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The Safest Cities in Colorado, 2017

Safest Cities in Colorado

Colorado is also called “The Switzerland of the United States” because of its high elevation and stunning mountain views. Colorado is a very popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With 222 wildlife areas, you’ll find hiking, mountain climbing, camping, and so much more. People also flock to Colorado for its renowned skiing and snowboarding. In fact, its mountain peaks are so strikingly beautiful that they served as the inspiration for “America The Beautiful.” Colorado is known as the “Centennial State” because it joined the union 100 years after the Declaration of Independence. It’s an epicenter for ethnic diversity, home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, has the most microbreweries per capita than any other state, and claims the invention of the cheeseburger.

1.6% of U.S. population
2.58 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
6.5% above average U.S. property crime rate

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.  JOHNSTOWN

Johnstown lies just north of Denver. At 13.5 square miles with 14,300 people, it’s about four times smaller than the state average. Also lower than the state average is the amount of crime. Johnstown is the safest city in the state with only three reported violent crimes. There were 68 property crimes, six times less than the state average. They are known as, “The Community that Cares” and its newly renovated downtown brings people together with county fairs and carnivals. With two great school systems, this town is clearly a wonderful place to live.

14,300 Population
3 Violent Crimes
68 Property Crimes

2. FREDERICK

Twenty miles away from Johnstown you’ll find another impressive city. It’s similar in size at 13 square miles and has a population around 11,563. There were only nine reported violent crimes and 73 reported property crimes. Frederick offers a wide variety of annual events, including a Community BBQ Tour, Deck the Downtown, DIY Day, Festival of Lights, Miners Day, Chainsaws & Chuckwagons, and the Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival. Not only does Frederick foster a strong sense of community, they support local artists with over 40 art installations throughout the city.

11,563 Population
1 Violent Crimes
73 Property Crimes

3. LOUISVILLE

Just outside of Boulder is a small city called Louisville. Lousiville started as a small mining town in 1877 and has now grown into a thriving city with much to offer. Despite its size at eight square miles it’s quite bustling. It has over 20,000 people, 26 city parks, 1,800 acres of open space, 26 miles of trails, and a state-of-the-art library with one of the highest circulation rates in the state. The Steinbaugh Pavilion brings people together year round, serving as a concert venue in the summer and an ice rink in the winter. With a median family income of $92,121, the quality of life is great in Louisville with only 16 reported violent crimes.

20,556 Population
16 Violent Crimes
115 Property Crimes

4. FIRESTONE

Butted up right next to Frederick and close to Johnstown, it’s no surprise that Firestone is also one of the safest cities in Colorado. With 11,880 people, they only had four reported violent crimes and 82 property crimes. It has grown tremendously since 2000, when there were only 1,908 people - a 622% increase in 16 years. All summer long they host Food & Flick Friday where the community comes together to eat and watch a movie in the park. St. Vrain State Park offers hiking, fishing, and is known for being a home for the Blue Heron. A beautiful mountainous skyline to the West serves as the ‘cherry on top’ of this incredible city.

11,880 Population
4 Violent Crimes
82 Property Crimes

5. ERIE

Erie, located next to Firestone and Frederick, is a fun town to live in. They have all kinds of events that bring the community together, including the Miners Blast celebration, the Pilgrimage Run, the Erie Brewfest, and concerts in the park. There’s a thriving farmer’s market, free fitness classes at the community center, and an indoor pool with a lazy river and water slide - which all promotes a healthy lifestyle. It’s a prestigious and friendly city to live in with big, beautiful homes, well-kept neighborhoods, and phenomenal schools. This city of 21,096 residents had only 19 violent crimes and 143 property crimes.

21,096 Population
19 Violent Crimes
143 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Colorado, 2017

1. Johnstown

11. Parker

21. Evans

31. Cortez

41. Brighton

2. Frederick

12. Estes Park

22. Woodland Park

32. Craig

42. Commerce City

3. Louisville

13. Centennial

23. Littleton

33. Greeley

43. Delta

4. Firestone

14. Cherry Hills Village

24. Arvada

34. Northglenn

44. Montrose

5. Erie

15. Castle Rock

25. Salida

35. Fountain

45. Colorado Springs

6. Eagle

16. Lochbuie

26. Steamboat Springs

36. Manitou Springs

46. Aspen

7. Milliken

17. Broomfield

27. Fort Collins

37. Westminster

47. Greenwood Village

8. Windsor

18. Fruita

28. Loveland

38. Aurora

48. Sterling

9. Fort Lupton

19. Golden

29. Boulder

39. Gunnison

49. Denver

10. Gypsum

20. Monument

30. Avon

40. Durango

50. Grand Junction

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Colorado, 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 Delaware, 2017

