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The Safest Cities in Maryland, 2017

Safest Cities in Maryland

Maryland - aka The Free State or Old Line State - is a mid-Atlantic state that, back in 1791, donated the land that is now Washington D.C. Maryland stretches 31 miles down the Eastern Atlantic shoreline. Its capital city is Annapolis and its largest city is Baltimore. The state has a population of about 6 million people. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, history buff, or thrill seeker, there's plenty to do in Maryland. Visitors can stroll among the flowers at Brookside Gardens, spend time at the heart and soul of Maryland at the Chesapeake Bay, take in some history at one of Maryland's many museums, or even take the family on a trip to Six Flags of America in Marlboro. Maryland's state flower is the Black-Eyed Susan and its state bird is the Baltimore Oriole, which also happens to be the name of the state's major league baseball team. Speaking of baseball, the legendary Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore (he went on to become one of the first five players to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame). Fun fact: Western Maryland Murray is the state's very own weather-predicting groundhog who helps Marylanders know whether or not to expect six more weeks of winter.

35,687 avg population
5 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
30 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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.  OCEAN PINES

Ocean Pines is situated along Maryland's eastern coast in Worcester County along the Atlantic Ocean. It boasts miles of waterfront property and 3,000 acres of wooded scenery. It has a population of 12,163. Its violent crime rate is 0.49/1,000 people, which is significantly lower than the state average of 5/1,000 people. Ocean Pines is home to thirteen parks. The city also has a beautiful golf course designed by legendary course designer, Robert Trent Jones Sr. If land isn't your playground of choice, you can rent a kayak or canoe and hit the open water. After a morning in the sun head to Ocean Pines' year-long farmers market for some fresh produce. Stay healthy and safe.

12,163 Population
6 Violent Crimes
54 Property Crimes

2. TANEYTOWN

Taneytown is located in the northwest area of Carroll county and is about an hour’s drive from Baltimore - the state's largest city. Taneytown is the perfect place for history buffs as it’s only minutes away from both the Gettysburg and Antietam Battlefields. Taneytown is also home to beautiful parks and amazing schools. They even have a safe and affordable community transportation system which helps its residents get around to one of their many sports programs, clubs, or organizations. There's something for everyone in this charming community.

6,757 Population
11 Violent Crimes
63 Property Crimes

3. GLENARDEN

Glenarden is 32 miles south of Baltimore and located in Prince George's County. It reported 15 violent crimes and 52 property crimes - both lower than the state's averages. Maybe this is due to their annual Police and Community Partnership Event, where the local police department educate residents about safety, crime, and drug prevention. Glenarden also offers newly renovated parks and a variety of organizations for any interest: American Legion, Boys and Girls Club, Civic Association, Historical Society.

6,360 Population
15 Violent Crimes
52 Property Crimes

4. BOWIE

Bowie is also located in Prince George's County and sits 15 miles away from Maryland's capital city, Annapolis. Bowie has a population of 58,304, a violent crime rate of 1.13/1,000 people and a property crime rate of 11.77/1,000 people - both well below the state’s averages. Bowie offers a lot of emergency preparedness programs - severe weather safety, fire and lightning safety, and snow preparedness. The city even has its own alert system called "Alert Bowie 2.0" which sends emergency notifications, safety alerts, and other noteworthy news via phone, fax, email, and text. Along with their focus on safety, the city also makes room for creativity and an active lifestyle. Their arts committee advises the city council on community-based visual and performance art. In addition to an ice arena and a senior center, Bowie also offers numerous parks, museums, and a full gymnasium for residents to use (when it's not booked for sporting events).

58,304 Population
66 Violent Crimes
686 Property Crimes

5. HAMPSTEAD

Hampstead is in Carroll County and 35 miles northwest of Baltimore. Hampstead had 9 reports of violent crime (a rate of 1.14/1,000 people) and 71 incidents of property crime (a rate of 11.14/1,000 people). Home to top-notch schools and many community-focused organizations, its residents enjoy beautifully maintained parks and playgrounds, a variety of recreational activities, museums, and art galleries. Hampstead’s community is strengthened by their summer farmer’s market, annual Fireman's Carnival, and tree lighting ceremony. They even hold an annual celebration in the spring called Hampstead Days - an event centered around togetherness and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

6,371 Population
9 Violent Crimes
71 Property Crimes

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The Top 30 Safest Cities in Maryland, 2017

