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1 The Safest Cities in Minnesota, 2017

Minnesota began its story in 1679 when it was settled by fur traders, missionaries, and French explorers. With 11,842 lakes that are at least 10 acres in size, Minnesota deserves its nickname, “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Nearly 60% of the population lives in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Just south you’ll find the Mall of America - the largest mall in the United States. It’s so big that it’s been assigned its own zip code - coming in at 9.5 million square feet or the equivalent of 78 baseball fields. Minneapolis is home to the 69 block-long Minneapolis Skyway which connects the entire downtown in such a way that people can live, eat, work, and shop without having to go outdoors - imperative during bitter cold winter months and something that makes most Chicagoans jealous. Minnesota boasts the first open heart surgery and bone marrow transplants (two surgeries that have become integral medical procedures to modern medicine). On a less legendary note, it’s where masking tape, staplers, and snowmobiles were invented. All the open land means that on crisp nights you’re more likely to see the Northern Lights.

28,678 avg population
1.7 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
23.29 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.  SHOREVIEW

Shoreview is a suburb north of the Twin Cities. It’s rather large, with 26,475 people living within its 12.67 square miles, making it more densely populated than most. This usually results in an increased crime rate - but not in Shoreview. There were only two (2) reported violent crimes and 46 property crimes (93% less than the states’ property average). There are plenty of employment opportunities here, especially at the corporate offices of Land O’Lakes,Target, and Wells Fargo. Families have two nationally recognized public school districts that they can choose from along with nine (9) city parks, seven (7) lakes, and a public skate park. Its Community Center offers tons of activities throughout the year. There are seemingly endless trails snaking throughout parks and greenways, making it a beautiful place to live.

26,475 Population
2 Violent Crimes
46 Property Crimes

2. WHITE BEAR TOWNSHIP

Just a few minutes drive east of Shoreview you’ll find White Bear Township. There were only 3 violent crimes (0.26/1,000 people) and 26 property crimes (2.23/1,000 people). Most people live in housing developments and well-designed neighborhoods with lots of wide-open space. During the winter, be sure to check out the extravagant Christmas light shows on large, colonial homes. Its recreation department offers adult softball, volleyball, basketball, and even broomball, as well as day programs for schoolchildren and youth sports and summer camps. Their leadership and service programs help the youth take a productive role in society and teaches them responsibility for their actions.

11,649 Population
3 Violent Crimes
26 Property Crimes

3. ARDEN HILLS

Arden reported one (1) violent crime (0.1/1,000 people ) and 28 property crimes (2.81/1,000 people). The Parks and Recreation department has activities planned year-round, with an annual fall festival and multiple ice rinks in the winter. They care deeply about protecting their waters and have established a Shoreland Ordinance to make sure people aren’t dumping or misusing the lakes. All of this keeps the community together. It’s no wonder that families find this a wonderful place to settle down.

9,956 Population
1 Violent Crimes
28 Property Crimes

4. VADNAIS HEIGHTS

Vadnais Heights is named after the lake on its western border. It’s smaller in size with eight (8) square miles to its name, but contains over 100 acres of parks complete with play equipment, hiking trails, and sports fields. In the summer, peple gather alongside the Water Works Canal to fish. The downtown area is bustling and the rest is made up of well-designed neighborhoods. They community offers a wide variety of programs to bring everyone together including a 12-day winter Northern Lights and Ice Festival and the Taste of Vadnias, an open-air festival that brings together local restaurants to celebrate culinary creativity. It’s no surprise that their crime rate is low; nobody has time to get into trouble. Last year there were only four (4) reported violent crimes and 40 property crimes - securing the fact that it’s a phenomenal place to live.

13,352 Population
4 Violent Crimes
40 Property Crimes

5. LITTLE CANADA

Little Canada is very small, with over 10,000 residents in 4.48 square miles. Although densely populated, the crime rate is still very low. There were five (5) reported violent crimes (0.48/1,000 people) and 31 property crimes (3/1,000 people). Little Canada’s focus on preserving its small-town identity combined with an expanding suburban landscape makes them unique. They have a handful of parks and wildlife preservation areas. Every year they have a Canadian Days celebration, which emphasizes volunteerism, civic pride, and community spirit.

10,341 Population
5 Violent Crimes
31 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Minnesota, 2017

1. Shoreview

11. Crookston

21. Lakeville

31. Falcon Heights

41. East Grand Forks

2. White Bear Township

12. West Hennepin

22. Dayton

32. St. Francis

42. St. Anthony

3. Arden Hills

13. Farmington

23. Big Lake

33. Eden Prairie

43. Minnetonka

4. Vadnais Heights

14. Glencoe

24. New Ulm

34. Kasson

44. North St. Paul

5. Little Canada

15. South Lake Minnetonka

25. Belle Plaine

35. Maple Grove

45. St. Peter

6. Orono

16. Jordan

26. Rosemount

36. Stillwater

46. Prior Lake

7. Cold Spring/Richmond

17. Centennial Lakes

27. Champlin

37. New Prague

47. Cottage Grove

8. Minnetrista

18. Chaska

28. Medina

38. North Mankato

48. Eagan

9. Montevideo

19. Northfield

29. Ramsey

39. Lakes Area

49. Worthington

10. Wyoming

20. Lino Lakes

30. Plymouth

40. Rogers

​50. Woodbury

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Minnesota, 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.


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 Mississippi, 2017

Nestled between Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana, Mississippi was named after the Mississippi River which flows though its west and empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Jackson is its state capital and largest city with a population of approximately 170,500 people. It’s also home to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds - made up of 100 acres of land and host to 700 events a year. Mississippi is the birthplace of many famous and talented people. From writers William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams to Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, and Blues legend B. B. King. Another notable Mississippian - superstar Oprah Winfrey. The state is rich in history as there are numerous battlefield sites and heritage areas to visit. Nature lovers also have their pick of attractions, whether it's paddling the Pearl River Paddle Trail or hiking Lefleur's Bluff State Park. Culture, music, history, nature - there's a little something for everyone here.

3 million population
3.17 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
40.98 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.  PETAL

Petal is known as the "Friendly City." It’s located in Forrest County, about ninety-two (92) miles southeast of Jackson. It has a low violent crime rate of 0.28/1,000 people which is lower than the state's average of 3/1,000 people. The property crime rate in Petal is 4.45/1,000 people which is also much lower than Mississippi's average rate of 41/1,000 people. Petal contains award-winning schools, plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, and the much-anticipated addition of Petal River Park - which gives the community seventy (70) acres of land to play or relax in.

