City of Soledad Named One of the Top 50 Safest Cities in California

City of Soledad Named One of the Top 50 Safest Cities in California by the National Council for Home Safety and Security
Ranked #39, Soledad is the safest city in Monterey County

Soledad, Calif., (February 5, 2019) – The National Council for Home Safety and Security recently released The Safest Cities in California 2019 report that highlights the top 50 safest cities in California. In the ranking, only two Monterey County cities made the top 50, the City of Soledad which ranked #39, and the City of Pacific Grove which ranked #43.
“Our Police Department deserves praise for their work in continuously keeping our city safe,” said Michael McHatten, City Manager, City of Soledad. “Being the safest city in Monterey County allows tourists and residents to enjoy the very best that Soledad has to offer.”

According to the report, for every 1,000 residents, the City averaged 50 violent crimes, and 170 property crimes in 2018. To suppress crime within the City, local leaders support the Police Department’s community relations program. They continue investment in the Police Explorer Program for young adults, ages 15 to 21, to learn about law enforcement. Additionally, the Soledad Police Department spends a significant amount of time building relationships with the community by participating in annual community events, such as COPS Giving Tree and National Night Out, along with the recently launched Coffee with a Cop program.

About the City of Soledad: Widely known as being the Gateway to the Pinnacles, the City of Soledad is located in the center of the Salinas Valley, adjacent to US 101 between the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains to the west and the picturesque Gabilan Mountains to the east. Visitors can explore nearby Pinnacles National Park, with its world-class hiking and rock- climbing and views of the majestic California condors. Soledad is also home to a booming agricultural community, with fields of lettuce, broccoli and asparagus, as well as some of the finest wine grapes in the world. Its burgeoning local wine region was named by Wine Enthusiast magazine as one of the top ten best wine travel destinations in the world. For more information, visit

Safest California Cities Report