1. Ocean Pines

11. New Carrollton

21. La Plata

2. Taneytown

12. Frederick

22. Laurel

3. Glenarden

13. Cheverly

23. Chestertown

4. Bowie

14. Brunswick

24. Mount Rainier

5. Hampstead

15. Aberdeen

25. Westminster

6. District Heights

16. Easton

26. Bladensburg

7. Thurmont

17. Riverdale Park

27. Hyattsville

8. Frostburg

18. Annapolis

28. Fruitland

9. Bel Air

19. Hagerstown

29. Salisbury

10. Havre de Grace

20. Greenbelt

30. Cumberland

METHODOLOGY

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


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

4 The Safest Cities in Massachusetts, 2017

Safest Cities in Massachusetts

Nearly half of Massachusetts' residents are college students, as Boston is a big college town (Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The glacier-carved islands and peninsulas of Nantucket, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard are popular summer destinations, as are the Berkshire Mountains on the West side of the state. Nestled between the two, you’ll find the lake with the longest geographical name, Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. Massachusetts is a beautiful marriage of coastline and mountains, lakes and rivers; its cities are packed with culture, history, slow food, the arts, and pride in its people.

27,360 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
13 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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.  WAYLAND

Wayland takes pride in being a progressive community and it has been very intentional about its future growth. Wayland’s leaders and lawmakers have held on to its heritage while at the same time bolstering its economy. They’ve also put a lot of effort into providing their citizens with educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities, including a “musical instrument petting zoo,’ a fishing derby, and an active Dad’s group that encourages paternal involvement and connection. It’s a city with a lot of character and community, with all of the intentionality built into it, it’s no wonder they’re the safest in the state.

13,679 Population
1 Violent Crimes
5 Property Crimes

2. GROVELAND

Groveland is a small residential community of 7,211 people. It reported only 2 violent crimes and 17 property crimes. It began as a shoe and textile-manufacturing city, transitioning over the years into a suburb with quick access to major highways. It offers multiple recreational fields and picnic areas within its many parks. Their schools are known for their ‘World Class Education’ and are - again - some of the best in the state. A local church holds a bell crafted by Paul Revere (one of two remaining in active service) which rings out over a large, 25-acre solar farm - making Groveland a relatively progressive city.

7,211 Population
2 Violent Crimes
17 Property Crimes

3. NORFOLK

Straddled between Boston and Providence (Rhode Island) lies Norfolk, a semi-rural suburban community of nearly 12,000 people. It’s made up of a handful of beautiful, well-designed neighborhoods, a golf course, and a wide range of local shops and restaurants. Rather than being run by a Mayor, Norfolk has taken a hands-on approach with their government, opting instead for a Board of Selectmen and a Town Administrator. Holding pen town meetings brings together various boards and committees. Norfolk reported only 1 violent crime and 34 property crimes.

11,945 Population
1 Violent Crimes
34 Property Crimes

4. CLINTON

Clinton is seated at the north end of the Wachusett Reservoir. A wide variety of local shops and an active Parks and Recreation Department hosts lots of activities for kids and families. There’s a great DIY Creative Studio that encourages creativity, a Museum of Russian Icons, and just outside its borders is “The International” - which holds two championship golf courses, a golfer’s dream. But Clinton could be anyone’s dream. Although crime tends to increase in more densely populated areas, Clinton defies the odds with 13,786 people in its 7.3 square miles and only 3 reports of violent crime.

13,786 Population
3 Violent Crimes
43 Property Crimes

5. FRANKLIN

The city of Franklin, named after Benjamin Franklin, is set in Norfolk County, near the border of Rhode Island. It’s the largest city on our list, with over 33,000 people within its 27 square miles. Chilson Park, in the middle of the city, offers hiking, biking, and a beach next to Beaver Pond. Franklin is incredibly safe. Last year, there were only 4 reported violent crimes. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, called Franklin home for a while, as did a handful of other teammates. All in all, it’s a quaint and friendly town.

33,095 Population
4 Violent Crimes
111 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Massachusetts, 2017

