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Safest Cities in Iowa, 2018

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Iowa’s crime statistics are impressive. The Hawkeye State bests its Midwestern neighbors in most categories, earning the title as safest state in the region. Iowa’s safest community is the small town of Norwalk (population 10,371). Norwalk’s 16 violent crimes and 87 property crimes logged in the latest year for which data is available suggest that the local police force is often left with little to do.

4.31 Average violent crime per 1,000
32.20 Average property crime per 1,000

Pella, a similarly sized small town, ranks second. Its violent crime rate of just 0.96 per 1,000 should be a source of comfort for its 10.368 inhabitants. North Liberty (#3) has a violent crime rate a bit higher than the preceding two Iowa communities, but its property crime rate of 7.35 per 1,000 is the lowest in the state for every town and city with a population over 10,000. Fourth on the list is Johnston: larger than the others with a population of 21,635, yet with the low crime rates characteristic of a small town. Ankeny (#5) is significantly larger than the preceding communities with over 59,000 inhabitants, but its 2.16 violent crimes per 1,000 is a laudatory feat.

1.  NORWALK

10,371 Population
16 Violent Crimes
87 Property Crimes
norwalk crime 2018

2. PELLA

10,368 Population
10 Violent Crimes
105 Property Crimes
pella crime 2018

3. NORTH LIBERTY

16,458 Population
52 Violent Crimes
121 Property Crimes
north liberty crime 2018

4. JOHNSTON

21,635 Population
26 Violent Crimes
226 Property Crimes
johnston crime 2018

5. ANKENY

59,236 Population
128 Violent Crimes
756 Property Crimes
ankeny crime 2018

Iowa's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent
crime
Property
crime
Violent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Norwalk10,37116871.548.39
2Pella10,368101050.9610.13
3North Liberty16,458521213.167.35
4Johnston21,635262261.2010.45
5Ankeny59,2361287562.1612.76
6Urbandale45,012677001.4915.55
7Ames66,3331071,0771.6116.24
8Marion37,845716041.8815.96
9Boone12,702481693.7813.30
10Cedar Falls41,651667081.5817.00
11Spencer11,21192300.8020.52
12Iowa City75,5271971,5512.6120.54
13West Des Moines65,6311491,5132.2723.05
14Waverly10,10411411811.2811.68
15Indianola15,601933505.9622.43
16Muscatine24,0101585316.5822.12
17Oskaloosa11,626493024.2125.98
18Altoona17,503315231.7729.88
19Coralville20,957586622.7731.59
20Newton15,102544613.5830.53
21Dubuque59,0262101,8323.5631.04
22Storm Lake10,959583205.2929.20
23Marshalltown27,6281638135.9029.43
24Fort Madison10,654533584.9733.60
25Waterloo68,4705072,1207.4030.96
26Cedar Rapids131,1813875,0192.9538.26
27Mason City27,230371,1221.3641.20
28Sioux City82,8193653,2474.4139.21
29Fort Dodge24,5571449795.8639.87
30Ottumwa24,5431011,0744.1243.76
31Des Moines211,5011,4978,8817.0841.99
32Burlington25,3762071,0268.1640.43
33Clinton25,9062291,1608.8444.78
34Davenport103,1187505,0017.2748.50
35Keokuk10,577765367.1950.68
36Council Bluffs62,6421503,8622.3961.65

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 10,000.


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 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes. 

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Safest Cities in Idaho, 2018

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Known for its potato farms and not too much else, Idaho is actually a beautiful state with breathtaking mountain ranges, rushing rivers and--most relevant to the purposes of this project--remarkably low crime figures. The Gem State’s 2.79 violent crimes per 1,000 inhabitants is the one of the lowest in the nation, and it’s not far behind in property crime; it’s 23.88 per 1K is good enough for 8th best overall. Idaho’s low crime rates give it the title of the safest state in the region.