Safest Cities in Delaware

Despite being the second smallest state, most people are surprised to find out that Delaware is the sixth most densely populated one in the U.S. It sits on the Eastern seaboard, with 28 miles of coastline (381 if you count the Delaware River). Because of its proximity to the ocean, it has the lowest mean elevation of any other state, reaching a maximum of 450 feet above sea level. It was one of the original 13 colonies and the first to ratify the Constitution of the United States earning it the title, “The First State.” Due to its small size, it only has three counties, New Castle, Kent, and Sussex - but no shortage of attractions. Beaches upon beaches line the coast and vacationers from the surrounding areas flock here in the summer. The World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition is held in a different location every year and has been going strong since 1986. There’s also a Chocolate Festival, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, and many others.

0.28% of U.S. population
7.15 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
38.6 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.  ELSMERE

This quaint little town of nearly 6,000 occupies a single square mile. They have a very personalized school system, with a 14:1 student to teacher ratio, and it shows in their grades. Every year they host an Easter egg hunt, a Halloween Spooktacular, movies in the park, and even an annual dog fair. These charming community events make Elsmere a “Wonderful place to live!” Elsmere is one of the safest in Delaware with only 14 reported violent crimes. As for property crime, there were 106 incidences, less than half of the state’s average.

6,158 Population
14 Violent Crimes
106 Property Crimes

2. NEWARK

Ten miles west of Elsemere, closer to the border of Maryland, is the bustling city of Newark. This densely populated city is only 8.8 square miles and home to over 33,000 people. Here you’ll find single-family homes tucked inside beautiful, wooded neighborhoods. Three signers of the Declaration of Independence were raised in Newark and, in the 60’s, Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae star, was an assembly line worker at a local car plant. Another intriguing person that came from Newark is Harry Wesley Coover, Jr., inventor of Super Glue and the holder of 460 other patents. Newark’s vibrant social scene promotes togetherness with city summer camps, The Taste of Newark, and the 5k Five & Wine. State parks and nature preserves around the city offer trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. There’s plenty to do and worrying about safety isn’t necessarily one of them.

33,392 Population
88 Violent Crimes
628 Property Crimes

3. MIDDLETOWN

Middletown is a quickly growing community, adding more land and more affluent housing developments which subsequently attracts new residents. It’s very clear that this city has a great sense of humor and a vibrant spirit. Every year, the Olde-Tyme Peach Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors which closes down Main Street. It’s also host to the M.O.T Big Ball Marathon in which runners complete for 24 hours straight to raise money for charity. Also noteworthy, The Dead Poets Society, one of Robin Williams’ iconic movies, was filmed here, as was an episode of The West Wing.

20,153 Population
72 Violent Crimes
513 Property Crimes

4. SMYRNA

In the last 15 years, Smyrna has seen a population boom of over 200% but still remains one of the safest cities in the state. Syrna was originally named Duck Creek Cross Roads, a major port between Wilmington and Lewes. When the shipping industry took a dive in the 1800’s it switched its focus to agriculture and changed its name to Smyrna. It has a large collection of nationally recognized Historic Places which you’ll find along Main Street - brick buildings, bell towers, and other incredible architectural details. Balancing the old with the new, you’ll find modern cul-de-sacs with neighborhoods that foster a rich sense of community. Balancing the new with nature, the city has various nature preserves, parks, beaches, and, of course, a thriving farmers market.

11,447 Population
53 Violent Crimes
302 Property Crimes

5. NEW CASTLE

History buffs, make sure you put this on your list of places to live or visit. Originally settled by the Dutch West India Company in the 1600’s, New Castle began as a trade port along the Delaware river. Its history is visible throughout the city. Large colonial homes and stunning brick buildings make up their Historic District. Battery Park offers a beach and a beautiful view of the Delaware River.

