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6 Top 100 Safest Colleges in America 2017

When choosing a college, key factors across the board (for both students and parents) tend to include cost, financial aid candidacy, reputation, location, and campus life. Weighing these variables have always made choosing a college a stressful decision, but this year it's been especially difficult. 

According to The Princeton Review's 2017 College Hopes & Worries Survey, anxiety levels about college admissions are up this year. 76% of respondents reported high levels of stress— 4% more than last year's survey respondents -- and 20% more than in the survey's initial year, 2003. The rising cost of college may have contributed to the stress as 98% of the respondents said financial aid would be necessary to pay for college and 65% deemed it "Extremely Necessary."

Another factor that popped back into people's minds this year -- campus safety. It's unfortunate that this is an issue (like tuition costs), but since it's not as prominent (and we hope it stays that way) we've compiled a list of what we believe are 2017's safest. 

We created this ranking using the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the National Center for Education Statistics. We assessed more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities. Top-ranked colleges boast low overall crime rates (off campus) and maintain safe campuses with little or no crime. Those that did not have crime information listed were excluded.  More information about our methodology can be found here.​

100. University of Georgia

ATHENS, GEORGIA

"Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grand challenges — from combating infectious disease and securing the world’s food supply to advancing economic growth and analyzing the environment. As Georgia’s flagship institution, the university is recognized for its commitment to student excellence... Students have earned more than 50 Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and other prestigious national academic scholarships over just the past decade."

99. University of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh has been rebounding economically for years, becoming a startup and robotics hub, as well as a testing ground for driverless cars. University of Pittsburgh students are in prime position to take advantage of this, and there are 28,649 of them enrolled at the university.

98. University of Texas, Arlington

ARLINGTON, TEXAS

A Division I athletic school and a member of the Sun Belt Conference, the University of Texas at Arlington is located adjacent to downtown Arlington and enrolls 41,888 students. The university is the third largest producer of college graduates in Texas and offers 85 baccalaureate, 71 masters, and 29 doctoral degrees.

97. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

PARADISE, NEVADA

Located in the Vegas suburb of Paradise on a 332-acre land grant and just about 1.6 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, UNLV is attended by 28,600 students. It boasts the only dental school in the state. 

96. College of Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Attended by 33,313 students, the College of Southern Nevada is located southeast of Las Vegas in Henderson. It’s primarily a two-year college, but offers four-year degrees in concentrations such as dental hygiene and respiratory science.  

95. University of Chicago

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Originally founded with the help of oil tycoon and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, the University of Chicago is one of the most prestigious universities in the country. It’s known for its economics program and beautiful campus.

94. University of Illinois at Chicago

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

A large public university located in the University Village and Little Italy neighborhoods of Chicago, UIC is attended by 29,048 students, many of whom commute. It offers easy access to downtown.  

93. DePaul University

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Crosstown rival to Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University enrolls 23,539 students and also happens to be the largest catholic university in the country. Its campus is located in the upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood, and it also has a downtown campus in the Loop.

92. Loyola University

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

The largest Jesuit university in the country, Loyola University Chicago enrolls 16,437 students and occupies a scenic stretch along Lake Michigan in the city of Chicago. It also has a downtown campus in the Gold Coast.  

91. DeVry University

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

DeVry University has nine different campuses across Illinois, but is headquartered in Downers Grove. It’s a for-profit college that enrolls 22,273 students.

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90. Middle Tennessee State University

MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE

Also known as MTSU or MT, Middle Tennessee State University was originally founded in 1911 as a normal school, but nowadays its graduates are anything but — MTSU is most prominently known for its Recording Industry, Aerospace, and Music programs. There are more than 80 majors/degree programs through more than 35 departments.

89. University of Nevada, Reno

RENO, NEVADA

The University of Nevada, Reno was founded in 1874 as the State University of Nevada in Elko, Nevada (about 300 miles northeast of where it is today). However, this site proved to be impractical, as nearly half of the state’s residents lived in the Reno-Carson City area. In 1885, the legislature approved the move to Reno. Today, location is the last thing this campus has to worry about. Nevada researchers are at the forefront nationally in a wide range of civil engineering, earthquake and large-scale structures testing and modeling. 

88. University of California, Riverside

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA

Ranked as one of the most economically and ethnically diverse universities in the country, University of California, Riverside is spread out over 1,900 acres. It was the first university in the country to offer a gender-neutral housing option.

87. Full Sail University

WINTER PARK, FLORIDA

A for-profit college located in unincorporated Orange County, Full Sail University offers programs in film, audio, design, business, and computer animation. 20,025 students attend the school, though it’s unsure how many thought they were applying to a sailing school.

86. Southern Illinois University

CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS

Located in Carbondale (population 26,321) Southern Illinois University enrolls 17,292 students and has a respected graduate program in American philosophy. There are more than 220,000 graduates of the university.

85. University of Nebraska, Lincoln

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA

The University of Nebraska is the state’s oldest university and the largest. The “Nebraska method” of ecological study was developed here, pioneering grassland ecology and the foundation for research in theoretical ecology. Their football team has won 46 conference championships and five national championships. Selling out every football game since 1962, its stadium can hold about 92,000 people, larger than the population of Nebraska’s third-largest city (Bellevue).

84. Eastern Kentucky University

RICHMOND, KENTUCKY

Situated near the heart of the bluegrass, Eastern Kentucky University is about 26 miles southeast of Lexington, Kentucky. A “regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels”, EKU also offers a few notable traditions like rubbing the statue of Daniel Boone’s left foot for good luck.

83. Oklahoma State University

STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA

Originally known as Oklahoma A&M, Oklahoma State University boasts “America’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration” along with a history that rivals any story that begins with, “When I was your age.” For 2.5 years, its first classes were held in local churches. One of the earliest campus buildings was also a barn. The first Library was one room shared with the English Department. The first building to have electricity was constructed in 1900. With its turreted architecture it was referred to as the “Castle of the Prairies” and remained standing until 1969. 

82. Georgia Southern University

STATESBORO, GEORGIA

Georgia Southern University is the state’s largest and most comprehensive center of higher education south of Atlanta. With 119 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern has been designated a Carnegie Doctoral-Research university and provides the classic residential campus experience plus online learning options to nearly 20,673 students.

81. Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA

Home to one of the most scenic campuses in the Midwest, Indiana University resides in a forested, hilly area that’s common in the southern part of the state. All year, students look forward to Little 500, a massive bicycle race.

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80. California State University, Long Beach

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

California State University, Long Beach is the third largest campus of the 23-school California State University system. The campus spans 323 acres and is located 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It even has its own ZIP Code (90840). Campus architecture is mostly of the International style and very minimalist, placing emphasis on landscaping. This naturalistic, park-like layout has earned numerous design awards, as well as other awards from gardening societies.

79. University of Missouri

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI

Mizzou, or the University of Missouri, or MU, is one of only 60 public and private U.S. universities invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. It’s also one of 6 nationwide that can claim a medical school, veterinary medicine college, and a law school on the same campus, of which is also designated a botanic garden with over 42,000 plants and trees across 1,262-acres.



78. University of Illinois

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS

Drive about three hours south of Chicago, and you’ll arrive at U of I, which is known as the state’s best public university. It’s attended by 45,842 students, and also boasts the largest Greek system in the country.

77. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

POMONA, CALIFORNIA

One of two polytechnics in the California State University system, Cal Poly Pomona was established in 1938 and today offers bachelor’s degrees in 94 different majors.

76. South Texas College

MCALLEN, TEXAS 

A public community college in the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas College has a diverse student body that numbers 34,371. More than 60% of students are the first in their family to attend college.

75. University of California, Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA 

Located in beautiful Santa Barbara in southern California, UCSB is spread out over a sprawling campus that spans 1,0554 acres. Notable alumni include Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas.



74. University of Hawaii at Manoa

HONOLULU, HAWAII 

If it’s sun and surf that you want, it’s hard to beat the University of Hawaii at Manoa for a good time (and a good education). The school was established in 1907 and enrolls 18,865 students.

73. University of Miami

CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA

Located in sunny Coral Gables, the University of Miami is a favorite of football fans and beachgoers. With more than 14,000 faculty members and staff, it’s one of the largest employers in the Miami-Dade metro area.

72. Clemson University

CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Clemson University consists of seven colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business; Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; Education; Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; and Science. Its 1,400 acre campus is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and next to Lake Hartwell. The university manages the nearby 17,500 acre Clemson Experimental Forest that is used for research, education, and recreation.



71. California State University, East Bay

HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA

Located in the Bay Area city of Hayward, California State University, East Bay is a public university that’s part of the California State University system. It’s the most diverse college in California, and the fifth most diverse in the country.

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70. Texas State University

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS

Texas State University is located in San Marcos, a city of 62,919 residents that’s located practically midway between San Antonio and Austin. It’s the fifth-biggest university in the state, attended by 37,979 students.

69. University of Wisconsin

MADISON, WISCONSIN

The University of Wisconsin, Madison is one of America’s Public Ivy universities, founding member of the Association of American Universities, and a Doctoral University with the Highest Research Activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It’s influenced by “the Wisconsin Idea”, which states that the “boundaries of the university should be the boundaries of the state, and that the research conducted at UW–Madison should be applied to solve problems and improve health, quality of life, the environment, and agriculture for all citizens of the state.”



68. Madison Area Technical College

MADISON, WISCONSIN

Madison Area Technical College offers more than 175 associate degrees and technical diploma programs, as well as trade apprenticeships and other certifications. In response to the Great Depression, it created non-credit, continuing education courses in artisan crafts, such as millinery, woodworking, and chair-caning. During the 1942-43 academic year, courses met on the third shift to teach skills needed for wartime manufacturing jobs.

67. Northeastern University

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

One of several notable universities in the Boston area, Northeastern University was founded in 1898 and enrolls 19,940 students. It also offers a comprehensive study abroad program and access to professional experience on seven continents.

66. Boston University

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Not to be confused with Boston College, Boston University is located on the shore of the Charles River, where some of the country’s best collegiate rowing teams practice. It’s attended by 32,158 students, and is one of the city’s biggest employers.

65. Northern Illinois University

DEKALB, ILLINOIS

Home of the Huskies, Northern Illinois University is located in the city of Dekalb, which has 44,046 residents. The university is attended by 20,130 students and boasts more than 240,000 alumni

64. California State University, Fullerton

FULLERTON, CALIFORNIA

The largest university in the 23-campus California State University system, California State University, Fullerton enrolls 38,948 students. It’s located just north of Anaheim and southwest of Los Angeles.

63. University of Massachusetts Boston

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Also known as UMASS Boston, the University of Massachusetts Boston primarily draws students from Massachusetts and is the only public university in Boston.

62. University of California, Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Commonly referred to as UCLA, the University of California-Los Angeles is nearly as selective as the University of Southern California. It enrolls 44,947 students but accepts only 18%.

61. University of Southern California

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Located on the southwest side of Los Angeles, the University of Southern California is one of the most selective schools around, enrolling 43,401 students but accepting only 16.5% of applications.

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60. California State University, Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Commonly known as Cal State LA, this university is located on the east side of Los Angeles and enrolls 27,680 students. It’s a Hispanic-serving institution, offering 129 Bachelor’s degrees and 112 Master’s degrees.

59. Rutgers University

NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY

Rutgers has been around for a while—in fact, it’s ten years older than America (founded in 1766). Rutgers has a strong reputation as a public research university, and is located right on the Delaware River, across from Philadelphia.

