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The Safest Cities in North Dakota, 2017

Known as the "Peace Garden State" and the "Roughrider State," North Dakota is a place where rugged individualism is the norm and agriculture and natural resources generate much of the economy. As the fourth-least populated state in the union, North Dakota stretches from the hilly Great Plains and striking Badlands, to the Red River Valley and Missouri Plateau. It also contains several large Indian reservations, and these days more than 5% of the state population is composed of Native Americans.

A religious place, North Dakota has the highest percentage of church-goers, as well as the most churches per capita of any state. And even though it remains the least-visited state, its economy keeps firing on all cylinders, resulting in the lowest unemployment rate in the country. The combination of a strong economy and churchgoing folk only adds to the North Dakota's reputation as a safe state, as evidenced by its five safest cities.

36,429 avg population
3 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
27 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.  BISMARCK

As the state capital and second-biggest city in North Dakota, Bismarck remains one of the most-popular destinations in the state and is recognized as one of the fastest-growing small cities in America. Perhaps surprisingly, it also holds the title of safest city in North Dakota, which is pretty impressive for a city of its size. How impressive? Bismarck saw 1.47 violent crimes and 13.04 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. Originally named Missouri Crossing and later Edwinton, the city eventually came to be known as Bismarck when the Northern Pacific Railway named it after German Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck, in the process hoping to attract German investment and settlers. (It was the discovery of gold in the Black Hills that was much more successful in drawing people to the area.)

70,873 Population
104 Violent Crimes
924 Property Crimes

2. WEST FARGO

One of the state's fastest-growing cities, West Fargo is the fifth-largest city in North Dakota and lies just west of (you, you guessed it) Fargo. West Fargo still makes sure its neighborhoods are plenty safe, and the city experienced only 1.50 violent crimes and 15.31 property crimes per 1,000 residents last year. West Fargo was named the City of the Year by the North Dakota League of Cities in 2013 and to this day maintains a significant number of descendants from Germany and Norway. In the summer, residents look forward to Big Iron, an annual fest held on the West Fargo Fairgrounds which draws more than 87,000 attendees and showcases farm equipment at more than 900 exhibit booths.

33,433 Population
50 Violent Crimes
512 Property Crimes

3. WAHPETON

Located on the eastern border of the state adjacent to the Bois de Sioux River, the town of Wahpeton is one of the safest in North Dakota. Last year, the town experienced 10 reported violent crimes and 181 property crimes, making it a great place to enjoy a quiet life. It originally attracted settlers because of the richness of the nearby river valley, so much so that it was originally named Richville. The town was later renamed to Chahinkapa, and again to Wahpeton, the latter of which is an adaptation of a Dakota Indian name. In their free time, many locals take part in exploring the outdoors and hunting, and the local area is a draw for migratory waterfowl hunters.

7,940 Population
10 Violent Crimes
181 Property Crimes

4. VALLEY CITY

Less than four square miles in size, Valley City is a close-knit community that also happens to be one of the safest in South Dakota—the town saw a total of 19 violent crimes and 160 property crimes last year. Valley City is also home to Valley City State University, and boasts many bridges that stretch over the Sheyenne River, motivating some people to call it the “City of Bridges.” Additionally, the city is home to the annual North Dakota Winter Show, which draws around 30,000 people annually, as well as The Vault, a unique coffee shop where there are no employees and customers serve themselves.

6,692 Population
19 Violent Crimes
160 Property Crimes

5. JAMESTOWN

The ninth-largest city in North Dakota, Jamestown is also home to the aptly named University of Jamestown. It squeaks into the top five safest cities ranking, experiencing just 3.30 violent crimes and 25.05 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. That's almost as safe as having UFC legend and Jamestown native Ronda Rousey watch your back. Jamestown is also home to the world's largest buffalo statue, which is composed of mostly stucco and cement, and weighs 54 tons. This tourist attraction is also the source of the city's nickname: The Buffalo City.

15,447 Population
51 Violent Crimes
387 Property Crimes

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The Top 12 Safest Cities in North Dakota, 2017

1. Bismarck

11. Mandan

2. West Fargo

12. Watford City

3. Wahpeton

4. Valley City

5. Jamestown

6. Dickinson

7. Grand Forks

8. Fargo

9. Minot

10. Williston

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in North Dakota, 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 North Carolina, 2017

Affectionately referred to as the Tar Heel State, North Carolina is the ninth-most populated state in the union and remains a hub for higher education, technology, and agriculture. Everything from tobacco to furniture is grown or made here, while the state also boasts nine cities with a population over 100,000, as well as 18 schools that compete at the Division I level. Additionally, it's home to a big armed forces population which is split among several different bases, including the largest military base in the world: Fort Bragg. Between all that hustle and bustle is a gorgeous and varied landscape, spanning from the pristine beaches along the Atlantic Ocean to the cloud-scraping peaks of the Appalachian Mountains. Mount Mitchell remains the highest point in America located east of the Mississippi River, and the state also has 17 major river basins. On the east coast, Cape Hatteras has sunk so many ships (more than 1,000, including Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge) that it has become known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Of course, it's also a state that offers many safe, inviting communities.

