Study: San Bernardino named California's most dangerous city


California's most dangerous city based on crime, police presence and other "community factors" is San Bernardino, according to a new report.

The study, commissioned by Southern California law firm Graham Donath, used FBI data and looked at crime rates, police presence and investment in police departments as well as community factors including poverty, education, unemployment and climate.

The report only includes cities with a population of 100,000 people or higher. 

Stockton and Modesto were declared California's second and third most dangerous cities, respectively. Oakland ranked sixth and Los Angeles placed nineteenth.

The report found a high correlation between crime rates and poverty -- with San Bernardino's poverty rate topping 30.6 percent.

"In taking a look at our collected data, no city in the bottom ten of crime rate (that is, has the lowest crime) has a poverty rate higher than 12.9 percent," the report states. "But for cities in the top ten, every one has a poverty rate of 14.5 percent or higher, topping out at 30.6 percent in San Bernardino."

The study cites California's high cost of living coupled with stagnant wages as a possible factor for high poverty rates and crime in the state.

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