58. University of Iowa

IOWA CITY, IOWA

Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa is the oldest university in the state and enrolls 30,844 students. The Iowa campus spans 1,700 acres centered along the banks of the Iowa River and includes the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, named one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for the 25th year in a row. The university was the original developer of the Master of Fine Arts degree and home to the world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

57. Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, OREGON

Oregon State University owes a lot to Corvallis area Freemasons as they played an important role in developing the early school. You might notice that several large campus buildings are named after these once mysterious founding fathers. Possibly related, OSU is a land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant, and sun-grant institution. Only two (Cornell being the other) have all four designations. 



56. University of South Florida

TAMPA, FLORIDA

Known as a top research university, the University of South Florida enrolls 42,067 students and offers more than 80 undergraduate majors. It’s also a top 10 school in terms of patents granted by the Intellectual Property Owners Association. As a bonus, students enjoy plenty of sun and beaches in Tampa.

55. University of Colorado, Boulder

BOULDER, COLORADO

The University of Colorado, Boulder has nine colleges and schools, offers over 150 academic programs, and enrolls around 33,000 students. It’s able to boast 12 Nobel Laureates, nine MacArthur Fellows, and 20 astronauts as students, researchers, or faculty members. It has received millions in sponsored research to fund programs like the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, and JILA.



54. Montana State University

BOZEMAN, MONTANA

Located between Yellowstone National Park and some of the biggest skiing in America, Montana State University opened its doors to five male and three female students. Today, its doors open to roughly 15,000 students and that number is growing in record numbers. It’s among the top 3% of colleges and universities for research expenditures, and classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with a high undergraduate profile (undergraduates get research opportunities reserved for graduate students at other schools). 

53. University of Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA

The University of Virginia, or simply, Virginia, was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. Its known for its historic foundations, student-run honor code, and secret societies. It’s also the first and only collegiate UNESCO World Heritage Site.



52. Auburn University

AUBURN, ALABAMA

Auburn University offers 13 schools and colleges and its architecture, pharmacy, veterinary science, engineering, forestry, and business programs have been ranked among the best in the country. With a population of 60,000, the town of Auburn is a friendly one that sits in the rolling hills of east central Alabama. Alabama’s Gulf Shores can be reached in four hours. 

51. San Jose State University

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

Located in some coveted real estate, San Jose State University is basically in the backyard of Silicon Valley, giving its graduates access to some of the world’s most high-tech companies. It’s also a pretty big school, with 32,773 students.

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50. University of California, Davis

DAVIS, CALIFORNIA

One of the 10 campuses in the University of California system, UC-Davis enrolls 35,186 students, giving it the third-largest enrollment in the system after UC Berkeley and UCLA.

49. Colorado State University

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO

Colorado State University is an hour away from Denver (one of the fastest growing cities in the country) in Fort Collins, a beautiful city with access to the best mountains and recreation in the nation. With 300 days of sunshine and 315 miles of trails along the Colorado Front Range you’ll want to live in this college town forever. 



48. Harvard University

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS

Would “It’s Harvard” be enough of an explanation? Harvard is one of the world’s most prestigious private Ivy League research universities. Established in 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, its also known for its history, influence, and wealth — and now you can include safety to the list. 

47. University of North Texas

DENTON, TEXAS

Also located in Denton is the University of North Texas, which enrolls 37,299 students and offers 34 doctoral degree programs. Each year, the city’s 35 Denton Music Festival attracts approximately 300,000 visitors.

46. Texas Woman's University

DENTON, TEXAS

Located in the city of Denton, Texas Woman’s University is one of the few schools in the state not affiliated with its public university system. It also boasts the largest nursing doctoral program in the United States.

45. Boise State University

BOISE, IDAHO

Boise State University is made up of 20,000 students who are proud to call it home. In addition to a quality education, Boise state offers students plenty of groups and extracurriculars from Treefort (a five-day DIY music festival) to tech (Hackfort), medicine to sports (Taco Bell Arena).



44. Florida Atlantic University

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA

Florida Atlantic University has five different satellite campuses, but its main campus is located in Boca Raton, Florida, a town of 92,932 residents. More than 180 undergraduate and graduate programs are offered at the university.

43. James Madison University

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA

James Madison University is located in the Shenandoah Valley which is bounded to the east by the Blue Ridge Mountains and to the west by the eastern front of the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians. Its student body has been recognized as one of 81 schools in America “with a conscience”, second in the nation in the number of Peace Corps volunteers, and 20th happiest in the nation. 

42. Sam Houston State University

HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS

The third-oldest public university in Texas, Sam Houston State University enrolls 20,031 students and is located about an hour north of Houston. The city of Huntsville is home to the university, which takes up about 316 acres in its center.

41. Northwestern University

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS

Northwestern University‘s main campus sits along the shores of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of downtown Chicago in Evanston. In total, there are a dozen colleges and schools across three campuses: 240-acres in Evanston, a 25-acre campus in Chicago and a third campus in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern is recognized nationally and internationally for its educational programs including the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, the Pritzker School of Law, and the Kellogg School of Management. 

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40. University of Massachusetts, Lowell

LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS

University of Massachusetts, Lowell is located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community, offering more than 17,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in six colleges. They’re students are more successful than ever thanks to accredited programs, a focus on hands-on learning, and personal attention from accomplished faculty and dedicated staff. 

39. Texas A&M University

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

Texas A&M University boasts more than 450,000 alumni, one of the 10 largest endowments in the country, and is home to the George Bush Presidential Library. The system’s endowment ranks in the top 10 in the nation.

38. Rowan University

GLASSBORO, NEW JERSEY

Known as one of the best public universities in the Northeast, Rowan University enrolls 16,155 students and is located in Glassboro, New Jersey—a safe town of 19,087 residents. Rowan University is the alma mater of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Patti Smith.

37. Miami University, Oxford

OXFORD, OHIO

Miami University, (also referred to as Miami of Ohio or simply Miami) is located on a 2,138-acre campus in Oxford, Ohio, 35 miles north of Cincinnati. Founded in 1809, although classes were not held until 1824, Miami University is the 10th oldest public university and 32nd oldest higher education institution in the United States.

36. San Diego State University

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

In addition to offering plenty of sun and fantastic beaches, San Diego is also a pretty safe place to go to school. Enrolling 34,254 students, San Diego State University is so appealing it can only accept 33% of applicants.

35. Liberty University

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA

Liberty University is a private, non-profit Christian university located in Lynchburg, Virginia, United States. Founded in 1971 in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty has grown from a small college of 154 students into the nation’s fifth largest university and the largest Christian university in the world. Preparing students to be doctors, educators, ministers, lawyers, aviators, counselors, engineers, and more.

34. West Virginia University

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia University is home to roughly 30,000 students and offers 191 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs in 15 colleges. WVU has produced 24 Rhodes Scholars, 36 Goldwater Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, and five members of USA Today‘s “All‑USA College Academic First Team.”

33. Illinois State University

NORMAL, ILLINOIS

As the oldest public university in the state, Illinois State University was established in 1857 and today enrolls 20,760 students. It’s a very large campus, spread out over approximately 1,000 acres and quite safe to boot.

32. Utah Valley University

OREM, UTAH

Utah Valley University is located near the Wasatch Mountains, in Orem. Students choose UVU for its ideal location while others come for access to a dynamic economy, employment, and career opportunities. Known for its high moral climate, campus is recognized as one of the safest colleges in the country and is home to the largest LDS Institute program in the world. Within 20 miles, students enjoy winter sports, hiking, mountain biking, water recreation and more.

31. University of Texas, El Paso

EL PASO, TEXAS

Not to be confused with the University of Texas at Austin or the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at El Paso was originally founded as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1914. Students enjoy access to nearby Franklin Mountains State Park, and Mexico is found just on the other side of the Rio Grande River.

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30. SUNY, Binghamton

VESTAL, NEW YORK

Vestal, New York is a city of 28,294 residents, and is also home to the State University of New York at Binghamton, which enrolls 16,913 students.

29. University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Known for its passionate sports fans and for being one of the best state colleges in the country, the University of Michigan is located in the charming town of Ann Arbor, which has 118,730 residents. Locals. When in town, catch a football game and grab a sandwich at Zingerman’s.

28. West Chester University

WEST CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA

One of the 14 state universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, West Chester University is located on the eastern side of the state, just outside Philadelphia. It enrolls 16,597 students and was established in 1871.

27. Bowling Green State University

BOWLING GREEN, OHIO

Bowling Green State University was established in 1910 to educate teachers and now offers over 200 undergraduate programs to around 19,000 students. Its a campus in a park-like setting and Bowling Green (population 30,028) is within easy driving distance of major Midwest cities and the Toledo airport.

26. University of Delaware

NEWARK, DELAWARE

University of Delaware is the largest university in Delaware. It enrolls approximately 18,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students.  UD’s programs in engineering, science, business, hospitality management, education, urban affairs, and public policy have been highly ranked. It’s one of four schools in North America with a major in art conservation. UD was the first American university to offer a study abroad program.

25. Brigham Young University

PROVO, UTAH

Brigham Young University, or BYU, is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and is the largest religious university and the third largest private university in the United States, with 29,672 on-campus students, 99% of which are members of the LDS Church.

24. Chamberlain College of Nursing

ADDISON, ILLINOIS

The city of Addison, located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, is home to the Chamberlain College of Nursing-Illinois. Home to 23,250 residents, it’s a safe place to go school, and draws many commuter students from the surrounding area.

23. University of Texas, Dallas

RICHARDSON, TEXAS

About a 30-minute drive north of Dallas, you’ll find the University of Texas at Dallas. It enrolls 24,554 students and offers 33 different undergraduate and graduate certificates.

22. Columbia University

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Established in 1754 and located in Manhattan, New York City, Columbia University is an Ivy League school that enjoys a stellar reputation. Good luck getting accepted—it accepts only 6% of applicants.

21. Ohio University

ATHENS, OHIO

Chartered in 1787 and approved in 1804, Ohio University is one of America’s oldest universities and the oldest in Ohio. It has about 30,000 students. Known as a public ivy, one of the most beautiful residential campuses in America, and “Harvard on the Hocking,” the main campus is located in Athens on the Hocking River and is the quintessential residential University. The original architectural style is evident in the campus’ oldest buildings located around the College Green, and reflected throughout the entire storybook campus. 

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20. New York University

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

One of the most prestigious schools in the country, New York University enrolls 50,027 students, yet accepts only 33% of applicants. And while it may not seem like it, New York happens to be a safe place to go to school.

19. CUNY City College

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Located in Harlem, New York City, The City College of New York can be found just up the street from Columbia University. Its claim to fame is having graduated more Nobel Prize winners than any other public university in the country.

18. Iowa State University

AMES, IOWA

While the town of Ames, Iowa has a population of 64,383 residents, Iowa State University enrolls 35,714 students, ensuring that Ames is quite the college town.

17. CUNY Hunter College

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

There are 22,918 students enrolled at Hunter College, which is also part of the City University of New York system, and can be found a short distance uptown from Baruch College.

16. CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Located on the island of Manhattan in New York City, CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College enrolls 18,433 students. Part of the City University of New York system, the college offers three schools: business, arts and sciences, and public and international affairs.

15. Appalachian State University

BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA

Appalachian State University is located along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, North Carolina and has one of the highest elevations (3,333 feet) of any university in the United States east of the Mississippi River. The campus sprawls across 1,300 acres and houses about 20,000 students, while downtown Boone is home to 13,328 residents.

14. Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA

Purdue University is well known for its competitive engineering curricula and pioneering aviation. It was the first college to offer credit in flight training, the first to offer a bachelor’s in aviation, and the first to build a university airport. Purdue’s aviation technology and aeronautical engineering programs are the most competitive aviation-specific programs in the world. When it expanded to spaceflight technology it earned the nickname, Cradle of Astronauts. In fact, 23 graduates have gone on to become astronauts, including Gus Grissom, Neil Armstrong, and Eugene Cernan.

13. Utah State University

LOGAN, UTAH

Utah State University‘s main campus is in Logan with regional campuses in 28 other locations throughout Utah. No matter what the location, students are safe and in good company. USU has produced 7 Rhodes Scholars,1 Nobel Prize winner,1 MacArthur Fellows program inductee,4 recipients of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and 34 recipients of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.A professor from the university has been named Utah’s sole Carnegie Professor of the year 14 of the last 20 years.

12. George Mason University

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA

George Mason University is recognized for its programs in economics, law, creative writing, computer science, and business. Its faculty have twice won the Nobel Prize in Economics. The university is home to 34,904 students, the largest university by head count in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

11. Kent State University

KENT, OHIO

Wedged between Akron and Cleveland, Kent State University may not be the most famous school in Ohio, but it is the safest. Kent State University enrolls 30,067 students, which just about matches the entire population of the city of Kent.

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10. Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is one of the biggest schools around, enrolling 50,538 students. The 1945 G.I. Bill helped expand the school, and despite its size, it remains one of the safest in the country.

9. University of Central Oklahoma

EDMOND, OKLAHOMA

The University of Central Oklahoma has consistently been recognized as having one of the best education programs in the Southwest and certainly gives Texas a run for its money. Its Department of Physics is ranked among the top 20 in the nation along with the UCO Debaters. Its Nursing program, Music Jazz Division, and College of Education are some of the largest in the state and nation. 

8. Montclair State University

MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY

Located in northeastern New Jersey, Montclair State University is only about a 30-minute drive from Manhattan—though it may feel like a world away.  It’s a large school with 20,465 students, yet the town of Montclair, New Jersey remains the safest college town in America. Fun fact: Yankee legend Yogi Berra attended school here.

7. University of California, Irvine

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA

Founded in 1965, the University of California, Irvine is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy.

6. Central Michigan University

MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN

Central Michigan University boasts a neuroscience program ranked first in the nation by the Society for Neuroscience which pairs nicely with its recent-ish establishment of the College of Medicine (opened fall 2013, 137th in the nation). CMU is one of the nation’s 100 largest public universities with over 20,000 students claiming its Mount Pleasant campus as home.

5. Washington State University

PULLMAN, WASHINGTON

Washington State University, or Wazzu, is well known for its programs in chemical engineering, veterinary medicine, agriculture, pharmacy, neuroscience, food science, plant science, mathematics, business, architecture, and communications. The Palouse region is defined by unique rolling hills that were created by wind-blown soil, of which supports one of the world’s most productive dry-land agricultural regions. Evenings are often highlighted by a spectacular blue-pink sunset, which the first Board of Regents decided to use as the college’s colors (later changed to the current crimson and gray colors).

4. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS

University of Massachusetts, Amherst is, to quote the Chancellor, a “research powerhouse that touches—and often transforms—communities in the state and around the world.” One of only five “Research 1” universities in Massachusetts (the highest designation attainable) it’s also the only public institution on the list. Among all Massachusetts universities—public and private—UMass Amherst is the third largest recipient of research funding from the National Science Foundation.

3. Oakland University

ROCHESTER HILLS, MICHIGAN

Oakland University offers 270 degree and certificate programs with over 20,000 students currently enrolled. The 1,443 acre campus spans two thriving cities, Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, in southeast Michigan. Students conduct research as early as their freshman year, gain global perspectives studying abroad, compete in Division I athletics, lead student orgs, perform on stage and learn without limits.

2. Brigham Young University, Idaho

REXBURG, IDAHO

Once known as Ricks College and now known as Brigham Young University, Idaho, the university is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). A good rationale for its high safety ranking could be that students are required to follow an honor code in line with LDS teachings. The school offers a “three-track” system, admitting students on a specific track of two semesters (including the Spring semester), rather than the standard fall and winter semesters. 

1. University of New Hampshire

DURHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Located in Durham, the University of New Hampshire is attended by 15,351 students and is the largest university in the state. The Durham campus is composed of six colleges and is located in the Seacoast region of the state.


More information about our methodology can be found here.

How We Chose America’s Safest Colleges, 2017

Definition

We created this ranking using the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the National Center for Education Statistics. Top-ranked college towns boast low overall crime rates and offer safe campuses with little or no campus crime. Those colleges and towns that did not have crime information listed were excluded. We assessed a total of 2,167 four-year colleges and universities. For the sake of this list, a college is considered any accredited public, private, or not-for-profit institution that offers four-year degree programs. 

Population Threshold

We determined an appropriate student population threshold for each campus and only reported on those above 15,000. Many colleges have multiple campuses/buildings in the same town (ex. Auburn University) while others are in different areas of the country (ex. American National University - 10 campuses). Since most in the latter category are smaller in institution size, we chose to aggregate their populations and campus crime statistics. While this helped keep local crime data to one town, it meant that  a few would still appear on the list more than once due to multiple sets of campus crime data.

Weighting

Criminal crimes include Murder/Non-negligent Manslaughter, Negligent Manslaughter, Rape, Fondling, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson. They account for 22.5% (7.5% for Non-campus, Housing, and On Campus) of the total.

VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) crimes include Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. They account for 22.5% (7.5% for Non-campus, Housing, and On Campus) of the total.

Arrests include Illegal Weapons Possession, Drug Law Violations and Liquor Law Violations. They account for 5% (1.67% for Non-campus, Housing, and On Campus) of the total.

Local crimes account for 50% of the total.

College Total Incidents

Institution nameCityStateInstitution SizeLocal PopulationArrests NoncampusArrests Campus HousingArrests On CampusCriminal NoncampusCriminal Campus HousingCriminal On CampusVAWA NoncampusVAWA Student HousingVAWA On CampusTotal
University of New Hampshire-Main CampusDurhamNew Hampshire 15,351 16,052 12634173346101938836
Brigham Young University-IdahoRexburgIdaho 43,803 27,499 017170212106688
Oakland UniversityRochester HillsMichigan 20,261 73,660 1071873112061322243
University of Massachusetts-AmherstAmherstMassachusetts 29,269 40,047 45172112333348263
Washington State UniversityPullmanWashington 29,686 32,174 71220235355611221381
Central Michigan UniversityMount PleasantMichigan 26,825 25,959 10993193401115182
University of California-IrvineIrvineCalifornia 30,836 258,198 223086212202459309
Montclair State UniversityMontclairNew Jersey 20,465 38,192 0841160193101923292
University of Central OklahomaEdmondOklahoma 16,910 90,418 01525041026870
Michigan State UniversityEast LansingMichigan 50,538 48,668 01947532393144132481288
Kent State University at KentKentOhio 30,067 29,831 141492382102001323469
George Mason UniversityFairfaxVirginia 33,929 24,911 242902304902669310
Utah State UniversityLoganUtah 28,622 49,145 14762061211017156
Purdue University-Main CampusWest LafayetteIndiana 40,472 32,758 214120035336012125518
Appalachian State UniversityBooneNorth Carolina 17,932 18,394 1016420921117035421
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeNew YorkNew York 18,433 8,550,861 0020000013
CUNY Hunter CollegeNew YorkNew York 22,918 8,550,861 00300401210
Iowa State UniversityAmesIowa 35,714 64,383 68427221284123569558
CUNY City CollegeNew YorkNew York 15,778 8,550,861 0716026031044
New York UniversityNew YorkNew York 50,027 8,550,861 00021123085985
Ohio University-Main CampusAthensOhio 29,157 23,960 01223193284802131572
Columbia University in the City of New YorkNew YorkNew York 28,086 8,550,861 012011411846110
The University of Texas at DallasRichardsonTexas 24,554 111,008 044460710056118
Chamberlain College of Nursing-IllinoisAddisonIllinois 23,250 37,370 0000020002
Brigham Young University-ProvoProvoUtah 33,469 115,294 033811002835
University of DelawareNewarkDelaware 22,852 33,392 04096021380710212
Bowling Green State University-Main CampusBowling GreenOhio 16,908 31,878 0961970233001420380
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaWest ChesterPennsylvania 16,597 19,374 02364120121701321711
University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn ArborMichigan 43,651 118,730 1913327829217021560627
SUNY at BinghamtonVestalNew York 16,913 28,294 03780020220811178
The University of Texas at El PasoEl PasoTexas 23,397 686,077 010130941021590
Utah Valley UniversityOremUtah 33,211 92,577 001300310522
Illinois State UniversityNormalIllinois 20,760 55,096 21952574305202328591
West Virginia UniversityMorgantownWest Virginia 28,776 31,621 202764264223902535847
Ashford UniversitySan DiegoCalifornia 42,452 1,400,467 0000220127
Liberty UniversityLynchburgVirginia 80,494 79,675 00530200313
San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoCalifornia 34,254 1,400,467 32799829850611268
Miami University-OxfordOxfordOhio 19,076 21,816 37121018113201026381
Rowan UniversityGlassboroNew Jersey 16,155 19,087 0861602232606266425
Texas A & M University-College StationCollege StationTexas 63,813 105,855 8193358125310312748803
University of Massachusetts-LowellLowellMassachusetts 18,047 110,819 017861702445
Northwestern UniversityEvanstonIllinois 21,655 75,930 10122141181893
Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleTexas 20,031 40,866 024380101501113111
James Madison UniversityHarrisonburgVirginia 21,227 53,226 1771090293811425294
Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonFlorida 30,380 92,932 044771345548133
Boise State UniversityBoiseIdaho 22,086 218,844 23365319690719217
Texas Woman's UniversityDentonTexas 15,286 131,194 02530047061385
University of North TexasDentonTexas 37,299 131,194 422298122370615405
Harvard UniversityCambridgeMassachusetts 29,652 110,953 0000539301829193
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsFort CollinsColorado 30,614 159,629 34651066283561324317
University of California-DavisDavisCalifornia 35,186 67,034 219192813601642325
San Jose State UniversitySan JoseCalifornia 32,773 1,031,458 2330176191146159320
Auburn UniversityAuburnAlabama 27,287 62,005 2510369337211237235
University of Virginia-Main CampusCharlottesvilleVirginia 23,883 45,997 31649211383419163
Montana State UniversityBozemanMontana 15,236 42,826 670130314230917272
University of Colorado BoulderBoulderColorado 33,056 106,823 340061733064227371183
University of South Florida-Main CampusTampaFlorida 42,067 364,383 28116115600214218
Oregon State UniversityCorvallisOregon 29,576 55,100 521125185221634165
University of IowaIowa CityIowa 30,844 74,834 13567111341820107171708
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNew BrunswickNew Jersey 49,428 57,580 84316684169379115532
California State University-Los AngelesLos AngelesCalifornia 27,680 3,962,726 0080224405887
University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesCalifornia 43,401 3,962,726 103104415417215147
University of California-Los AngelesLos AngelesCalifornia 41,908 3,962,726 10435612082023217
University of Massachusetts-BostonBostonMassachusetts 17,030 665,258 20107014401175
California State University-FullertonFullertonCalifornia 38,948 140,771 13196328011172
Northern Illinois UniversityDekalbIllinois 20,130 44,046 238688254013035247
Boston UniversityBostonMassachusetts 32,158 665,258 09841228401235247
Northeastern UniversityBostonMassachusetts 19,940 665,258 01111170182603449355
Madison Area Technical CollegeMadisonWisconsin 16,520 248,833 0060010018
University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonWisconsin 42,716 248,833 13127295901125147
Texas State UniversitySan MarcosTexas 37,979 62,919 2983213716250210385
California State University-East BayHaywardCalifornia 15,528 157,157 0150527062670
Clemson UniversityClemsonSouth Carolina 22,698 15,369 01482091813700516479
University of MiamiCoral GablesFlorida 16,825 52,334 3814171211510615164
University of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluHawaii 18,865 999,307 0111753262091
University of California-Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraCalifornia 23,497 91,877 1523882723395513355
South Texas CollegeMcAllenTexas 34,371 140,593 009006001025
California State Polytechnic University-PomonaPomonaCalifornia 23,717 154,410 041421039061691
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignIllinois 45,842 85,362 12185627112721436203
University of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbiaMissouri 35,424 118,911 5881412517347529351
California State University-Long BeachLong BeachCalifornia 37,446 476,318 0318562600462
Indiana University-BloomingtonBloomingtonIndiana 48,514 84,015 19254370236710442740908
Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboroGeorgia 20,459 30,843 5831130916066238
Oklahoma State University-Main CampusStillwaterOklahoma 25,930 49,094 64510210416541226311
Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmondKentucky 16,844 33,943 024531183401421165
University of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnNebraska 25,260 276,585 6216364222481512676
Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleCarbondaleIllinois 17,292 26,321 612925910406183258603
Full Sail UniversityWinter ParkFlorida 20,025 29,827 000301040421
University of California-RiversideRiversideCalifornia 21,385 323,064 481910235611520156
University of Nevada-RenoRenoNevada 20,898 239,721 56712212112025226
Middle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboroTennessee 22,511 123,994 116370123541135151
DeVry University-IllinoisChicagoIllinois 22,273 2,728,695 0000020002
Loyola University ChicagoChicagoIllinois 16,437 2,728,695 0140512081444
DePaul UniversityChicagoIllinois 23,539 2,728,695 0323302535059139
University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoIllinois 29,048 2,728,695 1613011660728132
University of ChicagoChicagoIllinois 15,391 2,728,695 0016728032772
College of Southern NevadaLas VegasNevada 33,313 1,562,134 001400700122
University of Nevada-Las VegasLas VegasNevada 28,600 1,562,134 0312213600111102
The University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonTexas 41,988 387,565 03863041501018148
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPittsburghPennsylvania 28,649 306,870 417422042436058475
University of GeorgiaAthensGeorgia 36,130 120,858 0551523297901526359