40,268 avg population
4 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
36 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.  PINEHURST

Pinehurst is located between Charlotte and Fayetteville, near the Uwharrie National Forest. Originally established with the vision of becoming a health resort, Pinehurst today remains a huge golfing town and boasts the distinction of being the safest city in North Carolina, experiencing a mere 11 violent crimes and 91 property crimes last year. It's also home to one of the best-regarded golf resorts in the country. The aptly named Pinehurst Resort, which laid out its first golf course in 1897, today includes nine golf courses, a spa, three hotels, and high-end sports facilities. Not interested in tee time? Check out the Pinehurst Race track, Pinehurst Historic District, or Lloyd-Howe House, all of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

15,617 Population
11 Violent Crimes
91 Property Crimes

2. WAXHAW

A mere 23 miles from downtown Charlotte lies Waxhaw. It's a place where residents enjoy access to the big city without all the hassle and headaches of living in a big urban hub. Waxhaw is also one of the safest towns in North Carolina, and it experienced only 10 violent crimes and 105 property crimes last year. Named after the indigenous Native American tribe that settled the area before it became a colonial settlement, Waxhaw today is commonly referred to as “The Haw” and hosts the Queens Cup Steeplechase Races, as well as popular Fourth of July and Christmas parades. Meanwhile, the town center remains a draw for antiques shoppers and foodies.

13,593 Population
10 Violent Crimes
105 Property Crimes

3. HOLLY SPRINGS

A rapidly growing community located southwest of Raleigh, Holly Springs has more than doubled since the turn of the millennium. Throughout its growth surge, Holly Springs has remained a very safe town, seeing only 18 violent crimes last year as well as 9.07 property crimes per 1,000 people. The town was originally established around fresh water springs in the 1700s, but it was in the 1990s that it really began to grow, partly due to the employment opportunities of Research Triangle Park.

31,640 Population
18 Violent Crimes
287 Property Crimes

4. HAVELOCK

Home to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, which also happens to be the largest Marine Corps air station in the world, Havelock is a true-blue American city. Locals love their football—the Havelock High School football team has won the NCHSAAA 3A state championship four times—almost as much as keeping their neighbors safe. After all, the city experienced a mere 5 violent crimes last year, and on the property crimes side, just 10.54 instances per 1,000 people. As a bonus, outdoors enthusiasts have plenty to discover near Havelock, including the pristine beaches of the Crystal Coast, as well as the verdant Croatan National Forest.

20,689 Population
5 Violent Crimes
218 Property Crimes

5. STALLINGS

Located within the Charlotte metropolitan area, Stallings is located just 15 miles from downtown Charlotte. It also happens to be one of the safest cities in North Carolina and experienced only 12 violent crimes last year, as well as 160 property crimes per 1,000 people. Named after brothers Matthew Thomas Stallings and Martin Stallings, who both established farms in the area, the town got its start in the farming and timber industries.

15,258 Population
12 Violent Crimes
160 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in North Carolina, 2017

1. Pinehurst

11. Cornelius

21. Wake Forest

31. Jacksonville

41. Garner

2. Waxhaw

12. Fletcher

22. Clayton

32. Concord

42. Mebane

3. Holly Springs

13. Morrisville

23. Brevard

33. Cherryville

43. Carolina Beach

4. Havelock

14. Leland

24. Carrboro

34. Butner

44. New Bern

5. Stallings

15. Mint Hill

25. Mount Holly

35. Waynesville

45. Mocksville

6. Davidson

16. Huntersville

26. Archdale

36. Kings Mountain

46. Lincolnton

7. Cary

17. Rolesville

27. Kannapolis

37. Tarboro

47. Southern Pines

8. Black Mountain

18. Winterville

28. King

38. Lexington

48. High Point

9. Woodfin

19. Gibsonville

29. Matthews

39. Belmont

49. Newton

10. Wendell

20. Boone

30. Bessemer City

40. Conover

50. Aberdeen

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in North 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.

The Safest Cities in New York, 2017

As the fourth-most populated state in the union, New York State is also home to America's biggest city and has a storied history that dates back to the establishment of the original 13 colonies. To this day, New York City remains a gateway for incoming immigrants looking to realize the American Dream, and the city's vast metropolitan area contains about two-thirds of the state's total population. However, the Big Apple isn't all that New York State has to offer, and the rest of the state boasts a beautiful, varied geography that includes the Catskills, Allegheny Plateau, Adirondack Mountains, Finger Lakes, and Thousand Islands archipelago. Perhaps lesser-known is the fact that New York State contains four of the top ten most-visited tourist attractions in the world: Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, Central Park, and Niagara Falls (at least the American side). But perhaps what's not as well known is the fact that New York has a bounty of super-safe, close-knit cities that are great places where people can and have put down their roots.

65,724 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
18 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.  TOWN OF HIGHLANDS

On the Hudson River, near Harriman State Park, lies the Town of Highlands, located adjacent to the famous United States Military Academy (West Point). Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that Highlands is an orderly place— experiencing only 3 reported violent crimes and 12 property crimes last year. Those are the kind of microscopic numbers that make the Town of Highlands the safest in the state of New York. Besides safety, locals enjoy easy access to nature, including the previously mentioned Harriman State Park, as well as Bear Mountain State Park, and Palisades Interstate Park.

8,303 Population
3 Violent Crimes
12 Property Crimes

2. RYE

Located a pizza slice's throw from Manhattan—about 25 miles, to be more precise—Rye offers a quiet suburban lifestyle, as well as easy access to the Big Apple. However, unlike some parts of New York City, Rye remains a very safe city, seeing only 1 violent crime and 48 property crimes last year. Boasting a rich history, Rye is the hometown of John Jay, one of our nations' Founding Fathers and the first Chief Justice of the United States. It also contains the Boston Post Road Historic District and Playland, both of which have been designated as National Historic Landmarks. These days, Rye is known as one of the most expensive cities in the country and is home to many prestigious clubs, including the Westchester Country Club, The American Yacht Club, and the Rye Golf Club.

