a survey done by

The study ranked the top 150 largest cities in the categories of “home and community safety”(including crime), “natural disaster risk” (including danger of earthquakes, forest fires, hurricanes) and “financial safety” (including unemployment rates, poverty and bankruptcies).

Also included were at least two of the most populated cities in each state in the U.S., for a total of 182 studied.

No California cities made the top 10 – earthquake and wild fire danger were big negatives – but Irvine was 30th nationally and first in the Golden State. The next highest-ranked Orange County city was Huntington Beach (eighth in the state and 61st nationally).

“Surf City” was 18th nationally for home and community safety, but 171st for risk of a natural disaster.

Garden Grove was next as the 12th safest in California and 84th overall.

“The Big Strawberry” was 35th for home and community safety, but the natural disaster risk rank was at 170th. Garden Grove was also noticed as one of the five cities nationally with the fewest law enforcement employees per capita.

Also ranked were Anaheim (17th and 99th) and Santa Ana (22nd and 119th).

The “safest” city in the survey was Columbia, Maryland; at the bottom is St. Louis.

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