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The Safest Cities in New Hampshire, 2017

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

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

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.  ATKINSON

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

6,853 Population
2 Violent Crimes
23 Property Crimes

2. HAMPSTEAD

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

8,607 Population
2 Violent Crimes
43 Property Crimes

3. WEARE

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

8,954 Population
4 Violent Crimes
42 Property Crimes

4. SANDOWN

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

6,311 Population
4 Violent Crimes
29 Property Crimes

5. DURHAM

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

16,052 Population
12 Violent Crimes
73 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in New Hampshire, 2017

1. Atkinson

11. Barrington

21. Loudon

31. Alton

41. Gilford

2. Hampstead

12. Litchfield

22. Jaffrey

32. Amherst

42. Portsmouth

3. Weare

13. New Ipswich

23. Raymond

33. Goffstown

43. Farmington

4. Sandown

14. Merrimack

24. Londonderry

34. Dover

44. Hooksett

5. Durham

15. Kingston

25. Milford

35. Rindge

45. Concord

6. Brookline

16. Bow

26. Hudson

36. Nashua

46. Meredith

7. Hollis

17. Peterborough

27. Hampton

37. Derry

47. Epping

8. Windham

18. Auburn

28. Hillsborough

38. Pembroke

48. Seabrook

9. Exeter

19. Pelham

29. Wolfeboro

39. Plaistow

49. Claremont

10. Hopkinton

20. Hanover

30. Wakefield

40. Bedford

​50. Newport

METHODOLOGY

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


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

3 The Safest Cities in Missouri, 2017

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

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

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.  GREENWOOD

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

5,541 Population
6 Violent Crimes
21 Property Crimes

2. BONNE TERRE

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

7,058 Population
3 Violent Crimes
47 Property Crimes

3. BALLWIN

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

30,526 Population
9 Violent Crimes
245 Property Crimes

4. SAVANNAH

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

5,142 Population
3 Violent Crimes
42 Property Crimes

5. SMITHVILLE


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

9,278 Population
5 Violent Crimes
89 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Missouri, 2017

1. Greenwood

11. Ladue

21. Parkville

31. Lee's Summit

41. Bowling Green

2. Bonne Terre

12. Willard

22. Manchester

32. Battlefield

42. Republic

3. Ballwin

13. Creve Coeur

23. Ellisville

33. Eureka

43. Marshall

4. Savannah

14. Waynesville

24. Shrewsbury

34. Pacific

44. Pevely

5. Smithville

15. Wentzville

25. Kirkwood

35. Liberty

45. Odessa

6. Kearney

16. Raymore

26. Grain Valley

36. Jackson

46. Florissant

7. Webster Groves

17. Nixa

27. Lake St. Louis

37. Maryland Heights

47. Chillicothe

8. Pleasant Hill

18. Carl Junction

28. Olivette

38. Park Hills

48. Kirksville

9. O'Fallon

19. Maryville

29. Clayton

39. Cameron

49. Crestwood

10. Town and Country

20. Chesterfield

30. Oak Grove

40. St. Peters

50. St. Charles

METHODOLOGY

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


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

The Safest Cities in New Jersey, 2017

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

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

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.  WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, MORRIS COUNTY

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

18,745 Population
2 Violent Crimes
33 Property Crimes

2. PARK RIDGE

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

8,872 Population
1 Violent Crimes
17 Property Crimes

3. MENDHAM TOWNSHIP

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

5,889 Population
1 Violent Crimes
12 Property Crimes

4. NEW HANOVER TOWNSHIP

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

7,227 Population
4 Violent Crimes
10 Property Crimes

5. WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, BERGEN GOUNTY

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

9,341 Population
1 Violent Crimes
27 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey, 2017

1. Washington Township, Morris County

11. Clinton Township

21. Mountainside

31. Branchburg Township

41. Glen Rock

2. Park Ridge

12. Chatham Township

22. Sparta Township

32. Montgomery Township

42. Holland Township 

3. Mendham Township

13. Mendham

23. Ridgefield

33. Randolph Township

43. Fanwood

4. New Hanover Township

14. Monroe Township, Middlesex County

24. Byram Township

34. Bergenfield

44. Oakland

5. Washington Township, Bergen County

15. Cresskill

25. Mahwah Township

35. Closter

45. Raritan Township

6. Montvale

16. Colts Neck Township

26. New Milford

36. Dumont

46. Hillsborough Township

7. Bernards Township

17. Warren Township

27. Madison

37. Upper Saddle River

47. Denville Township

8. Old Tappan

18. Chesterfield Township

28. Wyckoff Township

38. Franklin Lakes

48. Waterford Township

9. Kinnelon

19. Long Hill Township

29. Woolwich Township

39. Oradell

49. North Haledon

10. Hillsdale

20. Wood-Ridge

30. Emerson

40. Ringwood

​50. Hasbrouck Heights

METHODOLOGY

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


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

The Safest Cities in Wyoming, 2017

A place where the wilderness is part of everyday life and rugged individualism reigns supreme, Wyoming remains the American state where spaces are more wide open than pretty much anywhere else. At 586,107 residents, its population is the lowest in the country— even lower than Rhode Island, America's smallest state. But Wyoming residents are also go-getters, posting the 15th-highest household income in the U.S., while also remaining pridefully inclusive. (The official nickname of Wyoming is the Equality State.) Though two-thirds of Wyoming is covered in the mountainous terrain of the Rockies, the state remains a huge tourist draw due to its beautiful landscapes. Destinations such as Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Independence Rock draw more than six million travelers to the state annually. Coupled with the fact that Wyoming is a very safe state, these natural wonders are a big reason why some people are drawn to the “Cowboy State.”