16,066 Population
1 Violent Crimes
48 Property Crimes

3. NEW CASTLE TOWN

Located in southeastern New York, New Castle Town has a rich history and was first established as a town in 1791. Prior to that, it was inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Wappinger and the Siwanoy, and was eventually settled by Quakers. These days, it's a very safe place to live, tallying only 2 reported violent crimes and 57 property crimes last year. Several National Register of Historic Places highlights are located here, including the Isaac Young House, the Williams-DuBois House, and the Old Chappaqua Historic District. Fun facts: New Castle Town is home to the first concrete barn erected in the country and (unrelated) is the present residence of Hillary and Bill Clinton.

18,066 Population
2 Violent Crimes
57 Property Crimes

4. EDEN TOWN

About 20 miles south of Buffalo and a short drive from Lake Erie rests Eden Town, a quiet place. It's a very safe community, even for its size, and experienced only 1 reported violent crime and 25 property crimes last year. Locals enjoy clocking out and heading outdoors, taking part in hiking, fishing, golfing, and even horseback riding, Those with an appetite for historical sites also visit the Asa Warren house, which was built in 1815 and served as a station for the Underground Railroad, as well as the original American Kazoo Company, which today remains the only metal kazoo factory in the world.

7,707 Population
1 Violent Crimes
25 Property Crimes

5. KINGS POINT VILLAGE

It may only be four square miles in size, but Kings Point Village has a mighty name and reputation. Located on the Great Neck Peninsula on the northern shore of Long Island, Kings Point is one of the safest in New York, tallying just 1 reported violent crime and 16 property crimes last year. It's also home to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Locals are also quick to point out that the famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald modeled much of The Great Gatsby after the region, including the fictional West Egg after Kings Point Village.

5,138 Population
1 Violent Crimes
16 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in New York, 2017

1. Town of Highlands

11. Croton-on-Hudson Village

21. Rosendale Town

31. Tuckahoe Village

41. Montgomery Town

2. Rye

12. Waterford Town and Village

22. Stony Point Town

32. Port Washington

42. Schodack Town

3. New Castle Town

13. Cornwall Town

23. Hyde Park Town

33. Fairport Village

43. Lewiston Town and Village

4. Eden Town

14. Bedford Town

24. Glen Cove

34. Washingtonville Village

44. Mount Pleasant Town

5. Kings Point Village

15. Carmel Town

25. Rye Brook Village

35. Mamaroneck Village

45. Macedon Town and Village

6. Kent Town

16. Pound Ridge Town

26. Mount Hope Town

36. Fishkill Town

46. Yorktown Town

7. Irvington Village

17. Sleepy Hollow Village

27. Tarrytown Village

37. Suffern Village

47. Northport Village

8. Floral Park Village

18. Cairo Town

28. East Fishkill Town

38. Plattekill Town

48. Ramapo Town

9. Harrison Town

19. Canton Village

29. Shawangunk Town

39. Hastings-on-Hudson Village

49. Lynbrook Village

10. Chester Town

20. North Castle Town

30. Blooming Grove Town

40. Scarsdale Village

50. East Aurora-Aurora Town

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in New York, 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 New Mexico, 2017

Glance upon the blazing flag of New Mexico, with its golden background and red sun symbol of the Zia, and you can almost imagine the sun-baked terrain of this Southwestern state. Though it's the sixth-largest state, New Mexico also remains the sixth-least populated state, a diverse place that's populated by large Native American, Hispanic, and Spanish-descendant peoples. And, yes, there is plenty of scorching desert here, but the state also boasts gorgeous canyons, stunning mesas, and snow-topped mountains. It's a nature lover's paradise, and a whopping one million acres of New Mexico's forests are protected by the U.S. Government. The capital, Santa Fe, remains a big travel destination, drawing tourists with its Spanish colonial architecture, vibrant arts scene, and fiery cuisine. Albuquerque is also well-known for its adobe houses and Native American culture, but visitors are equally enchanted by the UFO-themed museums and amusement parks of Roswell, which is located near the infamous Area 51. Outside the city, the striking landscape offers plenty to discover, such as the white gypsum sand dunes of the White Sands National Monument, the ancestral Puebloan ruins of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and the shimmering waters of Santa Rosa. It's a state that captures the imagination and offers something for everyone, especially for those looking to start a new life in one of New Mexico's many super-safe communities.

42,276 avg population
7 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
42 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.  SUNLAND PARK

Bordering both Texas and Mexico, this sun-baked part of New Mexico is a true crossroads town. It sits adjacent to not one, but two, major regional cities, neighboring El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. And while its neighbors may be more populous, Sunland Park still boasts plenty of character, as well as the distinction of being the safest city in New Mexico. Experiencing only 14 reported violent crimes and 177 property crimes last year, Sunland City is a great place to start a family, while also enjoying the natural beauty of the nearby Rio Grande River and Mount Cristo Ray, the latter of which is topped by the striking Statue of Christ the King. Feeling lucky? Skip the outdoors and spend the day at the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.

15,700 Population
14 Violent Crimes
177 Property Crimes

2. CORRALES

Located in Sandoval County and neighboring the city of Albuquerque, Corrales sits at a very high elevation of 5,023 feet. It's also the second-safest city in the state of New Mexico, so devoid of rabble-rousers and ne'er-do-wells that it experienced a minuscule 15 reported violent crimes and 89 violent crimes last year. That's so safe that residents may feel like skipping the sun block— though they shouldn't — because it's very sunny there. Locals love the city's rural feel, as well as nearby nature highlights such as the Rio Grande Bosque, which provides a refuge for native plants and animals.