5,392 Population
20 Violent Crimes
203 Property Crimes

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The Top 10 Safest Cities in Delaware, 2017

1. Elsmere

2. Newark

3. Middletown

4. Smyrna

5. New Castle

6. Dover

7. Georgetown

8. Seaford

9. Milford

10. Wilmington

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Delaware, 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 Connecticut, 2017

Safest Cities in Connecticut

Though small, Connecticut has a lot to offer - the exquisite coastline of the Long Island Sound, beautiful colonial homes set amongst rolling hills, and the bustling city of Hartford - this state has no shortage of history and charm. With only eight counties, it’s the third smallest state by area, but it boasts the highest per-capita income, human development index, and median household income. Connecticut is usually grouped in with New York and New Jersey in what is known as the Tri-State area. Settled by English Puritans from Massachusetts in 1633, it was the 5th state to be established and is known as the “Constitution State.” Its $4 billion yearly from tourism is mainly from those visiting the Long Island Sound, which runs along the majority of the Southeast side of the state. The Long Island Sound offers not only gorgeous beaches and lighthouses, but the John P. Humes Japanese gardens, the birthplace of Walt Whitman, and various nature preserves. Connecticut is also home to the oldest public library and the inventions of the Polaroid camera, helicopter, and television.

1.1% of U.S. population
1.3 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
16.16 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.  WILTON

This small town in the Southwestern part of Connecticut is part of Fairfield County and borders New York. It’s a beautiful place to live, with wide open spaces and historic architecture everywhere you turn. Wilton offers the perfect environment for raising a family. For starters, there was only one reported violent crime. It was only in 2003 that it allowed restaurants to serve alcohol, taking it from a “dry” county to a “damp” one. With an average household income of over $300,000, Wilton has some of the best schools in the country, most of which are rated at least 9/10. It’s no wonder why so many families flock to this area, including famous people like actor Christopher Walken.

18,851 Population
1 Violent Crimes
75 Property Crimes

2. RIDGEFIELD

Just a 15-minute drive north from Wilton lies the very similar Ridgefield, nestled at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Its mile-long stream still holds the 20th century charm and stunning colonial estates dotted throughout the city. Every year they hold an Nutmeg Festival along with antique flea markets and farmers markets in the summer months. Ridgefield High School is ranked as the 5th best school in the entire state. It’s a community-oriented town with an exemplary safety rating - only two reported instances of violent crime.

25,339 Population
2 Violent Crimes
105 Property Crimes

3. CANTON

The city of Canton may be small in population but there is nothing little about this city. Located Northwest of Hartford, it has a population of 10,358 and lots of wide-open forest. Perfect for those who love the outdoors, the Southwest corner lies along a river and lake. It’s also home to the Collinsville Canoe & Kayak store, the largest specialty canoe and kayak store in New England. The Parks & Recreation department is especially active here, offering a wide variety of classes, vacation camps, and sports programs for kids and adults. With a median household income, it’s a comfortable place to live, and with only one violent crime, Canton is one of the safest cities in the state.

10,358 Population
1 Violent Crimes
49 Property Crimes

4. SIMSBURY

Located in the upper region of Hartford County, Simsbury is one of the larger and more populous cities on our list. Its 24,093 residents are spread throughout little neighborhoods in forest groves and winding rivers. The Old Drake Flower Bridge is a must-see, with its hanging baskets and flowers. The Heublein Tower, one of the tallest points in the city, allows you to look over majestic, rolling hills and the Hartford skyline. Simsbury also has an incredible educational system, with the 4th best high school in the state along with many highly regarded private schools. Home to the International Skating Center of Connecticut, many professional skaters have lived and trained here, including Michelle Kwan, Alexei Yagudin, Sasha Cohen, and Oksana Baiul.

24,093 Population
3 Violent Crimes
131 Property Crimes

5. MONROE

Named after the 5th President of the United States, Monroe is located in Eastern Fairfield County. It’s become an increasingly popular place to live in the last 20 years and for good reason. Their school system is, again, among the best in the state. There’s lots of opportunity for outdoor activities, including bike trails, lakes, and mountains. There were only three reported violent crimes, so you can rest assured that a visit to The Warren’s Occult Museum (vast collection of occult artifacts and telling the story of the Ed and Lorrain Warren investigations) will be a safe one.