2.79 Average violent crime per 1,000
23.88 Average property crime per 1,000

Rexburg, a city of 28,112 in Madison County founded by Mormon pioneers, ranks as the overall safest community in a very low crime state. Known for its outdoor recreation opportunities and as being home to BYU-Idaho, the small city boasts numbers of just 0.32 violent crimes per 1,000 and 6.72 property crimes per 1,000. Proudly one of the most politically conservative communities in the country, the following cities in the ranking--while safe in their own right--don’t even come close to matching these figures.

Meridian, a burgeoning city of 94,113 recently named the second largest in the state, ranks as the #2 safest in Idaho due to a mere 1.12 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens. The oddly christened Moscow, a smaller town near the border of Washington, is #3 with only 18 reported violent crimes.

1.  REXBURG

28,112 Population
9 Violent Crimes
189 Property Crimes
marco island crime 2018

2. MERIDIAN

94,113 Population
105 Violent Crimes
1,457 Property Crimes

3. MOSCOW

25,307 Population
18 Violent Crimes
485 Property Crimes

4. MOUNTAIN HOME

13,627 Population
22 Violent Crimes
258 Property Crimes

5. CALDWELL

52,792 Population
131 Violent Crimes
1,028 Property Crimes

Idaho's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent
crime
Property
crime
Violent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Rexburg28,11291890.326.72
2Meridian94,1131051,4571.1215.48
3Moscow25,307184850.7119.16
4Mountain Home13,627222581.6118.93
5Caldwell52,7921311,0282.4819.47
6Jerome11,234422193.7419.49
7Twin Falls48,0831571,0703.2722.25
8Boise220,7496575,1342.9823.26
9Post Falls31,026717592.2924.46
10Idaho Falls59,6152531,3674.2422.93
11Coeur d'Alene50,1551731,4183.4528.27
12Nampa91,5203322,6433.6328.88
13Pocatello54,4622071,6303.8029.93
14Blackfoot11,700443613.7630.85
15Chubbuck14,515295532.0038.10
16Lewiston32,665461,3301.4140.72
17Garden City11,667764286.5136.68

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 10,000.


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 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes. 

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Safest Cities in Colorado, 2018

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Home to the gorgeous southern stretch of the Rocky Mountains and legal recreational marijuana, Colorado places around the middle among states in both violent crime and property crime. It is neither among the safest nor the most dangerous U.S. states, although Denver’s large population and high rate of violent crime raises the average in comparison to Colorado’s smaller communities, which as a whole, are quite safe.

4.43 Average violent crime per 1,000
33.73 Average property crime per 1,000

Louisville ranks as the safest city in Colorado. A residential community just north of Denver, Louisville consistently places in lists of the nation’s best places to live. With just 21 violent crimes and 73 property crimes (accounting for a very low rate of 3.5 property crimes per 1,000) reported, it’s not difficult to see why.

The rest of the top five -- Erie, Johnston, Windsor and Firestone—are all similarly sized communities of 12,000 to 22,000 located in or near Larimer or Weld Counties. Each is just a stone’s throw from Denver and Boulder and posts a violent crime rate of less than 1 reported incident per 1,000 inhabitants. When people are having fun skiing and/or smoking weed there’s just no time left to commit crimes.

