For Child Safety, California at both Top and Bottom of List


Men’s Health Magazine has recently released its listing of the most dangerous cities for children, based on data from multiple sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Although Jacksonville, Florida ranked top in the “Least Safe Cities for Children”, 3 California cities made it to the top 10 – Bakersfield, Modesto, and Fresno. However, one Golden State city (San Francisco) made it to the top three in those considered most safe for children.

To determine its final rankings, Men’s Health Magazine compiled data that included:
• Accidental death rates for kids ages 5 to 14 (CDC)
• Number of car-seat inspection locations per child (NHTSA)
• Sex offenders per capita (from state and national registries)
• Percentage of abused children protected from further abuse (US Department of Health and Human Services)
• Strength of child-restraint laws and bike helmet laws (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

Scores were tallied for 100 cities and they were ranked and given a letter grade between A and F.


Read: New York Raises Age for Children in Car Safety Restraints

Jacksonville is considered least safe because it ranked 86th in accidental deaths, 100th in car-seat inspection locations, 53rd for sex offenders, and 68th for abused-child protection. Rounding out the bottom ten in terms of safety (in order) were New Orleans (LA), Baltimore (MD), Bakersfield (CA), Tulsa (OK), Modesto (CA), Grand Rapids (MI), Fresno (CA), Oklahoma City (OK) and Corpus Christi (TX).

Read: Connection Between Poverty and Child Abuse, Neglect

The city with the most safety features for children was Madison, Wisconsin. Other cities in the top 10 Safest Cities for Children were Honolulu (HI), San Francisco (CA), Virginia Beach (VA), Spokane (WA), Providence (RI), Jersey City (NJ), Colorado Springs (CO), Pittsburgh (PA), and Burlington (VT).

As for large metropolitan areas, Chicago ranked 22nd, Boston 39th, New York 40th, and Los Angeles 47th.