College Crime Rates

Institution nameCityStateInstitution SizeLocal PopulationArrests Noncampus RateArrests - One campus - Housing RateArrests On Campus RateCriminal Noncampus RateCriminal On Housing RateCriminal On Campus RateVAWA Noncampus RateVAWA Student Housing RateVAWA On Campus RateLocal Crime Incidents
University of New Hampshire-Main CampusDurhamNew Hampshire 15,351 16,052 0.06514233617.1324343727.164354110.1954270082.2148394243.97368249601.2377043842.475408768170
Brigham Young University-IdahoRexburgIdaho 43,803 27,499 00.38810127160.388101271600.47941921790.479419217900.13697691940.1369769194386
Oakland UniversityRochester HillsMichigan 20,261 73,660 0.49355905433.5042692864.2939637730.14806771630.54291495980.98711810870.29613543260.64162677061.08582992 1,208
University of Massachusetts-AmherstAmherstMassachusetts 29,269 40,047 0.1366633640.1708292055.8765246510.37582425090.78581434281.1274727530.1024975230.1366633640.2733267279668
Washington State UniversityPullmanWashington 29,686 32,174 0.23580138790.40423095066.8045543351.1790069391.1790069391.8864111030.033685912550.40423095060.7074041636618
Central Michigan UniversityMount PleasantMichigan 26,825 25,959 0.37278657970.33550792173.4669151910.037278657970.33550792171.26747437100.41006523770.5591798695810
University of California-IrvineIrvineCalifornia 30,836 258,198 0.064859255420.064859255420.97288883120.25943702172.0106369183.9564145800.7783110651.913348035 8,024
Montclair State UniversityMontclairNew Jersey 20,465 38,192 04.1045687765.66821402400.9284143661.51478133400.9284143661.123870022 1,208
University of Central OklahomaEdmondOklahoma 16,910 90,418 00.88704908341.47841513900.23654642220.59136605560.11827321110.35481963340.4730928445 3,112
Michigan State UniversityEast LansingMichigan 50,538 48,668 03.83869563514.899679450.45510309071.8401994542.849341090.01978709090.63318690890.9497803633 1,644
Kent State University at KentKentOhio 30,067 29,831 0.46562676694.9555991627.9156550370.066518109560.33259054780.665181095600.43236771210.7649582599 1,112
George Mason UniversityFairfaxVirginia 33,929 24,911 0.058946623831.23787912.6525980720.058946623830.88419935751.44419228400.76630610982.033658522936
Utah State UniversityLoganUtah 28,622 49,145 0.034938159461.6420934952.16616588600.20962895670.41925791350.034938159460.34938159460.5939487108 1,898
Purdue University-Main CampusWest LafayetteIndiana 40,472 32,758 0.049416880813.4838900974.9416880810.86479541410.81537853331.4825064240.02470844040.51887724850.6177110101 1,286
Appalachian State UniversityBooneNorth Carolina 17,932 18,394 0.55766227979.14566138711.655141650.11153245590.61342850770.948025875500.16729868390.2788311399738
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeNew YorkNew York 18,433 8,550,861 000.1085010579000000.05425052894 359,896
CUNY Hunter CollegeNew YorkNew York 22,918 8,550,861 000.1309014748000.174535299800.043633824940.08726764988 359,896
Iowa State UniversityAmesIowa 35,714 64,383 0.1680013442.3520188167.6160609280.5880047040.78400627211.1480091840.0560004480.98000784011.932015456 2,646
CUNY City CollegeNew YorkNew York 15,778 8,550,861 00.44365572321.01407022400.1267587780.380276334100.19013816710.6337938902 359,896
New York UniversityNew YorkNew York 50,027 8,550,861 0000.41977332240.23987046990.59967617490.15991364660.099946029140.1799028525 359,896
Ohio University-Main CampusAthensOhio 29,157 23,960 04.18424392110.940768940.1028912440.96031827691.64625990300.72023870771.063209521992
Columbia University in the City of New YorkNew YorkNew York 28,086 8,550,861 00.035604927720.0712098554400.39165420491.4598020370.035604927720.28483942181.637826675 359,896
The University of Texas at DallasRichardsonTexas 24,554 111,008 01.7919687221.87342184600.2850859330.407265618600.20363280930.2443593712 4,784
Chamberlain College of Nursing-IllinoisAddisonIllinois 23,250 37,370 000000.08602150538000 1,622
Brigham Young University-ProvoProvoUtah 33,469 115,294 00.08963518480.08963518480.23902715950.029878394930.298783949300.059756789870.2390271595 5,008
University of DelawareNewarkDelaware 22,852 33,392 01.7503938394.20094521300.91895676531.66287414700.30631892180.4375984597 1,432
Bowling Green State University-Main CampusBowling GreenOhio 16,908 31,878 05.67778566411.6512893301.3603028151.7743080200.82801040931.182872013 1,370
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaWest ChesterPennsylvania 16,597 19,374 014.2194372524.8237633300.72302223291.02428149700.78327408571.265288908824
University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn ArborMichigan 43,651 118,730 0.43527066963.0468946876.3686971660.66436049580.48108863491.6036287830.045817965220.34363473921.374538957 5,184
SUNY at BinghamtonVestalNew York 16,913 28,294 02.1876662924.7300892801.182522321.30077455200.4730089280.6503872761 1,252
The University of Texas at El PasoEl PasoTexas 23,397 686,077 00.42740522290.555626789800.38466470061.75236141400.085481044580.6411078343 31,296
Utah Valley UniversityOremUtah 33,211 92,577 000.3914365722000.090331516670.0301105055600.1505525278 4,286
Illinois State UniversityNormalIllinois 20,760 55,096 0.096339113689.39306358412.379576110.19267822741.4450867052.50481695601.1078998071.348747592 2,590
West Virginia UniversityMorgantownWest Virginia 28,776 31,621 0.69502363089.59132610514.804003340.13900472620.76452599391.3552960800.86877953851.216291354 1,512
Ashford UniversitySan DiegoCalifornia 42,452 1,400,467 00000.047112032410.0471120324100.023556016210.04711203241 69,480
Liberty UniversityLynchburgVirginia 80,494 79,675 000.062116431040.0372698586200.02484657242000.03726985862 3,958
San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoCalifornia 34,254 1,400,467 0.087581012440.78822911192.890173410.23354936650.84661645362.48146201900.17516202490.3211303789 69,480
Miami University-OxfordOxfordOhio 19,076 21,816 0.15726567413.72195428811.008597190.94359404490.57664080521.67750052400.52421891381.362969176 1,088
Rowan UniversityGlassboroNew Jersey 16,155 19,087 05.3234292799.9040544720.12380068091.423707831.60940885203.8378211084.08542247936
Texas A & M University-College StationCollege StationTexas 63,813 105,855 0.12536630473.02446215.6101421340.1880494570.83055176841.6140911730.015670788080.42311127830.752197828 5,378
University of Massachusetts-LowellLowellMassachusetts 18,047 110,819 00.055410871610.38787610130.44328697290.33246522970.941984817400.11082174320.2216434865 5,712
Northwestern UniversityEvanstonIllinois 21,655 75,930 0.0461787116100.046178711610.092357423230.96975294391.8933271760.046178711610.36942969290.8312168091 3,892
Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleTexas 20,031 40,866 01.1981428791.89705955800.49922619940.748839299100.54914881930.6489940592 2,106
James Madison UniversityHarrisonburgVirginia 21,227 53,226 0.047109812973.6274555995.13496961401.3661845761.7901728930.047109812970.65953738161.177745324 2,714
Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonFlorida 30,380 92,932 00.13166556951.5470704410.23041474650.42791310071.4812376560.16458196180.13166556950.2633311389 4,842
Boise State UniversityBoiseIdaho 22,086 218,844 0.090555102781.4941591962.943040840.13583265420.86027347643.12415104600.31694285970.8602734764 11,312
Texas Woman's UniversityDentonTexas 15,286 131,194 01.6354834491.96258013900.26167735180.457935365700.39251602770.8504513934 6,880
University of North TexasDentonTexas 37,299 131,194 0.1072414810.58982814557.9894903350.026810370250.58982814550.991983699300.16086222150.4021555538 6,880
Harvard UniversityCambridgeMassachusetts 29,652 110,953 00001.7874005133.13638203200.60704168350.9780116012 5,888
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsFort CollinsColorado 30,614 159,629 1.1106029922.1232116033.4624681520.19598876330.91461422881.1432677860.19598876330.42464232050.7839550532 8,656
University of California-DavisDavisCalifornia 35,186 67,034 0.056840788950.028420394482.5862558970.25578355030.79577104533.86517364900.45472631161.193656568 3,626
San Jose State UniversitySan JoseCalifornia 32,773 1,031,458 0.70179721110.91538766675.3702743110.57974552220.33564214441.4035944220.030512922220.15256461110.2746163 56,870
Auburn UniversityAuburnAlabama 27,287 62,005 0.91618719540.36647487811.3193095610.32982739031.2093670982.6386191230.036647487810.43976985381.355957049 3,510
University of Virginia-Main CampusCharlottesvilleVirginia 23,883 45,997 1.2979943890.25122472052.0516685510.08374157350.46057865431.5910898970.12561236030.1674831470.7955449483 2,664
Montana State UniversityBozemanMontana 15,236 42,826 0.39380414814.5943817278.5324232080.1969020740.91887634551.50958256800.59070622211.11577842 2,458
University of Colorado BoulderBoulderColorado 33,056 106,823 0.0907550822812.1006776418.665295260.090755082280.90755082281.9361084220.060503388190.81679574061.119312682 6,094
University of South Florida-Main CampusTampaFlorida 42,067 364,383 0.047543204890.19017281952.7575058830.023771602440.35657403671.42629614700.047543204890.3328024342 21,328
Oregon State UniversityCorvallisOregon 29,576 55,100 0.16905599130.067622396540.3719231810.84527995670.60860156881.758182310.067622396540.54097917231.149580741 3,230
University of IowaIowa CityIowa 30,844 74,834 0.032421216441.1347425762.1722215020.35663338094.3444430045.90066139303.469070165.544028012 4,234
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNew BrunswickNew Jersey 49,428 57,580 0.16185158210.86995225383.3584203290.16185158210.82948935831.3959698960.060694343291.5982843732.326616493 3,384
California State University-Los AngelesLos AngelesCalifornia 27,680 3,962,726 000.28901734100.79479768791.58959537600.18063583820.289017341 237,318
University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesCalifornia 43,401 3,962,726 0.23040943760.069122831270.23040943761.0138015250.34561415640.9446786940.16128660630.046081887510.3456141564 237,318
University of California-Los AngelesLos AngelesCalifornia 41,908 3,962,726 0.2386179250.095447169990.83516273741.4555693420.477235851.95666698500.0477235850.07158537749 237,318
University of Massachusetts-BostonBostonMassachusetts 17,030 665,258 0.117439812100.58719906050.411039342300.058719906052.58367586600.6459189665 40,220
California State University-FullertonFullertonCalifornia 38,948 140,771 0.025675259320.077025777960.48782992710.15405155590.077025777960.71890726100.025675259320.2824278525 8,564
Northern Illinois UniversityDekalbIllinois 20,130 44,046 0.099354197711.8877297573.3780427220.39741679091.2419274711.9870839540.049677098861.4903129661.73869846 2,636
Boston UniversityBostonMassachusetts 32,158 665,258 00.2798681512.6121027430.031096461220.68412214692.61210274300.37315753471.088376143 40,220
Northeastern UniversityBostonMassachusetts 19,940 665,258 05.56670015.86760280800.90270812441.30391173501.7051153462.457372116 40,220
Madison Area Technical CollegeMadisonWisconsin 16,520 248,833 000.3631961259000.06053268765000.06053268765 15,596
University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonWisconsin 42,716 248,833 0.023410431690.070231295070.28092518030.16387302180.6789025191.3812154700.25751474860.5852607922 15,596
Texas State UniversitySan MarcosTexas 37,979 62,919 0.76357987312.1854182575.6083625160.18431238320.42128544720.658258511300.05266068090.2633034045 4,030
California State University-East BayHaywardCalifornia 15,528 157,157 00.064399793920.321998969600.32199896961.73879443600.38639876351.674394642 10,078
Clemson UniversityClemsonSouth Carolina 22,698 15,369 06.5203982739.2078597230.79302141160.57273768613.08397215600.22028372540.7049079214 1,002
University of MiamiCoral GablesFlorida 16,825 52,334 2.2585438340.83209509661.0104011890.71322436850.65378900453.03120356600.35661218420.8915304606 3,496
University of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluHawaii 18,865 999,307 00.053008216270.053008216270.053008216270.37105751392.8094354620.10601643250.31804929761.060164325 67,044
University of California-Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraCalifornia 23,497 91,877 6.4689109250.12767587353.7451589561.1490828620.97884836361.6597863560.21279312250.21279312250.5532621186 6,160
South Texas CollegeMcAllenTexas 34,371 140,593 000.2618486515000.1745657677000.2909429461 9,578
California State Polytechnic University-PomonaPomonaCalifornia 23,717 154,410 00.16865539490.5902938820.084327697430.42163848721.644390100.25298309230.6746215795 10,598
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignIllinois 45,842 85,362 0.26176868370.39265302561.2215871910.58897953840.23995462680.58897953840.043628113960.30539679770.7853060512 5,992
University of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbiaMissouri 35,424 118,911 0.14114724482.4841915093.9803523040.7057362240.47990063230.95980126470.19760614270.14114724480.8186540199 8,470
California State University-Long BeachLong BeachCalifornia 37,446 476,318 00.080115366130.48069219680.13352561020.16023073230.6943331731000.1068204882 34,206
Indiana University-BloomingtonBloomingtonIndiana 48,514 84,015 0.39163952675.2356020947.6266644680.47408995341.3810446472.1437110940.082450426680.55654038010.8245042668 5,986
Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboroGeorgia 20,459 30,843 0.24439122154.0568942765.52324160500.43990419860.782051908700.29326946580.2932694658 2,226
Oklahoma State University-Main CampusStillwaterOklahoma 25,930 49,094 0.23139220981.7354415733.9336675670.3856536831.58118012.5067489390.15426147320.46278441961.002699576 3,548
Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmondKentucky 16,844 33,943 01.4248397063.1465210160.059368321061.0686297792.01852291600.83115649491.246734742 2,476
University of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnNebraska 25,260 276,585 0.23752969128.55106888414.41013460.079176563740.87094220111.900237530.039588281870.19794140930.4750593824 20,116
Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleCarbondaleIllinois 17,292 26,321 0.3469812637.46009715514.978024520.5783021052.313208423.5276428410.4626416841.8505667363.354152209 1,884
Full Sail UniversityWinter ParkFlorida 20,025 29,827 0000.149812734100.49937578030.199750312100.1997503121 2,214
University of California-RiversideRiversideCalifornia 21,385 323,064 0.18704699560.37409399110.88847322890.46761748891.0755202242.6186579380.046761748890.70142623330.9352349778 23,944
University of Nevada-RenoRenoNevada 20,898 239,721 0.23925734523.2060484265.8378792230.57421762850.047851469040.574217628500.095702938080.2392573452 17,900
Middle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboroTennessee 22,511 123,994 0.044422726670.71076362671.64364088700.533072721.5547954330.17769090670.48864999331.554795433 9,388
DeVry University-IllinoisChicagoIllinois 22,273 2,728,695 000000.08979481884000 210,116
Loyola University ChicagoChicagoIllinois 16,437 2,728,695 00.06083835250.2433534100.30419176250.7300602300.486706820.851736935 210,116
DePaul UniversityChicagoIllinois 23,539 2,728,695 01.3594460261.40192871401.0620672081.48689409100.21241344150.3823441947 210,116
University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoIllinois 29,048 2,728,695 0.034425778020.20655466810.447535114300.37868355822.27210134900.24098044620.9639217846 210,116
University of ChicagoChicagoIllinois 15,391 2,728,695 000.064973036190.38983821710.45481125331.81924501300.19491910861.754271977 210,116
College of Southern NevadaLas VegasNevada 33,313 1,562,134 000.4202563564000.2101281782000.03001831117 122,348
University of Nevada-Las VegasLas VegasNevada 28,600 1,562,134 00.10489510490.41958041960.069930069930.45454545452.09790209800.034965034970.3846153846 122,348
The University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonTexas 41,988 387,565 00.9050204821.50042869400.09526531390.357244927100.23816328470.4286939125 30,584
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPittsburghPennsylvania 28,649 306,870 0.13962092926.0735104197.6791511050.13962092920.83772557511.25658836300.17452616150.2792418584 24,124
University of GeorgiaAthensGeorgia 36,130 120,858 01.5222806534.2070301690.083033490170.80265707172.18654857500.41516745090.7196235815 9,574

