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Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S.

The safest cities in America are not remote, rural places. They are closer than you think. They may not be big, but often they are just minutes from the largest cities in the U.S. One of America’s safest cities is just 3 miles from Manhattan, and 7 miles from Central Park, in the heart of New York City. That city is Fort Lee, New Jersey. Fully eleven of them are within the New York Metro area. In many ways, these cities serve as neighborhoods within the large metro area.

Similarly, research revealed nineteen of the safest cities are in the Boston metro area, and eight are in California, including Danville, which is a scant 22 minutes from Oakland, one of the nation’s most dangerous cities. This is a common pattern our researchers have noted: the safest and most dangerous parts of America’s great urban areas are often just a few miles apart. Lake in the Hills, IL, the safest city in America for 2019, is a well-to-do community in the Chicago area, while Chicago itself is one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. In his book The Big Sort, author Bill Bishop describes how America is sorting itself by income, education, and lifestyle into isolated communities. The pattern of crime and safety reflects this social sorting, not just by region but by city and neighborhood within the same commuting zone.

Research reveals the 100 safest cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Data used for this research are 1) the number of total crimes reported to have occurred in each city, and 2) the population of each city. Based on the latest national data available at the time of publication, representing calendar year 2017 and released in September 2018, this report reveals interesting patterns about safety from crime in America.

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  1. Lake in the Hills, IL Total Crime Rate: 3.0 Number of Crimes: 87 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 333

  2. Franklin, MA Total Crime Rate: 3.3 Number of Crimes: 110 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 300

  3. Shrewsbury, MA Total Crime Rate: 3.5 Number of Crimes: 131 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 285

  4. Bergenfield, NJ Total Crime Rate: 3.8 Number of Crimes: 108 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 259

  5. Pleasant Grove, UT Total Crime Rate: 4.1 Number of Crimes: 160 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 243

  6. Marshfield, MA Total Crime Rate: 4.5 Number of Crimes: 117 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 221

  7. North Ridgeville, OH Total Crime Rate: 4.7 Number of Crimes: 157 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 213

  8. Florence, AZ Total Crime Rate: 5.5 Number of Crimes: 143 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 182

  9. Bartlett, IL Total Crime Rate: 5.7 Number of Crimes: 234 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 176

  10. Buffalo Grove, IL Total Crime Rate: 5.7 Number of Crimes: 235 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 175

  1. Harrison, NY Total Crime Rate: 5.8 Number of Crimes: 167 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 171

  2. Ballwin, MO Total Crime Rate: 6.0 Number of Crimes: 181 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 167

  3. Colleyville, TX Total Crime Rate: 6.0 Number of Crimes: 161 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 166

  4. Cheshire, CT Total Crime Rate: 6.1 Number of Crimes: 178 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 165

  5. Brunswick, OH Total Crime Rate: 6.2 Number of Crimes: 215 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 162

  6. Hutto, TX Total Crime Rate: 6.3 Number of Crimes: 160 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 159

  7. Independence, KY Total Crime Rate: 6.3 Number of Crimes: 175 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 158

  8. Huntley, IL Total Crime Rate: 6.4 Number of Crimes: 174 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 156

  9. Reading, MA Total Crime Rate: 6.4 Number of Crimes: 167 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 156

  10. Little Elm, TX Total Crime Rate: 6.5 Number of Crimes: 303 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 154

  1. Long Beach, NY Total Crime Rate: 6.6 Number of Crimes: 221 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 153

  2. Needham, MA Total Crime Rate: 6.6 Number of Crimes: 203 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 153

  3. Billerica, MA Total Crime Rate: 6.6 Number of Crimes: 289 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 152

  4. Arlington, MA Total Crime Rate: 6.6 Number of Crimes: 300 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 152

  5. Rexburg, ID Total Crime Rate: 6.6 Number of Crimes: 187 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 152

  6. Keller, TX Total Crime Rate: 6.9 Number of Crimes: 328 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 144

  7. Ridgewood, NJ Total Crime Rate: 7.1 Number of Crimes: 183 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 140

  8. Newton, MA Total Crime Rate: 7.1 Number of Crimes: 634 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 140

  9. Rochester Hills, MI Total Crime Rate: 7.1 Number of Crimes: 529 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 140

  10. Hanover Park, IL Total Crime Rate: 7.3 Number of Crimes: 277 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 137

  1. Weston, FL Total Crime Rate: 7.3 Number of Crimes: 519 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 137

  2. Beverly, MA Total Crime Rate: 7.3 Number of Crimes: 306 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 137

  3. Wellesley, MA Total Crime Rate: 7.3 Number of Crimes: 216 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 136

  4. Merrimack, NH Total Crime Rate: 7.4 Number of Crimes: 190 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 135

  5. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Total Crime Rate: 7.4 Number of Crimes: 362 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 135

  6. Plum, PA Total Crime Rate: 7.5 Number of Crimes: 203 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 134

  7. South Kingstown, RI Total Crime Rate: 7.5 Number of Crimes: 231 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 133

  8. Saratoga, CA Total Crime Rate: 7.5 Number of Crimes: 232 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 133

  9. North Andover, MA Total Crime Rate: 7.7 Number of Crimes: 239 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 130

40. Carmel, IN Total Crime Rate: 7.7 Number of Crimes: 712 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 129

  1. Johns Creek, GA Total Crime Rate: 7.8 Number of Crimes: 659 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 128

  2. Greenwich, CT Total Crime Rate: 7.8 Number of Crimes: 492 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 128

  3. Park Ridge, IL Total Crime Rate: 7.9 Number of Crimes: 297 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 126

  4. Saratoga Springs, UT Total Crime Rate: 8.0 Number of Crimes: 238 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 124

