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Reviews.com 2019 Safest Cities in the U.S.

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For both young parents putting down roots and retirees preparing for the next chapter, it’s helpful to know which cities are relatively low-crime when planning a move. It’s also good to get a sense of how your city compares to others in the country in terms of safety. To help you better understand this information, we analyzed the FBI’s most recent crime report and looked at 454 cities to find which are the safest. We didn’t just stop at the top 10. Below is an interactive table of the top 100 safest cities in the US.

Top 10 Safest U.S. Cities

Carmel, IN

Carmel is a picturesque midwestern town and has ranked as the safest city in the U.S. for the past three years. A perfect place for those who want to put down roots in a booming community, the city continues to grow, with the population increasing by 5% to 93,000 between 2015 and 2017. Carmel is famous for having the largest farmer’s market in Indiana and being home to the Museum of Miniature Houses.

Newton, MA

Second-safest for two years running, Newton is only seven miles away from Boston, making it an ideal location for commuters traveling into the city for work or school. Thanks to its lush parks and good schools, Newton is a great city for families. Check out Newtonville and West Newton for their kid-friendly communities and easy access to Boston via the commuter rail.

Arlington Heights, IL

Only 25 miles outside of Chicago, Arlington Heights has been in the top ten for three years. One of its major claims to fame is the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, one of Illinois’ largest libraries. Renowned for its good school system, you really can’t go wrong living in any of Arlington Heights’ subdivisions. From the popular Stonegate to the HANA district, it has something for everyone.

Eden Prairie, MN

Eden Prairie has a population of 64,429 and has risen in the rankings since 2015, moving from seventh to fourth spot. Just 11 miles outside of Minneapolis, the city’s citizens pride themselves on their diversity and strong sense of community. Because of this, Eden Prairie has a solid education system and plenty of parks to keep residents busy. It also has a great foodie scene. If you’re in the area, stop by Lions Tap Family Restaurant for their award-winning hamburger.

Novi, MI

Novi remains solidly in the middle of our safest cities list. With close proximity to both Detroit and Ann Arbor, Novi is conveniently located for those needing easy access to either city. Novi has a very low violent crime rate, with no reported murders and 43 total violent crimes for 2017. Home prices in Novi range from more affordable options in Village Oaks to the more expensive Bellagio neighborhood.

State College, PA

As its name would suggest, State College is a college town located in the center of Pennsylvania. It’s home to the University Park campus of Pennsylvania State University and has a population of 58,169. Outside of being in the top ten for safety, living in State College has other perks: Thanks to the annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and Penn State’s Nittany Lions, the city offers entertainment for artists and sports fans alike.

Irvine, CA

Irvine has the largest population among the safest cities, with 276,115 people calling it home. Given its population density, Irvine’s inclusion in the safest cities list is particularly noteworthy. Its thriving economy makes it an attractive option for those looking for new job opportunities, especially with companies like Samsung and Blizzard Entertainment setting up headquarters there.

Lakewood Township, NJ

Once a major resort town for those living in New York City and surrounding areas, Lakewood Township now has 102,759 residents. With its scenic setting along the lake and charming downtown, Lakewood Township is still a great place to visit. For those planning a trip or living nearby, Prime Ninety Five — a kosher steakhouse and sushi bar — is a must-visit.

San Ramon, CA

While it held third place for two years, San Ramon dropped to ninth in the latest data. In 2017, there were 974 property crimes reported in the city, a relatively high number when compared to a similarly-sized city like Arlington Heights. That said, it has a steady economy with headquarters for AT&T, Chevron, and General Electric in the area. San Ramon’s mountain ranges make it a great spot for nature lovers, too.

Hoffman Estates, IL

After dropping off the list in 2016 (but not by much), Hoffman Estates was back in the top ten safest cities for 2017. Technically a village, Hoffman Estates meets our criteria for a “city” with a population of 51,704. If you’re looking for an affordable Chicago suburb with an easy commute, it’s a good option. With two-bedroom homes starting in the high 100Ks and various sports leagues — like the Legends Football League — Hoffman Estates is perfect for young families.

