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The Safest Cities in South Dakota, 2017

Home to one of the nation's most-cherished memorials, horizon-spanning plains, and the storied town of Deadwood, The Mount Rushmore State (its official nickname) remains to this day a personification of the American frontier. While South Dakota is the 17th largest state in the union, it's also the 5th-least populated, allowing visitors to experience its boundless natural beauty in the form of roaming buffalo and stunning national parks, including the Badlands and the Black Hills. Also awaiting to be experienced are the grandiose Crazy Horse Memorial, which hopes to become the world's largest sculpture upon completion, and the charming city of Sioux Falls, which sits on the 400-mile-long Big Sioux River and remains one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.

28,614 avg population
3 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
24 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.  MADISON

As the safest city in South Dakota, Madison is home to a close-knit community of 7,282 people. You won't catch any riffraff getting into shenanigans around here, since the violent crime rate is about three times lower than the state average at 1.1 instances per 1,000 people. The property crime rate also remains about three times lower than the state average, at 8.51 per 1,000 people. When locals aren't spending their time avoiding getting into trouble, you can probably catch them cheering on their squad at a Dakota State University game.

7,282 Population
8 Violent Crimes
62 Property Crimes

2. BELLE FOURCHE

One of the safest cities in the state, Belle Fourche also has the distinction of being located near the geographic center of the 50 United States. Perched on northern slopes of the famous Black Hills, the city of 5,733 residents is a regional trade center that receives travelers from adjacent Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota. It's also plenty safe, registering only 9 violent crimes and 57 property crimes per year.

5,733 Population
9 Violent Crimes
57 Property Crimes

3. BROOKINGS

With a population of 22,056 residents, Brookings may not be a huge metropolitan hub, yet it remains the fourth-largest city in the beautiful state of South Dakota. Locals can tell you it's a safe place to live, since it only experiences 1.06 instances of violent crime per 1,000 people, in addition to a low rate of property crime (16.68 per 1,000 people). Residents enjoy cheering on the Brookings Blizzard North American Hockey League team, as well as teams from the city's South Dakota State University. In the summer, the Brookings Summer Arts Festival is a great place to let loose.

23,501 Population
25 Violent Crimes
392 Property Crimes

4. BOX ELDER

Home to the Ellsworth Air Force base, Box Elder is one of the safest cities in the state. Also known as the Gateway to the Black Hills, the city is centrally located between the Badlands and Black Hills National Parks, and also boasts a relatively young population of 9,614. Residents can feel as safe as a deposit box in a bank vault here, since there are only 12.9 instances of property crime per 1,000 people, and only 28 violent crimes per year.

9,614 Population
28 Violent Crimes
124 Property Crimes

5. VERMILLION

Located in southeast South Dakota near the Nebraska border, Vermillion is a city of 10,732 that's perched atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. It's also the state's major academic hub, boasting the University of South Dakota, as well as the state's only medical and law schools. Yeah, it's kind of a big deal, but it's also very safe, experiencing only 22 violent crimes per year and 21.52 property crimes per 1,000 people annually. Locals rave about the National Music Museum, which contains more than 15,000 instruments.

10,732 Population
22 Violent Crimes
231 Property Crimes

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The Top 15 Safest Cities in South Dakota, 2017

1. Madison

11. Watertown

2. Belle Fourche

12. Sioux Falls

3. Brookings

13. Mitchell

4. Box Elder

14. Pierre

5. Vermillion

15. Rapid City

6. Aberdeen

7. Spearfish

8. Sturgis

9. Yankton

10. Huron

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in South 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.

The Safest Cities in Wisconsin, 2017

Nestled between several Great Lakes and second only to Michigan in the length of Great Lake coastline lies “America’s Dairyland,” Wisconsin. Known for its production of dairy in addition to the picturesque scenery, Wisconsin was home to beloved actors including Gene Wilder, and cherished musician Steve Miller, and likewise, the Green Bay Packers.This truly spectacular state features some of the country's most impressive scenery, including waterfalls, mountains, lakes, and during Autumn, intensely colored trees. To truly appreciate Wisconsin, it’s important to fully immerse yourself into the culture, as Wisconsin is home to some of the most deeply hidden treasures, like secret waterfalls, small art galleries, and many other engaging gems.