10,790 Population
3 Violent Crimes
48 Property Crimes

2. BRANDON

Brandon is only fifteen (15) miles east of the state's capital. It has a violent crime rate of 0.51/1,000 people and a property crime rate of 7.64/1,000 people. Brandon is home to lots of historical buildings and sites like the Tatum house, which may have been used as a Civil War hospital. While preserving its rich history Brandon keeps its community in the now by hosting events like The Princess Ball (a dance for fathers and daughters), Patriotism in the Park (their Fourth of July celebration), and Red Fridays (anyone wearing red in support of the football team receives discounts in local shops).

23,424 Population
12 Violent Crimes
179 Property Crimes

3. MADISON

Madison manages to maintain its small town charm without giving up city amenities. Its violent crime rate comes in at 0.78/1,000 people - lower than the state's average. The property crime rate is also lower than the state's average at 9.42/1,000 people. In addition to good schools, scenic parks, and a variety of recreational activities for its residents to enjoy, Madison is also home to Simmons Arboretum, ten (10) acres of rustic walking trails and native plant and animal life. Madison is unique because it’s the Sister City to Sollefta, Sweden, which allows for unique cultural and educational experiences.

25,763 Population
20 Violent Crimes
244 Property Crimes

4. LONG BEACH

Long Beach is located along the state’s southern border and the Gulf Coast. Long Beach is a unique addition to this list due to its close proximity to the harbor. Residents and tourists can enjoy all the harbor has to offer such as a spicy Canjun lunch of crawfish that’s followed by a snow cone to cool off from the heat and spice. Its violent crime rate is 0.90/1,000 people and its property crime rate comes in at 21.01/1,000 people - both lower than the state's averages.

15,610 Population
14 Violent Crimes
328 Property Crimes

5. OXFORD

Located in the northern region of the state, Oxford rounds out our Top Five (5). Oxford is home to the University of Mississippi, eight (8) parks, and a city pool. They offer youth and adult recreation programs as well as activities specifically designed for senior residents. Rich in both history and culture, residents enjot art galleries, plenty of dining and shopping opportunities, and a music scene that includes two markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail. Literature fans can even walk in William Faulkner's footsteps - all the way to his final resting place. Its violent crime rate clocks in at 0.98/1,000 people and boasts a lower-than-state-average property crime rate of 21.45/1,000 people.

22,520 Population
22 Violent Crimes
483 Property Crimes

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The Top 25 Safest Cities in Mississippi, 2017

1. Petal

11. Amory 

21. Hattiesburg

2. Brandon

12. Starkville

22. Biloxi

3. Madison

13. Pass Christian

23. Natchez

4. Long Beach

14. Flowood

24. Jackson

5. Oxford

15. Ocean Springs

25. D'Iberville

6. Horn Lake

16. Gulfport

7. Olive Branch

17. Picayune

8. Gautier

18. Laurel

9. Ridgeland

19. Meridian

10. West Point

20. Vicksburg

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Mississippi, 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.


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 Maine, 2017

Maine is the biggest of the New England states - the same size of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont combined. Rumor has it that English explorer John Cabot and his son Sebastian visited Maine as early as 1498, but the first permanent English settlement wasn’t established until 1623. The first naval action of the Revolutionary War occurred on the Maine coast in 1775 when the British sloop Margaretta was captured. After that, Maine was governed by Massachusetts, but became a self-governed state in 1820 with the Missouri compromise. Maine might conjure up images of lobster, moose, blueberries, and Stephen King novels - though not at the same time. The state produces approximately 98% of the blueberries in the United States, and about 50% of the nation’s lobster, but it also offers much more. Maine is one of the world’s largest producers of pulp paper products. It also satisfies the world’s wood needs - from toothpicks to boats. Additionally, Maine leads the world in production of tinned sardines, with approximately 75 million tins sold each year. There are five thousand streams, twenty-five hundred lakes, more than thirty state parks, and Acadia National Park -- New England’s only national park. Fun fact: Maine is the only state with a single-syllable name.

12,487 avg population
1 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
22 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.  ELIOT

Eliot is on the banks of the Piscataqua River, minutes from downtown Portsmouth. Eliot has a rich history of farming, fishing, ship-building and brick-making, all of which appear on the town seal. Eliot reported 4 violent crimes and 18 incidents of property crime, or 2.85 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 304 incidents, or 22 per 1,000 people.

6,322 Population
4 Violent Crimes
18 Property Crimes

2. KENNEBUNK

Kennebunk means “Long Cut Bank” and likely refers to the geographical feature of Great Hill at the mouth of the Mousam River. The first European settlement in the Kennebunk area was around 1620, but Native Americans had been living in the area for centuries, following a pattern of seasonal migration. Kennebunk’s safety rating is approximately 69% lower than the state average of 749. It reported 4 violent crimes, (0.36 per 1,000 people), compared to the state average of 1 per 1,000 people. Property crime incidents came in at 77, or 6.88 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 304 incidents, or 22 per 1,000 people.

11,185 Population
4 Violent Crimes
77 Property Crimes

3. HAMPDEN

Hampden is just south of Bangor, Maine on the Penobscot River. The town was named for English parliamentarian John Hampden. He was one of the architects of parliamentary democracy in England and famously opposed the Ship Money tax levied by King Charles I. Hampden prides itself on the preservation of its rural landscapes with careful development planning. Hampden’s safety rating is approximately 68% lower than the state average of 749. It reported 3 violent crimes, 0.40 per 1,000 people, compared to the state which averaged 1 per 1,000 people. Their property crime total came in at 53 incidents, or 7.14 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 304 incidents, or 22 per 1,000 people.

7,427 Population
3 Violent Crimes
53 Property Crimes

4. YARMOUTH

English settlers and Native American tribes (like the Wabanaki) were drawn to the Yarmouth area for its rich natural resources. It is in the DeLorme lobby in Yarmouth, Maine. Yarmouth’s safety rating is approximately 66% lower than the state average of 749. It reported 2 violent crimes, 0.23 per 1,000 people, compared to the state average of 1 per 1,000 people. Property crime came in at 67 incidents, or 7.83 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 304 incidents, or 22 per 1,000 people.

