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The Safest Cities in Nevada, 2017

Somewhere between the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean and the horizon-spanning Great Plains lies Nevada and its sun-baked landscape. Also known as the Silver State, Nevada is the 7th-largest state in the country, yet has the 34th-largest population. Add the fact that three-fourths of its population lives in Clark County, and it's evident that Nevada is a place where bustling cities give way to big, empty spaces. Legalized gambling and national parks remain a huge draw for tourism, while the state remains the fourth-largest producer of gold in the world. The state is also experiencing rapid population growth, though its five safest cities remain great places to move to.

248,476 avg population
4 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
26 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.  BOULDER CITY

Located 26 miles southeast of Sin City, Boulder City is comparably a much-quieter town that also has 15,481 residents and a dearth of slot machines. (It's only one of two cities in Nevada that does not allow gambling). Instead of rolling die, Boulder City locals are keeping their eyes peeled for any shenanigans, and that's probably why there were only 13 cases of violent crime and 147 cases of property crime reported last year. Besides having the distinction of being the safest city in Nevada, Boulder City also boasts the Nevada Southern Railroad Museum, scenic Hemenway Park, and access to nearby Hoover Dam.

15,481 Population
13 Violent Crimes
147 Property Crimes

2. MESQUITE

Located on the foot of the Virgin Mountains in the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert, the town of Mesquite is an 80-mile drive up Interstate 15 from Las Vegas. And while Mesquite does have several casino resorts, such as the Virgin River Casino, Eureka Casino Hotel, and CasaBlanca, this town of 17,412 also enjoys a slower pace of life. It's also so gosh-darn safe that it's the second-safest city in Nevada, last year experiencing only 34 violent crimes and 16.02 instances of property crime per 1,000 people. Add plenty of sun and verdant golf courses, and it makes for a pretty appealing place to live.

17,412 Population
34 Violent Crimes
279 Property Crimes

3. HENDERSON

As the second-largest city in the state of Nevada, Henderson boasts an impressive population of 282,554. However, its size hasn't stopped it from popping up in the list of the state's safest, coming in fast and loud at #3. Experiencing only 1.68 violent crimes and 18.93 property crimes per 1,000 people last year, Henderson is quite the success story for a large city. In fact, it was named one of the safest cities in the United States in a 2014 report by the FBI. That's tough to beat.

282,554 Population
476 Violent Crimes
5,349 Property Crimes

4. WINNEMUCCA

Though it may sound like a frigid city located in northern Minnesota, Winnemucca is very much a sun-soaked Nevada town that's perched at an elevation of 4,295 feet. In fact, it's actually named after Chief Winnemucca of the Northern Paiute tribe and is home to 8,144 residents. While in the year 1900 Butch Cassidy's gang was robbing its downtown bank of $32,640, these days Winnemucca is a much safer place, experiencing just 18 violent crimes and 186 property crimes last year.

8,114 Population
18 Violent Crimes
186 Property Crimes

5. SPARKS

Take a short drive east from Reno and you'll find yourself at Sparks, a sizable town of 95,815 residents that also happens to be the fifth-largest in the state. Coincidentally, it also happens to be the fifth-safest city in Nevada, experiencing 3.75 violent crimes and 27.74 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. And while most of Nevada may be desert, Sparks is located near a naturally occurring aquifer, allowing locals to sail, swim, fish, and boat whenever they're not preparing for the annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off.

95,815 Population
359 Violent Crimes
2,658 Property Crimes

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The Top 10 Safest Cities in Nevada, 2017

1. Boulder City

2. Mesquite

3. Henderson

4. Winnemucca

5. Sparks

6. North Las Vegas

7. Reno

8. Elko

9. Fallon

10. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

METHODOLOGY

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


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

The Safest Cities in Nebraska, 2017

Spread out over the expansive prairies of the Great Plains, the rock formations of the panhandle, and the rolling dunes of the Sandhills, the Cornhusker State boasts a rich history that dates back to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. While it's the 16th-largest state, it ranks 37th in population, resulting in a nature-rich landscape, as well as the 43rd-ranked population density in the country. It's the kind of place where farming can flourish—and it has, turning Nebraska into an agricultural powerhouse and saddling the state with the lowest unemployment rate in the country. It makes sense, then, that Nebraska is also one of the safest states in the land, as evidenced by the safety statistics of its five safest cities.

