Northern California September 06, 2016
Beware: These 10 Counties In Northern California Have The Most Sex Offenders
Once you’re a parent it isn’t long before you’re checking
Megan’s Law for local sex offenders in your area. We want to keep our kids safe. We want to know just where evil lurks in our neighborhoods and we want to make sure our little ones never fall prey to a sexual deviant. It’s heartbreaking that we even have to know these things, but we do. Out of 48 counties in Northern California, here’s a list of the top 10 counties where the most sex offenders live according to DOJ.
10. San Francisco County: 7 offenders/10,000 residents
San Francisco County happens to be the smallest at just under 47 square miles. But, this county is also the densest when it comes to population. With an average of 18,451 people per square mile, that makes it one expensive place to live. The number of sex offenders who live here are lower than the national average.
9. Alameda County: 8/10,000 residents
1.5 million people call this county home - statistics show sex offenders who live here are lower than the national average.
8. Solano County: 10/10,000 Residents
Solano County is a lovely part of Northern California to live. The farmland here is not something you'd expect if you weren't from California - but there are also quite a few sex offenders who love it here, too. Lucky for these folks out here, the number of sex offenders who live in these parts are less than the national average.
7. Santa Clara County: 11/10,000 residents
Santa Clara county is lower than the national average.
6. Stanislaus County: 16/10,000 residents
Stanislaus County is higher than the national average. The last census put the population here in Stanislaus county at over a half million folks.
5. Contra Costa County: 17/10,000 residents
Martinez is the county seat of this county. There's been quite a lot of history uncovered around here that dates back to prehistoric times. Too bad it's now known for a high number of sex offenders. But, not as high as a few others on our list.
4. San Joaquin County: 17/10,000 residents
This county has a rate of sex offenders that's higher than the national average.
3. Sacramento County: 18/10,000 residents
Sacramento is the 6th most populated city in the whole state of California. The number of sex offenders who live here are higher than the national average.
2. Merced County: 20 offenders/10,000 Residents
Sex offenders live here and by population are higher than the national average. Over a quarter of a million people live in Merced County - AND quite a few sex offenders. Being aware of this helps to make sure we're staying safe and keeping our kids safe. The facts aren't always fun, but there's no arguing with them.
1. Shasta County: 22 offenders/10,000 residents
Shasta County may be known for some of the most spectacular natural surroundings in Northern California - BUT according to studies, the more rural areas often draw a lot of sex offenders. Make sure to check Megan's Law from time to time. It's helpful to keep informed.
Your county is not off the hook if you’re not in the top ten. Every county has registered sex offenders. We don’t share this to let fear rule the day, but to know that
wherever our children roam we need to keep a watchful eye.