1. LOUISVILLE

20,814 Population
21 Violent Crimes
73 Property Crimes

2. ERIE

22,115 Population
12 Violent Crimes
135 Property Crimes

3. JOHNSTOWN

16,143 Population
13 Violent Crimes
114 Property Crimes

4. WINDSOR

22,404 Population
3 Violent Crimes
239 Property Crimes

5. FIRESTONE

12,375 Population
6 Violent Crimes
126 Property Crimes

Colorado's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent
crime
Property
crime
Violent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Louisville20,81421731.013.51
2Erie22,115121350.546.10
3Johnstown16,143131140.817.06
4Windsor22,40432390.1310.67
5Firestone12,37561260.4810.18
6Parker50,409465920.9111.74
7Fruita12,825161841.2514.35
8Castle Rock57,109518820.8915.44
9Evans21,975704093.1918.61
10Broomfield66,953361,6100.5424.05
11Golden20,616314801.5023.28
12Lafayette28,421876383.0622.45
13Steamboat Springs12,512312992.4823.90
14Fort Collins164,6703424,0362.0824.51
15Littleton47,288481,2961.0227.41
16Longmont93,2682922,3003.1324.66
17Loveland76,9361841,9872.3925.83
18Fountain28,115987293.4925.93
19Fort Morgan11,313363033.1826.78
20Boulder109,1892583,2752.3629.99
21Thornton136,4514774,3093.5031.58
22Commerce City55,3412411,7674.3531.93
23Westminster114,5142694,0042.3534.97
24Aurora366,4771,93911,2135.2930.60
25Greeley102,4914683,2754.5731.95
26Northglenn39,8901391,3533.4833.92
27Sterling14,087474953.3435.14
28Brighton38,3631431,3283.7334.62
29Greenwood Village16,024346142.1238.32
30Durango18,248437182.3639.35
31Colorado Springs464,1132,30116,5264.9635.61
32Denver699,2594,59725,1016.5735.90
33Montrose19,054298351.5243.82
34Wheat Ridge31,3891101,4903.5047.47
35Grand Junction60,6283143,0605.1850.47

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Colorado, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.


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 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes assigned a value 1.5 times (due to their severity) that of property crimes. 

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Safest Cities in Arkansas, 2018

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The southeastern state of Arkansas, known for the gently cascading Ozark mountain range and as the birthplace of William Jefferson Clinton, our 42nd president, has something of a crime problem. Despite its rural nature, the state ranks sixth in the U.S. with its violent crime rate, while the property crime rate is enough to put it at #5, overall.

7.84 Average violent crime per 1,000
47.40 Average property crime per 1,000

Of course, many towns in Arkansas have crime rates that are far below the statewide average, and are indeed quite safe. Coming in at #1 is Bella Vista, once a resort town, yet now more of a retirement community, located within a stunning sector of the Ozarks in the far northwestern part of the state. Even though the population has grown considerably in the past fifteen years, Bella Vista maintains an impressive violent crime rate of just 2.3 incidents per 1,000 and a property crime rate of 6.8 per 1,000.

Centerton (#2) and Bentonville (#3) are in very close proximity to Bella Vista, located in Benton County, which is by all measures the safest county in the state to live in. The next two down the list--Cabot and Maumelle—are affluent suburbs of capital Little Rock.

1. BELLA VISTA

28,274 Population
66 Violent Crimes
193 Property Crimes

2. CENTERTON

12,584 Population
43 Violent Crimes
134 Property Crimes

3. BENTONVILLE

46,458 Population
85 Violent Crimes
664 Property Crimes

4. CABOT

25,927 Population
62 Violent Crimes
525 Property Crimes

5. MAUMELLE

18,068 Population
24 Violent Crimes
414 Property Crimes

Arkansas' Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent
crime
Property
crime
Violent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Bella Vista28,274661932.336.83
2Centerton12,584431343.4210.65
3Bentonville46,458856641.8314.29
4Cabot25,927625252.3920.25
5Maumelle18,068244141.3322.91
6Batesville10,732313032.8928.23
7Magnolia11,642523824.4732.81
8Siloam Springs16,277585793.5635.57
9Malvern11,016334083.0037.04
10Rogers64,6163362,2365.2034.60
11Mountain Home12,305284942.2840.15
12Bryant20,687298941.4043.22
13Van Buren23,1331318685.6637.52
14Arkadelphia10,755454364.1840.54
15Harrison13,178775075.8438.47
16Sherwood30,6761611,2535.2540.85
17Camden11,19111340810.1036.46
18Fayetteville84,7264543,7215.3643.92
19Benton34,9201771,5505.0744.39
20Jonesboro75,2303873,3695.1444.78
21Conway66,1043352,9705.0744.93
22Russellville29,3661851,2676.3043.15
23Marion12,2701064918.6440.02
24North Little Rock67,3445032,9267.4743.45
25Paragould28,2541611,3805.7048.84
26Jacksonville28,6842471,3078.6145.57
27Helena-West Helena10,89812349211.2945.15
28Texarkana30,4291811,6735.9554.98
29Fort Smith88,5737125,2298.0459.04
30El Dorado18,2971941,03710.6056.68
31West Memphis24,8184611,20018.5848.35
32Forrest City14,54417186311.7659.34
33Blytheville14,52320487614.0560.32
34Pine Bluff43,9767052,78616.0363.35
35Little Rock198,8003,04413,71415.3168.98

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Arkansas, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.