Top 100 Safest U.S. Cities

Rank City Population Total Crimes Score Violent Crimes Vc Property Crimes Pc Chances Of Becoming A Victim Of Vc Chances Of Becoming A Victim Of Pc
100 Monterey Park, CA 61,210 25.814 112 1,613 1 in 547 1 in 38
99 Arcadia, CA 58,883 25.721 110 1,534 1 in 535 1 in 38
98 Casper, WY 60,034 25.163 91 1,727 1 in 660 1 in 35
97 Scranton, PA 77,499 24.744 198 1,698 1 in 391 1 in 46
96 Napa, CA 80,958 24.558 272 1,353 1 in 298 1 in 60
95 McAllen, TX 144,162 23.674 208 4,007 1 in 693 1 in 36
94 Iowa City, IA 75,519 23.395 156 1,767 1 in 484 1 in 43
93 Mountain View, CA 81,525 23.302 150 1,982 1 in 544 1 in 41
92 Roseville, CA 135,028 23.023 237 3,322 1 in 570 1 in 41
91 Midland, TX 138,954 22.884 377 2,677 1 in 369 1 in 52
90 Cambridge, MA 111,707 22.512 313 2,031 1 in 357 1 in 55
89 West Hartford, CT 62,812 22.279 67 1,859 1 in 937 1 in 34
88 Hillsboro, OR 107,433 22.186 268 2,144 1 in 401 1 in 50
87 Lake Havasu City, AZ 53,937 22.000 120 1,164 1 in 449 1 in 46
86 Norwalk, CT 88,849 21.907 255 1,505 1 in 348 1 in 59
85 Richland, WA 56,151 21.674 102 1,321 1 in 551 1 in 43
84 Fountain Valley, CA 56,704 21.674 68 1,581 1 in 834 1 in 36
83 Oshkosh, WI 66,652 21.581 157 1,363 1 in 425 1 in 49
82 Palo Alto, CA 67,441 21.535 90 1,783 1 in 749 1 in 38
81 Framingham, MA 72,153 21.023 235 748 1 in 307 1 in 96
80 Bellevue, WA 143,703 20.698 144 4,175 1 in 998 1 in 34
79 Tustin, CA 81,246 20.140 132 1,949 1 in 616 1 in 42
78 Milpitas, CA 79,503 20.000 114 1,978 1 in 697 1 in 40
77 Broomfield, CO 68,158 19.953 84 1,790 1 in 811 1 in 38
76 Torrance, CA 147,482 19.860 267 3,206 1 in 552 1 in 46
75 Evanston, IL 74,947 19.814 122 1,769 1 in 614 1 in 42
74 College Station, TX 115,357 19.628 230 2,304 1 in 502 1 in 50
73 Carlsbad, CA 115,344 19.581 247 2,209 1 in 467 1 in 52
72 New Braunfels, TX 76,993 19.535 193 1,321 1 in 399 1 in 58
71 Newport Beach, CA 86,910 19.395 124 2,123 1 in 368 1 in 65
70 Appleton, WI 74,660 19.395 203 1,155 1 in 701 1 in 41
69 Ames, IA 67,461 18.977 124 1,392 1 in 544 1 in 48
68 Corvallis, OR 57,576 18.837 75 1,440 1 in 768 1 in 40
67 Stratford, CT 52,263 18.558 89 1,117 1 in 587 1 in 47
66 Redwood City, CA 86,353 18.419 209 1,390 1 in 413 1 in 62
65 Rochester, MN 115,228 18.326 224 2,143 1 in 514 1 in 54
64 Harrisonburg, VA 53,717 17.953 128 897 1 in 420 1 in 60
63 Albany, OR 53,701 17.860 56 1,406 1 in 959 1 in 38
62 Bend, OR 93,786 17.442 154 1,960 1 in 609 1 in 48
61 Scottsdale, AZ 251,840 17.395 396 5,470 1 in 636 1 in 46
60 Ann Arbor, MI 121,930 17.395 259 2,108 1 in 471 1 in 58
59 Henderson, NV 299,285 17.302 554 5,486 1 in 540 1 in 55
58 Richardson, TX 115,824 16.791 193 2,295 1 in 600 1 in 50
57 Stamford, CT 130,189 16.186 292 1,986 1 in 446 1 in 66
56 Round Rock, TX 124,617 15.674 169 2,701 1 in 737 1 in 46
55 Mission, TX 84,511 15.581 98 2,005 1 in 862 1 in 42
54 Beaverton, OR 98,897 15.442 172 1,760 1 in 575 1 in 56
53 Chapel Hill, NC 59,553 14.930 79 1,284 1 in 754 1 in 46
52 Jupiter, FL 65,311 14.744 103 1,210 1 in 634 1 in 54
51 White Plains, NY 58,461 14.605 103 982 1 in 568 1 in 60
50 Elgin, IL 112,767 14.558 224 1,579 1 in 503 1 in 71
49 Franklin, TN 76,995 13.953 146 1,048 1 in 527 1 in 73
48 Orange, CA 141,130 13.767 218 2,584 1 in 647 1 in 55
47 Virginia Beach, VA 454,353 13.767 625 8,790 1 in 727 1 in 52
46 Danbury, CT 85,614 13.628 163 1,105 1 in 525 1 in 77
45 Temecula, CA 115,220 13.209 117 2,614 1 in 985 1 in 44
44 Sandy Springs, GA 107,740 13.023 126 2,263 1 in 759 1 in 51
43 Corona, CA 169,164 13.023 223 3,297 1 in 855 1 in 48
42 Alexandria, VA 158,256 12.744 262 2,482 1 in 604 1 in 64
41 Plano, TX 290,413 12.372 435 5,035 1 in 668 1 in 58
40 Nashua, NH 88,102 12.186 150 1,190 1 in 587 1 in 74
39 Camarillo, CA 67,714 12.186 107 1,086 1 in 633 1 in 62