43,088 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
24 property crime rate per 1,000 people

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  SEWARD

When it comes to the 4th of July, no Nebraska town celebrates like Seward. Ever since 1979, when Governor J. James Exon was in charge, Seward has been designated “Nebraska's Official 4th of July City.” These days, the city of 7,165 is also known as Nebraska's safest city, and experienced only four cases of violent crime and a paltry 54 cases of property crime per year. And whenever residents aren't getting excited for the annual 40,000-person 4th of July celebration, they're probably checking out the Nebraska National Guard Museum or the World's Largest Time Capsule.

7,165 Population
4 Violent Crimes
54 Property Crimes

2. LA VISTA

It may be technically a suburb of Omaha, but residents of La Vista will tell you that La Vista stands on its own. At 18,049 residents, La Vista's population is nothing to sneeze at, but you might need to pull out a microscope to look at the tiny crime statistics for the city. With 23 instances of violent crime, and 11.69 instances of property crime per 1,000 people experienced last year, La Vista remains one of the safest cities in the state. Take that, Omaha.

18,049 Population
23 Violent Crimes
211 Property Crimes

3. GERING

Located near the western border of Nebraska, the town of Gering is a close-knit community of 8,335 people. It's also a place that is definitely not into funny business and where residents keep their eyes peeled for any riffraff, as evidenced by the fact that only 5 violent crimes and 114 property crimes occurred here last year. When they're not keeping their community safe, they're likely strolling through the beautiful landscape of nearby parks such as Wildcat Hills of the Scotts Bluff National Monument.

8,335 Population
5 Violent Crimes
114 Property Crimes

4. PAPILLION

Named after the creek that flows through its center, the charming city of Papillion also shares its name with the French word for “butterfly.” The story goes that when early French explorers were in the area, many butterflies were found on the banks of the creek. These days, butterflies may not be filling the skies here, but the sizable city of 24,335 still remains one of the safest in Nebraska. Case in point: only 18 cases of violent crime and 15.73 cases of property crime per 1,000 people occurred here last year. As a bonus, Papillion enjoys plenty of green space, including Carter Lake and nearby Chalco Hills.

24,355 Population
18 Violent Crimes
383 Property Crimes

5. BLAIR

Named after railroad magnate John Insley Blair, this city on the border of eastern Nebraska was established in 1869 when the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad extended to its current site. While there may not be many railroad tycoons gallivanting around Blair these days, there are 7,981 safety-minded residents who run a tight ship. With only 10 violent crimes and 117 property reported crimes, Blair sneaks is as #5 on Nebraska's list of safest cities, and also offers plenty of outdoor fun to be had at nearby Black Elk Neihardt Park and the Missouri River.

7,981 Population
10 Violent Crimes
117 Property Crimes

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The Top 25 Safest Cities in Nebraska, 2017

1. Seward

11. Fremont

21. Sidney

2. La Vista

12. Norfolk

22. Hastings

3. Gering

13. Holdrege

23. Lincoln

4. Papillion

14. Lexington

24. Beatrice

5. Blair

15. McCook

25. North Platte

6. Columbus

16. Kearney

7. Bellevue

17. Crete

8. Alliance

18. Chadron

9. Ralston

19. Grand Island

10. Nebraska City

20. South Sioux City

METHODOLOGY

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


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

The Safest Cities in Montana, 2017

Affectionately referred to as “Big Sky Country,” the state of Montana is the fourth-largest in the U.S., even though its population is the 44th-biggest. Bordering Canada and brimming with beautiful landscapes, it's a place where the fascinating terrain ranges from prairie terrain and badlands to the 77 different named mountain ranges that compile its portion of the Rocky Mountains range. Visitors gush over the well-known Yellowstone National Park, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Park, and Glacier National Park, while residents spend their time fishing, hunting, and enjoying the outdoors. And to add to its draw, Montana also happens to be a very safe state, as evidenced by this list of its safest cities.

26,734 avg population
4 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
34 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.  MILES CITY

Located in southeastern Montana near the north-flowing Tongue River, Miles City is home to 8,851 residents and also boasts the distinction of being the safest city in the state. No need to fret about a solo stroll through the park, because the super-safe Miles City experienced only 12 violent crimes per year, and roughly 23 instances of property crime per 1,000 people. Locals won't be shy to tell you about Miles City's storied past, and how it was founded by whiskey merchants looking to sell “liquid stock” to soldiers at then-nearby Fort Keogh. Bottoms up!

