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Safest Cities in Georgia, 2018

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Georgia – A state forever associated with “The Deep South” and one of the original 13 colonies, it has played a pivotal role in much of earlier and more recent US history. Its present-day population is slightly over 10 million, of whom a little over half a million are assessed as being illegal immigrants.

Once famed for its cotton and agriculture but with high levels of poverty, today’s state economy was boosted by previous booms which resulted in Atlanta becoming a major employment and wealth-generation hub. One of the states known to be part of the “sunshine belt”, it is now a center of export shipping via Savannah, manufacturing, investment and technology. It is also one of only 15 US states with a “AAA” credit rating.

4.33 Average violent crime per 1,000
39.23 Average property crime per 1,000

Georgia’s median per capita income is in the range of $50,000-60,000, which falls in line with national averages. Despite widespread economic wealth, the state’s crime averages continue to be at - or above - national levels. They include:

  • It’s the 42nd safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • Georgia has a violent crime rate significantly above the national average with a ratio of 1.25 based upon 4.33 violent crimes per 1,000 versus the national average figure of 3.47.
  • Property crime is marginally below national levels at 39.23 against the national level of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.97.

In spite of the above, parts of Georgia have low crime statistics. The five safest locations statistically are:

  1. Holly Springs
  2. Braselton
  3. Milton
  4. Johns Creek
  5. Kennesaw

Safest Cities in Georgia, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Holly Springs121441.03012.357
2Braselton12941.1158.735
3Milton92980.2287.566
4Johns Creek255750.2946.761
5Kennesaw724802.10814.054
6Duluth335571.10818.694
7Peachtree City145910.39716.742
8Roswell1081,6161.13016.903
9Grovetown92610.65018.857
10Bainbridge473793.85031.045
11Fayetteville344681.91626.368
12Acworth405791.75825.454
13Loganville143211.17827.004
14Lawrenceville739472.34130.369
15Dallas182751.34620.564
16Norcross805224.68930.598
17Woodstock356011.08418.611
18Dalton1089813.15528.661
19Suwanee325201.58525.760
20Decatur405311.71122.714
21Doraville615655.75953.337
22Milledgeville536972.78236.586
23Kingsland423712.49222.015
24Powder Springs473423.10722.609
25Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan1,1248,3364.62734.313
26Conyers1107916.86049.333
27Calhoun565383.38232.494
28College Park2221,12514.66974.336
29Dublin1037076.40343.951
30Smyrna1721,5442.98726.817
31Villa Rica675534.35135.914
32Snellville396971.95234.881
33Chamblee1359514.72733.301
34Newnan2351,0226.05326.323
35Marietta2152,2093.48835.834
36Lilburn364792.80337.294
37Atlanta4,50422,9919.35747.764
38Covington698134.88657.570
39Statesboro1259623.91430.122
40Gainesville1571,4043.84534.381
41Sandy Springs1262,2631.16921.004
42Athens-Clarke County5193,9304.15531.464
43Winder1424838.87230.176
44Forest Park1311,1226.56756.246
45Rincon123511.18834.749
46Carrollton1461,1635.41743.152
47LaGrange1101,5633.55150.450
48McDonough727002.96628.833
49Rome2051,4805.63740.697
50Cordele475784.34753.459
51Brunswick17086610.30352.485
52Vidalia666436.14459.853
53Griffin2041,3378.91758.440
54Brookhaven1881,4613.54927.580
55Fairburn477783.27154.141
56Thomasville299921.53752.581
57Douglasville2442,0997.25362.396
58Valdosta2153,4853.79061.432
59Jesup366513.54064.012
60Clarkston775065.99339.380
61Riverdale871,1305.29468.756
62Tifton1991,10511.77065.354
63Albany8274,11611.29656.223
64Dunwoody632,0031.27740.612
65Moultrie728305.01257.779
66Warner Robins3854,1075.11154.525
67East Point4674,13613.067115.725
68Union City2592,31512.240109.405

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Georgia, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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Safest Cities in Kansas, 2018

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Kansas – A Midwestern state, it was colonized by immigrants from other Northern/Southern US States in a chaotic and violent process that proved to be an ominous precursor of the Civil War to come. While its population of 2.9 million is 34th in the country, it is spread over an area that makes Kansas the 15th largest in the US. The result is a relatively low population density.