1. Wayland

11. Rockport

21. Norwell

31. North Reading

41. Billerica

2. Groveland

12. Carlisle

22. Manchester-by-the-Sea

32. Needham

42. Merrimac

3. Norfolk

13. Bedford

23. Ipswich

33. Winchester

43. Marshfield

4. Clinton

14. Duxbury

24. Hamilton

34. Grafton

44. Stow

5. Franklin

15. Dighton

25. Southborough

35. Mendon

45. Pembroke

6. Sudbury

16. Boxborough

26. Upton

36. Rochester

46. Hampden

7. Georgetown

17. Holden

27. Berkley

37. Douglas

47. Hudson

8. Norton

18. Lincoln

28. Belmont

38. Hopedale

48. Groton

9. Holliston

19. Reading

29. Sterling

39. Concord

49. Northborough

10. Harvard

20. Lexington

30. Westford

40. Wellesley

​50. Lynnfield

METHODOLOGY

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


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

The Safest Cities in Louisiana, 2017

Louisiana is a very popular tourist destination with New Orleans’ ornate French Quarter, spicy Cajun food, and jazz culture. There’s also, of course, Mardi Gras - but aside from all that, Louisiana is excellent place to live. First explored by the Spanish in the 1500s, then, in 1682, French explorer René-Robert Cavelier (also known as Sieur de La Salle), claimed the entire Mississippi River Valley and called it “Louisiana” in honor of Louis the XIV. Louisiana became a French colony in 1731, but was lost to Spain in 1763, with the portion east of the Mississippi under British control in 1764. The territory then returned to French control in 1800 before being sold to the U.S. in 1803. The southernmost part of the territory, known as “Orleans”, became the state of Louisiana in 1812. As a result of these influences, the state has maintained a rich cultural heritage. To this day, Louisiana is the only state to follow a Napoleonic legal system while the other forty-nine states follow English common law. Louisiana also has strong manufacturing industries, including coal products, paper, lumber, wood products, apparel, and processed food. They also lead the nation in sulfur, petroleum, and natural gas production, mostly from offshore deposits.

33,413 avg population
7 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
50 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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.  HARAHAN

Harahan is located ten miles north of New Orleans on a bend in the Mississippi River and is named for James T. Harahan, a former President of the Illinois Central Railroad company. It began with only two streets - Hickory Avenue and Oak Avenue - and four hundred people. Today, Harahan is nicknamed “The City of Friendship.” Harahan’s safety rating is approximately 79% lower than the state average. It had 11 reported violent crimes, 1.18 per 1,000 people, compared to the state average of 7 per 1,000 people. Their property crime reports totaled to 101 incidents, or 10.81 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 1,619, or 50 per 1,000 people.

9,347 Population
11 Violent Crimes
101 Property Crimes

2. PATTERSON

Patterson is twenty miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, on the banks of the Lower Atchafalaya River. Patterson prides itself on its laid-back, small-town atmosphere and many attractions - including the Wedell-Williams Aviation Museum, the Atchafalaya golf course, and the Cypress Sawmill Museum and Festival. Patterson’s safety rating is approximately 75% lower than the state average of 1,982. It had 9 reported violent crimes, 1.47 per 1,000 people, compared to the state, which averaged 7 per 1,000 people. Their property crime numbers totaled to 80 incidents, or 13.10 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 1,619, or 50 per 1,000 people.

6,106 Population
9 Violent Crimes
80 Property Crimes

3. PORT ALLEN

Port Allen began in 1809 as a settlement named La Ville Saint Michel. The unpredictable and unforgiving waters of the Mississippi sunk La Ville Saint Michel in 1870 and a new settlement was established nearby - this time further from the water. In 1878, after the Civil War, the new location was re-dubbed Port Allen. Port Allen’s safety rating is approximately 68% lower than the state average. It reported 22 violent crimes, 4.29 per 1,000 people, compared to the state which averaged 7 per 1,000 people. Their property crimes total came in at 57 incidents, or 11.11 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 1,619, or 50 per 1,000 people.

5,129 Population
22 Violent Crimes
57 Property Crimes

4. SCOTT

Scott is located thirty-nine miles north of the Gulf of Mexico and just west of Lafayette. The town is home to La Maison de Begnaud tourist center, an Acadian home that serves as the welcome, as well as a heritage interpretive center complete with a Cajun gift shop. Scott also has an Arboretum with a walking trail and many species of native trees. Scott’s safety rating is approximately 67% lower than the state average. It reported 11 violent crimes, 1.23 per 1,000 people, compared to the state, which averaged 7 per 1,000 people. Property crimes totaled 170 incidents, or 18.94 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 1,619, or 50 per 1,000 people.

8,975 Population
11 Violent Crimes
170 Property Crimes

5. MANDEVILLE

Mandeville is located on the northern banks of Lake Ponchartrain, almost directly across from Metairie and New Orleans. Mandeville was founded in 1834 and is regarded as the oldest inhabited locality of Saint Tammany Parish. The town prides itself on its contrast with New Orleans and boasts a serene and naturalistic environment with planning guidelines that guarantee low-density residential development. Mandeville’s safety rating is approximately 61% lower than the state average. It reported 15 violent crimes, 1.22 per 1,000 people, compared to the state, which averaged 7 per 1,000 people. There were 282 incidents of property crime, or 22.92 per 1,000 people, as opposed to the state’s average of 1,619, or 50 per 1,000 people.