8,376 Population
15 Violent Crimes
89 Property Crimes

3. RIO RANCHO

A sizable city located a cowboy hat's throw from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho remains one of the fastest-growing cities in New Mexico. And while everyone and their in-laws seems to be trying to move to Rio Rancho these days, it remains one of the safest cities in the state, last year experiencing 2.17 violent crimes and 19.69 property crimes per 1,000 people, respectively. The Intel Corporation remains a huge employer in the city, and when locals have clocked out of work, there's a good chance they're going to see the New Mexico Stars indoor football team or New Mexico Thunderbirds NBA Development League team.

95,329 Population
207 Violent Crimes
1,877 Property Crimes

4. LOVINGTON

This town may be located near the border of Texas, but there's little doubt that Lovington is New Mexico to the bone. Close-knit, but also quite spacious as locals love their wide-open spaces. People here are proud of their progressive values, as well as the safety of their town—Lovington experienced 31 violent crimes and 259 property crimes last year. Lovington is also the hometown of one of the greatest linebackers to ever play in the NFL: the legendary Brian Urlacher.

12,062 Population
31 Violent Crimes
259 Property Crimes

5. GRANTS

Located at a sky-reaching elevation of 6,460 feet, the city of Grants is located a straight shot west, down Interstate 40, from Albuquerque. Grants was originally founded in the late 1800s when three brothers—Lewis A. Grant, Angus A. Grant, and John R. Grant—established a camp to build parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. These days, it's one of the safest cities in New Mexico, experiencing 40 violent crimes and 198 property crimes last year. Locals also love visiting outdoors parks such as the nearby El Malpais National Conservation Area, and Grants remains home to the National Parks Service and Bureau of Land Management.

9,250 Population
40 Violent Crimes
198 Property Crimes

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The Top 30 Safest Cities in New Mexico, 2017

1. Sunland Park

11. Portales

21. Roswell

2. Corrales

12. Farmington

22. Deming

3. Rio Rancho

13. Santa Fe

23. Clovis

4. Lovington

14. Truth or Consequences

24. Artesia

5. Grants

15. Las Cruces

25. Socorro

6. Bloomfield

16. Las Vegas

26. Albuquerque

7. Raton

17. Carlsbad

27. Belen

8. Alamogordo

18. Bernalillo

28. Espanola

9. Ruidoso

19. Los Lunas

29. Taos

10. Aztec

20. Hobbs

30. Gallup

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in New Mexico, 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 Nevada, 2017

Somewhere between the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean and the horizon-spanning Great Plains lies Nevada and its sun-baked landscape. Also known as the Silver State, Nevada is the 7th-largest state in the country, yet has the 34th-largest population. Add the fact that three-fourths of its population lives in Clark County, and it's evident that Nevada is a place where bustling cities give way to big, empty spaces. Legalized gambling and national parks remain a huge draw for tourism, while the state remains the fourth-largest producer of gold in the world. The state is also experiencing rapid population growth, though its five safest cities remain great places to move to.

248,476 avg population
4 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
26 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.  BOULDER CITY

Located 26 miles southeast of Sin City, Boulder City is comparably a much-quieter town that also has 15,481 residents and a dearth of slot machines. (It's only one of two cities in Nevada that does not allow gambling). Instead of rolling die, Boulder City locals are keeping their eyes peeled for any shenanigans, and that's probably why there were only 13 cases of violent crime and 147 cases of property crime reported last year. Besides having the distinction of being the safest city in Nevada, Boulder City also boasts the Nevada Southern Railroad Museum, scenic Hemenway Park, and access to nearby Hoover Dam.

15,481 Population
13 Violent Crimes
147 Property Crimes

2. MESQUITE

Located on the foot of the Virgin Mountains in the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert, the town of Mesquite is an 80-mile drive up Interstate 15 from Las Vegas. And while Mesquite does have several casino resorts, such as the Virgin River Casino, Eureka Casino Hotel, and CasaBlanca, this town of 17,412 also enjoys a slower pace of life. It's also so gosh-darn safe that it's the second-safest city in Nevada, last year experiencing only 34 violent crimes and 16.02 instances of property crime per 1,000 people. Add plenty of sun and verdant golf courses, and it makes for a pretty appealing place to live.

17,412 Population
34 Violent Crimes
279 Property Crimes

3. HENDERSON

As the second-largest city in the state of Nevada, Henderson boasts an impressive population of 282,554. However, its size hasn't stopped it from popping up in the list of the state's safest, coming in fast and loud at #3. Experiencing only 1.68 violent crimes and 18.93 property crimes per 1,000 people last year, Henderson is quite the success story for a large city. In fact, it was named one of the safest cities in the United States in a 2014 report by the FBI. That's tough to beat.

282,554 Population
476 Violent Crimes
5,349 Property Crimes

4. WINNEMUCCA

Though it may sound like a frigid city located in northern Minnesota, Winnemucca is very much a sun-soaked Nevada town that's perched at an elevation of 4,295 feet. In fact, it's actually named after Chief Winnemucca of the Northern Paiute tribe and is home to 8,144 residents. While in the year 1900 Butch Cassidy's gang was robbing its downtown bank of $32,640, these days Winnemucca is a much safer place, experiencing just 18 violent crimes and 186 property crimes last year.

