The 9 safest cities in America

  • ​6. San Jose, California

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    Of the three largest cities in the Bay Area, San Jose rates as the safest by a fairly wide margin. Both Oakland and San Francisco have violent crime rates well above the rate in San Jose. Both also have higher rates of drug use. While there are just 7.2 drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 residents annually in the San Jose area, there are more than 20 in San Francisco and more than 10 in the Oakland area.