19,958 Population
3 Violent Crimes
113 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Connecticut, 2017

1. Wilton

11. Granby

21. Westport

31. Vernon

41. Berlin

2. Ridgefield

12. East Hampton

22. Darien

32. Wolcott

42. Plymouth

3. Canton

13. Coventry

23. Guilford

33. Wethersfield

43. Southington

4. Simsbury

14. Avon

24. Glastonbury

34. Wallingford

44. Rocky Hill

5. Monroe

15. Thomaston

25. Seymour

35. Woodbridge

45. Willimantic

6. Suffield

16. Plainfield

26. Shelton

36. Windsor Locks

46. Groton Town

7. Newtown

17. Portland

27. South Windsor

37. Fairfield

47. Middletown

8. Greenwich

18. Middlebury

28. North Branford

38. Putnam

48. West Haven

9. Cheshire

19. Brookfield

29. Old Saybrook

39. Stonington

49. Stamford

10. New Canaan

20. Bethel

30. New Milford

40. Windsor

50. Naugatuck

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Connecticut, 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 California, 2017

Safest Cities in California

California conjures up images of palm trees, sunshine, and a vast, blue ocean - a place of worry-free living and good times all around. It’s the home of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hollywood sign, and 840 miles of ocean shoreline (the 3rd longest shoreline in the United States). California also contains the most national parks in the U.S., including the Redwood National Park home of the tallest living tree, Hyperion, at 379 feet tall. California’s name was inspired by Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo’s 1510 novel which takes place in a tropical island paradise inhabited by beautiful Amazonian warriors... The Great Gold Rush (1848-1855) brought hundreds of thousands of settlers to California in search of fortune - and that hasn’t changed. Google, Facebook, Apple and the rest of Silicon Valley have helped make California the first trillion-dollar economy in the United States.

12% of U.S. population at 37 million
3.36 violent crimes per 1,000 people
9.8% below average U.S. property crime rate

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.  IMPERIAL

Sitting in the Southernmost county of California, Imperial is 5.9 square miles of desert, but what it's lacking in water it more than makes up for in community-building events. Imperial's residents rally together for cook offs, their annual Craft Beer Invitational, movies in the park, and an End of Summer Splash Bash. Imperial boasts below average crime rates all around. Its property crime rate is substantially lower at 3.1 per 1,000 persons compared to the state average of 25.66 and state average of 28.

17,338 Population
5 Violent Crimes
54 Property Crimes

2. LOS ALTOS HILLS 

Los Altos Hills literally translates to “The Tall Hills” and is, appropriately, filled with... rolling hills. Nestled near the Southern part of the San Francisco Bay area, it's only 8.8 square miles, however, that milage is 100% residential - by design. Los Altos Hills has instituted a successful ban on commercial zones in an effort to be a strictly residential city, with the exception of a book store on the college campus. It does not have a post office, library, or anything else of the sort. They've successfully made the community extremely people-oriented by offering a wide variety of programs for all ages. This has paid off as there was only one reported violent crime for the year. It is home to people like Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and Barry Bonds, the famous baseball player. Not surprisingly, this incredible city has a median income of $157,500.

8,485 Population
1 Violent Crimes
60 Property Crimes

3. RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

Located in Orange County, Rancho Santa Margarita is one of the youngest communities in California. It sits on 13 square miles of land and its weather emulates a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters that rarely go below freezing. Most of the neighborhoods are run by homeowners associations which help maintain certain levels of quality and safety - probably why they're in the top three safest cities this year.

49,719 Population
44 Violent Crimes
303 Property Crimes

4. ALISO VIEJO

Aliso Viejo translates to "Old Alder" and was named after the expansive forests of white alder trees that inhabit the area. This Orange County city was a planned one, booming from 7,612 people in 1990 to 50,751 people in 2016 - an increase of 667%. It's small, at 7.5 square miles, and, like many others in Southern California, contains 0% water. Aliso Viejo's low crime rates are probably why annual events like their Spring Kick-Off Party and Snow Fest are so successful. Of course, the beautiful mountain range views only help make this community an even better place to live in. 

50,751 Population
32 Violent Crimes
363 Property Crimes

5. LAGUNA WOODS

Less than a 2-minute bus ride from Aliso Viejo and a 20-minute ride to Laguna Beach (one of California's most famous) is another city that has a lot in common with its predecessor, especially when it comes to safety ratings. In addition to its low crime rates, this 6.6 square mile city has a significantly lower unemployment rate than the rest of the state - 3.8% compared with Orange County's 5.8%, and California’s at 8.5%. Although smaller than its counterpart, it offers 58 restaurants with a wide range of cuisines, Fossil Reef Park (a 17 million year old preservation that hosts 48 species of marine fossil vertebrates), and an incredible children’s museum called Pretend City where children are encouraged to use their imagination and work together. 