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 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes assigned a value 1.5 times (due to their severity) that of property crimes. 

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Safest Cities in Alabama, 2018

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Nestled in the heart of the Deep South, Alabama is a state with rich, time honored traditions, including an unmatched devotion to college football, and the locus of many of the most notable events of the civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s. With rates of about 39 property crimes and 6 violent crimes per 1,000 inhabitants, Alabama cannot claim to be one of the safest states in the nation. Nevertheless, the “Cotton State” is not without its secure hamlets.

5.90 Average violent crime per 1,000
39.35 Average property crime per 1,000

Helena, a cozy suburb of Birmingham located right in the middle of the state, can assert the right to be called the safest town in Alabama with violent and property crime rates nearly five times lower than the state average. Vestavia Hills, another slightly larger suburb of Birmingham, famous for housing the estate of legendary former Birmingham mayor, George B. Ward, comes in at #2 boasting a rate of less than one violent crime per 1,000. As four of the top five safest towns are located in suburban Birmingham, the region can be considered the most secure in the state. Daphne (#5), the only outlier, is a small shoreline city of about 25,564 located in the southwestern part of the state.

1.  HELENA

18,525 Population
25 Violent Crimes
115 Property Crimes
helena crime, 2018

2. VESTAVIA HILLS

34,191 Population
25 Violent Crimes
397 Property Crimes
helena crime, 2018

3. MOUNTAIN BROOK

20,737 Population
14 Violent Crimes
289 Property Crimes
helena crime, 2018

4. ALABASTER

33,040 Population
97 Violent Crimes
488 Property Crimes
helena crime, 2018

5. DAPHNE

25,564 Population
35 Violent Crimes
503 Property Crimes
helena crime, 2018

Alabama's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent
crime
Property
crime
Violent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Helena18,525251151.356.21
2Vestavia Hills34,191253970.7311.61
3Mountain Brook20,737142890.6813.94
4Alabaster33,040974882.9414.77
5Daphne25,564355031.3719.68
6Moody12,764432213.3717.31
7Auburn63,8712101,1253.2917.61
8Pleasant Grove10,293271992.6219.33
9Pelham23,162415091.7721.98
10Hartselle14,540183321.2422.83
11Athens25,603186360.7024.84
12Madison47,7292091,0114.3821.18
13Enterprise28,227987833.4727.74
14Albertville21,525297211.3533.50
15Irondale12,439723365.7927.01
16Fairhope19,470366491.8533.33
17Saraland13,967344642.4333.22
18Fort Payne14,156454593.1832.42
19Pell City13,835544513.9032.60
20Cullman15,459225751.4237.20
21Northport25,045828783.2735.06
22Hueytown15,632655464.1634.93
23Prattville35,698841,3612.3538.13
24Florence40,1601961,4004.8834.86
25Homewood25,823849743.2537.72
26Gardendale13,6751104308.0431.44
27Eufaula12,503674555.3636.39
28Tuscaloosa99,9254803,7324.8037.35
29Muscle Shoals13,810545883.9142.58
30Oxford21,234799493.7244.69
31Decatur55,3741542,6002.7846.95
32Montgomery199,5651,2158,9896.0945.04
33Atmore10,021934139.2841.21
34Jacksonville12,15012350110.1241.23
35Leeds11,964825556.8546.39
36Fairfield10,869984709.0243.24
37Mobile6249,9211,70911,7696.8447.09
38Scottsboro14,71122950615.5734.40
39Opelika30,1802211,4767.3248.91
40Phenix City38,5213271,8178.4947.17
41Gulf Shores11,340396493.4457.23
42Huntsville192,5871,7879,3989.2848.80
43Talladega15,6451238247.8652.67
44Sylacauga12,623687135.3956.48
45Troy18,9851879499.8549.99
46Ozark14,67918169112.3347.07
47Alexander City14,69527765718.8544.71
48Prichard22,2993791,22717.0055.02
49Jasper14,00916089511.4263.89
50Gadsden35,9274642,52112.9270.17

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Alabama, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.