25,177 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
20 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.  OCONOMOWOC TOWN

Of all Oconomowoc Town’s 32.6 square miles, 3.3 of them are water. This quaint town is full of cookie-cutter houses and green, manicured lawns, with the population at 8,654. For the last three years, Oconomowoc Town has been rated the safest place to live within the state of Wisconsin, due to the lowest crime rates in the state, primarily because of the diligence the people residing the in the town when it comes to neighborhood watch. A whopping 93% fewer violent crimes occur in Oconomowoc Town when compared to the U.S. average, with a similarly high lack in property crimes, at 11.5%. If the small town charm in itself doesn't appeal, the near complete absence of crime will.

8,654 Population
1 Violent Crimes
19 Property Crimes

2. FREEDOM

Tucked right between Appleton and Greenbay, Freedom is home to 6,062 people, and named after an escaped slave that found his freedom within the town. All 35.75 miles of this town are maintained by the kind people that live within its bounds, and events are held regularly at their various cafes, theaters and breweries. The likelihood of your property being damaged through crime is only 8.18%, which may be part of the reason Freedom citizens are so comfortable. Because of its charm and ability to maintain minimal crime, Freedom is rapidly expanding and making room for more residents every day. This progressive town rests in Fox Valley, and is highlighted by not only its wonderful education system, but also the crime rate that falls far below the US average, at 4.3%.

6,062 Population
1 Violent Crimes
14 Property Crimes

3. MUKAWONAGO TOWN

This town of 8,115 people offers lush fields and natural freshwater springs, in addition to the agriculture that brought the town to life. The 31 land miles of Mukawonago Town feature beautiful architecture to compliment the rolling hills, and a clear lake, plus the springs that make up the remaining mile of water. While Mukwonago Town’s violent crime rate is a bit higher than some of Wisconsin’s other towns at 18.5%, Mukawonago Town still boasts a very low property crime rate for its population, at 8.29%. The almost ethereal charm of Mukwomago Town, paired with the lack of offense, makes this place perfect for anyone to settle down into.

8,115 Population
8 Violent Crimes
114 Property Crimes

4. MUSKEGO

Muskego is a beautiful city at almost 36 miles, containing three lakes and no shortage of pleasant views. Once home to the fastest roller coaster in the world, Muskego now maintains a more subtle energy and some of the lowest crime rates in Wisconsin, at just 9.55%. The many parks offer a place to relax and enjoy the scenery, and the many children present are a gentle reminder that the 24,738 citizens of Muskego have very little to worry about in the areas of crime, especially due to the property crime average of just 16.3%. Muskego is a wonderful city for both exploring and unwinding, as the city is constantly looking for ways to improve and expand, as well as maintain the aspects that make it safe.

24,738 Population
8 Violent Crimes
114 Property Crimes

5. HOBART-LAWRENCE

For 13,233 citizens, Hobart-Lawrence is home, and for good reason. Property crime is so infrequent that only 68 of 1,000 people have contributed to the problem, which makes Hobart-Lawrence an ideal city for safety. Along with the absolutely sunning display the trees put on every Autumn and the wildlife that frequents Fox River, Hobart-Lawrence boasts the second lowest violent crime rate in Wisconsin. Violent crimes occur only rarely, making the average 95.53% less frequent than the American average. This steadily growing town is the perfect place to relax, partially due to the comfortable, country atmosphere.

13,233 Population
2 Violent Crimes
68 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Wisconsin, 2017

1. Oconomowoc Town

11. Altoona

21. New Berlin

31. Oconomowoc

41. Ripon

2. Freedom

12. Mequon

22. Fox Valley Metro

32. Menomonee Falls

42. Stoughton

3. Mukwonago Town

13. Elm Grove

23. Deforest

33. Grafton

43. Milton

4. Muskego

14. Port Washington

24. Whitefish Bay

34. Kaukauna

44. Evansville

5. Hobart-Lawrence

15. Cottage Grove

25. Fox Point

35. Sturgeon Bay

45. Chippewa Falls

6. Kronenwetter

16. Sturtevant

26. Holmen

36. McFarland

46. Plover

7. Oregon

17. West Salem

27. Geneva Town

37. Twin Lakes

47. Waupun

8. Jackson

18. Sheboygan Falls

28. Caledonia

38. Verona

48. Edgerton

9. Waunakee

19. Cedarburg

29. North Fond du Lac

39. Beloit Town

49. Everest

10. Grand Rapids

20. Hartland

30. Menasha

40. Middleton

​50. Slinger

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Wisconsin, 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 Michigan, 2017

Michigan is known as the Great Lake State. It touches four of the five Great Lakes (all but Ontario) and - with over 3,000 miles - it has more freshwater coastline than any province of any country in the world. No point in Michigan is further than six miles from a lake or river. Michigan has 10,083 inland lakes and the world’s only floating post office (it delivers mail to ships that pass under the Ambassador Bridge). Michigan is also known for its automobile industry. Michigan is the top ranked state for production of motor vehicles and parts. It has automobile plants in Dearborn, Detroit, Flint, Lansing, and Pontiac. Fun fact (almost): In 1846, Michigan abolished the death penalty; the first state to do so.