It is famed for its agriculture, with over 90% of the land being dedicated to the industry. The economy has seen challenges though over recent years, with a job creation rate that is amongst the lowest in the US and the state has lost its AAA rating. It is also known for its oil and gas production.

3.79 Average violent crime per 1,000
30.28 Average property crime per 1,000

Household income averages at $56,400 and personal income at $30,100 are both lower than US national averages. Kansas has crime statistics which show that:

  • It’s the 29th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • The violent crime rate is significantly over the national average (ratio 1.09) with 3.79 crimes per 1,000 versus a national average of 3.47
  • Property crime levels are by contrast below the national figure at 30.28 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.75, making Kansas also the 29th safest state in violent crime analysis.

Certain areas of Kansas have low crime figures. The top 5 safest areas include:

  1. Leawood
  2. Liberal
  3. ​Lenexa
  4. Lansing
  5. Andover

Safest Cities in Kansas, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Leawood314390.88512.532
2Liberal662953.24914.520
3Lenexa909381.67517.462
4Lansing281352.34511.306
5Andover182951.36522.377
6Gardner413051.91214.220
7Derby285001.17520.990
8Garden City1687326.28627.387
9Junction City1824677.50819.266
10Olathe2551,9581.86014.285
11Shawnee1171,0911.78116.610
12Overland Park3993,2312.08316.866
13McPherson274002.05030.374
14El Dorado283132.13323.848
15Haysville433713.80132.791
16Hays655173.07924.491
17Emporia477011.89528.262
18Pittsburg909684.41547.488
19Dodge City1258404.55430.604
20Winfield234191.87434.137
21Atchison373683.48134.626
22Newton1216836.33735.769
23Salina2011,7584.25437.206
24Leavenworth2581,2737.11135.084
25Merriam426763.72459.940
26Hutchinson2401,9415.83147.157
27Arkansas City635825.24648.464
28Topeka7776,4946.13651.286
29Great Bend826775.30443.793
30Wichita3,99821,64910.22355.356

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Kansas, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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Safest Cities in Iowa, 2018

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Iowa – A Midwestern state that was part of the famous “Louisiana Purchase” from Napoleonic France. Today the state’s flag continues to be a link to the French tricolor and history.

Until as late as the 1980s, Iowa’s population was predominantly rurally-based and engaged in agricultural work. A farming crisis in the 1980s caused major economic hardship in the state and led to the development of today’s more diversified economy which includes manufacturing and biotechnology. Although it still has a reputation for being an agricultural center, manufacturing now generates more of the state’s income.

3.84 Average violent crime per 1,000
28.27 Average property crime per 1,000

The population is approximately 3.1 million. Average household income at $58,500 and personal income at $30,800 are both below US averages. The state is widely regarded as being one of the safest states in the US to live. This is not entirely supported by crime statistics though. Figures for the state show that:

  • It’s the 24th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • Iowa has a violent crime rate that is over the national average with a ratio of 1.11 based upon 3.84 crimes per 1,000 versus a national average of 3.47 (making it the 31st safest state in violent crime terms).
  • By contrast, its property crime levels are below national averages being 28.27 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.70.

