As Halloween approaches, safety takes center stage for parents ensuring their little ones have a spooktacular time without any unwelcome scares. A recent study by the Chamber of Commerce has identified several California cities among the top-ranking “safest” places for trick-or-treating, providing peace of mind for families in the Golden State.
The study delved into safety metrics across 300 U.S. cities, each with a population of 100,000 or more. Researchers considered various factors, including pedestrian fatalities, violent crime rates, property crime rates, the number of registered sex offenders, and the ratio of law enforcement employees per 10,000 people. Each safety criterion held a weight of 20 points, contributing to a total score graded on a 100-point scale. A higher score equated to a safer environment for young trick-or-treaters.
California secured its reputation for safe Halloween festivities, with five cities earning spots in the upper echelons of the rankings. Irvine in Orange County clinched the 10th position, boasting a total score of 75. The Golden State’s representation continued with Glendale in Los Angeles County securing the 12th spot with a total score of 74. Other California cities featured in the top ranks include Carlsbad in San Diego County (18th), Murrieta in Riverside County (21st), and Sunnyvale in Santa Clara County (22nd), each demonstrating commendable safety scores.
The list crowned Naperville, Illinois, as the national leader in Halloween safety, earning the title of the safest city for trick-or-treaters across the United States. However, California’s strong presence among the top-ranking cities highlights the state’s commitment to providing a secure and enjoyable Halloween experience for its young residents. As families gear up for the festive night, these rankings offer valuable insights for parents seeking the safest neighborhoods to embark on the annual candy quest with their little ghouls and goblins.