The Safest Cities in West Virginia, 2017

The heart of coal country, West Virginia originally became a state when it splintered from Virginia prior to the Civil War. The state is ranked 41st in size, 38th in population, and next-to-last in household income. But it's still beautiful country, filled with stark mountains, rolling hills, and verdant forests. It's Appalachia through and through, and the people here have long made a living off coal mining and logging. West Virginia is almost entirely mountainous, giving it the nickname of the "Mountain State" and making it difficult for urban centers to experience growth. (Its capital and largest city, Charleston, has just 51,400 residents.) Yet, it's the outdoors that keep people coming back to hike, fish, raft, ski, backpack, hunt, and rock climb. It also has many close-knit communities, where people watch out for each other to make sure they're safe.

15,295 avg population
4 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
33 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  GRAFTON

In the northeast of West Virginia, about a two hours' drive south of Pittsburgh, you'll find Grafton, a town of roughly 5,209 residents. It's the safest city in the state, seeing just 4 violent crimes and 5 property crimes last year, but locals will be quick to point out that Grafton has several other claims to fame. Mother's Day was founded in Grafton on May 10, 1908, and to this day the International Mother's Day Shrine stands in Grafton. It's also one of the first cities in the country to observe Memorial Day, and both of the state's national cemeteries are located in the city. Outdoors enthusiasts also have access to nearby Tygart Lake State Park and Pruntytown State Farm.

5,209 Population
4 Violent Crimes
5 Property Crimes

2. CHARLES TOWN

Founded by Charles Washington, the youngest full brother of President George Washington, Charles Town is located in the northeast corner of the state, just a hard hat's throw from Maryland. When Washington laid out the streets of Charles Town, he named them after his wife and his brothers. These days, it's a very safe place to live, and it saw only 2 violent crimes and 24 property crimes last year. 

5,816 Population
2 Violent Crimes
24 Property Crimes

3. FAIRMONT

Originally settled by subsistence farmers, Fairmont has grown into a place that has been home to many notable people. Home to about 18,741 residents, Fairmont is one of the safest cities in West Virginia, experiencing 1.65 violent crimes and 12.70 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. It's home to Fairmont State University, which enrolls approximately 4,200 students. As far as notable people, Fairmont has been home to Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton, University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban, Air Force officer and “The Fastest Man Alive” Frank Kendall Everest, Jr., among others. Fun fact: Fairmont is the port city that's farthest from the ocean, thanks to a connection with an inland waterway.

18,741 Population
31 Violent Crimes
238 Property Crimes

4. WEIRTON

Located right on the Pennsylvania border, this city of around 19,273 residents is close enough to Pittsburgh that some residents commute there for work. While steel production has declined, the local economy has diversified, and today Weirton remains a very safe city, seeing just 1.25 violent crimes and 15.93 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. Perhaps surprisingly, Weirton has been depicted on film several times, serving as a backdrop for movies depicting the Rust Belt. It has appeared in The Deer Hunter, Reckless, Super 8, and the Disney documentary, America's Heart and Soul.

19,273 Population
24 Violent Crimes
307 Property Crimes

5. VIENNA

Established in 1794, Vienna was settled by Dr, Joseph Spencer, who was given the land as a result of his participation in the Revolutionary War. Until the 1940s, this town of roughly 10,515 residents was known for its Vitrolite production. These days, it's known for safety, and seeing just 6 violent crimes and 19.69 property crimes per 1,000 people last year.