28,223 avg population
3 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.  ADRIAN TOWNSHIP

Adrian Township is a charter of Lenawee County. Logan Township was renamed Adrian Township to match the name of the primary village. It’s a quiet, charming town that focuses on old-fashioned values. Adrian Township’s rating is approximately 94% lower than the state average. It reported one (1) violent crime or 0.16 per 1,000 people compared to the state average of three (3) per 1,000 people. Their property crime rate was 1.26 per 1,000 people with eight (8) reported incidents while the state average came in at 18 per 1,000 people."

6,352 Population
1 Violent Crimes
8 Property Crimes

2. GROSSE ILE TOWNSHIP

Grosse Ile Township is comprised of several islands in the Detroit River. Its name is French for “Fat Island.” Grosse Ile Township’s rating is approximately 86% lower than the state average. It had one (1) violent crime (0.10 per 1,000 people) 34 incidents of property crime (3.35 per 1,000 people).

10,140 Population
1 Violent Crimes
34 Property Crimes

3. OAKLAND TOWNSHIP

Oakland Township is also a charter on the outskirts of metro Detroit. It has the distinction of being one of Michigan’s oldest townships because it’s one of the original 25 townships in the Michigan Territory. Oakland Township’s crime rating is approximately 85% lower than the state average. It had six (6) violent crimes (0.31 per 1,000 people vs. the state average of 3 per 1,000) and 59 incidents of property crime (3.05 per 1,000 people vs. the state average of 18 per 1,000).

19,357 Population
6 Violent Crimes
59 Property Crimes

4. THETFORD TOWNSHIP

Thetford Township received a rating of 137.98, which is approximately 82% lower than the state average of 772. It reported nine (9) violent crimes, giving it a violent crime rating of 1.34 per 1,000 people where the state average is 3 per 1,000 people. The reported number of property crimes came in at ten (10) or 1.48 per 1,000 people where the state average is 18 per 1,000 people.

6,740 Population
9 Violent Crimes
10 Property Crimes

5. HAMBURG TOWNSHIP

Hamburg Township was named after the hometown of its founders: Hamburg, Germany. It’s home to five miles of Lakelands trails that its residents love and use for biking and hiking. Brighton State Recreation Area also offers campsites, swimming, and a boating on Bishop Lake. Hamburg Township’s safety raiting is approximately 80% lower than the state average. It reported 11 violent crimes (0.50 per 1,000 people vs. state average of 3 per 1,000 people). There were 85 reported incidents of property crime or 3.89 per 1,000 people, as opposed to state averages of 643 reported incidents, or 18 per 1,000 people.

21,825 Population
11 Violent Crimes
85 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Michigan, 2017

1. Adrian Township

11. Huntington Woods

21. Rochester Hills

31. Montrose Township

41. Plymouth Township

2. Grosse Ile Township

12. Petoskey

22. Addison Township

32. East Grand Rapids

42. Shelby Township 

3. Oakland Township

13. Oxford Township

23. Commerce Township

33. Chocolay Township

43. Lyon Township

4. Thetford Township

14. Napoleon Township

24. Plymouth

34. Bloomfield Township

44. New Baltimore

5. Hamburg Township

15. Orion Township

25. Independence Township

35. Grosse Pointe Farms

45. White Lake Township

6. Flushing Township

16. Milford

26. Spring Arbor Township

36. Birmingham

46. Northville

7. Beverly Hills

17. Clawson

27. Chelsea

37. Richfield Township

47. Farmington

8. Raisin Township

18. Rochester

28. Walled Lake

38. St. Louis

48. Columbia Township

9. Brandon Township

19. Springfield Township

29. Highland Township

39. Clayton Township

49. Belding

10. South Lyon

20. West Bloomfield Township

30. Argentine Township

40. St. Johns

​50. Kingsford

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Michigan, 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 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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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.