8,851 Population
12 Violent Crimes
205 Property Crimes

2. SIDNEY

Located a mere 10 miles from the border of North Dakota, close-knit Sidney is home to 6,817 residents. Locals get a good night's sleep here, knowing that Sidney experienced only 37 violent crimes and 105 property crimes last year. And when they're not enjoying piece of mind, they're exploring the nearby badlands and Yellowstone River, or learning about pioneer life in western North Dakota and eastern Montana at the MonDak Heritage Center.

6,817 Population
37 Violent Crimes
105 Property Crimes

3. LAUREL

Laurel is a local transportation hub in the state of Montana, serving as an east-west division point for the Burlington-Northern Railroad, as well as a stop on Interstate 90. Trains are kind of a big deal here, and the Laurel Yard happens to be the largest rail yard between Pasco, Washington and St. Paul, Minnesota. Another big deal: safety, especially since Laurel experienced only 13 violent crimes and 169 property crimes last year. For residents, nearby Yellowstone National Park offers plenty of nature to explore, and every three years, the Laurel Aviation and Technology Week offers hands-on demonstrations for students of all ages.

6,988 Population
13 Violent Crimes
169 Property Crimes

4. BOZEMAN

At 42,826 residents, Bozeman is actually the fourth-largest in the sparsely populated state of Montana. While no sprawling metropolis, Bozeman offers plenty to do for outdoors-loving locals, while also remaining one of the safest cities in the state. After all, Bozeman suffered only 2.66 instances of violent crime and 26.04 instances of property crime last year, respectively. In town, Montana State University and its more than 15,000 students remain a big presence, while the Museum of the Rockies and American Computer & Robotics Museum area also big draws for anyone who is isn't passing through on their way to Yellowstone National Park.

42,826 Population
114 Violent Crimes
1,115 Property Crimes

5. BELGRADE

With 7,882 residents and located in southwest Montana and incorporated in 1906, Belgrade is the largest city in Montana that's not a county seat. It's also safer than an overprotective soccer mom, experiencing 3.93 instances of violent crime and 24.23 instances of property crime per 1,000 people annually, respectively. Fun fact: the city was named after the Serbian city of Belgrade as a hat tip to the Serbian investors who helped finance a part of the Northern Pacific Railroad.

7,882 Population
31 Violent Crimes
191 Property Crimes

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The Top 15 Safest Cities in Montana, 2017

1. Miles City

11. Havre

2. Sidney

12. Helena

3. Laurel

13. Missoula

4. Bozeman

14. Billings

5. Belgrade

15. Kalispell

6. Whitefish

7. Lewistown

8. Glendive

9. Livingston

10. Great Falls

METHODOLOGY

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


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

The Safest Cities in New Hampshire, 2017

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

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

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  ATKINSON

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

6,853 Population
2 Violent Crimes
23 Property Crimes

2. HAMPSTEAD

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

8,607 Population
2 Violent Crimes
43 Property Crimes

3. WEARE

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

8,954 Population
4 Violent Crimes
42 Property Crimes

4. SANDOWN

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

6,311 Population
4 Violent Crimes
29 Property Crimes

5. DURHAM

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

16,052 Population
12 Violent Crimes
73 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in New Hampshire, 2017

1. Atkinson

11. Barrington

21. Loudon

31. Alton

41. Gilford

2. Hampstead

12. Litchfield

22. Jaffrey

32. Amherst

42. Portsmouth

3. Weare

13. New Ipswich

23. Raymond

33. Goffstown

43. Farmington

4. Sandown

14. Merrimack

24. Londonderry

34. Dover

44. Hooksett

5. Durham

15. Kingston

25. Milford

35. Rindge

45. Concord

6. Brookline

16. Bow

26. Hudson

36. Nashua

46. Meredith

7. Hollis

17. Peterborough

27. Hampton

37. Derry

47. Epping

8. Windham

18. Auburn

28. Hillsborough

38. Pembroke

48. Seabrook

9. Exeter

19. Pelham

29. Wolfeboro

39. Plaistow

49. Claremont

10. Hopkinton

20. Hanover

30. Wakefield

40. Bedford

​50. Newport

METHODOLOGY

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


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

3 The Safest Cities in Missouri, 2017

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

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

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  GREENWOOD

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

5,541 Population
6 Violent Crimes
21 Property Crimes

2. BONNE TERRE

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

7,058 Population
3 Violent Crimes
47 Property Crimes

3. BALLWIN

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

30,526 Population
9 Violent Crimes
245 Property Crimes

4. SAVANNAH

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

5,142 Population
3 Violent Crimes
42 Property Crimes

5. SMITHVILLE


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

9,278 Population
5 Violent Crimes
89 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Missouri, 2017