38 Pleasanton, CA 84,440 11.953 99 1,661 1 in 853 1 in 51
37 Waukesha, WI 72,565 11.535 119 1,007 1 in 610 1 in 72
36 North Port, FL 65,498 11.302 110 788 1 in 595 1 in 83
35 Concord, NC 91,756 10.465 94 1,791 1 in 976 1 in 51
34 Provo, UT 117,540 10.326 148 2,036 1 in 794 1 in 58
33 Sunnyvale, CA 154,919 9.674 182 2,682 1 in 739 1 in 65
32 Glendale, AZ 202,381 9.674 274 3,118 1 in 851 1 in 58
31 Warwick, RI 81,617 9.442 97 1,383 1 in 841 1 in 59
30 Cupertino, CA 60,970 9.163 77 970 1 in 792 1 in 63
29 Cape Coral, FL 184,346 9.023 235 2,888 1 in 784 1 in 64
28 Waltham, MA 63,413 8.884 98 609 1 in 647 1 in 104
27 Orem, UT 99,045 8.837 69 2,016 1 in 1,435 1 in 49
26 Eagan, MN 66,805 8.791 58 1,270 1 in 1,152 1 in 53
25 Thousand Oaks, CA 129,240 8.279 172 1,687 1 in 751 1 in 77
24 Roswell, GA 95,602 8.279 108 1,616 1 in 885 1 in 59
23 Schaumburg, IL 74,471 7.721 79 1,244 1 in 943 1 in 60
22 Livonia, MI 93,603 7.349 108 1,431 1 in 867 1 in 65
21 Alpharetta, GA 66,711 5.721 34 1,187 1 in 1,962 1 in 56
20 Milford, CT 54,265 5.628 24 967 1 in 2,261 1 in 56
19 Folsom, CA 78,155 5.581 64 1,229 1 in 1,221 1 in 64
18 Farmington Hills, MI 81,359 5.442 93 915 1 in 875 1 in 89
17 Logan, UT 51,059 4.837 48 678 1 in 1,064 1 in 75
16 Des Plaines, IL 58,089 4.512 61 565 1 in 952 1 in 103
15 Sugar Land, TX 89,790 4.465 71 1,289 1 in 1,265 1 in 70
14 Port St. Lucie, FL 188,652 4.279 186 2,126 1 in 1,014 1 in 89
13 Troy, MI 84,086 3.953 55 1,275 1 in 1,529 1 in 66
12 Naperville, IL 147,934 3.814 136 1,716 1 in 1,088 1 in 86
11 Plymouth, MN 78,356 3.581 63 964 1 in 1,244 1 in 81
10 Hoffman Estates, IL 51,704 3.395 50 466 1 in 1,034 1 in 111
9 San Ramon, CA 76,325 3.256 56 974 1 in 1,363 1 in 78
8 Lakewood Township, NJ 102,759 3.209 95 931 1 in 1,082 1 in 110
7 Irvine, CA 276,115 3.070 169 3,635 1 in 1,634 1 in 76
6 State College, PA 58,169 2.837 44 616 1 in 1,322 1 in 94
5 Novi, MI 59,895 2.372 43 617 1 in 1,393 1 in 97
4 Eden Prairie, MN 64,429 2.233 32 824 1 in 2,013 1 in 78
3 Arlington Heights, IL 75,586 1.349 44 654 1 in 1,718 1 in 116
2 Newton, MA 89,736 1.023 49 576 1 in 1,831 1 in 156
1 Carmel, IN 93,098 0.558 17 695 1 in 5,476 1 in 134

Methodology

When ranking the safest U.S. cities, we dug into the FBI’s most current crime report (2017) and analyzed the collected data. We defined “city” according to the U.S. census bureau’s classification of an “urbanized area” as one with a “population of 50,000 or more.” This helped us narrow the scope to more densely populated areas as opposed to smaller “towns” of 10,000 people.

Once we established a population limit, we ranked cities by violent and property crimes per 10,000 people. We chose to rank crimes per 10,000 people because it’s a fairer way of directly comparing scores between cities. Since we’re primarily concerned with violent crimes like murder, rape, and robbery we weighed these offenses higher than property crimes and calculated unique scores for each category, as well as a city’s overall crime score per 10,000.

We wanted to provide more context around a city’s level of safety by estimating an individual’s likelihood of being a victim of crime. To do this, we looked at the number of crimes committed between 2015 and 2017 for each city and added together the property and violent crimes for each year. We then took the average to create our estimated probability. Remember that these are just estimated predictions, however, and a variety of factors play a part in any city’s safety.

About the Authors

Meg Cannistra

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Meg Cannistra is a former senior editor for Reviews.com. She has researched and written about so many subjects that intersect with our daily lives, from smart homes to streaming to the safest cities in America.