8,552 Population
2 Violent Crimes
67 Property Crimes

5. SOUTH BERWICK

South Berwick is located on Maine’s border with New Hampshire. It is one of the fastest growing communities in Maine with nearly a 50% population increase since 1980. Their economy has been expanding with ample opportunities in engineering, consulting, real estate, and construction. South Berwick’s safety rating is approximately 61% lower than the state average of 749. It reported 12 violent crimes, 1.63 per 1,000 people, compared to the state which average of 1 per 1,000 people. There were 44 incidents of property crime, or 5.99 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 304 incidents, or 22 per 1,000 people.

7,340 Population
12 Violent Crimes
44 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Maine, 2017

1. Eliot

11. Waldoboro

21. Paris

31. Bath

41. Old Orchard Beach

2. Kennebunk

12. Sabattus

22. Windham

32. Lincoln

42. Belfast

3. Hampden

13. Topsham

23. Bar Harbor

33. Saco

43. Houlton

4. Yarmouth

14. Buxton

24. Brunswick

34. Lewiston

44. Portland

5. South Berwick

15. Oakland

25. Caribou

35. South Portland

45. Bridgton

6. Gorham

16. Kittery

26. Scarborough

36. Rockland

46. Fairfield

7. Falmouth

17. Berwick

27. Winthrop

37. Westbrook

47. Sanford

8. Wells

18. Farmington

28. Freeport

38. Presque Isle

48. Ellsworth

9. Winslow

19. Lisbon

29. Old Town

39. Auburn

49. Bangor

10. York

20. Orono

30. Brewer

40. Gardiner

​50. Rumford

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Maine, 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.


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 Maryland, 2017

Safest Cities in Maryland

Maryland - aka The Free State or Old Line State - is a mid-Atlantic state that, back in 1791, donated the land that is now Washington D.C. Maryland stretches 31 miles down the Eastern Atlantic shoreline. Its capital city is Annapolis and its largest city is Baltimore. The state has a population of about 6 million people. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, history buff, or thrill seeker, there's plenty to do in Maryland. Visitors can stroll among the flowers at Brookside Gardens, spend time at the heart and soul of Maryland at the Chesapeake Bay, take in some history at one of Maryland's many museums, or even take the family on a trip to Six Flags of America in Marlboro. Maryland's state flower is the Black-Eyed Susan and its state bird is the Baltimore Oriole, which also happens to be the name of the state's major league baseball team. Speaking of baseball, the legendary Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore (he went on to become one of the first five players to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame). Fun fact: Western Maryland Murray is the state's very own weather-predicting groundhog who helps Marylanders know whether or not to expect six more weeks of winter.

35,687 avg population
5 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
30 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.  OCEAN PINES

Ocean Pines is situated along Maryland's eastern coast in Worcester County along the Atlantic Ocean. It boasts miles of waterfront property and 3,000 acres of wooded scenery. It has a population of 12,163. Its violent crime rate is 0.49/1,000 people, which is significantly lower than the state average of 5/1,000 people. Ocean Pines is home to thirteen parks. The city also has a beautiful golf course designed by legendary course designer, Robert Trent Jones Sr. If land isn't your playground of choice, you can rent a kayak or canoe and hit the open water. After a morning in the sun head to Ocean Pines' year-long farmers market for some fresh produce. Stay healthy and safe.

12,163 Population
6 Violent Crimes
54 Property Crimes

2. TANEYTOWN

Taneytown is located in the northwest area of Carroll county and is about an hour’s drive from Baltimore - the state's largest city. Taneytown is the perfect place for history buffs as it’s only minutes away from both the Gettysburg and Antietam Battlefields. Taneytown is also home to beautiful parks and amazing schools. They even have a safe and affordable community transportation system which helps its residents get around to one of their many sports programs, clubs, or organizations. There's something for everyone in this charming community.

6,757 Population
11 Violent Crimes
63 Property Crimes

3. GLENARDEN

Glenarden is 32 miles south of Baltimore and located in Prince George's County. It reported 15 violent crimes and 52 property crimes - both lower than the state's averages. Maybe this is due to their annual Police and Community Partnership Event, where the local police department educate residents about safety, crime, and drug prevention. Glenarden also offers newly renovated parks and a variety of organizations for any interest: American Legion, Boys and Girls Club, Civic Association, Historical Society.

6,360 Population
15 Violent Crimes
52 Property Crimes

4. BOWIE

Bowie is also located in Prince George's County and sits 15 miles away from Maryland's capital city, Annapolis. Bowie has a population of 58,304, a violent crime rate of 1.13/1,000 people and a property crime rate of 11.77/1,000 people - both well below the state’s averages. Bowie offers a lot of emergency preparedness programs - severe weather safety, fire and lightning safety, and snow preparedness. The city even has its own alert system called "Alert Bowie 2.0" which sends emergency notifications, safety alerts, and other noteworthy news via phone, fax, email, and text. Along with their focus on safety, the city also makes room for creativity and an active lifestyle. Their arts committee advises the city council on community-based visual and performance art. In addition to an ice arena and a senior center, Bowie also offers numerous parks, museums, and a full gymnasium for residents to use (when it's not booked for sporting events).

58,304 Population
66 Violent Crimes
686 Property Crimes

5. HAMPSTEAD

Hampstead is in Carroll County and 35 miles northwest of Baltimore. Hampstead had 9 reports of violent crime (a rate of 1.14/1,000 people) and 71 incidents of property crime (a rate of 11.14/1,000 people). Home to top-notch schools and many community-focused organizations, its residents enjoy beautifully maintained parks and playgrounds, a variety of recreational activities, museums, and art galleries. Hampstead’s community is strengthened by their summer farmer’s market, annual Fireman's Carnival, and tree lighting ceremony. They even hold an annual celebration in the spring called Hampstead Days - an event centered around togetherness and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

6,371 Population
9 Violent Crimes
71 Property Crimes

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The Top 30 Safest Cities in Maryland, 2017

1. Ocean Pines

11. New Carrollton

21. La Plata

2. Taneytown

12. Frederick

22. Laurel

3. Glenarden

13. Cheverly

23. Chestertown

4. Bowie

14. Brunswick

24. Mount Rainier

5. Hampstead

15. Aberdeen

25. Westminster

6. District Heights

16. Easton

26. Bladensburg

7. Thurmont

17. Riverdale Park

27. Hyattsville

8. Frostburg

18. Annapolis

28. Fruitland

9. Bel Air

19. Hagerstown

29. Salisbury

10. Havre de Grace

20. Greenbelt

30. Cumberland

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Maryland, 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.