12,306 Population
15 Violent Crimes
282 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Louisiana, 2017

1. Harahan

11. Morgan City

21. Crowley

31. Mansfield

41. Denham Springs

2. Patterson

12. Zachary

22. Thibodaux

32. Houma

42. Marksville

3. Port Allen

13. Ruston

23. Sulphur

33. Shreveport

43. Gonzales

4. Scott

14. Springhill

24. Lake Charles

34. Eunice

44. Natchitoches

5. Mandeville

15. Covington

25. Walker

35. Abbeville

45. West Monroe

6. Minden

16. Broussard

26. Bossier City

36. Ville Platte

46. Opelousas

7. De Ridder

17. Carencro

27. New Orleans

37. Pineville

47. Ponchatoula

8. Westwego

18. Tallulah

28. Slidell

38. Breaux Bridge

48. Hammond

9. Jennings

19. Rayne

29. Baton Rouge

39. Bogalusa

49. Alexandria

10. Gretna

20. Franklin

30. Lafayette

40. Leesville

​50. Bastrop

METHODOLOGY

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


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

2 The Safest Cities in Kentucky, 2017

Safest Cities in Kentucky

Spawning from six different Native American cultures, it’s very fitting that the name Kentucky came from the Iroquois word “Ken-tah-ten,” meaning “Land of Tomorrow.” The state has a very diverse landscape, ranging from mountains and caves to farmland and commercial forests - which make up 50% of the state’s area. The entire northern border of the state is defined by the curves of the Ohio River and is where the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains sits. Along the southern border, you’ll find a plethora of caves that appeal to spelunkers of every skill level. This “Bluegrass State” is also famous for its musical heritage - a complex blend of Irish folk music, blues, and jazz. It’s home to a large amount of whiskey distilleries and over 850,000 farms. The Kentucky Derby, an annual world-famous horse race, is part of the inspiration for the state’s slogan, “Unbridled Spirit.”

28,445 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
30 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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.  FORT THOMAS

The city of Fort Thomas is nestled along the Ohio River on the northern border of Kentucky, adjacent to Cincinnati. Their downtown has recently been renovated creating a booming business district. It’s a testament to the culture of the city, with cafes, bakeries, boutiques, barber shops, and breweries situated in a long row of colonial brick buildings. They call themselves the “City of Beautiful Homes” - confirmed as one wanders down the streets of stunning architecture and manicured lawns. It’s home to the Highland Country Club and the Midwest’s oldest invitational golf tournament, The Highlander. Last year only 3 violent crimes and 125 property crimes were reported. It’s a comfortable place to live and raise a family as their high school ranks in the top 550 for academics, and 2nd in the state for football wins.

16,358 Population
3 Violent Crimes
125 Property Crimes

2. INDEPENDENCE

About 15 miles south of Cincinnati lies Independence. It’s a well-designed suburb with a population of 26,773 within 16.8 square miles. It’s gone through a few name changes, from Everett’s Creek to Crews Creek to Bagby and finally Independence after its liberation from nearby Campbell County. It’s home to 9 top-rated schools and 8 beautiful parks. There’s an amphitheater that hosts events for the community including movies at dusk and puppet shows for children. The city also hosts annual Easter Egg Hunts, 4th of July Celebrations, and Christmas Walks along with community fitness classes that promote health and wellness. It reported 11 violent crimes, 0.41/1,000 people, and 193 property crimes, 7.21/1,000 people.

26,773 Population
11 Violent Crimes
193 Property Crimes

3. LAWRENCEBURG

Lawrenceburg is a quaint and historic community located in the heart of Kentucky. Stately colonial homes border its downtown that’s splashed with brightly-colored specialty shops, restaurants rich in culinary creativity and fine cigar shops. This mostly-rural community has quick access to Lexington and Louisville, making it easy to maintain the small-town feel while being able to enjoy the conveniences of a big city. Raising Sons Home Farm Winery, winner of Kentucky’s best dry red Commissioner's Cup award, is in good company with the Four Roses distillery (around since 1888) and Wild Turkey bourbon distillery. Every year they host a Ghost Walk, Summer Fest, family movie nights, and the skate park always keeps kids of all ages occupied. Last year, there were only 3 reported violent crimes and 92 property crimes.

11,135 Population
2 Violent Crimes
67 Property Crimes

4. HIGHLAND HEIGHTS

With little neighborhoods tucked in the rolling hills, Highland Heights is a suburb of Cincinnati that’s a great place for raising a family. It’s close to the convenience of big cities but maintains a certain level of small-town charm and security. Their motto is “Growth Through Progress” which is reflective of their efforts toward making their city active and innovative. The community hosts a Cruise-In & Dance - classic cars, food, and music. They also host a yearly Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch with Santa. There were only 2 reported violent crimes and 67 property crimes.

