The ads help us keep CrimeGrade free to use. Considering only the crime rate, Modesto is as safe as the California state average and less secure than the national average. The map below shows a simple crime count in Modesto, which means it will look a lot like state population maps. Now let's see how Modesto does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes.
Importantly, when comparing Modesto to other communities with a similar population, Modesto's crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is well above average. As in many of the cities where people don't feel safe, 14.8% of Columbus residents said they didn't have enough money for adequate housing over the past year, one of the 10 worst rates in the country. Your chance of being a victim of crime in Modesto can be as high as 1 in 10 in southern neighborhoods, or as low as 1 in 33 in the northeastern part of the city. Like most metropolitan areas where residents don't feel safe walking alone at night, Yakima is struggling financially.
The main airports, of which Modesto has 0, always seem like places of high crime due to the large number of people and the low population nearby. McAllen was the only metropolitan area where less than half of the respondents felt safe walking home alone at night. Considering that living in California is more expensive than in most other states, income is not enough for most households, resulting in a high poverty rate. If your husband takes the job and you decide not to live in Modesto, you'd better look for a good place to live in the East.
This makes Modesto a place where there is a higher-than-average chance of becoming a victim of property crime, compared to all other communities in the United States of all population sizes. The crime rate in Modesto is considerably higher than the national average in all communities in the United States, from the largest to the smallest, although with 32 crimes per thousand inhabitants, it is not among the communities with the highest crime rate. Modesto is in the 14th safety percentile, which means 86% of cities are safer and 14% of cities are more dangerous. In nine of the 10 metropolitan areas where residents felt less safe, residents had lower satisfaction rates.