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.

4 The Safest Cities in Massachusetts, 2017

Safest Cities in Massachusetts

Nearly half of Massachusetts' residents are college students, as Boston is a big college town (Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The glacier-carved islands and peninsulas of Nantucket, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard are popular summer destinations, as are the Berkshire Mountains on the West side of the state. Nestled between the two, you’ll find the lake with the longest geographical name, Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. Massachusetts is a beautiful marriage of coastline and mountains, lakes and rivers; its cities are packed with culture, history, slow food, the arts, and pride in its people.

27,360 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
13 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.  WAYLAND

Wayland takes pride in being a progressive community and it has been very intentional about its future growth. Wayland’s leaders and lawmakers have held on to its heritage while at the same time bolstering its economy. They’ve also put a lot of effort into providing their citizens with educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities, including a “musical instrument petting zoo,’ a fishing derby, and an active Dad’s group that encourages paternal involvement and connection. It’s a city with a lot of character and community, with all of the intentionality built into it, it’s no wonder they’re the safest in the state.

13,679 Population
1 Violent Crimes
5 Property Crimes

2. GROVELAND

Groveland is a small residential community of 7,211 people. It reported only 2 violent crimes and 17 property crimes. It began as a shoe and textile-manufacturing city, transitioning over the years into a suburb with quick access to major highways. It offers multiple recreational fields and picnic areas within its many parks. Their schools are known for their ‘World Class Education’ and are - again - some of the best in the state. A local church holds a bell crafted by Paul Revere (one of two remaining in active service) which rings out over a large, 25-acre solar farm - making Groveland a relatively progressive city.

7,211 Population
2 Violent Crimes
17 Property Crimes

3. NORFOLK

Straddled between Boston and Providence (Rhode Island) lies Norfolk, a semi-rural suburban community of nearly 12,000 people. It’s made up of a handful of beautiful, well-designed neighborhoods, a golf course, and a wide range of local shops and restaurants. Rather than being run by a Mayor, Norfolk has taken a hands-on approach with their government, opting instead for a Board of Selectmen and a Town Administrator. Holding pen town meetings brings together various boards and committees. Norfolk reported only 1 violent crime and 34 property crimes.

11,945 Population
1 Violent Crimes
34 Property Crimes

4. CLINTON

Clinton is seated at the north end of the Wachusett Reservoir. A wide variety of local shops and an active Parks and Recreation Department hosts lots of activities for kids and families. There’s a great DIY Creative Studio that encourages creativity, a Museum of Russian Icons, and just outside its borders is “The International” - which holds two championship golf courses, a golfer’s dream. But Clinton could be anyone’s dream. Although crime tends to increase in more densely populated areas, Clinton defies the odds with 13,786 people in its 7.3 square miles and only 3 reports of violent crime.

13,786 Population
3 Violent Crimes
43 Property Crimes

5. FRANKLIN

The city of Franklin, named after Benjamin Franklin, is set in Norfolk County, near the border of Rhode Island. It’s the largest city on our list, with over 33,000 people within its 27 square miles. Chilson Park, in the middle of the city, offers hiking, biking, and a beach next to Beaver Pond. Franklin is incredibly safe. Last year, there were only 4 reported violent crimes. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, called Franklin home for a while, as did a handful of other teammates. All in all, it’s a quaint and friendly town.

33,095 Population
4 Violent Crimes
111 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Massachusetts, 2017

1. Wayland

11. Rockport

21. Norwell

31. North Reading

41. Billerica

2. Groveland

12. Carlisle

22. Manchester-by-the-Sea

32. Needham

42. Merrimac

3. Norfolk

13. Bedford

23. Ipswich

33. Winchester

43. Marshfield

4. Clinton

14. Duxbury

24. Hamilton

34. Grafton

44. Stow

5. Franklin

15. Dighton

25. Southborough

35. Mendon

45. Pembroke

6. Sudbury

16. Boxborough

26. Upton

36. Rochester

46. Hampden

7. Georgetown

17. Holden

27. Berkley

37. Douglas

47. Hudson

8. Norton

18. Lincoln

28. Belmont

38. Hopedale

48. Groton

9. Holliston

19. Reading

29. Sterling

39. Concord

49. Northborough

10. Harvard

20. Lexington

30. Westford

40. Wellesley

​50. Lynnfield

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Massachusetts, 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.


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 Louisiana, 2017

Louisiana is a very popular tourist destination with New Orleans’ ornate French Quarter, spicy Cajun food, and jazz culture. There’s also, of course, Mardi Gras - but aside from all that, Louisiana is excellent place to live. First explored by the Spanish in the 1500s, then, in 1682, French explorer René-Robert Cavelier (also known as Sieur de La Salle), claimed the entire Mississippi River Valley and called it “Louisiana” in honor of Louis the XIV. Louisiana became a French colony in 1731, but was lost to Spain in 1763, with the portion east of the Mississippi under British control in 1764. The territory then returned to French control in 1800 before being sold to the U.S. in 1803. The southernmost part of the territory, known as “Orleans”, became the state of Louisiana in 1812. As a result of these influences, the state has maintained a rich cultural heritage. To this day, Louisiana is the only state to follow a Napoleonic legal system while the other forty-nine states follow English common law. Louisiana also has strong manufacturing industries, including coal products, paper, lumber, wood products, apparel, and processed food. They also lead the nation in sulfur, petroleum, and natural gas production, mostly from offshore deposits.

33,413 avg population
7 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
50 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.  HARAHAN

Harahan is located ten miles north of New Orleans on a bend in the Mississippi River and is named for James T. Harahan, a former President of the Illinois Central Railroad company. It began with only two streets - Hickory Avenue and Oak Avenue - and four hundred people. Today, Harahan is nicknamed “The City of Friendship.” Harahan’s safety rating is approximately 79% lower than the state average. It had 11 reported violent crimes, 1.18 per 1,000 people, compared to the state average of 7 per 1,000 people. Their property crime reports totaled to 101 incidents, or 10.81 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 1,619, or 50 per 1,000 people.