7,214 Population
2 Violent Crimes
67 Property Crimes

5. EDGEWOOD

Just south of Cincinnati and a few miles from Highland Heights, Edgewood is comprised of neighborhoods and cul-de-sacs that are tucked along ridgelines of hills in the northern part of Kentucky. It’s a more affluent area, with beautiful homes and tree-lined streets, a median family income of over $80,000, and 1.5% of its population below the poverty line. Clearly designed to be family-friendly, there are parks and play areas sprinkled throughout. Presidents Park is a huge, 20-acre park that offers sports fields and hiking trails while Freedom Park offers volleyball, soccer, and baseball facilities. St. Elizabeth Hospital - one of the top 50 best hospitals in the U.S. - is also found here. There’s no shortage of things to do: snow tubing in the winter, mystery dinners, open acoustic music jams, free fitness classes, and much more - to say that their Parks & Recreation department is active would be an understatement. With schools rating 9/10, this city is a great place to live. It’s also one of the safest cities in the state, with 3 reported violent crimes and 81 property crimes, 9.23/1,000 people.

8,775 Population
3 Violent Crimes
81 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Kentucky, 2017

1. Fort Thomas

11. Central City

21. Monticello

31. Bellevue

41. Murray

2. Independence

12. Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills

22. Alexandria

32. Leitchfield

42. Russellville

3. Lawrenceburg

13. Williamsburg

23. Paris

33. Harrodsburg

43. Maysville

4. Highland Heights

14. Shelbyville

24. Madisonville

34. Corbin

44. Bardstown

5. Edgewood

15. Erlanger

25. Berea

35. Radcliff

45. Nicholasville

6. Wilmore

16. La Grange

26. Danville

36. Elizabethtown

46. Hopkinsville

7. Taylor Mill

17. Cynthiana

27. Elsmere

37. Georgetown

47. Oak Grove

8. Fort Mitchell

18. Lebanon

28. Fort Wright

38. Mayfield

48. Richmond

9. Mount Washington

19. Cold Spring

29. Morehead

39. Henderson

49. Dayton

10. Vine Grove

20. Hillview

30. Jeffersontown

40. Glasgow

​50. Owensboro

METHODOLOGY

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


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

1 The Safest Cities in Kansas, 2017

Safest Cities in Kansas

Kansas, the Sunflower State, is a Midwestern state with a population of around 2.9 million people. In addition to the band Kansas’ top hits "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind,” Kansas (the state) has another hit. Their state song is "Home on the Range” which is appropriate given the lyrics, "Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam," as the buffalo is the state animal. The buffalo live comfortably in the Big Basin Prairie Preserve. Kansas is great for nature enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and bird watchers because it is home to five other nature preservation centers and observatories that are perfect for appreciating life's natural wonders. Kansas does well in balancing big city attractions with small town charm. Whether you're a cyclist, foodie, outdoor adventurer, or just want to spend the day fishing - Kansas has a spot for you. Fun fact: Though Chicago, Illinois, is called the “Windy City," Dodge City, Kansas, is actually the windiest city in the whole United States with an average wind speed of up to 14 mph.

35,397 avg population
3 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
28 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.  PRAIRIE VILLAGE

Prairie Village is located along the eastern edge of Kansas in Johnson County. It has a population of 21,980 and is about an hour’s drive from the state capital. They have four shopping centers as well as twelve parks that are perfect for biking, hiking, and family picnics. Prairie Village’s recreation programs cover a variety of activities from watersports to skateboarding. They celebrate the 4th of July with VillageFest which includes a pancake breakfast, rides, a classic car show, and more. They also host a critically acclaimed JazzFest. Prairie Village reported 7 violent crimes and only 10.25/1,000 people reported property crimes.

21,980 Population
7 Violent Crimes
226 Property Crimes

2. BEL AIRE

Bel Aire is a suburb of Wichita in Sedgwick County. It’s able to maintain its own brand of small town charm while its residents can still access big city amenities. It’s the second safest city in Kansas with crime statistics that are lower than the state's averages. Only 1.21/1000 people were affected by violent crimes (the state's average is 3/1000 people) and a low rate of 8.76/1000 people reported property crimes - significantly lower than the Kansas average of 28/1000 people. Bel Aire has both private and public schools, five public parks, and a wide variety of recreational programs for residents of all ages including yoga, line dancing, and even a barn quilt workshop. They also host festivals in spring and fall that include seasonal activities like a 10,000-Egg Easter Hunt. Bel Aire also hosts an annual event for the four-legged members of the family with their "Hot Dawgs Pool Party" where residents can bring their dogs to the community pool for a dip before it closes for the season.

