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The Safest Cities in Indiana, 2017

Safest Cities in Indiana

Indiana aka the Hoosier state - a nickname still shrouded in mystery - boasts 1.1 million acres of land. Though the shoreline is only about 40-45 miles long, Indiana is still considered to be a Great Lakes state due to its northern access to Lake Michigan. The state enjoys four distinct seasons with summer temperatures averaging between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit and winter lows around 25 degrees. Indiana's state motto is, "The Crossroads of America," an apt name since more major highways intersect in Indiana than they do in any other state. Besides highways, Hoosiers also share their state bird—the cardinal, or "red bird"—with six other states, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Indiana is home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosted the first long-distance auto race in May of 1911 and now is home to the world-famous Indianapolis 500, a must-see for any racing enthusiast. Another must-see is Brown County State Park - 16,000 acres of rugged terrain, hills, ridges, and ravines. And finally, here’s a fun fact: There’s a city in Indiana named Santa Claus and it receives over 500,000 letters around Christmas time.

2% of U.S. population
2.93 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
29.51 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.  ST. JOHN

In the northwest corner of Indiana, 24 miles southeast of Chicago, lies the city of St. John. It is home to a population of approximately 16,430 residents and boasts very low crime rates. St. John is a safe city full of dedicated residents who care about their community and those who live in it. This cozy city contains local sports clubs and community organizations to make sure its reisdents stay active and engaged. St. John also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. There’s an annual tree dedication on Arbor Day, a town-wide garage sale, and a Festival of Lights at Christmas complete with hot cocoa, cookies, and Santa train rides.

16,430 Population
3 Violent Crimes
87 Property Crimes

2. ZIONSVILLE

Living in Zionsville, Indiana means being part of a community that not only cares about its residents, but also its forestry. Zionsville is an Arbor Tree Foundation recognized Tree City, which means that they place high priority in the planting and caring for trees. Zionsville has a school system that has placed in the top five school districts of Indiana for the past 15 years. They have seventeen parks, and are only a twenty minute drive from Indianapolis. Zionsville is a great place to raise a family because residents get the cozy atmosphere of a small town without being too far from big city entertainment.

26,306 Population
22 Violent Crimes
101 Property Crimes

3. CARMEL

Carmel is located in central Indiana, just north of the state's capital, Indianapolis. Its population is 88,511 and it’s sister cities with both Kawachinagano, Osaka, Japan and Xiangyang, Hubei, China. The city boasts excellent schools, low taxes, safe neighborhoods, and and easy transportation. Carmel has replaced traffic signals and 4-way stops with more than eighty roundabouts—the most in any American city. According to Federal Highway Safety officials, roundabouts have greatly reduced the number of traffic incidents in America, and this has made Carmel very commuter-friendly. Carmel hosts a variety of fun events throughout the year, including farmer's markets in both the summer and winter months, an international arts festival, and Carmelfest, an annual 4th of July celebration complete with parades, live entertainment, and fireworks.

88,511 Population
13 Violent Crimes
874 Property Crimes

4. LOWELL

Lowell is a small city located in the northwest of Indiana. With a population of 9,429, it has the 4th lowest crime rate in the entire state. It's about an hour's drive from the bustle and excitement of Chicago, but maintains its very own small town charm. The city is home to the Buckley Homestead, a living history farm, where visitors can tour historic structures and learn about the traditions, culture, and heritage in farming in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This is the perfect destination for history buffs because they can participate in hands-on experiences and tours. Buckley Homestead also hosts events where visitors learn about things like tapping trees for maple syrup, 1850's baseball, and even the Legend of Sleepy Hollow told by Ichabod Crane himself.

9,429 Population
12 Violent Crimes
77 Property Crimes

5. FISHERS

Fishers, formerly known as Fishers Station, and prior to that Fisher's Switch (due to its proximity to a railroad train station or "switch"), is located in the heart of the midwest and 17 miles from the amenities of downtown Indianapolis. It has a population of 88,724 and with less than 1% violent crime and 10.62% property crime, the fifth safest city in the state. The city is home to a community garden, where residents can grow their own crops in a centralized location with other gardening enthusiasts. Fishers also hosts both summer and winter farmers markets (a great place to sell the crops from the community garden), springtime movies in the park, and other family-friendly events like father daughter dances and Winnie the Pooh Day. Fishers also has a wide variety of parks and recreational events to get kids involved in science, cooking, and arts and crafts. They also have local sports leagues and other events that cater to seniors ages fifty and up.