10,515 Population
6 Violent Crimes
207 Property Crimes

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The Top 20 Safest Cities in West Virginia, 2017

1. Grafton

11. Parkersburg

2. Charles Town

12. Wheeling

3. Fairmont

13. Moundsville

4. Weirton

14. Dunbar

5. Vienna

15. Princeton

6. Oak Hill

16. St. Albans

7. Morgantown

17. Nitro

8. Bridgeport

18. Martinsburg

9. Buckhannon

19. South Charleston

10. Bluefield

20. Charleston

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in West Virginia, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

1 The Safest Cities in Washington, 2017

Green, mountainous, rainy, and coastal, the state of Washington is a fascinating mix of wilderness and civilization. There's no other place in the country where towering mountains serve as a backdrop to island-scattered waters and verdant rainforests. The state is the 13th most populated and the 18th largest, though it was only admitted to the Union in 1889 (as the 42nd state). Its fjords, islands, and bays were carved out by passing glaciers long ago, but these days Seattle serves as a hub for technological innovation and keeps the state's eyes firmly on the future.

Washington is a big producer of lumber, but it's also the country's biggest producer of apples, pears, hops, spearmint oil, and sweet cherries. Meanwhile, manufacturing is also big business here, and Washington is home to companies that produce aircraft, missiles, ships, metals, machinery, chemicals, and transportation equipment, among others. Washington's mix of economic opportunity and untamed nature is exactly what many people are looking for.

36,745 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
37 property crime rate per 1,000 people

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  DUVALL

Located in the greater Seattle metro area, the town of Duvall is a quiet place that roughly 7,882 residents call home. It also happens to be the safest town in the state of Washington, seeing a mere 2 violent crimes and 49 property crimes last year. The area was home to the Tulalip and Snoqualmie Native American tribes, but was eventually settled by veterans of the Civil War. Locals enjoy participating in community events, which include an annual Easter egg hunt, Christmas tree lighting, and the Duvall Classic Car Show that's held every summer. However, perhaps the town's biggest claim to fame is holding a music festival in 1968 in which a piano was dropped out of a helicopter. Hey, that sounds like fun!

7,882 Population
2 Violent Crimes
49 Property Crimes

2. SAMMAMISH

Not unexpectedly, the city of Sammamish is located just east of Lake Sammamish, which is in turn located east of Lake Washington and Seattle. It's a sizable city of about 52,365 residents, but it's still an extremely safe place, last year experiencing a total of 12 violent crimes and 7.49 property crimes per 1,000 people. While current-day Sammamish was part of unincorporated King County for most of its history, it was officially incorporated in August of 1999. Many locals enjoy golfing, and the town is served by courses such as the Sahalee Country Club, the Plateau Club, and Aldarra Golf Club (fun fact: Clint Eastwood worked as a lifeguard here in 1953).

52,365 Population
12 Violent Crimes
392 Property Crimes

3. CONNELL

Way back when, Connell was simply open range used by ranchers, but the community popped up when a railroad junction was created. Fast forward a couple hundred years, and today Connell is one of the safest towns in Washington, experiencing just 7 violent crimes and 36 property crimes last year. Many of the town's residents work locally in food processing, agricultural chemicals, and corrections. Nearby, the Hanford Reach National Monument and Scooteney Park offer outdoors escapes.

5,746 Population
7 Violent Crimes
36 Property Crimes

4. DuPont

Originally home to the Nisqually tribe, which lived off the area's shellfish and salmon, the DuPont area was later settled by the Hudson's Bay Company, when it established a fur trading post. DuPont was officially incorporated in 1912 and today this town of around 9,597 residents is one of the safest in Washington, seeing just 9 violent crimes and 76 property crimes last year. There are plenty of outdoor activity opportunities in the area, including the Sequalitchew Creek trail, from which visitors can see bald eagles and hawks, as well as the adjacent Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, a 762-acre area that offers bird and whale watching.

9,597 Population
9 Violent Crimes
76 Property Crimes

5. PULLMAN

With about 32,174 residents, Pullman ain't no tiny backwoods town. Named after the industrialist George Pullman, the town is known as a fertile agricultural area that produces wheat and legumes. It has also been acknowledged by publications as a great place to raise kids and is one of the safest cities in the state, seeing just 1.03 violent crimes and 8.58 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. Pullman is home to Washington State University, which enrolls 29,686 students and offers programs that focus on chemical engineering, agriculture, and pharmacy, among others. Meanwhile, the University of Idaho is just eight miles away, which has 10,474 students at its Moscow campus.

33,174 Population
33 Violent Crimes
276 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Washington, 2017

1. Duvall

11. Brier

21. Prosser

31. Washougal

41. Richland

2. Sammamish

12. Steilacoom

22. Grandview

32. Battle Ground

42. Sunnyside

3. Connell

13. Bainbridge Island

23. Kirkland

33. Lake Stevens

43. Ocean Shores

4. DuPont

14. Orting

24. Mercer Island

34. Ferndale

44. Fircrest

5. Pullman

15. Kenmore

25. Mill Creek

35. Pasco

45. Enumclaw

6. Lynden

16. Liberty Lake

26. Normandy Park

36. Bonney Lake

46. Edmonds

7. Selah

17. Camas

27. Lake Forest Park

37. Shoreline

47. Mukilteo

8. West Richland

18. Ridgefield

28. Newcastle

38. University Place

48. Mountlake Terrace

9. Oak Harbor

19. Maple Valley

29. Buckley

39. Stanwood

49. Bothell

10. Snoqualmie

20. Pacific

30. Edgewood

40. Cheney

50. Issaquah

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Washington, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

2 The Safest Cities in Virginia, 2017

A little bit of south; a little bit of north— Virginia is a unique place where traditions swirl and history runs deep. The 10th state to enter the Union, Virginia is also the 14th most populated state and the 35th largest. One of its claims to fame is that it has birthed more presidents (eight, to be precise) than any other state. In 1607, the London Company established the first permanent New World English colony here. Its capital is Richmond, which served as the capital of the Confederate State of America during the Civil War. Its biggest city is the sunny town of Virginia Beach, which draws many travelers from the region.

While agriculture is prominent in the Shenandoah Valley, military facilities are a big economic engine in the Hampton Roads, and federal agencies that remain close to Washington D.C. are located in Northern Virginia, including the U.S. Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency. Foodies are probably most interested in the fact that Virginia is the third-biggest producer of seafood in the country, behind Alaska and Louisiana. Virginia really is a state where there's something for everyone, and that's why it makes for such an appealing place to move to.

45,955 avg population
3 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
27 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  BRIDGEWATER

Located in northern Virginia, southeast of Harrisonburg, this town was originally founded in 1835. Since then, it's been minding its business and staying out of trouble, because these days it's the safest city in the state of Virginia, seeing just 2 violent crimes and 16 property crimes last year. Back in the late 1800s, Bridgewater was home to the longest single-span covered bridge in the world. The town is also home to Bridgewater College - private, four-year, founded in 1880, and the first college in Virginia to admit women. It's also a great town for nature lovers, considering that Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest are both located nearby.

6,029 Population
2 Violent Crimes
16 Property Crimes

2. PURCELLVILLE

The town of Purcellville is located near the Maryland border in the northeast of the state and home to roughly 9,235 residents. Last year, it saw just 5 violent crimes and 51 property crimes, meaning that you can probably park your car with keys in the ignition— though you probably shouldn't if you prefer to live life on the edge. Purcellville has a long history that dates back to 1764. These days, it's home to Patrick Henry College, a liberal arts and government school with a focus on conservative, Evangelical Christianity.

9,235 Population
5 Violent Crimes
51 Property Crimes

3. BUENA VISTA

Buena Vista has had several names, “Hart's Bottom,” “Green Valley,” and “Green Forest" - finally settling on Buena Vista in 1892. Today it's one of the safest cities in Virginia, experiencing just 5 violent crimes and 42 property crimes last year. In town, you'll find Southern Virginia University, which enrolls about 800 students, as well as the former Buena Vista Hotel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now serves as the main hall of Southern Virginia University. Fun fact: an old sign greeting visitors into town still reads “Welcome to Buena Vista: 6,002 happy citizens and 3 old grouches.”

6,575 Population
5 Violent Crimes
42 Property Crimes

4. VIENNA

Vienna has received praise from publications for its high quality of living. To start, this town of about 16,640 residents is very safe, experiencing a total of 9 violent crimes and 9.01 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. It's located in the Washington D.C. metro area, and public transit is readily available. In town, there are several highly ranked schools, a charming business district, and a hiking/biking trail that cuts through town. Locals also enjoy access to the nearby Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and most will probably tell you how Vienna was the site of one of the earliest clashes in the Civil War.

16,640 Population
9 Violent Crimes
150 Property Crimes

5. LEXINGTON

A place with plenty of history, this town of about 7,356 residents was settled all the way back in 1777. In fact, it was the first American city (of what would become many) that was named after Lexington, Massachusetts, which was where the first shot of the American Revolution was fired. These days, Lexington is a much calmer place, where only 6 violent crimes, 62 property crimes, and 0 revolutions occurred last year. It's also home to the Virginia Military Institute, which is the oldest state-supported military college in the United States. Its cadets are exposed to a physically and academically demanding environment, which leads many to call VMI the "West Point of the South.”

7,356 Population
6 Violent Crimes
62 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Virginia, 2017

1. Bridgewater

11. Leesburg

21. Culpeper

31. Vinton

41. Martinsville

2. Purcellville

12. Smithfield

22. Virginia Beach

32. Bristol

42. Hampton

3. Buena Vista

13. Falls Church

23. Covington

33. Waynesboro

43. Big Stone Gap

4. Vienna

14. Fairfax City

24. Christiansburg

34. Warrenton

44. Newport News

5. Lexington

15. Salem

25. Richlands

35. Suffolk

45. Winchester

6. Manassas Park

16. Manassas

26. Harrisonburg

36. Chesapeake

46. Marion

7. Poquoson

17. Radford

27. Woodstock

37. Pulaski

47. Roanoke

8. Williamsburg

18. Staunton

28. Lynchburg

38. Charlottesville

48. Ashland

9. Dumfries

19. Alexandria

29. Front Royal

39. Farmville

49. Bluefield

10. Strasburg

20. Abingdon

30. Wytheville

40. Hopewell

50. Petersburg

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Virginia, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

The Safest Cities in Vermont, 2017

Known for its natural landscape and tough winters, the state of Vermont's forests also boast more than 100 19th-century covered wooden bridges. This New England state has a small population of just over 600,000 people, making it the least-populated state after Wyoming. However, it is the leading producer of maple syrup in the country and has been ranked as the safest state in the country as recently as 2016. Also, even though the mean annual temperature in the state is 43 degrees Fahrenheit, its abundance of dairy farms helped make it home to the famous Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Vermont was one of only four states that were at some point a sovereign state, along with Texas, California, and Hawaii. It was the first state to join the original 13 colonies, and it was the first state to partially abolish slavery, later playing a big role in the Underground Railroad. Clearly, residents here are proud of their individuality and aren't afraid to speak out, which can be seen in their proclivity to vote for independent political candidates. This fierce independence, paired with the notable safety of the state, makes Vermont an attractive place to those looking to relocate.

11,898 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
18 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  NORTHFIELD

Located in a valley in the Green Mountains, Northfield is a quaint town of 6,090 residents. Locals are proud of their community, which happens to be the safest in the state, seeing just 4 violent crimes and 38 property crimes last year. Northfield has also been home to Norwich University since 1866, just after the Civil War ended. The private university is also known as The Military College of Vermont and is the oldest private military college in the United States. It's home to more than 3,400 undergraduate and postgraduate students and is recognized as “The Birthplace of ROTC” by the United States Department of Defense. When Northfield locals aren't studying up or relaxing, they're often taking a walk through one of the nearby woods, including Northfield Village Forest and Berlin Town Forest.