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 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes assigned a value 1.5 times (due to their severity) that of property crimes. 

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Safest Cities in Arizona, 2018

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Arizona, with its stark deserts, dense pine forests, stunning mountain ranges and oasis metropolises, has property and violent crime rates ranking in, or near, the top ten highest in the nation. This is largely due to the fact that large cities like Tucson and Phoenix, with crime rates typical of large urban centers in the U.S., account for much of the state’s total population. That said, Arizona is not without its safe towns and cities, and its top five safest compare favorably with the safest in the nation.

4.54 Average violent crime per 1,000
33.29 Average property crime per 1,000

Florence is the safest town in Arizona, overall. The hamlet of 31,130, located about 60 miles southeast of the Phoenix metropolitan area and known for its historic buildings boasts a violent crime rate of just 0.71 per 1,000 and an equally impressive property crime rate of 4.85 per 1,000.

The much larger Gilbert, an affluent and fast growing community southeast of Phoenix ranks at #2. With extremely low property and violent crime rates, Gilbert has a reputation as one of the safest cities of its size in the country. Few others with a similar population can claim a violent crime rate of less than 1 violent crime per 1,000 inhabitants.

1. FLORENCE

31,130 Population
22 Violent Crimes
151 Property Crimes

2. GILBERT

255,899 Population
200 Violent Crimes
3,368 Property Crimes

3. SOMERTON

15,196 Population
26 Violent Crimes
180 Property Crimes

4. SAN LUIS

32,227 Population
39 Violent Crimes
427 Property Crimes

5. ORO VALLEY

44,089 Population
29 Violent Crimes
653 Property Crimes

Arizona's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent
crime
Property
crime
Violent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Florence31,130221510.714.85
2Gilbert255,8992003,3680.7813.16
3Somerton15,196261801.7111.85
4San Luis32,227394271.2113.25
5Oro Valley44,089296530.6614.81
6Sahuarita25,792233750.8914.54
7Maricopa49,627976481.9513.06
8Buckeye64,563351,0250.5415.88
9Paradise Valley14,15592320.6416.39
10Surprise130,6791352,4891.0319.05
11Peoria174,7973503,7092.0021.22
12Marana42,808401,0450.9324.41
13Prescott Valley42,900789941.8223.17
14Scottsdale240,8853695,6981.5323.65
15Chandler265,9225586,1522.1023.13
16Lake Havasu City53,7461411,2182.6222.66
17Prescott42,3211709244.0221.83
18Apache Junction38,5061079212.7823.92
19Nogales20,143625023.0824.92
20Mesa478,2772,05111,2144.2923.45
21Payson15,351553793.5824.69
22Goodyear82,0183102,0633.7825.15
23Douglas16,398304621.8328.17
24Chino Valley11,202742496.6122.23
25Eloy17,110624603.6226.88
26Sierra Vista42,988851,2781.9829.73
27El Mirage34,376741,0522.1530.60
28Camp Verde11,213303512.6831.30
29Bullhead City39,426991,4052.5135.64
30Show Low10,89224390.1840.30
31Casa Grande51,9952841,7445.4633.54
32Avondale81,6052333,2622.8639.97
33Flagstaff71,1792652,8563.7240.12
34Cottonwood11,932434963.6041.57
35Phoenix1,586,61110,70058,5526.7436.90
36Coolidge12,387385973.0748.20
37Tempe178,6549028,1445.0545.59
38Kingman29,0691011,4803.4750.91
39Glendale242,9381,20412,8054.9652.71
40Tucson533,6634,24531,2657.9558.59

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Arizona, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.


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 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes assigned a value 1.5 times (due to their severity) that of property crimes.