88,724 Population
21 Violent Crimes
942 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Indiana, 2017

1. St. John

11. Valparaiso

21. West Lafayette

31. Sellersburg

41. Greenfield

2. Zionsville

12. Brownsburg

22. Elwood

32. Highland

42. Plainfield

3. Carmel

13. Cedar Lake

23. North Manchester

33. Ellettsville

43. Boonville

4. Lowell

14. Columbia City

24. Garrett

34. Bedford

44. Washington

5. Fishers

15. Batesville

25. Tipton

35. Huntingburg

45. Bluffton

6. Dyer

16. Munster

26. Portage

36. Alexandria

46. Jeffersonville

7. New Whiteland

17. Danville

27. Bargersville

37. Gas City

47. Merrillville

8. Jasper

18. Nappanee

28. Auburn

38. Griffith

48. Mooresville

9. Westfield

19. Plymouth

29. Decatur

39. Whitestown

49. Warsaw

10. Chesterton

20. Tell City

30. Hartford City

40. Kendallville

50. Frankfort

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Indiana, 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 Iowa, 2017

Safest Cities in Iowa

When you think of a Midwestern U.S. state, you think of rolling plains, cornfields, open blue skies - essentially, Iowa. Iowa is mostly composed of small, rural communities with bigger cities here and there. The state’s name comes from the Ioway people, a Native American tribe that once inhabited the area. Both its east and west borders are completely formed by water, which makes it unique. Thanks to the seemingly endless rolling fields, over 25% of the state’s power comes from wind turbines, making them one of the more progressive states for renewable energy. Quaker Oats, the largest cereal company in the world, is headquartered in Iowa along with a few other unexpected treasures: the National Balloon Museum, the largest transcendental meditation sanctuary in the country, and Chows Gymnastics and Dance Institute in Des Moines, which is a mecca for Olympic gymnasts. Another unique place is the Grotto of Redemption, a collection of 9 religious shrines depicting the life of Jesus via rocks, minerals, and petrifications that are surprisingly large yet intricate.

1% of U.S. population
2.85 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
27% 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.  ELDRIDGE

Eldridge is a small city of just over 6,000 people. Their primary industries have always been grain and livestock - consistent with most of the state. There were only 3 reported violent crimes and 15 property crimes. Their downtown is experiencing new housing developments and entertainment options such as a skate park, a recreation/fitness center, and an indoor trampoline park. Complete with highly rated schools, this town is one of the best places to live in the state.

6,288 Population
3 Violent Crimes
15 Property Crimes

2. HAMPTON

Hampton may initially seem like a pitstop on the way to your final destination.Lined with beautiful old brick facades, and small-town charm, Hampton is worth sticking around for a while. Their park is filled with flower trees and has plenty of room for familiy picnics and play. It hosts carnivals and a county fair that attracts quite a few big-name country music artists each year. Beeds Lake State Park is nearby and hosts water sports all summer long as well as hiking, camping, and biking. Progress Park offers a skate park, tennis courts, playgrounds, water slides, and much more. With all this activity, there’s no time for residents to get into trouble making it a very safe place to live. Fun fact: It was also home to the All-American Red Heads, one of the first professional women’s basketball teams in 1936.

4,314 Population
4 Violent Crimes
12 Property Crimes

3. WILTON

Wilton is a modest and quiet town. It’s also a very safe city - only 3 reported violent crimes and 8 property crimes. It has a library that also serves a community center and is home to Wilton Candy Kitchen - the oldest ice cream parlor in the world and quite the bragging point. There are 4 parks as well as an indoor swimming pool, playgrounds and various sports fields and courts. Despite its small size, it has its own school district which ranks 40th out of 320 schools in the state. Every year there’s a Christmas Lighting contest, a Founders Day parade, and the Eager Beaver 5k run. With tons of charm, this city is a wonderful place to live.