1. Greenwood

11. Ladue

21. Parkville

31. Lee's Summit

41. Bowling Green

2. Bonne Terre

12. Willard

22. Manchester

32. Battlefield

42. Republic

3. Ballwin

13. Creve Coeur

23. Ellisville

33. Eureka

43. Marshall

4. Savannah

14. Waynesville

24. Shrewsbury

34. Pacific

44. Pevely

5. Smithville

15. Wentzville

25. Kirkwood

35. Liberty

45. Odessa

6. Kearney

16. Raymore

26. Grain Valley

36. Jackson

46. Florissant

7. Webster Groves

17. Nixa

27. Lake St. Louis

37. Maryland Heights

47. Chillicothe

8. Pleasant Hill

18. Carl Junction

28. Olivette

38. Park Hills

48. Kirksville

9. O'Fallon

19. Maryville

29. Clayton

39. Cameron

49. Crestwood

10. Town and Country

20. Chesterfield

30. Oak Grove

40. St. Peters

50. St. Charles

METHODOLOGY

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


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

The Safest Cities in New Jersey, 2017

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

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

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, MORRIS COUNTY

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

18,745 Population
2 Violent Crimes
33 Property Crimes

2. PARK RIDGE

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

8,872 Population
1 Violent Crimes
17 Property Crimes

3. MENDHAM TOWNSHIP

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

5,889 Population
1 Violent Crimes
12 Property Crimes

4. NEW HANOVER TOWNSHIP

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

7,227 Population
4 Violent Crimes
10 Property Crimes

5. WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, BERGEN GOUNTY

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

9,341 Population
1 Violent Crimes
27 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey, 2017

1. Washington Township, Morris County

11. Clinton Township

21. Mountainside

31. Branchburg Township

41. Glen Rock

2. Park Ridge

12. Chatham Township

22. Sparta Township

32. Montgomery Township

42. Holland Township 

3. Mendham Township

13. Mendham

23. Ridgefield

33. Randolph Township

43. Fanwood

4. New Hanover Township

14. Monroe Township, Middlesex County

24. Byram Township

34. Bergenfield

44. Oakland

5. Washington Township, Bergen County

15. Cresskill

25. Mahwah Township

35. Closter

45. Raritan Township

6. Montvale

16. Colts Neck Township

26. New Milford

36. Dumont

46. Hillsborough Township

7. Bernards Township

17. Warren Township

27. Madison

37. Upper Saddle River

47. Denville Township

8. Old Tappan

18. Chesterfield Township

28. Wyckoff Township

38. Franklin Lakes

48. Waterford Township

9. Kinnelon

19. Long Hill Township

29. Woolwich Township

39. Oradell

49. North Haledon

10. Hillsdale

20. Wood-Ridge

30. Emerson

40. Ringwood

​50. Hasbrouck Heights

METHODOLOGY

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


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

The Safest Cities in Wyoming, 2017

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

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

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  WORLAND

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

5,335 Population
1 Violent Crimes
57 Property Crimes

2. LARAMIE

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

32,375 Population
43 Violent Crimes
526 Property Crimes

3. JACKSON

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

10,668 Population
19 Violent Crimes
168 Property Crimes

4. CODY

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

9,789 Population
11 Violent Crimes
189 Property Crimes

5. GREEN RIVER


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

12,686 Population
58 Violent Crimes
144 Property Crimes

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The Top 15 Safest Cities in Wyoming, 2017