As is to be expected, there is significant variation by location. The safest parts of Iowa include:

  1. Norwalk
  2. Pella
  3. ​Spencer
  4. Johnston
  5. Clive

Safest Cities in Iowa, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Norwalk9900.8288.277
2Pella191351.85513.184
3Spencer152301.34820.674
4Johnston322421.46711.093
5Clive142720.78215.185
6North Liberty561902.8739.748
7Urbandale1155382.63512.329
8Waukee312381.52311.690
9Boone641615.07712.771
10Marion686231.74115.954
11Bettendorf546501.49417.989
12Ankeny1308312.12813.603
13Storm Lake712826.58026.135
14Muscatine1944798.10420.008
15Dubuque1661,6062.82927.372
16Oskaloosa462423.99120.998
17Mason City438341.57430.519
18Fairfield163381.54832.698
19Waterloo3411,9275.02528.399
20Iowa City1561,7672.06623.398
21Altoona245451.29329.371
22Ames1241,3921.83820.634
23Indianola903595.64222.504
24Cedar Falls868222.06019.691
25Cedar Rapids3704,9522.80637.550
26Newton714994.73433.269
27Coralville477532.27636.461
28Des Moines1,4569,5896.70144.133
29Burlington2349859.27639.045
30Sioux City3603,5614.34442.966
31Fort Dodge1511,0756.20644.182
32Council Bluffs1503,7172.39859.425
33Keokuk906568.67463.223
34Clinton2951,25511.55449.154
35Ottumwa1431,2945.86153.039
36Davenport7505,2497.27750.930

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Iowa, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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Safest Cities in Idaho, 2018

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Idaho – A north-Western state which shares a small border with Canada. Sections of the Rockies pass through Idaho which, despite its northerly and inland location, is protected from the worst of the winter weather by the Pacific’s coastal weather patterns. It has a population of around 1.6 million (2015 figures) which combined with its area, make it the 7th least densely populated state in the US.

Once known almost exclusively for its agriculture, mining, forestry, and tourism industries, the position today is far more diverse. The science and technology industries now provide over 25% of the state’s wealth and are the origin for over 70% of Idaho’s exports. At a little over $52,000, Idaho’s household income average is below the US national average.

2.80 Average violent crime per 1,000
22.53 Average property crime per 1,000

In terms of crime statistics, Idaho has a reputation of being a safe state though, as always, some areas run against the general trend. Overall Idaho:

  • Is the 12th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • Has a lower violent crime rate than the national average (0.81 ratio) with 2.8 crimes per 1,000 against a national average of 3.47.
  • When compared to national averages, has property crime levels of 22.53 per 1,000 which are roughly 50% lower than the national average of 40.43.

The safest areas in the state are:

  1. Rexburg
  2. Mountain Home
  3. Idaho Falls
  4. Post Falls
  5. Jerome

Safest Cities in Idaho, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Rexburg111760.3836.133
2Mountain Home312272.25116.483
3Idaho Falls2151,1223.54018.476
4Post Falls657361.99522.588
5Jerome272502.37321.968
6Coeur d'Alene1971,1423.83522.233
7Meridian1491,4891.50115.004
8Garden City663475.63729.638
9Blackfoot413403.45428.644
10Lewiston539431.60528.551
11Pocatello2431,6094.43329.354
12Caldwell1391,0602.55819.505
13Twin Falls2101,2874.29326.313
14Boise6305,5172.79224.446
15Nampa2642,4552.83726.380
16Moscow346331.32924.750

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Idaho, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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Safest Cities in Colorado, 2018

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Colorado – well known for its role in the opening up of the West, this is one of the “open spaces” western states with a proud and very distinctive and independently-minded culture. The state’s population was around 5.5 million in 2018. Well over half of that figure lives in the greater Denver metropolitan area. By the standards of nearby states, Colorado is considered to be a socially progressive and liberally-minded state, supporting legislation that has proven controversial in many other parts of the US.

The state has higher household and personal per capita income levels, being approximately $75,000 and $52,000 respectively (2016 and 2010 figures). This places it 8th and 11th respectively, in terms of national averages. A 2010 survey of business leaders showed it was rated as the third best state to do business in. The economy was originally driven by mining and to some extent agriculture but more recently manufacturing, high technology, military support and tourism have all played an increasing role.