9,347 Population
11 Violent Crimes
101 Property Crimes

2. PATTERSON

Patterson is twenty miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, on the banks of the Lower Atchafalaya River. Patterson prides itself on its laid-back, small-town atmosphere and many attractions - including the Wedell-Williams Aviation Museum, the Atchafalaya golf course, and the Cypress Sawmill Museum and Festival. Patterson’s safety rating is approximately 75% lower than the state average of 1,982. It had 9 reported violent crimes, 1.47 per 1,000 people, compared to the state, which averaged 7 per 1,000 people. Their property crime numbers totaled to 80 incidents, or 13.10 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 1,619, or 50 per 1,000 people.

6,106 Population
9 Violent Crimes
80 Property Crimes

3. PORT ALLEN

Port Allen began in 1809 as a settlement named La Ville Saint Michel. The unpredictable and unforgiving waters of the Mississippi sunk La Ville Saint Michel in 1870 and a new settlement was established nearby - this time further from the water. In 1878, after the Civil War, the new location was re-dubbed Port Allen. Port Allen’s safety rating is approximately 68% lower than the state average. It reported 22 violent crimes, 4.29 per 1,000 people, compared to the state which averaged 7 per 1,000 people. Their property crimes total came in at 57 incidents, or 11.11 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 1,619, or 50 per 1,000 people.

5,129 Population
22 Violent Crimes
57 Property Crimes

4. SCOTT

Scott is located thirty-nine miles north of the Gulf of Mexico and just west of Lafayette. The town is home to La Maison de Begnaud tourist center, an Acadian home that serves as the welcome, as well as a heritage interpretive center complete with a Cajun gift shop. Scott also has an Arboretum with a walking trail and many species of native trees. Scott’s safety rating is approximately 67% lower than the state average. It reported 11 violent crimes, 1.23 per 1,000 people, compared to the state, which averaged 7 per 1,000 people. Property crimes totaled 170 incidents, or 18.94 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 1,619, or 50 per 1,000 people.

8,975 Population
11 Violent Crimes
170 Property Crimes

5. MANDEVILLE

Mandeville is located on the northern banks of Lake Ponchartrain, almost directly across from Metairie and New Orleans. Mandeville was founded in 1834 and is regarded as the oldest inhabited locality of Saint Tammany Parish. The town prides itself on its contrast with New Orleans and boasts a serene and naturalistic environment with planning guidelines that guarantee low-density residential development. Mandeville’s safety rating is approximately 61% lower than the state average. It reported 15 violent crimes, 1.22 per 1,000 people, compared to the state, which averaged 7 per 1,000 people. There were 282 incidents of property crime, or 22.92 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 1,619, or 50 per 1,000 people.

12,306 Population
15 Violent Crimes
282 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Louisiana, 2017

1. Harahan

11. Morgan City

21. Crowley

31. Mansfield

41. Denham Springs

2. Patterson

12. Zachary

22. Thibodaux

32. Houma

42. Marksville

3. Port Allen

13. Ruston

23. Sulphur

33. Shreveport

43. Gonzales

4. Scott

14. Springhill

24. Lake Charles

34. Eunice

44. Natchitoches

5. Mandeville

15. Covington

25. Walker

35. Abbeville

45. West Monroe

6. Minden

16. Broussard

26. Bossier City

36. Ville Platte

46. Opelousas

7. De Ridder

17. Carencro

27. New Orleans

37. Pineville

47. Ponchatoula

8. Westwego

18. Tallulah

28. Slidell

38. Breaux Bridge

48. Hammond

9. Jennings

19. Rayne

29. Baton Rouge

39. Bogalusa

49. Alexandria

10. Gretna

20. Franklin

30. Lafayette

40. Leesville

​50. Bastrop

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Louisiana, 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.


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 Kentucky, 2017

Safest Cities in Kentucky

Spawning from six different Native American cultures, it’s very fitting that the name Kentucky came from the Iroquois word “Ken-tah-ten,” meaning “Land of Tomorrow.” The state has a very diverse landscape, ranging from mountains and caves to farmland and commercial forests - which make up 50% of the state’s area. The entire northern border of the state is defined by the curves of the Ohio River and is where the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains sits. Along the southern border, you’ll find a plethora of caves that appeal to spelunkers of every skill level. This “Bluegrass State” is also famous for its musical heritage - a complex blend of Irish folk music, blues, and jazz. It’s home to a large amount of whiskey distilleries and over 850,000 farms. The Kentucky Derby, an annual world-famous horse race, is part of the inspiration for the state’s slogan, “Unbridled Spirit.”

28,445 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
30 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  FORT THOMAS

The city of Fort Thomas is nestled along the Ohio River on the northern border of Kentucky, adjacent to Cincinnati. Their downtown has recently been renovated creating a booming business district. It’s a testament to the culture of the city, with cafes, bakeries, boutiques, barber shops, and breweries situated in a long row of colonial brick buildings. They call themselves the “City of Beautiful Homes” - confirmed as one wanders down the streets of stunning architecture and manicured lawns. It’s home to the Highland Country Club and the Midwest’s oldest invitational golf tournament, The Highlander. Last year only 3 violent crimes and 125 property crimes were reported. It’s a comfortable place to live and raise a family as their high school ranks in the top 550 for academics, and 2nd in the state for football wins.

16,358 Population
3 Violent Crimes
125 Property Crimes

2. INDEPENDENCE

About 15 miles south of Cincinnati lies Independence. It’s a well-designed suburb with a population of 26,773 within 16.8 square miles. It’s gone through a few name changes, from Everett’s Creek to Crews Creek to Bagby and finally Independence after its liberation from nearby Campbell County. It’s home to 9 top-rated schools and 8 beautiful parks. There’s an amphitheater that hosts events for the community including movies at dusk and puppet shows for children. The city also hosts annual Easter Egg Hunts, 4th of July Celebrations, and Christmas Walks along with community fitness classes that promote health and wellness. It reported 11 violent crimes, 0.41/1,000 people, and 193 property crimes, 7.21/1,000 people.