6,090 Population
4 Violent Crimes
38 Property Crimes

2. HARTFORD

This is the second-safest in Vermont, experiencing just 8 violent crimes and 69 property crimes last year. It's located on the eastern border of the state, across the Connecticut River from New Hampshire's Lebanon. Hartford also has two more rivers running through it: the White River and Ottauqechee River. Because Interstates 91 and 89 also run through it, Hartford is a regional transportation center. In fact, the rivers helped power local mills long ago, and eventually railroads also followed the path of the rivers through the valleys. Today, Hartford is composed of five unincorporated villages: Wilder, White River Junction, West Hartford, Quechee, and Hartford.

9,802 Population
8 Violent Crimes
69 Property Crimes

3. SHELBURNE

Shelburne's official size is 45.1 square miles, which is pretty gigantic for a city of about 7,890 residents. That's partially due to the fact that it sits on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, which accounts for 20.8 square miles of the city's total area. Shelburne is one of the safest cities in Vermont, seeing a mere 3 violent crimes and 69 property crimes last year. It was originally settled as a farming town and later experienced a boom in potash production, which also helps in fertilizing. These days, Shelburne residents pride themselves on being politically active, seeing a voter turnout of 89.4% in the Vermont general election of 2008.

7,890 Population
3 Violent Crimes
69 Property Crimes

4. MILTON

Local legend suggests that the town of Milton was named after the famed English poet John Milton, though historians will argue that it was actually named after William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam, a British Whig statesman who styled himself as Viscount Milton. Either way, it's well-known that this town is also one of the safest in Vermont, seeing a total of 6 violent crimes and 12.19 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. Many locals are employed by Gardener's Supply and Husky Injection Molding Systems, but when they're not clocking in, they might be checking out races at Catamount Stadium—several NASCAR racers have raced there, including local Kevin Lepage. Fun fact: the town was used as a filming location for the Farrelly brothers comedy Me, Myself & Irene.

10,743 Population
6 Violent Crimes
131 Property Crimes

5. WILLISTON

While Williston was originally laid out as a series of farms, over the years it has boomed in population, eventually becoming a suburb of Burlington (the most-populated city in Vermont). This town of 9,346 residents is also one of the safest in Vermont, last year experiencing just 5 violent crimes and 12.95 property crimes per 1,000 people. Local residents love to shop, as evidenced by the $434 million in retail sales that Williston made in 2007—the most in the state. However, its claim to fame is probably being home to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who just happen to be the founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

9,346 Population
5 Violent Crimes
121 Property Crimes

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The Top 20 Safest Cities in Vermont, 2017

1. Northfield

11. Barre

2. Hartford

12. Colchester

3. Shelburne

13. Middlebury

4. Milton

14. Bennington

5. Williston

15. Winooski

6. Swanton

16. South Burlington

7. Essex

17. Brattleboro

8. Barre Town

18. Springfield

9. Morristown

19. Montpelier

10. St. Johnsbury

20. Rutland

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Vermont, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

2 The Safest Cities in Texas, 2017

It may be a surprise to some that the official motto of Texas is “Friendship,” considering that the one they'd likely see on a T-shirt is “Don't Mess with Texas.” But that's exactly the kind of state Texas is: big, bold, and not afraid to speak out. The second-biggest state in the union, Texas only lags behind Alaska in size—and only lags behind California in population to boot. In fact, Texas has 4 of the country's 12 most-populated cities: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin, its capital. This concentration of population has helped draw a total of 54 Fortune 500 companies to the state, as well as some of the country's most popular sports teams, including the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Texas Rangers, and the University of Texas Longhorns.

Throughout its history, Texas has been ruled by Spain, France, and Mexico, and it has also been an independent republic, part of the Confederate States of America, and, of course, part of the United States of America. After the Civil War, the state's cattle industry was responsible for much of the economy, and it's the main reason why the state is associated with cowboys even to this day. It's that image of freedom, along with economic opportunities and warm weather, that keeps drawing people to move to the state.

56,877 avg population
3 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
27 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  KERMIT

Named after the American businessman, soldier, explorer, and writer Kermit Roosevelt, who also happened to be President Theodore Roosevelt's son, the city of Kermit adopted its name after the 26th president visited in person. These days, this town is known as the safest in the state, and experienced just 2 violent crimes and 18 property crimes last year. Located in the northwest part of the state, along the indent that hugs the New Mexico border, Kermit was originally established as a supply center that could serve the various scattered ranches in the area. After a drought, the town was almost entirely abandoned, until only one family remained. But when oil was discovered in 1926, a population boom energized the town again.

6,446 Population
2 Violent Crimes
18 Property Crimes

2. TROPHY CLUB

An upscale suburb located in the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth area, Trophy Club is home to around 12,153 residents who probably tell everyone how cool the name of their town is. Trophy Club is also one of the safest cities in Texas, seeing just 3 violent crimes and 41 property crimes last year. Located just a cowboy hat's toss from Grapevine Lake, Trophy Club surrounds the Trophy Club Country Club, which boasts a golf course designed by golf legend Ben Hogan. Residents also enjoy easy access to inviting parks such as Oak Grove Park, and is located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Dallas via car.

12,153 Population
3 Violent Crimes
41 Property Crimes

3. COLLEYVILLE

Also a part of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, Colleyville is located just about 3.5 miles away from Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, making it a great place to live for those who travel a lot, or just enjoy the sound of 747s flying overhead. Home to roughly 25,491 residents, Colleyville is an affluent town that's also quite safe, experiencing a mere 0.55 violent crimes and 5.14 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. Golf aficionados have plenty of options to hone their game in the area, including Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club, Timarron Country Club, and Bear Creek Golf Club. It has also served as home to many of the area's wealthy and famous over the years, including MLB player Ivan Rodriguez, NFL player DeMarcus Ware, and several PGA golfers, including Chad Campbell.

25,491 Population
14 Violent Crimes
131 Property Crimes

4. FAIRVIEW

Neighboring the 289-acre Heard Wildlife Sanctuary in northeast Texas, Fairview is a close-knit town of 8,648 residents. Last year, it experienced just 4 violent crimes and 51 property crimes, making it one of the five safest towns in the entire state. The official motto of Fairview is, “Keeping it Country,” which is - quite honestly - pretty darn cool. Residents also have close access to McKinley National Airport, golf courses such as the Heritage Ranch & Golf Country Club, and the sizable Lavon Lake. As for the aforementioned Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, it boasts nature trails, gardens, and an 1880s prairie village.

8,648 Population
4 Violent Crimes
51 Property Crimes

5. HEATH

Home to around 8,176 residents and part of the sprawling Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex, the city of Heath squeaks into the top 5 safest cities in Texas, seeing just 2 violent crimes and 56 property crimes last year. It's located right on the scenic Lake Ray Hubbard and is just 25 miles from downtown Dallas via car. Locals enjoy the rolling hills, distinctive homes, and views of the Dallas skyline, as well as seeing sails stiffen with wind as boats crash against the waves while pulling away from the Rush Creek Yacht Club.

8,176 Population
2 Violent Crimes
56 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Texas, 2017

1. Kermit

11. Little Elm

21. University Park

31. Horizon City

41. Roma

2. Trophy Club

12. Melissa

22. Celina

32. Socorro

42. Gatesville

3. Colleyville

13. Hutto

23. Cibolo

33. Coppell

43. Fredericksburg

4. Fairview

14. Keller

24. Sachse

34. West University Place

44. Canyon

5. Heath

15. Alpine

25. Anna

35. Royse City

45. Midlothian

6. Lakeview, Harrison County

16. Wylie

26. Southlake

36. Hewitt

46. Whitehouse

7. Murphy

17. Highland Village

27. Allen

37. Leander

47. Bridgeport

8. Fair Oaks Ranch

18. Perryton

28. Corinth

38. Bridge City

48. Georgetown

9. Memorial Villages

19. Friendswood

29. Woodway

39. Seminole

49. The Colony

10. Flower Mound

20. Prosper

30. Lakeway

40. Robinson

50. Seabrook

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Texas, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

The Safest Cities in Utah, 2017

Known by many as one of the most scenic states in the land, Utah was for a long time part of the American frontier and was eventually the 45th state admitted to the union. It's the 13th largest state and has a population of about 3 million, making it one of the less densely populated states. It borders six different states, including Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. It also has a large population of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), which accounts for more than 60% of its residents. This makes it the only state in the country where the majority of people belong to a single church.

The official motto of the state is “Industry,” and its economy has helped it become one of the fastest-growing states in the country. It's a center for transportation, mining, education, and information technology, allowing the Utah to have the least income inequality in the country. A strong tourist industry also remains due to the many natural wonders and parks that Utah boasts. The state is actually positioned at the convergence of three different regions: the Colorado Plateau, the Great Basin, and the Rocky Mountains. The result is a striking natural landscape, with five different national parks residing in Utah: Zion, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, and Arches. It's this natural beauty, combined with a strong economy, that keeps attracting more people to Utah each year.

33,908 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
24 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  SMITHFIELD

Near the northern border of Utah, wedged between the Uinta-Wasatch-Catche National Forest (which sits at the foot of Mt. Elmer) and the Bear River, lies the town of Smithfield. Home to about 11,375 residents, the town is surrounded by beautiful scenery and is also the safest in the state, seeing a total of 3 violent crimes and 70 property crimes last year. Founded in 1857 by Robert Thornley, Smithley was originally known as Summit Creek before it was renamed. Many people who live in Smithfield work at the local Schreiber Foods, or commute to nearby Logan, which is also home to Utah State University. The Idaho border is also less than 12 miles away due north.

11,375 Population
3 Violent Crimes
70 Property Crimes

2. EPHRAIM

Located in what looks almost like the dead center of the state, Ephraim is the largest city in Sanpete County and sits along U.S. Route 89. It's a smallish town of 6,546 residents, but it's also very safe, seeing only 4 violent crimes and 43 property crimes last year. Named after the Ephraim of the Hebrew Bible, the town has had its post office operating since 1856. It's also home to Snow College, a two-year state college that was founded in 1888 by local followers of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Residents also have easy access to the nearby Bald Mountain Wildlife Management Area, which, not coincidentally, is located on Bald Mountain.

6,546 Population
4 Violent Crimes
43 Property Crimes

3. PLEASANT GROVE

Known as “Utah's City of Trees,” Pleasant Grove is a scenic town that's home to 37,963 residents. It was originally named Battle Creek after a battle between Mormon settlers and Ute Indians. However, the settlers decided to step up their marketing a bit and renamed the town Pleasant Grove after a nearby grove of cottonwood trees. These days, it's one of the safest cities in Utah and experienced just 18 violent crimes and 6.93 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. A monument to the previously mentioned battle still stands at nearby Kiwanis Park, next to Battle Creek Canyon. Fun fact: the town was a filming location in the 1995 film Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain.

37,963 Population
18 Violent Crimes
263 Property Crimes

4. SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Springs is perched on the northern shore of Utah Lake and located about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. This city of 26,260 residents originally became a city in 2001, and that year had a population of just 1,003 people. Since then, it has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the country while also remaining one of the safest cities in Utah—last year, it only saw a total of 14 violent crimes and 7.62 property crimes per 1,000 people. Saratoga Springs started as a resort town, inspired by the hot springs that are located near the source of the Jordan River. One of its claims to fame is being one of the few 21st century American cities that built its library with mostly private donations.