8,114 Population
18 Violent Crimes
186 Property Crimes

5. SPARKS

Take a short drive east from Reno and you'll find yourself at Sparks, a sizable town of 95,815 residents that also happens to be the fifth-largest in the state. Coincidentally, it also happens to be the fifth-safest city in Nevada, experiencing 3.75 violent crimes and 27.74 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. And while most of Nevada may be desert, Sparks is located near a naturally occurring aquifer, allowing locals to sail, swim, fish, and boat whenever they're not preparing for the annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off.

95,815 Population
359 Violent Crimes
2,658 Property Crimes

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The Top 10 Safest Cities in Nevada, 2017

1. Boulder City

2. Mesquite

3. Henderson

4. Winnemucca

5. Sparks

6. North Las Vegas

7. Reno

8. Elko

9. Fallon

10. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Nevada, 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 Nebraska, 2017

Spread out over the expansive prairies of the Great Plains, the rock formations of the panhandle, and the rolling dunes of the Sandhills, the Cornhusker State boasts a rich history that dates back to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. While it's the 16th-largest state, it ranks 37th in population, resulting in a nature-rich landscape, as well as the 43rd-ranked population density in the country. It's the kind of place where farming can flourish—and it has, turning Nebraska into an agricultural powerhouse and saddling the state with the lowest unemployment rate in the country. It makes sense, then, that Nebraska is also one of the safest states in the land, as evidenced by the safety statistics of its five safest cities.

43,088 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
24 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  SEWARD

When it comes to the 4th of July, no Nebraska town celebrates like Seward. Ever since 1979, when Governor J. James Exon was in charge, Seward has been designated “Nebraska's Official 4th of July City.” These days, the city of 7,165 is also known as Nebraska's safest city, and experienced only four cases of violent crime and a paltry 54 cases of property crime per year. And whenever residents aren't getting excited for the annual 40,000-person 4th of July celebration, they're probably checking out the Nebraska National Guard Museum or the World's Largest Time Capsule.

7,165 Population
4 Violent Crimes
54 Property Crimes

2. LA VISTA

It may be technically a suburb of Omaha, but residents of La Vista will tell you that La Vista stands on its own. At 18,049 residents, La Vista's population is nothing to sneeze at, but you might need to pull out a microscope to look at the tiny crime statistics for the city. With 23 instances of violent crime, and 11.69 instances of property crime per 1,000 people experienced last year, La Vista remains one of the safest cities in the state. Take that, Omaha.

18,049 Population
23 Violent Crimes
211 Property Crimes

3. GERING

Located near the western border of Nebraska, the town of Gering is a close-knit community of 8,335 people. It's also a place that is definitely not into funny business and where residents keep their eyes peeled for any riffraff, as evidenced by the fact that only 5 violent crimes and 114 property crimes occurred here last year. When they're not keeping their community safe, they're likely strolling through the beautiful landscape of nearby parks such as Wildcat Hills of the Scotts Bluff National Monument.

8,335 Population
5 Violent Crimes
114 Property Crimes

4. PAPILLION

Named after the creek that flows through its center, the charming city of Papillion also shares its name with the French word for “butterfly.” The story goes that when early French explorers were in the area, many butterflies were found on the banks of the creek. These days, butterflies may not be filling the skies here, but the sizable city of 24,335 still remains one of the safest in Nebraska. Case in point: only 18 cases of violent crime and 15.73 cases of property crime per 1,000 people occurred here last year. As a bonus, Papillion enjoys plenty of green space, including Carter Lake and nearby Chalco Hills.

24,355 Population
18 Violent Crimes
383 Property Crimes

5. BLAIR

Named after railroad magnate John Insley Blair, this city on the border of eastern Nebraska was established in 1869 when the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad extended to its current site. While there may not be many railroad tycoons gallivanting around Blair these days, there are 7,981 safety-minded residents who run a tight ship. With only 10 violent crimes and 117 property reported crimes, Blair sneaks is as #5 on Nebraska's list of safest cities, and also offers plenty of outdoor fun to be had at nearby Black Elk Neihardt Park and the Missouri River.

7,981 Population
10 Violent Crimes
117 Property Crimes

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The Top 25 Safest Cities in Nebraska, 2017

1. Seward

11. Fremont

21. Sidney

2. La Vista

12. Norfolk

22. Hastings

3. Gering

13. Holdrege

23. Lincoln

4. Papillion

14. Lexington

24. Beatrice

5. Blair

15. McCook

25. North Platte

6. Columbus

16. Kearney

7. Bellevue

17. Crete

8. Alliance

18. Chadron

9. Ralston

19. Grand Island

10. Nebraska City

20. South Sioux City

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Nebraska, 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 Montana, 2017

Affectionately referred to as “Big Sky Country,” the state of Montana is the fourth-largest in the U.S., even though its population is the 44th-biggest. Bordering Canada and brimming with beautiful landscapes, it's a place where the fascinating terrain ranges from prairie terrain and badlands to the 77 different named mountain ranges that compile its portion of the Rocky Mountains range. Visitors gush over the well-known Yellowstone National Park, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Park, and Glacier National Park, while residents spend their time fishing, hunting, and enjoying the outdoors. And to add to its draw, Montana also happens to be a very safe state, as evidenced by this list of its safest cities.

26,734 avg population
4 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
34 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  MILES CITY

Located in southeastern Montana near the north-flowing Tongue River, Miles City is home to 8,851 residents and also boasts the distinction of being the safest city in the state. No need to fret about a solo stroll through the park, because the super-safe Miles City experienced only 12 violent crimes per year, and roughly 23 instances of property crime per 1,000 people. Locals won't be shy to tell you about Miles City's storied past, and how it was founded by whiskey merchants looking to sell “liquid stock” to soldiers at then-nearby Fort Keogh. Bottoms up!