26,773 Population
11 Violent Crimes
193 Property Crimes

3. LAWRENCEBURG

Lawrenceburg is a quaint and historic community located in the heart of Kentucky. Stately colonial homes border its downtown that’s splashed with brightly-colored specialty shops, restaurants rich in culinary creativity and fine cigar shops. This mostly-rural community has quick access to Lexington and Louisville, making it easy to maintain the small-town feel while being able to enjoy the conveniences of a big city. Raising Sons Home Farm Winery, winner of Kentucky’s best dry red Commissioner's Cup award, is in good company with the Four Roses distillery (around since 1888) and Wild Turkey bourbon distillery. Every year they host a Ghost Walk, Summer Fest, family movie nights, and the skate park always keeps kids of all ages occupied. Last year, there were only 3 reported violent crimes and 92 property crimes.

11,135 Population
2 Violent Crimes
67 Property Crimes

4. HIGHLAND HEIGHTS

With little neighborhoods tucked in the rolling hills, Highland Heights is a suburb of Cincinnati that’s a great place for raising a family. It’s close to the convenience of big cities but maintains a certain level of small-town charm and security. Their motto is “Growth Through Progress” which is reflective of their efforts toward making their city active and innovative. The community hosts a Cruise-In & Dance - classic cars, food, and music. They also host a yearly Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch with Santa. There were only 2 reported violent crimes and 67 property crimes.

7,214 Population
2 Violent Crimes
67 Property Crimes

5. EDGEWOOD

Just south of Cincinnati and a few miles from Highland Heights, Edgewood is comprised of neighborhoods and cul-de-sacs that are tucked along ridgelines of hills in the northern part of Kentucky. It’s a more affluent area, with beautiful homes and tree-lined streets, a median family income of over $80,000, and 1.5% of its population below the poverty line. Clearly designed to be family-friendly, there are parks and play areas sprinkled throughout. Presidents Park is a huge, 20-acre park that offers sports fields and hiking trails while Freedom Park offers volleyball, soccer, and baseball facilities. St. Elizabeth Hospital - one of the top 50 best hospitals in the U.S. - is also found here. There’s no shortage of things to do: snow tubing in the winter, mystery dinners, open acoustic music jams, free fitness classes, and much more - to say that their Parks & Recreation department is active would be an understatement. With schools rating 9/10, this city is a great place to live. It’s also one of the safest cities in the state, with 3 reported violent crimes and 81 property crimes, 9.23/1,000 people.

8,775 Population
3 Violent Crimes
81 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Kentucky, 2017

1. Fort Thomas

11. Central City

21. Monticello

31. Bellevue

41. Murray

2. Independence

12. Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills

22. Alexandria

32. Leitchfield

42. Russellville

3. Lawrenceburg

13. Williamsburg

23. Paris

33. Harrodsburg

43. Maysville

4. Highland Heights

14. Shelbyville

24. Madisonville

34. Corbin

44. Bardstown

5. Edgewood

15. Erlanger

25. Berea

35. Radcliff

45. Nicholasville

6. Wilmore

16. La Grange

26. Danville

36. Elizabethtown

46. Hopkinsville

7. Taylor Mill

17. Cynthiana

27. Elsmere

37. Georgetown

47. Oak Grove

8. Fort Mitchell

18. Lebanon

28. Fort Wright

38. Mayfield

48. Richmond

9. Mount Washington

19. Cold Spring

29. Morehead

39. Henderson

49. Dayton

10. Vine Grove

20. Hillview

30. Jeffersontown

40. Glasgow

​50. Owensboro

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Kentucky, 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.


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 Kansas, 2017

Safest Cities in Kansas

Kansas, the Sunflower State, is a Midwestern state with a population of around 2.9 million people. In addition to the band Kansas’ top hits "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind,” Kansas (the state) has another hit. Their state song is "Home on the Range” which is appropriate given the lyrics, "Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam," as the buffalo is the state animal. The buffalo live comfortably in the Big Basin Prairie Preserve. Kansas is great for nature enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and bird watchers because it is home to five other nature preservation centers and observatories that are perfect for appreciating life's natural wonders. Kansas does well in balancing big city attractions with small town charm. Whether you're a cyclist, foodie, outdoor adventurer, or just want to spend the day fishing - Kansas has a spot for you. Fun fact: Though Chicago, Illinois, is called the “Windy City," Dodge City, Kansas, is actually the windiest city in the whole United States with an average wind speed of up to 14 mph.

35,397 avg population
3 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
28 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  PRAIRIE VILLAGE

Prairie Village is located along the eastern edge of Kansas in Johnson County. It has a population of 21,980 and is about an hour’s drive from the state capital. They have four shopping centers as well as twelve parks that are perfect for biking, hiking, and family picnics. Prairie Village’s recreation programs cover a variety of activities from watersports to skateboarding. They celebrate the 4th of July with VillageFest which includes a pancake breakfast, rides, a classic car show, and more. They also host a critically acclaimed JazzFest. Prairie Village reported 7 violent crimes and only 10.25/1,000 people reported property crimes.

21,980 Population
7 Violent Crimes
226 Property Crimes

2. BEL AIRE

Bel Aire is a suburb of Wichita in Sedgwick County. It’s able to maintain its own brand of small town charm while its residents can still access big city amenities. It’s the second safest city in Kansas with crime statistics that are lower than the state's averages. Only 1.21/1000 people were affected by violent crimes (the state's average is 3/1000 people) and a low rate of 8.76/1000 people reported property crimes - significantly lower than the Kansas average of 28/1000 people. Bel Aire has both private and public schools, five public parks, and a wide variety of recreational programs for residents of all ages including yoga, line dancing, and even a barn quilt workshop. They also host festivals in spring and fall that include seasonal activities like a 10,000-Egg Easter Hunt. Bel Aire also hosts an annual event for the four-legged members of the family with their "Hot Dawgs Pool Party" where residents can bring their dogs to the community pool for a dip before it closes for the season.

7,416 Population
9 Violent Crimes
65 Property Crimes

3. VALLEY CENTER

Valley Center is located approximately 13 miles north of Wichita in Sedgwick County. It has a population of 7,113 and is the third safest city in Kansas. Valley Center's number of reported violent crimes was only 1.27/1,000 people (the state's average is 3/1000) and statistics show that a low number of people (9.98/1000 people) reported property crimes much lower than the state average. Much like Bel Aire, Valley Center's close proximity to a larger city gives it the benefits of big city convenience without compromising its small town atmosphere and values. Valley Center has beautiful landscaping, including five public parks, some of which are home to a children's splash pad, swimming pools, licensed fishing areas, and disc golf. In September, the city hosts its biggest event of the year, an annual fall festival.