7,416 Population
9 Violent Crimes
65 Property Crimes

3. VALLEY CENTER

Valley Center is located approximately 13 miles north of Wichita in Sedgwick County. It has a population of 7,113 and is the third safest city in Kansas. Valley Center's number of reported violent crimes was only 1.27/1,000 people (the state's average is 3/1000) and statistics show that a low number of people (9.98/1000 people) reported property crimes much lower than the state average. Much like Bel Aire, Valley Center's close proximity to a larger city gives it the benefits of big city convenience without compromising its small town atmosphere and values. Valley Center has beautiful landscaping, including five public parks, some of which are home to a children's splash pad, swimming pools, licensed fishing areas, and disc golf. In September, the city hosts its biggest event of the year, an annual fall festival.

7,113 Population
9 Violent Crimes
71 Property Crimes

4. LEAWOOD

The city of Leawood is located near the Kansas-Missouri state line and is about an hour’s drive from Kansas state capital, Topeka. It has a population of 35,047 and a low violent crime rate of 0.68/1,000 people and a property crime rate of 12.04/1000 people - both statistics are lower than the state's averages. Leawood is a tightly-knit community that places a strong emphasis on the arts. The Arts Council provides shows, concerts, and educational programming for residents of all ages and the city sponsors art competitions throughout the year. It’s home to an aquatic center, six public parks, and a unique challenge course that includes a 50 ft rock wall and a giant swing that allows visitors to swing down from a 35 ft platform. Leawood also hosts a variety of community events from races to senior luncheons and holiday events like an "Eggstravaganza" Easter event and Breakfast with Santa.

35,047 Population
24 Violent Crimes
442 Property Crimes

5. ULYSSES

Ulysses is located in the southwest corner of the state in Grant County and is only 40 miles from the Colorado-Oklahoma state border. It has a population of 6,157 and is the fifth safest city in the state. The city reported four violent crimes (or a rate of 0.65/1,000 people) and a property crime rate of 13.81/1,000 people - both statistics lower than the state's averages. Ulysses hosts events throughout the year like a city-wide garage and sidewalk sale and a Home Products Dinner made up of locally-grown and prepared foods. Ulysses has six parks where residents can relax, picnic, or, in the case of Fraizer Park, camp. Fraizer Park Lake is the central hub of Fraizer Park and has been newly restored to provide residents with a safe and fun water recreation area and irrigation source for their lush Brentwood Golf course.

6,157 Population
4 Violent Crimes
85 Property Crimes

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The Top 49 Safest Cities in Kansas, 2017

1. Prairie Village

11. Basehor

21. Colby

31. Winfield

41. Parsons

2. Bel Aire

12. Shawnee

22. Augusta

32. Concordia

42. Hutchinson

3. Valley Center

13. Overland Park

23. Hays

33. Garden City

43. Mission

4. Leawood

14. Emporia

24. Liberal

34. McPherson

44. Merriam

5. Ulysses

15. Ottawa

25. Dodge City

35. Wellington

45. Kansas City

6. Tonganoxie

16. Abilene

26. Bonner Springs

36. Arkansas City

46. Iola

7. Andover

17. Mulvane

27. Junction City

37. Salina

47. Topeka

8. Lansing

18. Park City

28. Haysville

38. Newton

48. Fort Scott

9. Olathe

19. Paola

29. Atchison

39. Leavenworth

49. Wichita

10. Lenexa

20. Derby

30. Pratt

40. Great Bend

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Kansas, 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 Idaho, 2017

Safest Cities in Idaho

Idaho’s claim to fame lies in potatoes, however, the first potato in America was planted in New Hampshire in 1719. Potatoes didn’t even reach Idaho until 1836. Still, Idaho produces approximately one-third of the potatoes in the United States. As a state, though, Idaho has much more to offer. The Idaho landscape is rugged and can be wild. It’s home to the deepest river gorge in North America: Hells Canyon. At 7,993 feet deep, Hells Canyon beats even the 6,000 foot depth of the Grand Canyon. In 1805-1806, while still a part of the Oregon country and jointly owned by the United States and Great Britain, this region was explored by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Idaho is known as the Gem State; as nearly every type of gemstone and more than seventy-two types of precious and semi- precious stones are mined there. Idaho is also one of only two places on the planet to find star garnets -- India is the other. Idaho even derives its name from a mining lie. A mining lobbyist named George M. Willing presented the name to Congress claiming that it was a Shoshone word meaning “Gem of the Mountains” and by the time they found out that it was an invented word “Idaho” had already stuck.