16,501 Population
5 Violent Crimes
141 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in California, 2017

1. Imperial

11. Yorba Linda

21. Orinda

31. Villa Park

41. Mill Valley

2. Los Altos Hills

12. La Habra Heights

22. Calabasas

32. Lake Forest

42. San Juan Capistrano

3. Rancho Santa Margarita

13. Hillsborough

23. Truckee

33. Bear Valley

43. Chino Hills

4. Aliso Viejo

14. Los Altos

24. San Ramon

34. San Clemente

44. La Canada Flintridge

5. Laguna Woods

15. Moorpark

25. Moraga

35. Thousand Oaks

45. Irvine

6. Ione

16. Danville

26. Sierra Madre

36. Clayton

46. Agoura Hills

7. Canyon Lake

17. Saratoga

27. Atherton

37. Rancho Palos Verdes

47. Diamond Bar

8. Foster City

18. Laguna Niguel

28. Walnut

38. Simi Valley

48. Guadalupe

9. Tiburon

19. Poway

29. Mission Viejo

39. Lincoln

49. Kensington

10. Ojai

20. Buellton

30. Palos Verdes Estates

40. Rolling Hills Estates

50. Carpinteria

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in California, 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 Arizona, 2017

Safest Cities in Arizona

Arizona is known for being hot, dry, and home to some of the most beautiful places on earth. Vibrant blue waterfalls, stunning canyons, and bright blue skies are main draws for many who vacation (and live) there. It contains sprawling deserts, yes, but it also has 11.2 million acres of national forest that covers more than a quarter of its land. Arizona produces more copper than any other state and is home to the world’s largest telescope. The Grand Canyon receives over 5.5 million visitors each year, but its unknown how many of these visitors fall in love and convert to residents.

2% of U.S. population
3.36 violent crimes per 1,000 people
18% above average U.S. property crime rate

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.  FLORENCE

Florence is about sixty miles southeast of Phoenix. It has lots of parks and historical attractions along with a fun aquatic center for kids, located downtown. Built around the Gila river, it's one of the oldest towns in the county and that old-world charm is preserved in their downtown, which houses many of the buildings that are part of the National Registry of Historic Places. There were only 34 violent crimes, at 1.26 per 1000 people, compared to the state’s average of 3.36 per 1,000 people. 

26,926 Population
34 Violent Crimes
174 Property Crimes

2.  SAHUARITA

Also nestled alongside a river between a handful of small mountains and hills, Sahuarita is one of the southernmost cities in Arizona, located just south of Tucson. Much of its land is used for agriculture, which is sustained by runoff from mountain peaks and Sahuarita Lake. Unlike Florence, Sahuarita is a young town, turning 23 in 2017. They're a town that's actively working to grow and better meet the needs of its future population. Not surprisingly, there were only 13 violent crimes and 339 property crimes. 

28,067 Population
13 Violent Crimes
339 Property Crimes

3. GILBERT

Located southeast of Phoenix, Gilbert is a much bigger city than most on this list. It draws residents from the Phoenix metropolitan area and is mostly focused on being an agriculture-based community, growing at a very fast rate every year. The population has grown from 5,717 people in 1980 to 247,324 people today - 43 times larger in  30 years. Surprisingly, the trend of bigger cities having more crime rates does not follow suit here. There were only 177 violent crimes and 3267 property crimes. The city was built as a means of extending the Arizona Eastern Railway from Phoenix to Florence and holds a record high of 122 degrees Fahrenheit. It is an affluent area, with a $109k average household income. What was once the “Hay Capital of the World” is now the place to be.

247,324 Population
177 Violent Crimes
3,267 Property Crimes

4. ORO VALLEY

With stunning views of the Pusch Ridge in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Oro Valley is a beautiful place to live. It has been recognized by many popular publications, including Family Circle magazine as one of the Top Ten Best Towns for Families, Nick Jr. Family Magazine as one of the Ten Most Playful Towns in America, and Fortune Small Business magazine as #44 of 100 Best Places to Live and Launch a business. Oro Valley is a very safe place to live, with only 27 violent crimes and 583 property crimes. Their schools rank in the top third of the state with impressive student to teacher ratios - it seems that everything this city does is done well.