26,260 Population
14 Violent Crimes
200 Property Crimes

5. SANTA CLARA / IVINS

Santa Clara and Ivins aren't just neighbors, they're sister cities. In fact, they're so closely intertwined that they even share a police department. Together, this conjoined town is home to about 14,710 residents, and also happens to be one of the safest places in the state of Utah. Last year, residents saw just 3 violent crimes and 8.97 violent crimes per 1,000 people. Nearby, the massive Pine Valley recreation area offers nearly endless hiking opportunities, and Snow Canyon State Park is a mere stroll away. And since Santa Clara-Ivins is located in the southwest corner of Utah, residents can drive on over to Nevada and Arizona without breaking a sweat.

14,715 Population
3 Violent Crimes
132 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Utah, 2017

1. Smithfield

11. Syracuse

21. Enoch

31. Orem

41. Nephi

2. Ephraim

12. Pleasant View

22. Payson

32. Layton

42. Moab

3. Pleasant Grove

13. Bluffdale

23. Logan

33. North Salt Lake

43. Cottonwood Heights

4. Saratoga Springs

14. North Ogden

24. St. George

34. Lindon

44. Sandy

5. Santa Clara/Ivins

15. Heber

25. American Fork/Cedar Hills

35. Bountiful

45. West Jordan

6. Santaquin/Genola

16. Grantsville

26. South Ogden

36. South Jordan

46. Richfield

7. Salem

17. Farmington

27. Washington

37. Sunset

47. Harrisville

8. Spanish Fork

18. North Park

28. Clearfield

38. West Bountiful

48. Vernal

9. Lehi

19. Hurricane

29. Roy

39. Draper

49. Tooele

10. Clinton

20. Springville

30. Provo

40. Cedar City

50. Price

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Utah, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

The Safest Cities in Tennessee, 2017

As the 16th-largest state in the country by population, and 36th-biggest by land mass, Tennessee is a place where there's always two sides to the coin. Big city livin' can be enjoyed in Memphis (population 655,770) and Nashville (population 654,610), while nature aficionados are drawn to the Appalachian Mountains, which cover the eastern part of the state. Agriculture and manufacturing are two of the state's biggest economic drivers, producing soybeans, poultry, and transportation and electrical equipment. But so is entertainment, as Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum serves as a hub for the music industry and Memphis' Graceland and blues clubs serving as a big tourism draw. After all, this is a state that sent large numbers of troops to both sides in the American Civil War. It's a place where you'll likely hear three opinions in an argument between two people.

Whether it's the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (the most-visited national park in the country), the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, or the Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg, there's something for everyone in Tennessee. The summers here are nice and toasty, and the winters are mild, making it a good place to visit any time of year. Coupled with the fact that there are many welcoming towns where families can feel very safe, Tennessee becomes an appealing destination for those looking to move.

38,228 avg population
6 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
37 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  OAK RIDGE

A city that captures the American imagination like few others, Oak Ridge is known for being the location of the Manhattan Project—the secretive operation joined by American, British, and Canadian scientists that developed the atomic bomb during World War II. This city also has the distinction of being the safest in Tennessee, seeing just two violent crimes and five property crimes last year. Though the war has long been over, Oak Ridge remains a scientific hub to this day. It's home to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is the largest science and energy national laboratory in the Department of Energy system, focusing on materials, neutron science, and other really cool smartypants stuff. To top it all off, it's home to Titan, the world's third-most powerful supercomputer.

29,297 Population
2 Violent Crimes
5 Property Crimes

2. BRENTWOOD

Located on the southern outskirts of Nashville, Brentwood is an upscale community of roughly 41,984 residents. It's one of the safest cities in Tennessee, last year seeing just 17 violent crimes and 8.74 property crimes per 1,000 people. It's also known as being one of the wealthiest cities in America when accounting for the average cost of living. Add in rolling hills, mild winters, and a ten-mile drive to downtown Nashville, and it's easy to see why Brentwood is such an attractive place to live. Maybe that's why it's home to some of the country's biggest country music stars, including Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, and Carrie Underwood.

41,984 Population
17 Violent Crimes
367 Property Crimes

3. MOUNT CARMEL

A small, close-knit town where life is simpler and things are quieter, Mount Carmel is located just a rabbit's hop from the Kentucky border. However, Mount Carmel does have a quirky claim to fame: it's located on one side of the road. When highway 11W was built, it put all the residents on one side and left the cemetery on the other side. Then, during World War II, the Army built an ammunition plant on the other side too, putting most of the property in the government's hands to this day. So, even though Mount Carmel may be located on one side of the road, it's still one of the safest towns in Tennessee, last year experiencing just 2 violent crimes and 10.44 property crimes per 1,000 people.

5,458 Population
2 Violent Crimes
57 Property Crimes

4. NOLENSVILLE

Nolensville is a place where if you fire up the car, point the grill northwest, and hit the gas, you'll be in downtown Nashville in about 20 miles' worth of time. Though it's in close proximity to the state capital, life is decidedly slower paced in Nolensville, and that's how the local residents like it—all 6,562 of them. (Well, most of them.) It's a very safe city to boot, last year seeing only 7 violent crimes and 10.06 property crimes per 1,000 people.

6,562 Population
7 Violent Crimes
66 Property Crimes

5. LOUDON

Named after a colonial-era fort, Loudon is a quiet town in eastern Tennessee. It's split in half by the scenic Tennessee River, and connected by the Mulberry St. bridge. It's also one of the safest cities in the state, last year experiencing 7 violent crimes and 10.01 property crimes per 1,000 people. Offering quaint shops, great food, and easy charm, it's a great place to visit within 30 minutes of Knoxville, or to settle down and live slow.

5,797 Population
7 Violent Crimes
58 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Tennessee, 2017

1. Oak Ridge

11. Greenbrier

21. Mount Juliet

31. White House

41. Red Bank

2. Brentwood

12. Collierville

22. Henderson

32. Smyrna

42. Lenoir City

3. Mount Carmel

13. Franklin

23. Maryville

33. Goodlettsville

43. Columbia

4. Nolensville

14. Erwin

24. Bartlett

34. Lafayette

44. Jefferson City

5. Loudon

15. Gallatin

25. Munford

35. Tullahoma

45. Winchester

6. Church Hill

16. Collegedale

26. La Vergne

36. Clarksville

46. Dunlap

7. Oakland

17. Jonesborough

27. Kingston

37. Bristol

47. Shelbyville

8. Millersville

18. Hendersonville

28. Martin

38. Dayton

48. Cookeville

9. Spring Hill

19. Atoka

29. Portland

39. Murfreesboro

49. Lexington

10. Germantown

20. Fairview

30. Soddy-Daisy

40. Johnson City

50. Milan

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Tennessee, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

The Safest Cities in South Carolina, 2017

As North Carolina's warmer and more southern twin, South Carolina appropriately shows off a palm tree beneath a crescent moon on its blue-and-white flag. Also known as “The Palmetto State,” South Carolina has a hot climate and plenty of beaches (due to its location on the Atlantic Ocean), making it a destination for those looking to escape the frosty weather up north. While definitely not small, South Carolina is only larger than nine other states, though it does have the 23rd biggest population in the country. It's never been known to back down from a fight, seeing a third of all combat action in the Revolutionary War, as well as being the first state to secede from the Union prior to the Civil War.

While it doesn't have any sprawling metropolises, South Carolina does have several sizable cities where residents nevertheless enjoy having a bit more breathing room than the typical urban hub. This includes Columbia (133,803 people), Charleston (132,609 people), and North Charleston (108,304 people). It also has several well-known educational institutions, including The Citadel, Clemson University, the College of Charleston, and the University of South Carolina. Coupled with the safety found in many of its cities, it's an attractive place to live.

22,463 avg population
7 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
51 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  TEGA CAY

Boasting a pretty name that sounds like it could also be a pirate ship or a Caribbean island, the city of Tega Cay is actually named after the Polynesian words for “beautiful peninsula.” In fact, it really is located on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Wylie, and it is also beautiful. As a huge bonus, this town happens to be the safest in the state of South Carolina at the moment, experiencing just one violent crime and 149 property crimes last year. It's located right on the northern border of the state, adjacent to North Carolina, and is located a mere 20 miles from downtown Charlotte.

9,501 Population
1 Violent Crimes
149 Property Crimes

2. FORT MILL

A suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, Fort Mill nevertheless resides on the other side of the border in South Carolina. This town was originally established back in 1873 and was named after a British colonial-era fort. The city grew quickly in the 1800s when textile mills were built in the area, and today it's one of the safest cities in the state, last year seeing 25 violent crimes and 14.71 property crimes per 1,000 people. The city is rich with history, being home to more than a dozen locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the William Elliott White House, which was the site of the last full meeting of the Cabinet of the Confederate States of America. Fort Mill also has its eye on the future and is home to notable businesses such as LPL Financial, Continental Tires, and Shutterfly.

13,532 Population
25 Violent Crimes
199 Property Crimes

3. MOUNT PLEASANT

It may not be a mountain, but Mt. Pleasant really is pleasant. A neighbor of Charleston, this sizable town offers beautiful beaches and plenty of safety, experiencing only 1.65 violent crimes and 15.79 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. As the third-largest municipality in the state, Mount Pleasant has plenty to see and do (besides the beaches), including Patriots Point, a naval and maritime museum that's also home to the World War II-era aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. More than a dozen locations here are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Paul Pritchard Ship Yard, which was operating as long ago as 1702, and was South Carolina's only state shipyard.

80,446 Population
133 Violent Crimes
1,270 Property Crimes

4. MAULDIN

Located just outside Greenville, this city is perhaps best known for being home to Kevin Garnett, the championship-winning NBA player who was also a member of the USA Olympic team. Another thing that it's known for is safety since Mauldin saw only 1.47 violent crimes and 16.28 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. Locals here enjoy getting outdoors and take advantage of area state parks such as the Paris Mountain State Park and Croft State Park, as well as Sadlers Creek State Park on Lake Hartwell.

25,246 Population
37 Violent Crimes
411 Property Crimes

5. BLUFFTON

A stone throw's north of Savannah lies Bluffton, a close-knit community that's been often referred to as “the last true coastal village of the South.” Coincidentally, Bluffton is actually located on a bluff along the May River, and it's also one of the safest cities in South Carolina, experiencing 2.29 violent crimes and 18.61 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. There are plenty of nature and beaches to experience nearby, including the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Hunting Island State Park, and Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. But those who want a taste of history can check out historical sites such as the Church of the Cross and the Seven Oaks house.

15,689 Population
36 Violent Crimes
292 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in South Carolina, 2017

1. Tega Cay

11. Goose Creek

21. Sumter

31. Chester

41. Laurens

2. Fort Mill

12. Clemson

22. Gaffney

32. North Charleston

42. Spartanburg

3. Mount Pleasant

13. Greer

23. Greenville

33. Cayce

43. Batesburg-Leesville

4. Mauldin

14. Clover

24. Lancaster

34. Columbia

44. Greenwood

5. Bluffton

15. Lexington

25. Forest Acres

35. Union

45. Florence

6. Hanahan

16. Summerville

26. Aiken

36. Beaufort

46. Walterboro

7. Fountain Inn

17. Irmo

27. Clinton

37. Bennettsville

47. Cheraw

8. Charleston

18. North Augusta

28. Hardeeville

38. Easley

48. Darlington

9. Port Royal

19. York

29. Central

39. Orangeburg

49. North Myrtle Beach

10. Seneca

20. Conway

30. Newberry

40. Georgetown

50. Camden

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in South Carolina, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.