Manhattan Beach is a safe place to live, but like any other city, it's best to avoid walking alone at night along the Strand. According to the C+ rating, the crime rate in Manhattan Beach is similar to that of an average city in the United States. In fact, Manhattan Beach is in the 52nd percentile for safety, meaning that 48% of cities are safer and 52% of cities are more dangerous. This analysis applies only to the boundaries of Manhattan Beach. When comparing Manhattan Beach to other cities with a similar population, its crime rate (combined violent and property crimes) is higher than average.
However, it is still safer than both the California state average and the national average. The map below shows a simple crime count in Manhattan Beach, which may seem exaggerated when people visit during the day but don't live there. Despite being located in bustling Southern California, Manhattan Beach has managed to maintain a small-town atmosphere. MoneyGeek, a personal finance technology company, has released its ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities and small towns in the United States.