42,258 Population
27 Violent Crimes
583 Property Crimes

5. MARICOPA

Maricopa, due south of Phoenix, boasts a 1.72/1000 violent crime rate and a 12.45/1000 property crime rate. This small, 47 square mile town has been renamed three times. First, it was Maricopa Wells, then Maricopaville, and then Maricopa Junction, which was eventually shortened to Maricopa. Like Gilbert, it's a young city, officially incorporating itself in 2003. 

48,193 Population
83 Violent Crimes
600 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Arizona, 2017

1. Florence

11. Surprise

21. Prescott Valley

31. Eloy

41. Show Low

2. Sahuarita

12. Snowflake-Taylor

22. Wickenburg

32. Yuma

42. Kingman

3. Gilbert

13. Thatcher

23. Payson

33. Cottonwood

43. Coolidge

4. Oro Valley

14. Lake Havasu City

24. Prescott

34. Winslow

44. Page

5. Maricopa

15. Peoria

25. Sierra Vista

35. Casa Grande

45. Glendale

6. Sedona

16. Chandler

26. Mesa

36. Avondale

46. Holbrook

7. San Luis

17. Marana

27. Camp Verde

37. Flagstaff

47. Tucson

8. Somerton

18. Goodyear

28. El Mirage

38. Phoenix

48. Globe

9. Paradise Valley

19. Scottsdale

29. Bullhead City

39. Safford

49. Tolleson

10. Buckeye

20. Nogales

30. Apache Junction

40. Tempe

50. South Tucson

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Arizona, 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 Alaska, 2017

Safest Cities in Alaska

Alaska is often regarded as one of the most mysterious yet beautiful states in the U.S.A. It is the largest state, with the longest coastline, but has a population that ranks 48th amongst the U.S. States and territories. There is no state income tax or state sales tax in Alaska, but cities and boroughs may (and do) impose their own taxes. Alaska has a deep literary presence throughout history from White Fang and Call of the Wild by Jack London to the biography of Christopher McCandless, Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer. Alaska is also home to beautiful landscapes and impressive mountains including Denali, the highest peak in North America.

.01% of U.S. population
2x above average U.S. violent crime rate
17% above average U.S. property crime rate

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.  SITKA

In the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean, Sitka is often regarded as Alaska's most beautiful seaside town; and also one of the safest. With a population of 8,850 people, Sitka has the lowest crime rate of any town in the state. When Alaska was colonized by Russia, Sitka was their only outpost and used as a trading post. It's also home to St. Michael's, the first Russian Orthodox cathedral in North America. 

8,850 Population
14 Violent Crimes
147 Property Crimes

2. PALMER

Palmer started in 1935 as a tent city for families fleeing droughts in the midwest. Each family was given 40 acres, and a farming colony was established. To this day, the unique microclimate in Palmer is ideal for producing giant vegetables which are often on display at the Alaska State Fair. Palmer is now home to 6,652 residents. You'll find mountains, rivers, a visitor center with museum and gardens, and a world-class 18-hole golf course. 

6,652 Population
22 Violent Crimes
121 Property Crimes

3. NORTH SLOPE BOROUGH

North Slope Borough is 95,000 square miles across northern Alaska and is, by area, the largest county-level political subdivision in the United States. Their population is 9,707. The borough seat is Barrow. Barrow is 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, making it the northernmost city in the United States. Barrow spends an average of 160 days per year below freezing temperatures. Archaeological evidence suggests that the Inupiat people lived here as far back as 500 CE. 

9,707 Population
80 Violent Crimes
102 Property Crimes

4. HOMER

Homer is located in south-central Alaska on the Kenai peninsula. It has a population of 5,511 people. Homer was named after con man Homer Pennock; he promoted gold mining in the area. But it was coal that turned out to be the more successful resource until a dip in the market caused the town to be nearly abandoned in 1902. The town recovered - in 1985 they got their first McDonald’s. 

5,511 Population
7 Violent Crimes
193 Property Crimes

5. KETCHIKAN

Ketchikan began as a Tlingit fish camp at the mouth of Ketchikan creek. The Tongass Packing Company was established in 1887 by businessmen from Portland, Oregon. From that time onward, Ketchikan became a cannery town, a mining center, and a fishing hub. It has a population of 8,286 people and has collected several nicknames including “The Wickedest City in Alaska” and “The Salmon Capital of the World”.

