The Murder Capitals Of California For 2023


The cities with the most murder in California are San Bernardino and Oakland for 2023.

Do you live in one of the murder capitals of California?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in California.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Golden State for 2023:

  1. San Bernardino
  2. Oakland
  3. Vallejo
  4. Stockton
  5. Fresno
  6. Compton
  7. Richmond
  8. Victorville
  9. Los Banos
  10. Hemet

What city has the highest murder rate in California? The city with the highest murder rate in California is San Bernardino with 31.4 murders per 100,000 people.

What is the city in California with highest number of murders? The city in California with the highest number of murders is Los Angeles with 351 murders.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town in California ranked. There were ‘only’ 237 cities in California where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 179 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Golden State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of California For 2023

San Bernardino, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 216,365
Rank Last Year: 1
Murders: 68 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 31.4 (Most)
More on San Bernardino:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Oakland, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 437,923
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 102 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 23.3 (4th Most)
More on Oakland:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Vallejo, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 122,326
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 27 (12th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 22.1 (5th Most)
More on Vallejo:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Stockton, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 314,981
Rank Last Year: 4
Murders: 56 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 17.8 (14th Most)
More on Stockton:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Fresno, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 535,472
Rank Last Year: 5
Murders: 77 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.4 (20th Most)
More on Fresno:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Compton, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 95,513
Rank Last Year: 6
Murders: 18 (16th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.8 (10th Most)
More on Compton:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Richmond, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 111,367
Rank Last Year: 7
Murders: 20 (13th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.0 (13th Most)
More on Richmond:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Victorville, CA

Source: Wikipedia User Mlpearc, City of Victorville | CC BY-SA 3.0

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 123,085
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 19 (15th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 15.4 (18th Most)
More on Victorville:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Los Banos, CA

Source: Wikipedia User Hank chapot at English Wikipedia | GFDL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 41,631
Rank Last Year: 9
Murders: 9 (29th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 21.6 (6th Most)
More on Los Banos:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Hemet, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 86,058
Rank Last Year: 10
Murders: 14 (22nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.3 (17th Most)
More on Hemet:  Data | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Methodology: How we calculated the murder capitals of California

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in California for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 237 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city.

This article is an opinion based on facts. It is our tenth time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in California and is updated for 2023.

Summary: The Places With The Most Murders In California For 2023

If you’re looking at the places in California with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In California For 2023

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 San Bernardino, CA 68 31.43
2 Oakland, CA 102 23.29
3 Vallejo, CA 27 22.07
4 Stockton, CA 56 17.78
5 Fresno, CA 77 14.38
6 Compton, CA 18 18.85
7 Richmond, CA 20 17.96
8 Victorville, CA 19 15.44
9 Los Banos, CA 9 21.62
10 Hemet, CA 14 16.27
11 Bakersfield, CA 44 11.33
12 Inglewood, CA 14 12.96
13 Los Angeles, CA 351 8.77
14 East Palo Alto, CA 6 20.38
15 Lancaster, CA 16 10.15
16 Delano, CA 7 13.05
17 Sacramento, CA 42 8.09
18 Artesia, CA 4 24.08
19 Long Beach, CA 36 7.78
20 Pomona, CA 13 8.55
21 Moreno Valley, CA 17 7.9
22 Lomita, CA 4 19.68
23 Carson, CA 8 8.76
24 Hayward, CA 13 8.08
25 Colton, CA 6 10.89
26 Antioch, CA 9 8.0
27 Brawley, CA 4 15.17
28 Perris, CA 7 8.69
29 Desert Hot Springs, CA 4 13.76
30 Modesto, CA 16 7.39
31 Palm Springs, CA 5 10.21
32 Atwater, CA 4 13.47
33 El Monte, CA 9 7.78
34 Merced, CA 7 8.31
35 Commerce, CA 3 23.73
36 Banning, CA 4 12.74
37 San Leandro, CA 7 7.84
38 Adelanto, CA 4 11.65
39 Redlands, CA 6 8.35
40 Riverside, CA 20 5.98
41 Cathedral City, CA 5 9.02
42 Indio, CA 7 7.51
43 Hanford, CA 5 8.61
44 Greenfield, CA 3 17.0
45 Rancho Cordova, CA 6 7.86
46 San Francisco, CA 48 5.45
47 Gardena, CA 5 8.42
48 Palmdale, CA 10 6.44
49 Montclair, CA 4 9.88
50 Oroville, CA 3 14.3
51 Hesperia, CA 7 7.26
52 Lompoc, CA 4 9.32
53 Menifee, CA 7 7.23
54 Rialto, CA 7 6.73
55 Tulare, CA 5 7.55
56 Visalia, CA 8 5.89
57 Barstow, CA 3 12.48
58 Whittier, CA 6 7.05
59 San Diego, CA 63 4.39
60 Maywood, CA 3 11.14
61 Ontario, CA 10 5.33
62 Turlock, CA 5 6.74
63 Anaheim, CA 16 4.55
64 Paso Robles, CA 3 9.25
65 San Jose, CA 40 3.89
66 Santa Ana, CA 15 4.5
67 Farmersville, CA 2 18.66
68 Salinas, CA 8 5.13
69 Watsonville, CA 4 7.39
70 Hawthorne, CA 5 5.8
71 Pasadena, CA 7 4.95
72 National City, CA 4 6.54
73 Madera, CA 4 6.03
74 Fairfield, CA 6 5.06
75 Parlier, CA 2 12.71
76 Redding, CA 5 5.38
77 Yuba City, CA 4 5.96
78 McFarland, CA 2 12.61
79 Berkeley, CA 6 4.9
80 Lodi, CA 4 5.86
81 Oxnard, CA 8 3.81
82 Tracy, CA 5 5.2
83 Santa Fe Springs, CA 2 11.24
84 Lynwood, CA 4 5.72
85 Arcata, CA 2 10.8
86 Agoura Hills, CA 2 9.9
87 Pittsburg, CA 4 5.43
88 Apple Valley, CA 4 5.41
89 Corcoran, CA 2 9.22
90 Yucca Valley, CA 2 9.13
91 Arvin, CA 2 9.03
92 Ceres, CA 3 6.12
93 San Jacinto, CA 3 6.03
94 Beaumont, CA 3 5.67
95 Oceanside, CA 6 3.42
96 Fontana, CA 7 3.23
97 West Sacramento, CA 3 5.55
98 Sanger, CA 2 7.86
99 Big Bear, CA 1 18.85
100 Eureka, CA 2 7.5
About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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