19,437 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
23 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.  WORLAND

Located in beautiful northwestern Wyoming, Worland is the county seat of Washakie County and also happens to be the safest city in the state. Worland resides within the Big Horn Basin, a 100-mile-wide plateau region, and also sits on the Bighorn River. With a population of 5,335, it only experiences 1 violent crime and 57 property crimes per year— you'll be hard-pressed to encounter any troublemakers here. It's also a great place for those who love nature, since Yellowstone National Park is located to the west and the Wind River Canyon to the south.

5,335 Population
1 Violent Crimes
57 Property Crimes

2. LARAMIE

Sitting at a cloud-scraping 7,165 feet and located on the shores of the Laramie River, the city of Laramie is one of the biggest tourism draws in the state of Wyoming. It's also one of the safest cities around, with 1 instance of violent crime and 16 reported cases of property crime per 1,000 people, respectively. A hub for outdoor enthusiasts looking to enjoy the nearby Snowy Range and Laramie Range around the Laramie Valley, the historic town boasts 30,816 residents. It was settled in the mid-1800s along the Union Pacific Railroad, but today it's home to many students who attend the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Technical Institute, and Laramie County Community College.

32,375 Population
43 Violent Crimes
526 Property Crimes

3. JACKSON

The famed town of Jackson is located in the Jackson Hole valley on the western edge of Wyoming, and even though it's population is only 10,668, Jackson remains a huge draw for tourists every year. It's safer than heck too, since it only experienced only 19 cases of violent crime and 168 cases of property crime last year. When locals aren't shredding the slopes or shopping and dining in town square, they're probably mingling with tourists—nearby Grand Teton National Park draws more than two million visitors per year. Nearby highlights also include the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole Resort, Snow King Mountain resort, and the National Elk Refuge.

10,668 Population
19 Violent Crimes
168 Property Crimes

4. CODY

Named after Colonel William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody—the famed scout, showman, trapper, and Pony Express rider—the city of Cody has a small population of 9,789. It's no place to start a ruckus either, since the super-safe city experienced only 11 violent crimes and 189 property crimes last year. The city offers restaurants, shops, and hotels for tourists heading west too Yellowstone National Park, and is also home to western-style furniture makers. For those who don't get jazzed about furniture, there's also the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which contains five museums in one. Fun fact: it's also the birthplace of the abstract painter Jackson Pollock.

9,789 Population
11 Violent Crimes
189 Property Crimes

5. GREEN RIVER


Located in southwestern Wyoming, Green River is a small city of 12,686 people that also happens to be the fifth-safest town in the Equality State. Those looking for trouble better hit the bricks though, since this no-nonsense town doesn't mess around when it comes to safety. Annually, there are 4.57 violent crimes and 11.35 property crimes per 1,000 people, respectively— so stay at home, Superman. In the late 1800s, Green River was a division point of the Union Pacific Railroad, and that frontier spirit lives on to this day.

12,686 Population
58 Violent Crimes
144 Property Crimes

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The Top 15 Safest Cities in Wyoming, 2017

1. Worland

11. Casper

2. Laramie

12. Evanston

3. Jackson

13. Lander

4. Cody

14. Rawlins

5. Green River

15. Cheyenne

6. Torrington

7. Sheridan

8. Gillette

9. Powell

10. Rock Springs

METHODOLOGY

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


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

The Safest Cities in South 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

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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.

1 The Safest Cities in Minnesota, 2017

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

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

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1.  SHOREVIEW

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

26,475 Population
2 Violent Crimes
46 Property Crimes

2. WHITE BEAR TOWNSHIP

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

11,649 Population
3 Violent Crimes
26 Property Crimes

3. ARDEN HILLS

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

9,956 Population
1 Violent Crimes
28 Property Crimes

4. VADNAIS HEIGHTS

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

13,352 Population
4 Violent Crimes
40 Property Crimes

5. LITTLE CANADA

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

10,341 Population
5 Violent Crimes
31 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Minnesota, 2017

1. Shoreview

11. Crookston

21. Lakeville

31. Falcon Heights

41. East Grand Forks

2. White Bear Township

12. West Hennepin

22. Dayton

32. St. Francis

42. St. Anthony

3. Arden Hills

13. Farmington

23. Big Lake

33. Eden Prairie

43. Minnetonka

4. Vadnais Heights

14. Glencoe

24. New Ulm

34. Kasson

44. North St. Paul

5. Little Canada

15. South Lake Minnetonka

25. Belle Plaine

35. Maple Grove

45. St. Peter

6. Orono

16. Jordan

26. Rosemount

36. Stillwater

46. Prior Lake

7. Cold Spring/Richmond

17. Centennial Lakes

27. Champlin

37. New Prague

47. Cottage Grove

8. Minnetrista

18. Chaska

28. Medina

38. North Mankato

48. Eagan

9. Montevideo

19. Northfield

29. Ramsey

39. Lakes Area

49. Worthington

10. Wyoming

20. Lino Lakes

30. Plymouth

40. Rogers

​50. Woodbury

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Minnesota, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.


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

1 The Safest Cities in Mississippi, 2017

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

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

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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.