3.21 Average violent crime per 1,000
30.43 Average property crime per 1,000

Colorado sits below the national average as it relates to crime, although as with all states, some challenges exist in certain locations. The figures indicate:

  • It’s the 30th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • Colorado is slightly below the national average violent crime level (ratio 0.92) with 3.21 crimes per 1,000 against the national average of 3.47.
  • The state’s property crime levels of 30.43 per 1,000 put it considerably below the national average of 40.43 – the exact ratio being 0.75.

Some parts of Colorado have very low crime figures. The top four safest locations are:

  1. Louisville
  2. Frederick
  3. Firestone
  4. Erie

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Safest Cities in Colorado, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Louisville18850.8484.005
2Frederick7580.5454.514
3Firestone91190.6718.870
4Erie122000.5078.453
5Parker777841.47615.025
6Windsor52690.21311.436
7Johnstown31710.18110.331
8Broomfield841,7901.23226.263
9Fruita251721.92713.260
10Steamboat Springs222941.71922.971
11Golden236001.09828.642
12Castle Rock549690.91016.330
13Longmont3312,3183.52224.665
14Durango447082.34037.658
15Evans684583.07020.674
16Fort Morgan443183.87828.025
17Loveland2491,8883.16523.999
18Fort Collins3694,2502.20125.353
19Arvada1933,3021.61727.667
20Westminster2753,6682.38831.853
21Littleton481,4291.01930.332
22Greeley4492,7144.24025.626
23Lafayette667112.28124.569
24Fountain1497815.10226.744
25Aurora2,23911,0546.08430.037
26Brighton1881,3074.80833.428
27Glenwood Springs274572.68045.369
28Wheat Ridge1341,5414.24548.817
29Canon City736504.36538.869
30Denver4,77425,9126.75636.671
31Sterling614534.37132.461
32Lone Tree228921.61365.405
33Colorado Springs2,47915,2145.24132.168
34Grand Junction3612,8495.79045.692
35Commerce City3141,8435.56132.637
36Federal Heights775416.09942.855
37Northglenn1521,3843.84635.020
38Lakewood1,0077,5966.44148.585
39Montrose449462.27448.899
40Alamosa467214.58971.920
41Pueblo1,1676,83810.52661.675

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Colorado, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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Safest Cities in Arkansas, 2018

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Arkansas – Originally part of the “Louisiana Purchase” from Napoleonic France, Arkansas is now well known as a Southern state with a great tradition in the arts. In 2017, estimates put the state’s population at around 3 million, making it the 33rd most populous of the states. That population is widely spread, resulting in it being only 34th in terms of population density.

Historically, the economy of Arkansas was based largely upon plantations and related agriculture. By the late 20th century, that picture had changed and the position is now highly diverse including manufacturing, retail and mining. The state’s average personal and household income levels are towards the lower end of the US spectrum, with both being around $40,000pa meaning that it ranks 45th and 49th respectively when compared to other states. However, a 2014 survey showed that it was the most affordable US state to live in.

6.74 Average violent crime per 1,000
39.28 Average property crime per 1,000

Arkansas has several challenges in terms of crime statistics. State averages show that:

  • It’s the 44th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • Arkansas's violent crime rate is roughly double the national average (194%) based upon 6.74 crimes per 1,000 versus a national average of 3.47.
  • Arkansas's property crime levels that are on national average levels being 39.28 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.97.

There are some parts of the state that have far lower crime rates than the state average. The safest areas include:

  1. Bella Vista
  2. Centerton
  3. Cabot
  4. Maumelle
  5. Bentonville

Safest Cities in Arkansas, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Bella Vista721662.5075.780
2Centerton441503.25411.094
3Cabot574062.18215.545
4Maumelle373692.02420.188
5Bentonville698651.40017.545
6Batesville302152.77619.896
7Siloam Springs655373.89732.194
8Mountain Home254392.02535.555
9Van Buren977044.13530.014
10Harrison805126.05738.764
11Arkadelphia583675.36533.950
12North Little Rock5302,7647.91841.292
13Conway3152,3144.75134.902
14Rogers2662,0063.99230.108
15El Dorado20683811.28345.900
16Sherwood1711,3135.54742.588
17Marion13341310.76433.425
18Helena-West Helena11845111.12342.511
19Camden16643614.99739.389
20Benton1441,4303.92338.962
21Texarkana2401,3557.91244.669
22West Memphis4471,30117.79051.779
23Jonesboro4003,1245.25041.004
24Jacksonville2611,2719.14544.534
25Russellville1541,0695.17035.889
26Bryant599902.86548.075
27Malvern444113.99737.340
28Hot Springs2182,5185.89968.135
29Pine Bluff7952,37818.47155.251
30Paragould1631,4545.70250.861
31Fayetteville5154,0646.01747.481
32Blytheville1099217.68564.932
33Magnolia556354.75454.893
34Little Rock3,25613,81716.33669.323
35Fort Smith7874,5118.89951.008

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Arkansas, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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Safest Cities in Alabama, 2018

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The very name Alabama conjures up timeless images of the Deep South, warm nights, cotton, gracious manners, proud inhabitants and perhaps above all, the springboard for positive social change. Although the state has a proud history of agriculture, the 20th century introduced an increasingly industrialized and diverse economy.

7.26 Average violent crime per 1,000
38.55 Average property crime per 1,000

As in almost all states, preventing crime is a challenge in Alabama. Increasing urban growth in the latter 20th century has raised social pressures in some localities and sent crime statistics surging. 

  • It’s the 41st safest state in regards to property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • Has 7.26 violent crime events per 1,000 and 38.55 property crimes per 1,000. Violent crime figures are just over double (2.09) the national average, while property crime is slightly under the national average of 40.43.

Despite these rankings, some areas of Alabama have surprisingly low crime figures. Areas with the lowest violent crime rates overall include:

  1. Helena
  2. Hoover
  3. Vestavia Hills
  4. Pleasant Grove
  5. Northport​

The top four all are suburbs of the greater Birmingham area, while Northport is a smaller town adjacent to Tuscaloosa. All five areas have violent crime statistics that are significantly below the state 7.26 average, and also the national average for violent crime, which stands at 3.47 per 1,000.


Safest Cities in Alabama, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Helena16930.8444.904
2Hoover829780.95811.421
3Vestavia Hills244250.69012.219
4Pleasant Grove111641.07916.093
5Northport476551.85525.852
6Daphne345561.27520.848
7Cullman226141.40939.326
8Foley477822.60643.367
9Albertville226481.01930.017
10Eufaula745026.01940.830
11Madison1779313.62919.087
12Irondale543944.36831.872
13Athens136950.50026.727
14Scottsboro19258613.09739.973
15Alexander City25555117.29537.371
16Tuscaloosa4744,1744.68741.276
17Auburn2171,7113.34726.392
18Dothan5822,7358.44839.699
19Florence1891,7034.71842.512
20Leeds834296.93735.858
21Opelika2231,3997.31745.905
22Jacksonville1134898.98838.893
23Decatur1992,2843.62141.559
24Muscle Shoals816375.81145.699
25Troy22297911.46750.568
26Jasper1069197.60465.925
27Phenix City2511,4886.63339.322
28Oxford601,1012.84652.220
29Ozark15668210.71546.844
30Anniston7541,35234.34361.581
31Bessemer7872,58129.85697.914
32Prichard4041,35918.26561.440

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Alabama, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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Safest Cities in Arizona, 2018

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Arizona – Once part of Mexico, this state is known for its wide open vistas, the Grand Canyon and its legendary historic “Western” status. It is ranked 14th in state population terms, with a 2017 estimate putting the total number of inhabitants at just over 7 million.

Originally the state’s income was derived largely from natural resources, such as copper mining. Although that sector continues, today the economy has diversified into areas such as tourism, healthcare and agriculture. Average household income levels are estimated to be around $50,000, placing it 22nd in the US and slightly below the national average.