7,113 Population
9 Violent Crimes
71 Property Crimes

4. LEAWOOD

The city of Leawood is located near the Kansas-Missouri state line and is about an hour’s drive from Kansas state capital, Topeka. It has a population of 35,047 and a low violent crime rate of 0.68/1,000 people and a property crime rate of 12.04/1000 people - both statistics are lower than the state's averages. Leawood is a tightly-knit community that places a strong emphasis on the arts. The Arts Council provides shows, concerts, and educational programming for residents of all ages and the city sponsors art competitions throughout the year. It’s home to an aquatic center, six public parks, and a unique challenge course that includes a 50 ft rock wall and a giant swing that allows visitors to swing down from a 35 ft platform. Leawood also hosts a variety of community events from races to senior luncheons and holiday events like an "Eggstravaganza" Easter event and Breakfast with Santa.

35,047 Population
24 Violent Crimes
442 Property Crimes

5. ULYSSES

Ulysses is located in the southwest corner of the state in Grant County and is only 40 miles from the Colorado-Oklahoma state border. It has a population of 6,157 and is the fifth safest city in the state. The city reported four violent crimes (or a rate of 0.65/1,000 people) and a property crime rate of 13.81/1,000 people - both statistics lower than the state's averages. Ulysses hosts events throughout the year like a city-wide garage and sidewalk sale and a Home Products Dinner made up of locally-grown and prepared foods. Ulysses has six parks where residents can relax, picnic, or, in the case of Fraizer Park, camp. Fraizer Park Lake is the central hub of Fraizer Park and has been newly restored to provide residents with a safe and fun water recreation area and irrigation source for their lush Brentwood Golf course.

6,157 Population
4 Violent Crimes
85 Property Crimes

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The Top 49 Safest Cities in Kansas, 2017

1. Prairie Village

11. Basehor

21. Colby

31. Winfield

41. Parsons

2. Bel Aire

12. Shawnee

22. Augusta

32. Concordia

42. Hutchinson

3. Valley Center

13. Overland Park

23. Hays

33. Garden City

43. Mission

4. Leawood

14. Emporia

24. Liberal

34. McPherson

44. Merriam

5. Ulysses

15. Ottawa

25. Dodge City

35. Wellington

45. Kansas City

6. Tonganoxie

16. Abilene

26. Bonner Springs

36. Arkansas City

46. Iola

7. Andover

17. Mulvane

27. Junction City

37. Salina

47. Topeka

8. Lansing

18. Park City

28. Haysville

38. Newton

48. Fort Scott

9. Olathe

19. Paola

29. Atchison

39. Leavenworth

49. Wichita

10. Lenexa

20. Derby

30. Pratt

40. Great Bend

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Kansas, 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.


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 Idaho, 2017

Safest Cities in Idaho

Idaho’s claim to fame lies in potatoes, however, the first potato in America was planted in New Hampshire in 1719. Potatoes didn’t even reach Idaho until 1836. Still, Idaho produces approximately one-third of the potatoes in the United States. As a state, though, Idaho has much more to offer. The Idaho landscape is rugged and can be wild. It’s home to the deepest river gorge in North America: Hells Canyon. At 7,993 feet deep, Hells Canyon beats even the 6,000 foot depth of the Grand Canyon. In 1805-1806, while still a part of the Oregon country and jointly owned by the United States and Great Britain, this region was explored by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Idaho is known as the Gem State; as nearly every type of gemstone and more than seventy-two types of precious and semi- precious stones are mined there. Idaho is also one of only two places on the planet to find star garnets -- India is the other. Idaho even derives its name from a mining lie. A mining lobbyist named George M. Willing presented the name to Congress claiming that it was a Shoshone word meaning “Gem of the Mountains” and by the time they found out that it was an invented word “Idaho” had already stuck.

17,017 avg population
2.30 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
20 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  WEISER

Weiser, Idaho was named after Peter Weiser, an American soldier and member of the Corps of Discovery on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Weiser is the county seat of Washington County in southwest Idaho. Weiser’s community motto is “We Love Our Kids” which shows faith in their future, however, they’re equally proud of their past. Many of the town’s buildings, including the Galloway House, Pythian Castle, and the Union Pacific Train Depot, are now on the Historic Register. The town is also home to several parks and the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest and Festival.

5,321 Population
1 Violent Crimes
34 Property Crimes

2. REXBURG

Yellowstone and Teton National Parks are within an hour’s drive of Rexburg; outdoor recreational activities like fishing, hunting, and camping are common throughout all four seasons. The city founders recognized education and commerce as essential to building a strong community; in 1883, the first year of Rexburg’s settlement, they organized Bannock Stake Academy, the first primary school in the area. In 1888, just five years later, Ricks Academy was founded (eventually becoming Ricks College and, in 2001, became Brigham Young University-Idaho). With a student to teacher ratio of 15:1 in public schools, Rexburg is an ideal location to educate your children.

27,499 Population
12 Violent Crimes
181 Property Crimes

3. SODA SPRINGS

Soda Springs is home to the Soda Springs Geyser. The geyser was discovered in 1937 while a drilling operation was preparing to build a natural hot springs swimming pool. They struck the geyser and it shot 100 feet into the air. Now a timer activates it once an hour. It’s the only captive geyser in the United States. Soda Springs reported 3 violent crimes and 21 property crimes.

2,960 Population
3 Violent Crimes
21 Property Crimes

4. CHALLIS

Challis is located in central Idaho next to the Salmon/Challis National Forest and on the Salmon River. In 1876, Alvah Challis saw the area’s growing ranch and mining industries and knew there was a need for a supply depot. The Challis economy is still supported by active mines and many of its original buildings still exist along Main Street. Despite being a small, relatively isolated town in the Idaho mountains, Challis is the seat of Custer County. Challis had 2 violent crimes and 6 property crimes.

1,045 Population
2 Violent Crimes
6 Property Crimes

5. SALMON

Sacajawea (the Shoshone woman who acted as a guide and interpreter for the Lewis and Clark Expedition) was born near present-day Salmon, Idaho. Salmon is home to the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Educational Center; their mission statement being, “...to foster the knowledge and appreciation of the Agai’dika Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Western frontier life, and the natural environment.” Salmon reported 3 violent crimes and 24 property crimes.