8,851 Population
12 Violent Crimes
205 Property Crimes

2. SIDNEY

Located a mere 10 miles from the border of North Dakota, close-knit Sidney is home to 6,817 residents. Locals get a good night's sleep here, knowing that Sidney experienced only 37 violent crimes and 105 property crimes last year. And when they're not enjoying piece of mind, they're exploring the nearby badlands and Yellowstone River, or learning about pioneer life in western North Dakota and eastern Montana at the MonDak Heritage Center.

6,817 Population
37 Violent Crimes
105 Property Crimes

3. LAUREL

Laurel is a local transportation hub in the state of Montana, serving as an east-west division point for the Burlington-Northern Railroad, as well as a stop on Interstate 90. Trains are kind of a big deal here, and the Laurel Yard happens to be the largest rail yard between Pasco, Washington and St. Paul, Minnesota. Another big deal: safety, especially since Laurel experienced only 13 violent crimes and 169 property crimes last year. For residents, nearby Yellowstone National Park offers plenty of nature to explore, and every three years, the Laurel Aviation and Technology Week offers hands-on demonstrations for students of all ages.

6,988 Population
13 Violent Crimes
169 Property Crimes

4. BOZEMAN

At 42,826 residents, Bozeman is actually the fourth-largest in the sparsely populated state of Montana. While no sprawling metropolis, Bozeman offers plenty to do for outdoors-loving locals, while also remaining one of the safest cities in the state. After all, Bozeman suffered only 2.66 instances of violent crime and 26.04 instances of property crime last year, respectively. In town, Montana State University and its more than 15,000 students remain a big presence, while the Museum of the Rockies and American Computer & Robotics Museum area also big draws for anyone who is isn't passing through on their way to Yellowstone National Park.

42,826 Population
114 Violent Crimes
1,115 Property Crimes

5. BELGRADE

With 7,882 residents and located in southwest Montana and incorporated in 1906, Belgrade is the largest city in Montana that's not a county seat. It's also safer than an overprotective soccer mom, experiencing 3.93 instances of violent crime and 24.23 instances of property crime per 1,000 people annually, respectively. Fun fact: the city was named after the Serbian city of Belgrade as a hat tip to the Serbian investors who helped finance a part of the Northern Pacific Railroad.

7,882 Population
31 Violent Crimes
191 Property Crimes

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The Top 15 Safest Cities in Montana, 2017

1. Miles City

11. Havre

2. Sidney

12. Helena

3. Laurel

13. Missoula

4. Bozeman

14. Billings

5. Belgrade

15. Kalispell

6. Whitefish

7. Lewistown

8. Glendive

9. Livingston

10. Great Falls

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Montana, 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 New Hampshire, 2017

The first of the thirteen colonies to declare its independence, New Hampshire is home to beautiful scenery and America’s stonehenge, as well as plenty of revolutionary talent, including Robert Frost. Neatly tucked away in the New England region of America, the “Granite State” is characterized by its liberating slogan that graces every license plate: “Live Free or Die,” and its undying preservation of progress.

15,037 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
16 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  ATKINSON

One of the most historic and scenic towns in New Hampshire, Atkinson’s population is a comfortable 6,853. With a passion for safety and the environment, its many volunteers help protect its natural resources while also keeping the violent crime rate 92.4% below the American average. The likelihood of property being damaged in this lovely town is only 12%, providing a wonderful and culturally rich place to settle down. Atkinson was the second school in the country to begin admitting girls, and remains one of the more progressive, if subdued, communities in the state.

6,853 Population
2 Violent Crimes
23 Property Crimes

2. HAMPSTEAD

With only 14 miles of houses and approximately 8,607 residents, Hampstead boasted an impressive lack of violent crimes - 95% less than averaged in America. Featuring Colonial houses and gently winding roads, Hampstead is a town that defines picturesque. The generosity and general kindness of those that live within Hampstead can be seen in the genuine happiness that radiates from its residents. An additional comfort, property crimes occur 84% less often than the national average, making Hampstead ideal for those seeking the peace of mind that comes from a beautiful and peaceful environment.

8,607 Population
2 Violent Crimes
43 Property Crimes

3. WEARE

Weare is a charming, rural town of 8,954 people, transformed from several prosperous villages into one. Weare is characterized by its tranquil atmosphere and flourishing wildlife, which is able to prosper due to the rigorous upkeep of Weare's natural resources. Previously named Beverly-Canada after the Canadian wars, the town of Weare features a variety of lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, in addition to its beautiful forested areas. With a violent crime rate of only 13.4%, those living in Weare are comfortable in the near-certainty of complete safety, especially with property crimes occurring with a frequency of 83% below average. Perfect for families with children, Weare is one of the most enjoyable and absolute safest places to live in New Hampshire.

8,954 Population
4 Violent Crimes
42 Property Crimes

4. SANDOWN

Only 20 miles from the coast and 14.4 miles in total, Sandown is beautiful and cozy with elegant houses lining its clean, rustic streets. Sundown’s residents enjoy knowing that their property crime rate is just over 16% of the national average. Paired with the security of property, residents of Sundown are also able to relax without the fear of rampant violent crime, as they occur only .63 times out of every 1,000 people. Being able to unwind in a safe town that’s likely to show up on a postcard is an absolutely ideal situation. Being so close to the ocean is an additional bonus, as camping and day trips are always pleasurable experiences.