2.97 Average violent crime per 1,000
26.83 Average property crime per 1,000

Arizona is moderately well-positioned in terms of crime statistics when compared to national averages, although there are inevitably local “hot spots” where crime figures are higher. State averages show that:

  • It’s the 22nd safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • Arizona’s violent crime rate is under the national average with a ratio of 0.86 based upon 2.97 crimes per 1,000 versus a national average of 3.47.
  • It has property crime levels of 26.83 per 1,000 with the national average being 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.66.

Some parts of the state have very low crime statistics with the safest statistically being:

  1. Florence
  2. Oro Valley
  3. Paradise Valley
  4. Somerton
  5. Sahuarita

Safest Cities in Arizona, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Florence191230.7424.800
2Oro Valley176260.38414.147
3Paradise Valley62220.41015.175
4Somerton191601.26010.609
5Sahuarita283280.95311.167
6Maricopa916041.91712.725
7Cottonwood493804.04431.363
8Scottsdale3965,4701.57221.720
9Nogales435732.16328.826
10Buckeye321,1520.47717.156
11Gilbert2073,3550.85513.858
12Marana401,1840.88626.239
13Mesa2,04710,6924.15821.720
14San Luis445231.34115.934
15Prescott Valley869411.95921.439
16Lake Havasu City1201,1642.22521.581
17Apache Junction809651.96723.726
18Camp Verde332882.92125.489
19Yuma4912,5955.14027.167
20Chandler6475,8092.59523.296
21Surprise1202,4210.88717.888
22Peoria4143,3852.49620.405
23Show Low604345.37538.878
24Snowflake-Taylor452374.48923.641
25Prescott1579033.65321.012
26Coolidge395303.08441.914
27Payson585563.74135.862
28Douglas416572.49339.956
29Eloy905085.12828.943
30Sierra Vista1911,2874.45630.029
31Goodyear2102,2802.64428.708
32Tempe8837,6694.74541.212
33El Mirage851,0052.38728.222
34Phoenix12,51160,3537.60936.707
35Flagstaff3072,7294.24137.700
36Avondale2573,3473.05839.826
37Glendale1,21711,2934.88245.304
38Kingman1311,4454.48949.519
39Tucson4,26827,9568.01852.517

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Arizona, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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Safest Cities in Alaska, 2018

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Alaska – famed for its natural unspoiled beauty and frontier-like culture. This is by far the largest state of the Union, being roughly twice the size of Texas. Around 80% of Alaska’s income economy is energy-based. Both the fishing and tourism industries are also major revenue generators.

Although oil reserves are now declining, the gas sector remains very active and average income levels per capita remain high compared to many other states – running at approximately $40,000 – as measured in 2007 surveys.

The total population of Alaska is around 750,000 based upon 2015 estimates – making it one of the least populated states in the US. Approximately 50% of the population lives in the Anchorage metropolitan area.

8.24 Average violent crime per 1,000
49.37 Average property crime per 1,000

In spite of its low population and relatively high average individual income levels, Alaska has an unenviable reputation for high crime levels, including having the highest instances of sexual assault in the US.

The causes of this are disputed but alcohol abuse and limited law enforcement outside of the major population areas are both frequently cited, as are the potential psychological effects of the long and demanding winters. These statistics are reflected in the following:

  • It’s the 49th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • Alaska has almost 2.5 times the national average violent crime (ratio 2.38) with 8.24 crimes per 1,000 versus a national average of 3.47.
  • It has property crime levels of 49.37 per 1,000 with the national average being 40.43 – giving a ratio of 1.22 to the national average.

Going against overall state trends, some parts of Alaska do have low crime figures that are significantly below state and national averages.

  1. Wasilla
  2. Juneau
  3. Fairbanks
  4. Anchorage

Safest Cities in Alaska, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Wasilla544645.35045.972
2Juneau3031,6839.36852.034
3Anchorage3,56416,04112.03354.158
4Fairbanks2051,4936.22445.329

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Alaska, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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