17,017 avg population
2.30 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
20 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  WEISER

Weiser, Idaho was named after Peter Weiser, an American soldier and member of the Corps of Discovery on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Weiser is the county seat of Washington County in southwest Idaho. Weiser’s community motto is “We Love Our Kids” which shows faith in their future, however, they’re equally proud of their past. Many of the town’s buildings, including the Galloway House, Pythian Castle, and the Union Pacific Train Depot, are now on the Historic Register. The town is also home to several parks and the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest and Festival.

5,321 Population
1 Violent Crimes
34 Property Crimes

2. REXBURG

Yellowstone and Teton National Parks are within an hour’s drive of Rexburg; outdoor recreational activities like fishing, hunting, and camping are common throughout all four seasons. The city founders recognized education and commerce as essential to building a strong community; in 1883, the first year of Rexburg’s settlement, they organized Bannock Stake Academy, the first primary school in the area. In 1888, just five years later, Ricks Academy was founded (eventually becoming Ricks College and, in 2001, became Brigham Young University-Idaho). With a student to teacher ratio of 15:1 in public schools, Rexburg is an ideal location to educate your children.

27,499 Population
12 Violent Crimes
181 Property Crimes

3. SODA SPRINGS

Soda Springs is home to the Soda Springs Geyser. The geyser was discovered in 1937 while a drilling operation was preparing to build a natural hot springs swimming pool. They struck the geyser and it shot 100 feet into the air. Now a timer activates it once an hour. It’s the only captive geyser in the United States. Soda Springs reported 3 violent crimes and 21 property crimes.

2,960 Population
3 Violent Crimes
21 Property Crimes

4. CHALLIS

Challis is located in central Idaho next to the Salmon/Challis National Forest and on the Salmon River. In 1876, Alvah Challis saw the area’s growing ranch and mining industries and knew there was a need for a supply depot. The Challis economy is still supported by active mines and many of its original buildings still exist along Main Street. Despite being a small, relatively isolated town in the Idaho mountains, Challis is the seat of Custer County. Challis had 2 violent crimes and 6 property crimes.

1,045 Population
2 Violent Crimes
6 Property Crimes

5. SALMON

Sacajawea (the Shoshone woman who acted as a guide and interpreter for the Lewis and Clark Expedition) was born near present-day Salmon, Idaho. Salmon is home to the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Educational Center; their mission statement being, “...to foster the knowledge and appreciation of the Agai’dika Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Western frontier life, and the natural environment.” Salmon reported 3 violent crimes and 24 property crimes.

3,013 Population
3 Violent Crimes
24 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Idaho, 2017

1. Weiser

11. Cottonwood

21. Emmett

31. Buhl

41. Sandpoint

2. Rexburg

12. Meridian

22. Bellevue

32. Moscow

42. Boise

3. Soda Springs

13. Wilder

23. Gooding

33. Kimberly

43. Jerome

4. Challis

14. Shelley

24. Rupert

34. Kamiah

44. Idaho Falls

5. Salmon

15. Parma

25. Mountain Home

35. Ketchum

45. McCall

6. Preston

16. St. Anthony

26. Wendell

36. Priest River

46. Cascade

7. Hailey

17. Shoshone

27. St. Maries

37. Orofino

47. Coeur d'Alene

8. Spirit Lake

18. Grangeville

28. Hagerman

38. Montpelier

48. Twin Falls

9. Osburn

19. Sun Valley

29. Caldwell

39. Payette

49. Nampa

10. American Falls

20. Rigby

30. Rathdrum

40. Post Falls

50. Lewiston

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Idaho, 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 Illinois, 2017

Safest Cities in Illinois

Illinois displays quite the range of cities, spanning from rural farmland to the bustling metropolis of Chicago. Chicago serves as a major international travel hub and is a melting pot of culture and culinary prowess. The rest of the state is what gives Illinois the title, “The Prairie State,” as farmland and rolling hills span as far as the eye can see. Chicago was where the world’s first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building, was built back in 1885 - at 10 stories tall. Of course, that pales in comparison with what’s there today, including the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), sitting at 108 stories tall. There’s quite a rich architectural history to be told here, but most fan favorites take a different turn and revolve around the famous mob boss, Al Capone, who essentially ruled the city during Prohibition. Every year, Chicago dyes their river green for St. Patrick’s day - just for fun. The city is home to the largest public library in the state as well as the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium; there’s no shortage of things to do in this city! Another major bragging point for the state is that it was the very first to abolish slavery, making it a leader in human rights. Many prominent figures in history were born here, including former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.