2,796 Population
3 Violent Crimes
8 Property Crimes

4. BLOOMFIELD

Bloomfield offers activities for all-ages, making it a family-friendly and community-driven. Its residents look forward to events like their annual Davis County Fair and a week-long country and old time music festival. Their courthouse is a stunningly beautiful piece of architecture and the rest of the town follows suit with original brick buildings dotted throughout town. Non-profit Bloomfield Main Street works hard to invest in and revitalize the community as well as preserve its old-world charm.

2,627 Population
4 Violent Crimes
9 Property Crimes

5. WAUKON

Located in the very northeastern corner of Iowa you’ll find the city of Waukon, who’s residents love their community along with their football team. Their downtown still looks like it did back in the 1800’s, with a rows of brick buildings lining each side of the street. You’ll find a lot of mom-and-pop businesses like the Empty Nest Winery, offering handcrafted, whole-berry wines that are fermented on site along with community events throughout the year. Pools, playgrounds, athletic fields, and even a lake are all a great draw for families. There’s a beautiful golf course on the east side of the city and you’re only a quick ride from some incredible views of river distributaries winding through ridges within the Mississippi River Valley.

3,766 Population
3 Violent Crimes
20 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Iowa, 2017

1. Eldridge

11. West Liberty

21. Cresco

31. Sergeant Bluff

41. Norwalk

2. Hampton

12. State Center

22. New Hampton

32. Tipton

42. Marion

3. Wilton

13. Buffalo

23. Pella

33. Camanche

43. Washington

4. Bloomfield

14. Vinton

24. Carroll

34. Shenandoah

44. Cedar Falls

5. Waukon

15. Story City

25. North Liberty

35. Ankeny

45. Winterset

6. Clarion

16. Hiawatha

26. Leon

36. Estherville

46. Osage

7. Garner

17. Dyersville

27. De Witt

37. Decorah

47. Monticello

8. Hawarden

18. Algona

28. Mount Vernon

38. Sheldon

48. Carlisle

9. Orange City

19. Johnston

29. Anamosa

39. Urbandale

49. Albia

10. Humboldt

20. Ogden

30. Bettendorf

40. Cherokee

50. Missouri Valley

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Iowa, 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 Florida, 2017

Safest Cities in Florida

Florida is a state known for its long coastline and sandy beaches. It earns its nickname of “The Sunshine State” due to an average of 128 clear, sunny days each year (in some cities). Nearly 87 million visitors take a yearly trip to Florida, making it the #1 vacation destination in the world. The draw? Disney World and Universal Studios, of course, are major attractions, along with Sea World in Orlando, Busch Gardens in Tampa, and so much more. Nature enthusiasts love the Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and the 11,000 miles of rivers, streams, and waterways. Art lovers flock to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg and golfers find themselves at home with over 1,250 golf courses; more than any other state. The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral delights visitors with a rich history and the occasional rocket launch. Those who crave a vibrant nightlife are not disappointed when visiting Duval Street in Key West, with shops, historic buildings, unique restaurants, and a lively club scene. Miami Beach offers a long stretch of sandy shoreline, but it’s only a small part of the 1,800 miles of coastline, of which 1,200 miles are (more) sandy beaches. The state flower is, not surprisingly, an orange blossom because the state produces 75% of the U.S. domestic orange crop. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that it’s the 4th most populous state in the union.

6.25% of U.S. population
4.95 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
19% 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.  PARKLAND

This city, tucked alongside the Everglade Wildlife Management Area on the east coast of Florida, is an affluent one that’s intentionally designed to mimic a park. With tons of character and charm, it has been an increasingly popular place to live, experiencing a population boom of over 821% in 25 years. The city offers impressive cuisine choices, an extravagant Chinese Lantern Festival each year, and visitors can see the everglades by taking an Airboat Tour in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. There were only seven reported violent crimes last year and 186 property crimes.

29,242 Population
7 Violent Crimes
186 Property Crimes

2. WESTON

The city of Weston is a beautifully planned city in the southern part of Florida and part of the Miami Metropolitan area. The city is one of the wealthiest in Florida, with a median household income of $93,553, and their schools are some of the best in the area. They host all sorts of community events, including children’s performances, a “Totally 80’s Concert” and the Weston World Fest, where 20 different countries’ food and cultures are represented. It works hard to provide a family-oriented community where people feel connected and safe. Weston has over 70,000 people in 27 square miles. Last year, there were only 26 reported violent crimes and 435 property crimes. Those numbers defy the odds, as it’s generally the case that bigger cities struggle with higher crime rates..