  5. Cumberland, RI Total Crime Rate: 8.1 Number of Crimes: 284 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 123

  6. Cliffside Park, NJ Total Crime Rate: 8.2 Number of Crimes: 205 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 123

  7. Milton, MA Total Crime Rate: 8.3 Number of Crimes: 230 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 120

  8. Bella Vista, AR Total Crime Rate: 8.4 Number of Crimes: 238 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 120

  9. Mundelein, IL Total Crime Rate: 8.4 Number of Crimes: 263 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 119

  10. Belmont, MA Total Crime Rate: 8.5 Number of Crimes: 224 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 118

  1. Aliso Viejo, CA Total Crime Rate: 8.5 Number of Crimes: 440 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 117

  2. Melrose, MA Total Crime Rate: 8.5 Number of Crimes: 242 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 117

  3. New Berlin, WI Total Crime Rate: 8.6 Number of Crimes: 341 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 117

  4. Milton, GA Total Crime Rate: 8.6 Number of Crimes: 336 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 116

  5. Lockport, IL Total Crime Rate: 8.7 Number of Crimes: 220 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 116

  6. Fort Lee, NJ Total Crime Rate: 8.7 Number of Crimes: 328 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 116

  7. Westfield, NJ Total Crime Rate: 8.7 Number of Crimes: 264 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 115

  8. Plainfield, IL Total Crime Rate: 8.7 Number of Crimes: 382 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 115

  9. Wakefield, MA Total Crime Rate: 9.0 Number of Crimes: 244 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 111

  10. Palatine, IL Total Crime Rate: 9.0 Number of Crimes: 620 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 111

  1. Friendswood, TX Total Crime Rate: 9.0 Number of Crimes: 360 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 111

  2. Londonderry, NH Total Crime Rate: 9.3 Number of Crimes: 243 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 108

  3. Arlington Heights, IL Total Crime Rate: 9.3 Number of Crimes: 704 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 107

  4. Sayreville, NJ Total Crime Rate: 9.3 Number of Crimes: 423 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 107

  5. Wylie, TX Total Crime Rate: 9.4 Number of Crimes: 470 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 106

  6. Laguna Niguel, CA Total Crime Rate: 9.5 Number of Crimes: 631 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 105

  7. Caledonia, WI Total Crime Rate: 9.6 Number of Crimes: 239 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 105

  8. Gloucester, MA Total Crime Rate: 9.6 Number of Crimes: 289 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 104

  9. Flower Mound, TX Total Crime Rate: 9.6 Number of Crimes: 738 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 104

  10. Soledad, CA Total Crime Rate: 9.7 Number of Crimes: 254 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 103

  1. Danville, CA Total Crime Rate: 9.7 Number of Crimes: 435 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 103

  2. Fishers, IN Total Crime Rate: 9.8 Number of Crimes: 898 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 102

  3. Wheeling, IL Total Crime Rate: 9.8 Number of Crimes: 379 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 102

  4. Wheaton, IL Total Crime Rate: 10.0 Number of Crimes: 532 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 100

  5. De Pere, WI Total Crime Rate: 10.0 Number of Crimes: 250 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 100

  6. Andover, MA Total Crime Rate: 10.0 Number of Crimes: 359 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 100

  7. St. Charles, IL Total Crime Rate: 10.0 Number of Crimes: 328 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 100

  8. Lakeville, MN Total Crime Rate: 10.0 Number of Crimes: 642 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 99

  9. Hoffman Estates, IL Total Crime Rate: 10.1 Number of Crimes: 521 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 99

  10. Kaysville, UT Total Crime Rate: 10.2 Number of Crimes: 323 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 98

  1. Madison, MS Total Crime Rate: 10.2 Number of Crimes: 262 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 98

  2. Carol Stream, IL Total Crime Rate: 10.2 Number of Crimes: 409 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 98

  3. Shelton, CT Total Crime Rate: 10.2 Number of Crimes: 424 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 98

  4. Brentwood, TN Total Crime Rate: 10.3 Number of Crimes: 440 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 97

  5. Bethel Park, PA Total Crime Rate: 10.3 Number of Crimes: 335 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 97

  6. Royal Oak, MI Total Crime Rate: 10.4 Number of Crimes: 612 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 97

  7. Bridgewater, MA Total Crime Rate: 10.4 Number of Crimes: 286 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 96

  8. Chaska, MN Total Crime Rate: 10.4 Number of Crimes: 277 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 96

  9. Westfield, IN Total Crime Rate: 10.5 Number of Crimes: 413 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 96

  10. North Providence, RI Total Crime Rate: 10.5 Number of Crimes: 342 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 95

  1. Watertown, MA Total Crime Rate: 10.5 Number of Crimes: 377 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 95

  2. Lake Forest, CA Total Crime Rate: 10.6 Number of Crimes: 894 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 94

  3. Spanish Fork, UT Total Crime Rate: 10.7 Number of Crimes: 420 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 94

  4. Moorpark, CA Total Crime Rate: 10.7 Number of Crimes: 392 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 94

  5. Winter Springs, FL Total Crime Rate: 10.7 Number of Crimes: 393 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 93

  6. Cibolo, TX Total Crime Rate: 10.7 Number of Crimes: 314 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 93

  7. Oswego, IL Total Crime Rate: 10.8 Number of Crimes: 375 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 93

  8. Westport, CT Total Crime Rate: 10.8 Number of Crimes: 303 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 93

  9. Windsor, CO Total Crime Rate: 10.8 Number of Crimes: 274 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 92

  10. Des Plaines, IL Total Crime Rate: 10.8 Number of Crimes: 631 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 92 Chance of being a victim: 1 in 100

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