6,311 Population
4 Violent Crimes
29 Property Crimes

5. DURHAM

Durham is an alluring place that’s situated over 28.4 square miles, 2.4 of which are covered by water. In Durham, the likelihood of being affected by a property crime is only 16% - the ideal place to live for both security concerns and aesthetic appeal. Durham features many places to camp, specifically by the ocean. Because of its rural flavor, Durham is perfect for those seeking the comfort and reliability that only a small town made of hard-working people and prosperous wildlife can offer.

16,052 Population
12 Violent Crimes
73 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in New Hampshire, 2017

1. Atkinson

11. Barrington

21. Loudon

31. Alton

41. Gilford

2. Hampstead

12. Litchfield

22. Jaffrey

32. Amherst

42. Portsmouth

3. Weare

13. New Ipswich

23. Raymond

33. Goffstown

43. Farmington

4. Sandown

14. Merrimack

24. Londonderry

34. Dover

44. Hooksett

5. Durham

15. Kingston

25. Milford

35. Rindge

45. Concord

6. Brookline

16. Bow

26. Hudson

36. Nashua

46. Meredith

7. Hollis

17. Peterborough

27. Hampton

37. Derry

47. Epping

8. Windham

18. Auburn

28. Hillsborough

38. Pembroke

48. Seabrook

9. Exeter

19. Pelham

29. Wolfeboro

39. Plaistow

49. Claremont

10. Hopkinton

20. Hanover

30. Wakefield

40. Bedford

​50. Newport

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in New Hampshire, 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.

3 The Safest Cities in Missouri, 2017

A state full of wide open plains and forested mountains, Missouri features a plethora of rustic atmospheres with majestic views that are perfect for camping and exploring - in addition to bustling cities for those that prefer the constant socialization of concrete jungles. Located in the Midwest, Missouri offers a great deal of museums, featuring history and wildlife, with the newest addition being a botanical garden. With all the fantastic attractions, Missouri is the perfect place to both live and constantly explore.

26,562 avg population
4 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
32 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  GREENWOOD

This vibrant little town of 5,541 people comes packed with culture and history that’s upheld by its proud citizens and well-oiled community upkeep - which includes regular events, parks and recreation, community litter control, and wildlife preservation. The property crime rate comes in at 86.6% lower than national average and violent crimes only occur 32.2% as often as the American average. The community of Greenwood holds regular meetings to discuss the state of the town which contributes to maintaining the safety of its people and natural wildlife and ensuring those within the community are satisfied.

5,541 Population
6 Violent Crimes
21 Property Crimes

2. BONNE TERRE

Once home to one of the richest lead ore mines in the world, Bonne Terre is now a tranquil town with some of the lowest violent crime rates in Missouri at 12.8% of the national average. Bonne Terra features what has previously been named one of "America's Best Underwater Attractions” - the mine from the 1870's - which can be explored by boat with the help of a tour guide. The 7,058 residents of Bonne Terra are able to relax in comfort that can only be provided by a crime rate that’s significantly lower than that of the national average - property crime comes in at 76.4% under America's average crime rate.

7,058 Population
3 Violent Crimes
47 Property Crimes

3. BALLWIN

Located in St. Louis county, Ballwin is a stunningly beautiful suburb of 30,526 people and spread out over 9 miles. Ballwin maintains the absolute lowest violent crime rate in Missouri, at just 8.65% of the national average. Sprinkled with several parks and at least 5 elementary schools, Ballwin is a wonderful place for families. Ballwin real estate is truly appreciable, presenting a variety of stately houses which are especially beautiful during the winter months, when snow dusts roofs and lawns. The rolling hills and houses range from elegant to subdued and offer the variety that makes Ballwin an ideal place to settle down - especially becuse it experienced more than 70% fewer property crimes than the country's average.

30,526 Population
9 Violent Crimes
245 Property Crimes

4. SAVANNAH

Small Town Living at its Best" is the slogan for this charming town of 5,142. The history of Savannah and its low crime rate - in addition to small town comfort - are a few of the more appealing aspects of this lovely little place. It’s real estate, with well-lept historical buildings and huge trees, is protected by its low property crime rate - just under 30% of the national average. The autumn months leave the town of Savannah appearing as if it’s lost in a vibrant hurricane of reds and oranges and the eventual snowfall makes its rustic buildings look staged. With violent crimes 82.7% less likely to occur than average in America, Savannah is one of the safest and most beautiful places in Missouri to settle.

5,142 Population
3 Violent Crimes
42 Property Crimes

5. SMITHVILLE


Once named "Smith's Mill" after founding settler Humphrey Smith, Smithville's name was changed to its current pronunciation for the sake of ease. While its population remained fairly steady between 1880 and 1970, the 1980's marked the beginning of a massive population growth, growing from about 2,300 to the 9,278 that is is today. While the property crime rate is slightly more than other towns in Missouri, it still falls 67.9% below the national average. Smithville features a 7,190 acre lake that offers camping and the community does its part to maintain fish and wildlife health and safety. When it comes to violent crimes, it’s only 16.1% of the national average.