70,022 Population
26 Violent Crimes
435 Property Crimes

3. MARCO ISLAND

Known for its tropical sandy beaches and playful dolphins, Marco Island is Florida’s biggest island. It’s in the Gulf of Mexico, on Florida’s southwest shore, just south of Naples. It’s home to 17,719 people and is a haven for anyone who loves the water. In the 1960’s, the island was redeveloped and given the ability to host tourists, which provided a huge boost to their economy and made the city a popular destination. Cabanas sprinkle the shoreline as people enjoy various water sports including parasailing, jet-skiing, and kayaking. With so much to do, there’s no time for crime. Last year, there were only 12 reported violent crimes and 136 property crimes.

17,719 Population
12 Violent Crimes
136 Property Crimes

4. BAY HARBOR ISLANDS

On the opposite side of the state you’ll find the Bay Harbor Islands. This city is comprised of two islands just off the coast of North Miami, making it a vibrant and fun place to be. It’s densely populated with 6,100 people in just 0.6 square miles. However, despite the population density and proximity to Miami it remains a very safe place with only 3 reported violent crimes and 63 property crimes. It is well-connected - a quick jaunt over the bridge takes you to the buzz of the big city. It also has its own collection of restaurants, coffee shops, bistros, boutique shops, and so much more. If you love mid-century modern architecture be sure to drive through the beautiful East Island, comprised of single-family homes built by famous architects of the time.

6,100 Population
3 Violent Crimes
63 Property Crimes

5. VALPARAISO

On the northwest edge of Florida lies Choctawhatchee Bay and Valparaiso. Compared to the Bay Harbor Islands, it’s sparsely populated, with only 5,230 people living within its 12.7 square miles. It’s a comfortable, small town with kind people and a relaxed atmosphere. Like most small towns, it offers events like Saturday in the Park, Mulletfestival, and an annual Christmas parade. There are numerous well-groomed parks and plenty of water sports. Only seven instances of violent crime and 48 property crimes were reported.

5,230 Population
7 Violent Crimes
48 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Florida, 2017

1. Parkland

11. Minneola

21. West Miami

31. Port Orange

41. Miami Lakes

2. Weston

12. Indian Harbour Beach

22. Gulf Breeze

32. Sunny Isles Beach

42. Coconut Creek

3. Marco Island

13. Oviedo

23. Lady Lake

33. Wellington

43. Lighthouse Point

4. Bay Harbor Islands

14. Punta Gorda 

24. Belle Isle

34. Edgewater

44. Surfside

5. Valparaiso

15. North Palm Beach

25. Cape Coral

35. Margate

45. St. Cloud

6. Tequesta

16. Port St. Lucie

26. Southwest Ranches

36. Jupiter

46. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

7. Sanibel

17. North Port

27. Safety Harbor

37. North Bay Village

47. Sebastian

8. Satellite Beach

18. Niceville

28. Venice

38. Coral Springs

48. Pembroke Pines

9. Cooper City

19. Key Biscayne

29. Fellsmere

39. Dunedin

49. Naples

10. Winter Springs

20. Palm Beach

30. Fernandina Beach

40. Lake Mary

50. Tamarac

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Florida, 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 Georgia, 2017

Safest Cities in Georgia

Georgia, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies, is best known for its peaches, but there are many other notable facts about the state. The Peach State actually produces more peanuts, blueberries, and pecans than it does peaches. There are still plenty of peaches, though. This ninth most populous state in the union is loaded with unique geography, including the Okefenokee Swamp, which encompasses over 400,000 acres in the heart of the South. It’s also home to the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, thanks to its central location on the world travel map. After trying out four other capitals, the state finally settled on Atlanta in 1868, which continues as the seat of state government today. Nowadays, Georgia is known for its thriving film industry and is the home of famed zombie television hit, The Walking Dead. It’s a state more rich in history and character than most, with a comfortably warm climate and hundreds of miles of oceanfront land. And yes, they sure grow a lot of peaches in Georgia.

