When you are deciding where to live, whether temporarily or on a long-term basis, it is almost certain that safety will be a top concern. After all, you need to protect yourself and ensure the welfare of your family.
However, the safety of a particular city is not as simple as achieving and maintaining a low rate of crime. A variety of factors help to determine whether or not a city can be considered a safe place to live. For example, how does the location manage instances of natural disaster? What about sanitation, or water and air quality? Is there a known issue regarding road safety or traffic deaths? The quality and accessibility of healthcare is also crucial in determining the overall safety of a location.
As you can see, there are multiple factors that contribute to the overall safety of a city. If you are considering moving to El Dorado Hills, California, it is critical to consider each. So, is El Dorado Hills, CA a safe place to live? The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC is pleased to help you decide.
About El Dorado Hills, California
El Dorado Hills is an unincorporated census-designated place, or CDP. Located in El Dorado County, El Dorado Hills is situated 22 miles east of Sacramento, the state capital of California. Based on several criteria, including crime rate, road safety, disaster preparedness, air quality, water quality, and more, El Dorado Hills can be considered an exceptionally safe place to live. Here, we have broken down the major safety factors.
1. Crime Rate
The rate of violent crime in El Dorado Hills is much lower than both the California and national averages. Per 100,000 residents, El Dorado Hills experienced an average of 246 instances of violent crime, yearly. In California as a whole, this number rises to 441 instances of violent crime. Nationally, there are an estimated average of 379 instances of violent crime per 100,000 citizens.
Regarding property crime, El Dorado Hills again ranks substantially below average. El Dorado Hills sees 1,300 instances of property crime per 100,000 residents. Compare this to the California average of 2,331, as well as the national average of 2,110.
This means that:
- Rates of crime in El Dorado Hills are 38% beneath the national average.
- El Dorado Hills sees 35% less violent crime, when compared to the national average.
- The area is safer than around half of other cities in the United States.
- El Dorado Hills is only getting safer—each year, the rate of crime in El Dorado Hills has dropped by an average of 2%.
2. Road Safety or Traffic Fatalities
Regarding traffic related fatalities, El Dorado Hills falls beneath both the California and national averages. In 2018, El Dorado Hills saw just one fatal car accident, with the same case occurring in 2017. In 2016 and 2014, the area experienced two fatal accidents each year.
Most notably, El Dorado Hills saw no road fatalities in 2019. This can be compared to the California average of nine accident fatalities per 100k residents. Additionally, in 2018:
- El Dorado Hills experienced an average of two fatalities on the road per 100,000 residents.
- California averaged ten road fatalities, per 100,000 residents.
- The United States averaged 16.07 road fatalities, per 100,000 residents.
Overall, El Dorado Hills appears to be a relatively safe area with very little road fatalities or accidents causing injury.
3. Natural Disaster Preparedness and Management
To begin, El Dorado Hills boasts an earthquake index that is considerably below both the California and the national average. A region’s earthquake index value is determined by earthquake event data, with a higher earthquake index value indicating a greater likelihood of experiencing the event. El Dorado Hills features an earthquake index value of 1.74, just under the national average of 1.81. California, however, has an average earthquake index value of 21.80. El Dorado Hills is largely unaffected by the frequent instances of earthquakes within the state due to its geographical positioning.
El Dorado County has also taken a number of steps to prepare for natural disasters when they do occur. In the event of a natural disaster, El Dorado County makes use of the Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessment Program (ATC 20), developed by the California State Office of Emergency Services. This program aims to allow for rapid review of buildings in order to determine the safety of providing occupancy following a natural disaster.
El Dorado County also employs an Emergency Preparedness and Response team. These teams tend to focus on educating and training communities, emergency planning, developing communications and enacting a response during an emergency.
4. Access to Healthcare
In order to ensure optimal safety and welfare for a city’s population, it is vital that healthcare services are abundant and easily accessible. With numerous healthcare options, delivered in a timely and adequate fashion, a population might expect to see:
- Increased prevention of disease and disability
- Early detection and treatment of health conditions
- Better quality of life
- Lower instances of preventable death
- Overall higher life expectancy
El Dorado County considers “access to health services” to be one of their four areas of community health focus. As such, the county places a significant emphasis on ensuring that healthcare is widely and adequately available in the area. In addition, the county works to place additional supports necessary to improve this availability, year over year.
Regarding cost, the health cost index of El Dorado Hills has been calculated as 87.1, as the national average sits at 100. This indicates that the cost of healthcare in El Dorado Hills is almost 13% below the national average. This lower cost likely contributes to the high accessibility of healthcare within the area. As of 2016, in El Dorado County, around 83.2% of adults possessed some form of health insurance, along with 96.9% of children. As such, we can safely assume that health insurance is widely accessible to most residents of El Dorado Hills.
Further, just 13.1% of the El Dorado population reported experiencing delay or difficulty obtaining healthcare. Alongside its devotion to accessible health services, El Dorado County also boasts an average life expectancy above the national average—83.3 years in women (compared to the national average of 81 years) and 78.9 years in men (compared to the national average of 77 years).
5. Air Quality
Notably, air quality is an area where El Dorado Hills may suffer a bit, in terms of safety. However, for El Dorado Hills, the matter is strictly and continuously monitored by the Air Quality Management District of El Dorado County. As a result, efforts are underway to improve air quality and reach local standards, both in El Dorado Hills and in El Dorado County as a whole.
Currently, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Sacramento region (which includes El Dorado County) is considered to suffer from “severe ozone non-attainment.” In particular, over the summer months, the entire region has a tendency to fall short of attaining healthy ozone-levels— on both the federal and state levels.
Largely, this situation is the result of the area’s geographical position. The Sacramento Valley resembles a narrow ditch, which is situated between the nearby mountain ranges. Air quality can grow unhealthy whenever pollutants are trapped by an inversion layer—an altitude-based deviation from a normal atmospheric property. However, due to the region’s status as an ozone non-attainment area, Sacramento officials developed an ozone mitigation strategy in 2013, known as the Sacramento Regional 8-Hour Ozone Attainment and Reasonable Further Progress Plan. This plan was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015.
Despite these issues, air quality in El Dorado Hills is still a notch above the United States national average. El Dorado Hills has received an air quality index score of 59 out of 100, which is a point above the national average of 58. However, at any given time, air quality can be further impacted during wildfire season, due to smoke entering the air.
6. Water Quality
El Dorado Hills was determined to have a water quality index of 50 out of 100, which is slightly beneath the national average of 55. It should be noted, however, that this statistic accounts for watershed quality, specifically. Fortunately, the most dangerous forms of water contamination, such as pesticides and other man-made chemicals entering the water supply due to improper handling, were found to be rare in the El Dorado County region.
Some forms of water contamination are considered common in the region, although none of these contaminants are hazardous to human health. This includes:
- Hydrogen Sulfide
- Iron Bacteria
- Excess Iron
Although there is no safety risk posed by these contaminants, a water treatment system can be used to reduce instances of contamination, or to remove it completely.
So, Is El Dorado Hills a Safe Place to Live?
As you can see, El Dorado Hills is a relatively safe area to live, work, and play. Visit this beautiful corner of the world and find out why residents enjoy living here so much.
If you are considering a move to the Sacramento or Folsom area—even to a safe place like El Dorado Hills—there is always the risk that a careless individual could cause you injury, whether via reckless driving, unsupervised animals, or unsafe property. When the worst happens, consider seeking legal counsel from The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, where we recognize that you have the right to both personal safety and justice. Contact us online to set up a consultation today.