9,278 Population
5 Violent Crimes
89 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Missouri, 2017

1. Greenwood

11. Ladue

21. Parkville

31. Lee's Summit

41. Bowling Green

2. Bonne Terre

12. Willard

22. Manchester

32. Battlefield

42. Republic

3. Ballwin

13. Creve Coeur

23. Ellisville

33. Eureka

43. Marshall

4. Savannah

14. Waynesville

24. Shrewsbury

34. Pacific

44. Pevely

5. Smithville

15. Wentzville

25. Kirkwood

35. Liberty

45. Odessa

6. Kearney

16. Raymore

26. Grain Valley

36. Jackson

46. Florissant

7. Webster Groves

17. Nixa

27. Lake St. Louis

37. Maryland Heights

47. Chillicothe

8. Pleasant Hill

18. Carl Junction

28. Olivette

38. Park Hills

48. Kirksville

9. O'Fallon

19. Maryville

29. Clayton

39. Cameron

49. Crestwood

10. Town and Country

20. Chesterfield

30. Oak Grove

40. St. Peters

50. St. Charles

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Missouri, 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 New Jersey, 2017

Chock-full of both sprawling metropolises and farmland, plus ferry boats, engaging museums, quiet towns and sunny beaches, New Jersey is both incredibly beautiful and highly industrious. New Jersey isn’t the first state that comes to mind when considering safety; however, many places within the state actually have significantly lower crime rates than the majority of America. The most densely populated state in relation to size in the entire country, the Garden State of New Jersey is recognized by its constant growth towards an overall more successful and impactful future. Fun fact: New Jersey maintains the most diners in one area compared to the rest of the world, and is sometimes referred to as the "Diner Capital" because of it.

23,355 avg population
1 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
14 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, MORRIS COUNTY

Washington Township in Morris County is an absolutely beautiful town, spanning almost 45 miles and housing 18,745 residents. Washington Township maintains a violent crime rate just under 97% below the national average, and, similarly, property crimes remain about 93% below. This town is incredibly family friendly and holds regular events for all ages. Everyone is very involved when it comes to the community as volunteering and an overarching kindness has become staple. It’s also a magnificent place to revel in nature, as the gorgeous forests and rivers are regularly cleaned of litter by volunteers.

18,745 Population
2 Violent Crimes
33 Property Crimes

2. PARK RIDGE

Park Ridge is 2.6 square miles of lovely little borough and home to 8,872 people. Those residing in Park Ridge are proud of their community, with the likelihood of being affected by a violent crime at just 3.3%. With a property crime rate 93.2% lower than average for America, Park Ridge is not only beautiful and historically wealthy, but the second safest place to live in New Jersey. Fun fact: Park Ridge features many historic sites and houses, along with the world's only wampum drilling machine - a wooden invention made to drill through hair pipe shells so they could be worn as breastplates.

8,872 Population
1 Violent Crimes
17 Property Crimes

3. MENDHAM TOWNSHIP

If you’re looking for water and security, Mendham Township is the place for you. This quaint town of 17.8 square miles and 5,889 people is absolutely full of babbling brooks, silver streams, rambunctious rivers, and - once - an abundance of natural minerals. Property crimes in Mendham Township are 92.8% less likely to happen than the national average and violent crimes actually - thanks to the reliability of Mendham Township residents - are 95% less likely to occur than the American average. Though Mendham has changed significantly since first being industrialized, it’s maintained a rustic, rural atmosphere. With carefully preserved houses and farms, those in Mendham Township appreciate the separation from urban areas - living much more simply and happily.

5,889 Population
1 Violent Crimes
12 Property Crimes

4. NEW HANOVER TOWNSHIP

Boasting a low property crime rate of only 4.8%, New Hanover Township is one of the most safe and secure towns in New Jersey. The 22.4 miles that make up this beautiful, green town of 7,227 features impressive houses and countless opportunities for residents, as well as tourists. New Hanover Township is as charming as it is safe, with sprawling barns and a variety of parks to explore. Its violent crime average is just 16.4% below the average for America, making New Hanover Township incredibly safe for everyone in it. Most everyone residing in New Hanover Township is very involved in the community which only emphasizes the closeness and security of the town.

7,227 Population
4 Violent Crimes
10 Property Crimes

5. WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, BERGEN GOUNTY

One of five "Washington Township" municipalities, the Berger County Township of Washington is just as beautiful as the other four, and significantly safer than three. An impressive 9,341 people are packed into town of just less than 3 square miles, working together to keep the violent crime rate at a mere 3.2%, and - while a bit more frequent than other towns in New Jersey - the property crime rate remains at just 10.2%. The winding streets offer a break from the frantic highways that surround the town and one of the many interests on the Township of Washington includes "Seven Chimneys," where George Washington is rumored to have stayed in at some point. Though progress must continue, the Township of Washington is working to preserve the stunning 18th century houses and historic areas, and keep the town homey and safe.

9,341 Population
1 Violent Crimes
27 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey, 2017

1. Washington Township, Morris County

11. Clinton Township

21. Mountainside

31. Branchburg Township

41. Glen Rock

2. Park Ridge

12. Chatham Township

22. Sparta Township

32. Montgomery Township

42. Holland Township 

3. Mendham Township

13. Mendham

23. Ridgefield

33. Randolph Township

43. Fanwood

4. New Hanover Township

14. Monroe Township, Middlesex County

24. Byram Township

34. Bergenfield

44. Oakland

5. Washington Township, Bergen County

15. Cresskill

25. Mahwah Township

35. Closter

45. Raritan Township

6. Montvale

16. Colts Neck Township

26. New Milford

36. Dumont

46. Hillsborough Township

7. Bernards Township

17. Warren Township

27. Madison

37. Upper Saddle River

47. Denville Township

8. Old Tappan

18. Chesterfield Township

28. Wyckoff Township

38. Franklin Lakes

48. Waterford Township

9. Kinnelon

19. Long Hill Township

29. Woolwich Township

39. Oradell

49. North Haledon

10. Hillsdale

20. Wood-Ridge

30. Emerson

40. Ringwood

​50. Hasbrouck Heights

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in New Jersey, 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.