6.4% of U.S. population
5.8 average U.S. violent crime rate per 1,000 persons
39.95 average U.S. property crime rate per 1,000 persons

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.  JOHNS CREEK

We begin with Johns Creek, the safest city in the state of Georgia. You might think that safe equals small, but this is actually the ninth largest city in the state, boasting over 300 acres of parks and recreation space. With a population of 84,655 and only 33 violent crimes, Johns Creek bears witness to one of the lowest crime rates in the country. Combine this with a property crime rate of only 6.4 per 1000 folks and you’re looking at an incredibly safe space. The citizens of this city won’t have to be afraid of walking home from the number three dog park in the country after dark.

84,655 Population
33 Violent Crimes
542 Property Crimes

2. MILTON

Milton, Georgia is the second safest city in the state, but only by a hair. As the official site boasts, Milton offers some of the best quality of life in Georgia. The small population, 37,665 all told, makes for a relatively close-knit community. The crime statistics bear this idea out: as of the last rating, there were only 12 violent crimes in the city. That makes for an even lower rate than Johns Creek, with 0.32 violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Similarly low property crime rates, with only 371 crimes total, make for an attractive set of numbers. Residents can enjoy the numerous parks, schools, and camps without worry.

37,665 Population
12 Violent Crimes
371 Property Crimes

3. BRASELTON

The town of Braselton enjoys the unique characteristic of being located across four bordering counties, but this diversity does nothing to hamper the safety and security of its 9,041 residents. Such a small population means that Braselton exudes small-town, southern charm, but the city is growing rapidly thanks to new business developments. With only nine total violent crimes to its name, the city looks at a rate of roughly one crime per 1,000 people, and only 10.73 property crimes for the same amount of folks.

9,041 Population
9 Violent Crimes
97 Property Crimes

4. PERRY

Perry is home to 15,469 souls, right in the heart of the state of Georgia and sits confidently in the top five safest in the state. This small city enjoys a comfortably low crime rate, seeing only 20 violent crimes and 164 property crimes within its borders. This makes for a rating of only 1.29 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and 10.60 property crimes for the same amount. The numbers are higher than the cities further up this list, but they’re miniscule compared to the national averages. Its central Georgia location, right along I-75, offers a cozy downtown that serves up classic Georgia hospitality in an old-fashioned style.

15,469 Population
20 Violent Crimes
164 Property Crimes

5. TYRONE

Tyrone, Georgia enjoys a plethora of lakes and outdoor recreational spaces, as well as a close proximity to the Atlanta metro area, with the world’s busiest airport. This great combination of small town comfort and big city access is a boon for its 7,182 residents. With only eight violent crimes and 91 property crimes, the city enjoys a rate of 1.11 and 12.67 per 1000 people, respectively. In fact, it’s the second safest city of its size in the state, only behind Braselton, while still remaining connected to a larger metropolitan area.

7,182 Population
8 Violent Crimes
91 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Georgia, 2017

1. Johns Creek

11. Roswell

21. Sandy Springs

31. Cairo

41. Bremen

2. Milton

12. Alpharetta

22. Commerce

32. Decatur

42. Lawrenceville

3. Braselton

13. Kennesaw

23. Folkston

33. Statesboro

43. Calhoun

4. Perry

14. Hampton 

24. Loganville

34. Fayetteville

44. Athens-Clarke County

5. Tyrone

15. Jefferson

25. Suwanee

35. Dalton

45. Gainesville

6. Peachtree City

16. Canton 

26. Byron

36. Newnan

46. Centerville

7. Port Wentworth

17. Woodstock

27. Acworth

37. Hinesville

47. Dunwoody

8. Flowery Branch

18. McRae

28. Brookhaven

38. Snellville

48. Norcross

9. Grovetown

19. Richmond Hill

29. Pooler

39. McDonough

49. Powder Springs

10. Holly Springs

20. Auburn

30. Smyrna

40. Winder

50. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Georgia, 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 Arkansas, 2017

Safest Cities in Arkansas

Arkansas borders six states: Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Arkansas is the 29th largest state by area but makes up a substantially low percentage of the population. It’s home to the Ozark mountains and due to its Eastern coast running alongside the Mississippi River, it’s prone to flooding. It’s this same flooding, though, that creates its coveted fertile soil. Known as “The Natural State,” it contains 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers. Arkansas hosts the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest each year. Not to be underestimated, Arkansas is home to six Fortune 500 companies and the Crater of Diamonds State Park - the world’s only publicly accessible location to dig for diamonds.