1. Worland

11. Casper

2. Laramie

12. Evanston

3. Jackson

13. Lander

4. Cody

14. Rawlins

5. Green River

15. Cheyenne

6. Torrington

7. Sheridan

8. Gillette

9. Powell

10. Rock Springs

METHODOLOGY

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


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

The Safest Cities in South Dakota, 2017

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

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

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1.  MADISON

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

7,282 Population
8 Violent Crimes
62 Property Crimes

2. BELLE FOURCHE

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

5,733 Population
9 Violent Crimes
57 Property Crimes

3. BROOKINGS

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

23,501 Population
25 Violent Crimes
392 Property Crimes

4. BOX ELDER

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

9,614 Population
28 Violent Crimes
124 Property Crimes

5. VERMILLION

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

10,732 Population
22 Violent Crimes
231 Property Crimes

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The Top 15 Safest Cities in South Dakota, 2017

1. Madison

11. Watertown

2. Belle Fourche

12. Sioux Falls

3. Brookings

13. Mitchell

4. Box Elder

14. Pierre

5. Vermillion

15. Rapid City

6. Aberdeen

7. Spearfish

8. Sturgis

9. Yankton

10. Huron

METHODOLOGY

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


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

The Safest Cities in Wisconsin, 2017

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

25,177 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
20 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  OCONOMOWOC TOWN

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

8,654 Population
1 Violent Crimes
19 Property Crimes

2. FREEDOM

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

6,062 Population
1 Violent Crimes
14 Property Crimes

3. MUKAWONAGO TOWN

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

8,115 Population
8 Violent Crimes
114 Property Crimes

4. MUSKEGO

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

24,738 Population
8 Violent Crimes
114 Property Crimes

5. HOBART-LAWRENCE

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

13,233 Population
2 Violent Crimes
68 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Wisconsin, 2017

1. Oconomowoc Town

11. Altoona

21. New Berlin

31. Oconomowoc

41. Ripon

2. Freedom

12. Mequon

22. Fox Valley Metro

32. Menomonee Falls

42. Stoughton

3. Mukwonago Town

13. Elm Grove

23. Deforest

33. Grafton

43. Milton

4. Muskego

14. Port Washington

24. Whitefish Bay

34. Kaukauna

44. Evansville

5. Hobart-Lawrence

15. Cottage Grove

25. Fox Point

35. Sturgeon Bay

45. Chippewa Falls

6. Kronenwetter

16. Sturtevant

26. Holmen

36. McFarland

46. Plover

7. Oregon

17. West Salem

27. Geneva Town

37. Twin Lakes

47. Waupun

8. Jackson

18. Sheboygan Falls

28. Caledonia

38. Verona

48. Edgerton

9. Waunakee

19. Cedarburg

29. North Fond du Lac

39. Beloit Town

49. Everest

10. Grand Rapids

20. Hartland

30. Menasha

40. Middleton

​50. Slinger

METHODOLOGY

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


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

The Safest Cities in Michigan, 2017

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

28,223 avg population
3 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
18 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  ADRIAN TOWNSHIP

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

6,352 Population
1 Violent Crimes
8 Property Crimes

2. GROSSE ILE TOWNSHIP

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

10,140 Population
1 Violent Crimes
34 Property Crimes

3. OAKLAND TOWNSHIP

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

19,357 Population
6 Violent Crimes
59 Property Crimes

4. THETFORD TOWNSHIP

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

6,740 Population
9 Violent Crimes
10 Property Crimes

5. HAMBURG TOWNSHIP

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

21,825 Population
11 Violent Crimes
85 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Michigan, 2017

1. Adrian Township

11. Huntington Woods

21. Rochester Hills

31. Montrose Township

41. Plymouth Township

2. Grosse Ile Township

12. Petoskey

22. Addison Township

32. East Grand Rapids

42. Shelby Township 

3. Oakland Township

13. Oxford Township

23. Commerce Township

33. Chocolay Township

43. Lyon Township

4. Thetford Township

14. Napoleon Township

24. Plymouth

34. Bloomfield Township

44. New Baltimore

5. Hamburg Township

15. Orion Township

25. Independence Township

35. Grosse Pointe Farms

45. White Lake Township

6. Flushing Township

16. Milford

26. Spring Arbor Township

36. Birmingham

46. Northville

7. Beverly Hills

17. Clawson

27. Chelsea

37. Richfield Township

47. Farmington

8. Raisin Township

18. Rochester

28. Walled Lake

38. St. Louis

48. Columbia Township

9. Brandon Township

19. Springfield Township

29. Highland Township

39. Clayton Township

49. Belding

10. South Lyon

20. West Bloomfield Township

30. Argentine Township

40. St. Johns

​50. Kingsford

METHODOLOGY

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


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