3,013 Population
3 Violent Crimes
24 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Idaho, 2017

1. Weiser

11. Cottonwood

21. Emmett

31. Buhl

41. Sandpoint

2. Rexburg

12. Meridian

22. Bellevue

32. Moscow

42. Boise

3. Soda Springs

13. Wilder

23. Gooding

33. Kimberly

43. Jerome

4. Challis

14. Shelley

24. Rupert

34. Kamiah

44. Idaho Falls

5. Salmon

15. Parma

25. Mountain Home

35. Ketchum

45. McCall

6. Preston

16. St. Anthony

26. Wendell

36. Priest River

46. Cascade

7. Hailey

17. Shoshone

27. St. Maries

37. Orofino

47. Coeur d'Alene

8. Spirit Lake

18. Grangeville

28. Hagerman

38. Montpelier

48. Twin Falls

9. Osburn

19. Sun Valley

29. Caldwell

39. Payette

49. Nampa

10. American Falls

20. Rigby

30. Rathdrum

40. Post Falls

50. Lewiston

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Idaho, 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.


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 Illinois, 2017

Safest Cities in Illinois

Illinois displays quite the range of cities, spanning from rural farmland to the bustling metropolis of Chicago. Chicago serves as a major international travel hub and is a melting pot of culture and culinary prowess. The rest of the state is what gives Illinois the title, “The Prairie State,” as farmland and rolling hills span as far as the eye can see. Chicago was where the world’s first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building, was built back in 1885 - at 10 stories tall. Of course, that pales in comparison with what’s there today, including the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), sitting at 108 stories tall. There’s quite a rich architectural history to be told here, but most fan favorites take a different turn and revolve around the famous mob boss, Al Capone, who essentially ruled the city during Prohibition. Every year, Chicago dyes their river green for St. Patrick’s day - just for fun. The city is home to the largest public library in the state as well as the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium; there’s no shortage of things to do in this city! Another major bragging point for the state is that it was the very first to abolish slavery, making it a leader in human rights. Many prominent figures in history were born here, including former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.

4 % of U.S. population
2.22 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
17.99 above average U.S. property crime rate

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1.  WATERLOO

Classic brick buildings line Waterloo’s downtown area which is home to beautiful churches and restaurants with impressive culinary creativity. At the south end of the city you’ll find a long, winding creek, Schorr Lake, and a beautiful vineyard where you can buy their local wine. Their schools are very highly rated and one of the safest places in the state, making it a wonderful place to live. Each year, Waterloo hosts a Pumpkin Fest, a Homecoming fair in Courthouse Square, the Monroe County Fair, and a “Sister City” celebration honoring the culture of their German sister city - complete with a parade and marching bands.

10,224 Population
1 Violent Crimes
29 Property Crimes

2. WESTERN SPRINGS

Western Springs is an affluent suburb of Chicago with charm to spare. Most streets are lined with beautiful homes and immaculate landscaping, with parks or soccer nets or other areas for kids to play. The median family income is around $140,000, making it a prestigious place to live. Western Springs was home to quite a few notable people, including Brian Campbell of the Chicago Blackhawks, novelist Jonathan Franzen, and evangelist Billy Graham. Foodies are in heaven here and their recreation department is incredibly active, offering 50+ community activities to get involved in, encouraging a sense of community that is second to none.

13,359 Population
1 Violent Crimes
42 Property Crimes

3. WINFIELD

Winfield is home to one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago suburbs, the Central DuPage Hospital. It also has a stop on the Metra station, providing an easy commute to the city. When you visit, be sure to stop at John’s Restaurant and Tavern, one of the oldest taverns in the area, at almost 100 years old. Spanning only around 3 square miles, this city has a lot to offer - a forest preserve, a bike trail that runs alongside the DuPage River, and a beautifully designed golf course. The quiet neighborhoods are perfect for raising a family and the school districts are some of the best around. Each year, there’s a citywide garage sale, a comic convention, adult Easter egg hunt, and much more.

9,679 Population
3 Violent Crimes
27 Property Crimes

4. HAWTHORN WOODS

Hawthorn Woods has a lot going on. Every year, it hosts a Superhero Glow Run 5k, the Divas Half Marathon and 5k, the Shamrockers Ball, a winter carnival, summer concerts in the park, movies in the park, parades, craft fairs, and the list goes on and on. There’s a huge outdoor aquatic center for summer’s hot days, plenty of ponds and lakes in the area, an active parks and recreation department that offers a variety of activities throughout the year, and a golf course at Hawthorn Woods Country Club which was designed by Arnold Palmer. Their schools are ranked among the best in Illinois, with high graduation rates and most students continuing to higher education. It is not very densely populated, at 7,905 people in its 7.92 square miles with a median household income of $132,720, making it a prestigious city to live in.

7,905 Population
1 Violent Crimes
28 Property Crimes

5. CAMPTON HILLS

Another suburb of Chicago, Campton Hills is located in Kane County. It’s rather large, at 17 square miles, but with 11,366 residents it’s relatively sparsely populated. It - like the others above - is an affluent area with a median family income of $137,500. With farmland surrounding most housing developments, there’s a lot of wide-open space, including two forest preserves. The downtown area is quaint but close to bigger cities and their amenities. Campton Hills is actively pursuing the preservation of its natural resources, bettering its school districts, and maintaining family values, all while pursuing effective economic development.

11,366 Population
4 Violent Crimes
36 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Illinois, 2017

1. Waterloo

11. Mascoutah

21. Deerfield

31. Mount Zion

41. Hanover Park

2. Western Springs

12. Buffalo Grove

22. Pinckneyville

32. Greenville

42. Arlington Heights

3. Winfield

13. Lake in the Hills

23. Winnetka

33. Mahomet

43. Palatine

4. Hawthorn Woods

14. Bartlett

24. Cary

34. Morton

44. Lake Bluff

5. Campton Hills

15. La Grange Park

25. Wauconda

35. Burr Ridge

45. Hoffman Estates

6. Channahon

16. Clarendon Hills

26. Lake Forest

36. Prospect Heights

46. Washington

7. Willow Springs

17. Homer Glen

27. Monticello

37. Frankfort

47. Lockport

8. Manhattan

18. Northfield

28. Hampshire

38. Huntley

48. Hinsdale

9. Lindenhurst

19. Palos Hills

29. Roselle

39. Highwood

49. Lake Villa

10. Lakemoor

20. Lincolnshire

30. Wheaton

40. Glencoe

50. Lisle

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Illinois, 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.


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.