4 % of U.S. population
2.22 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
17.99 above average U.S. property crime rate

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1.  WATERLOO

Classic brick buildings line Waterloo’s downtown area which is home to beautiful churches and restaurants with impressive culinary creativity. At the south end of the city you’ll find a long, winding creek, Schorr Lake, and a beautiful vineyard where you can buy their local wine. Their schools are very highly rated and one of the safest places in the state, making it a wonderful place to live. Each year, Waterloo hosts a Pumpkin Fest, a Homecoming fair in Courthouse Square, the Monroe County Fair, and a “Sister City” celebration honoring the culture of their German sister city - complete with a parade and marching bands.

10,224 Population
1 Violent Crimes
29 Property Crimes

2. WESTERN SPRINGS

Western Springs is an affluent suburb of Chicago with charm to spare. Most streets are lined with beautiful homes and immaculate landscaping, with parks or soccer nets or other areas for kids to play. The median family income is around $140,000, making it a prestigious place to live. Western Springs was home to quite a few notable people, including Brian Campbell of the Chicago Blackhawks, novelist Jonathan Franzen, and evangelist Billy Graham. Foodies are in heaven here and their recreation department is incredibly active, offering 50+ community activities to get involved in, encouraging a sense of community that is second to none.

13,359 Population
1 Violent Crimes
42 Property Crimes

3. WINFIELD

Winfield is home to one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago suburbs, the Central DuPage Hospital. It also has a stop on the Metra station, providing an easy commute to the city. When you visit, be sure to stop at John’s Restaurant and Tavern, one of the oldest taverns in the area, at almost 100 years old. Spanning only around 3 square miles, this city has a lot to offer - a forest preserve, a bike trail that runs alongside the DuPage River, and a beautifully designed golf course. The quiet neighborhoods are perfect for raising a family and the school districts are some of the best around. Each year, there’s a citywide garage sale, a comic convention, adult Easter egg hunt, and much more.

9,679 Population
3 Violent Crimes
27 Property Crimes

4. HAWTHORN WOODS

Hawthorn Woods has a lot going on. Every year, it hosts a Superhero Glow Run 5k, the Divas Half Marathon and 5k, the Shamrockers Ball, a winter carnival, summer concerts in the park, movies in the park, parades, craft fairs, and the list goes on and on. There’s a huge outdoor aquatic center for summer’s hot days, plenty of ponds and lakes in the area, an active parks and recreation department that offers a variety of activities throughout the year, and a golf course at Hawthorn Woods Country Club which was designed by Arnold Palmer. Their schools are ranked among the best in Illinois, with high graduation rates and most students continuing to higher education. It is not very densely populated, at 7,905 people in its 7.92 square miles with a median household income of $132,720, making it a prestigious city to live in.

7,905 Population
1 Violent Crimes
28 Property Crimes

5. CAMPTON HILLS

Another suburb of Chicago, Campton Hills is located in Kane County. It’s rather large, at 17 square miles, but with 11,366 residents it’s relatively sparsely populated. It - like the others above - is an affluent area with a median family income of $137,500. With farmland surrounding most housing developments, there’s a lot of wide-open space, including two forest preserves. The downtown area is quaint but close to bigger cities and their amenities. Campton Hills is actively pursuing the preservation of its natural resources, bettering its school districts, and maintaining family values, all while pursuing effective economic development.

11,366 Population
4 Violent Crimes
36 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Illinois, 2017

1. Waterloo

11. Mascoutah

21. Deerfield

31. Mount Zion

41. Hanover Park

2. Western Springs

12. Buffalo Grove

22. Pinckneyville

32. Greenville

42. Arlington Heights

3. Winfield

13. Lake in the Hills

23. Winnetka

33. Mahomet

43. Palatine

4. Hawthorn Woods

14. Bartlett

24. Cary

34. Morton

44. Lake Bluff

5. Campton Hills

15. La Grange Park

25. Wauconda

35. Burr Ridge

45. Hoffman Estates

6. Channahon

16. Clarendon Hills

26. Lake Forest

36. Prospect Heights

46. Washington

7. Willow Springs

17. Homer Glen

27. Monticello

37. Frankfort

47. Lockport

8. Manhattan

18. Northfield

28. Hampshire

38. Huntley

48. Hinsdale

9. Lindenhurst

19. Palos Hills

29. Roselle

39. Highwood

49. Lake Villa

10. Lakemoor

20. Lincolnshire

30. Wheaton

40. Glencoe

50. Lisle

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Illinois, 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 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

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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

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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.