8,286 Population
31 Violent Crimes
285 Property Crimes

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The Top 10 Safest Cities in Alaska, 2017

1. Sitka

2. Palmer

3. North Slope Borough

4. Homer

5. Fairbanks

6. Kodiak

7. Kenai

8. Juneau

9. Bethel

10. Anchorage

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Alaska, 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 Alabama, 2017

Safest Cities in Alabama

Tucked deep in the south of the United States lies Alabama aka The Heart of Dixie or Sweet Home Alabama. A state that’s rich in history and filled with small town charm, Alabama has produced legends like Harper Lee and her classic book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Rosa Parks and the spark to the civil rights movement, and - of course - good ol’ fashioned sweet tea. Although it falls on the higher end of the U.S. crime per capita spectrum, life set against the backdrop of Alabama can be a pleasant one, just check out our list of the safest cities below.

1.5% of U.S. population
79% above average U.S. violent crime rate
42% above average U.S. property crime rate

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.  HELENA

Helena is made up of 17 square miles, 18,109 residents, and the lowest crime rates in the state.  The average violent crime rate is five times lower than the state average and the average property crime rate is 4.7 times lower than the state average. Located in the middle of Alabama just south of Birmingham, Helena residents enjoy movies in the park, citywide softball competitions, an annual Christmas parade, and everything else that pairs nicely with a white picket fence. It is, after all, “Where you want to be.”

18,109 Population
21 Violent Crimes
126 Property Crimes

2. VESTAVIA HILLS

Decorated with sprawling hills and winding creeks, beautiful Vestavia Hills is home to 34,143 residents and some of the best schools in the state. It's neighborhoods are growing quickly and its culture truly embraces their motto of, “A life above.” Vestavia Hills’ crime rates are well below the state average with violent crime lower than approximately 90% of Alabama communities and property crime lower than about 70%.

31,143 Population
22 Violent Crimes
422 Property Crimes

3. MOUNTAIN BROOK

English Tudor architecture, manicured gardens, and wooded areas keep Mountain Brook true to its fairy tale-sounding name. Incorporated in 1942, Mountain Brook takes great care in maintaining its historical roots while at the same time offering their 20,801 residents things like free Wifi. Mountain Brook is one of Alabama’s more affluent towns and enjoys lower than average crime rates all around.

20,081 Population
14 Violent Crimes
266 Property Crimes

4. FULTONDALE

Fultondale is an old mining town located along the southern end of an Appalachian Mountain ridgeline. Its low crime rates keep it, “A friendly city” that’s also perfect for families. Fultondale’s population is on the smaller side (9,044 residents) along with its number of violent crimes - only eight were reported - just four percent of the state average (180).

9,044 Population
8 Violent Crimes
140 Property Crimes

5. SOUTHSIDE

Picturesque Southside is nestled in the foothills of the southern Appalachian Mountains. First settled in 1850 as a farming town, it’s now known for it’s hospitality and Southern character. It’s one of the fastest growing cities in northeast Alabama and its 8,583 residents enjoy a low cost of living along with low crime rates.

8,583 Population
11 Violent Crimes
126 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Alabama, 2017

1. Helena

11. Rainbow City

21. Tuscumbia

31. Oneonta

41. Chickasaw

2. Vestavia Hills

12. Satsuma

22. Fairhope

32. Dothan

42. Atmore

3. Mountain Brook

13. Athens

23. Hoover

33. Enterprise

43. Decatur

4. Fultondale

14. Madison 

24. Albertville

34. Cullman

44. Oxford

5. Southside

15. Daleville

25. Prattville

35. Hueytown

45. Jacksonville

6. Pleasant Grove

16. Alabaster 

26. Rainsvile

36. Eufaula

46. Millbrook

7. Moody

17. Glencoe

27. Spanish Fort

37. Foley

47. Russellville

8. Hamilton

18. Hartselle

28. Saraland

38. Northport

48. Wetumpka

9. Pelham

19. Montevallo

29. Bay Minette

39. Irondale

49. Demopolis

10. Daphne

20. Auburn

30. Attalla

40. Florence

50. Montgomery

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Alabama, 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.

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