0.9% of U.S. population
71% above average U.S. violent crime rate
40% 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.  GREENBRIER

This quaint little town is nestled almost exactly in the middle of Arkansas. It’s all of 7.9 square miles in area and home to 5,339 inhabitants. There was only one reported violent crime and 13 property crimes. The history of this city centers around tales from the Wild West which includes figures like Jim Bowie and Jesse James. They also have a school district that’s rated one of the best in the state. The small-town, family-friendly community hosts various events throughout the year to promote community, including the Moustache Dash 5k race and the Brier Fest, which is a three-day country and contemporary rock concert.

5,339 Population
1 Violent Crimes
13 Property Crimes

2. GREENWOOD

Two hours west of Greenbrier you’ll find Greenwood. The city’s slogan is “Feels Like Home” which is absolutely what this town is about. They have a great school system and a strong, local business community with the convenience of a big city. There’s a beautiful, city-center park with a bell tower and an open area for town activities. This is where they hold “Freedomfest” every 4th of July along with other community events. Only 15 violent crimes and 55 property crimes were reported.

9,310 Population
15 Violent Crimes
55 Property Crimes

3. WHITE HALL

South of Little Rock you’ll find White Hall that - a total of 6.98 square miles. They pride themselves in being a “Quality of Life” community and it shows in the fact that they have such a low crime rate. Only four violent crimes occured last year, and only 61 property crimes. Even better is that this tiny town has the second highest median household income in all of Arkansas, at $52,045. It’s certainly a great place to live.

5,174 Population
4 Violent Crimes
61 Property Crimes

4. BELLA VISTA

Up in the very Northwest corner of Arkansas you’ll find a booming city called Bella Vista. Appropriately named, it’s full of rivers and lakes, rolling forests and trails. There’s even a waterfall at Tanyard Creek. The houses are well-kept and there only 1.5% of families are below the poverty line. For being the same size as the average city in Arkansas, it has ¼ the crime. Bigger cities are known for having more of a prevalence of crime but Bella Vista seems to contradict this stereotype with only 72 reported violent crimes and 216 property crimes.

27,970 Population
72 Violent Crimes
216 Property Crimes

5. CENTERTON

Another appropriately named city, Centerton lies right in the middle of Benton County, a 20-minute drive south of Bella Vista. Not too long ago, in 2006, a tornado ripped through this town, destroying 40 homes, damaging 150, and injuring 12 people - but they have made quite the comeback. This city claims to be “The Most Exciting Town in NWA.” Only 36 violent crimes 90 property crimes were reported last year. Fun fact: in the early 1900’s they were known as the Apple Capital of the World as it won prizes in Paris, France for having the best tasting apples.

11,635 Population
36 Violent Crimes
90 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Arkansas, 2017

1. Greenbrier

11. Prairie Grove

21. Rogers

31. Clarksville

41. Camden

2. Greenwood

12. Maumelle

22. Benton

32. Fayetteville

42. Paragould

3. White Hall

13. De Queen

23. Bryant

33. Alma

43. Texarkana

4. Bella Vista

14. Pea Ridge

24. Van Buren

34. Conway

44. El Dorado

5. Centerton

15. Beebe

25. Mena

35. Marion

45. Harrison

6. Farmington

16. Arkadelphia 

26. Berryville

36. Pocahontas

46. Stuttgart

7. Bentonville

17. Siloam Springs

27. Sherwood

37. Crossett

47. Hope

8. Cabot

18. Magnolia

28. Russellville

38. North Little Rock

48. Fort Smith

9. Warren

19. Monticello

29. Mountain Home

39. Jacksonville

49. Wynne

10. Lowell

20. Heber Springs

30. Jonesboro

40. Morrilton

50. Newport

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Arkansas, 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.

2 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

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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

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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.