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Safest Cities in Alaska, 2018

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The largest and most sparsely populated state, Alaska only achieved statehood in 1959, just ahead of Hawaii. Surprisingly, Alaska has some of the highest crime rates in the nation: its violent crime rate is first among all U.S. states, while its property crime rate is number three overall. These alarming statistics have been attributed to the fact that many Native American villages in the state are completely lacking effective law enforcement.

10.77 Average violent crime per 1,000
48.27 Average property crime per 1,000

Owing to its low and scattered population, Alaska contains just three cities with populations over 10,000. Of these three, Fairbanks (population 32,456) boasts the lowest crime rates, with a violent crime rate of 6.8 per 1,000, just below the statewide average, and a property crime rate of 41.6 that is somewhat higher than the state average.

Similarly sized Juneau, the state capital, ranks second with violent and property crime rates a bit above the state average. While Anchorage, the state’s largest city by far, comes in third with unimpressive rates of 11.4 violent crimes per 1,000 and 49 property crimes per 1,000.

With its three largest cities all possessing not-so-great crime statistics, it’s safe to say that a number of Alaska’s small towns of 10,000 denizens or fewer are the safest in the state.

1.  FAIRBANKS

32,456 Population
223 Violent Crimes
1,350 Property Crimes

2. JUNEAU

32,964 Population
282 Violent Crimes
1,595 Property Crimes

3. ANCHORAGE

299,097 Population
3,422 Violent Crimes
14,649 Property Crimes

Alaska's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent
crime
Property
crime
Violent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Fairbanks32,4562231,3506.8741.59
2Juneau32,9642821,5958.5548.39
3Anchorage299,0973,42214,64911.4448.98

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Alaska, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.


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 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes assigned a value 1.5 times (due to their severity) that of property crimes. 

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Best School Districts in America, 2018

Ensuring that their children receive a good education is something few American parents are willing to compromise on. Since most cannot afford private schooling, families strive to place their kids in the best public school districts that their financial situation will allow.

While the debate over the importance and degree of funding necessary in delivering an excellent education has gone on for decades, nearly all experts agree that money is important. The schools that perform the best have plenty of it, and those that don’t typically underperform in key areas. Revenue taken in by school districts is used to keep resources and curriculums up to date and allow schools to hire the best teachers available as faculty. There’s really no substitute for good funding.

Obviously another key factor in judging the value of a school district is the student body’s overall performance in math and reading tests. Enrolling your child in a school where students perform well on tests and get good grades will increase his or her own achievement through osmosis. Children and teenagers are highly influenced by their peer groups and competition between students to achieve top marks can be a very good thing.

Two intertwined criteria that also play an important role in a school district’s overall quality are dropout rate and poverty rate. Nobody wants their child to drop out of high school as it has been demonstrated that high school dropouts earn 200,000 less on average over their lifetimes than those who received a high school diploma. A school with a high dropout rate is not a place parents want to send their children.

Unfortunately, dropout rate is often linked to the level of poverty experienced by students in a given school district. Even if a school receives in a decent amount of funding, students can still struggle with test scores and grades if they experience a significant amount of poverty in their lives. While schools may provide adequate textbooks and other learning materials, poorer students are often deprived of basic needs such as proper nutrition and domestic stability that are essential to fostering positive academic performance. That is why poverty rate is also a determining factor in our ranking.

So which schools fared the best in our ranking?​

Top 10 Best School Districts in America

1. Naperville Community School District 203

Coming in at #1 is Naperville Community School District 203 located in Naperville, IL. Naperville is an affluent suburb of Chicago with a reputation as an excellent place to raise a family. With a high amount of revenue, stellar test scores, and a near nonexistent dropout rate, CUSD 203 is consistently ranked among the best school districts in the nation.

2. Morton Community School District 709

At #2, we find another Illinois school district, Morton Community School District 709 in Morton, IL. Morton 709 has low poverty and dropout rates, excellent funding and test scores only slightly below that of Naperville CUSD 203.

3. Lexington Public Schools

The public schools of Lexington, Massachusetts are next at #3 owing to their marvelous academic performance and safe and secure learning environments.

4. Gilbert Unified District

We head west to Gilbert, Arizona’s Gilbert Unified District for #4. Gilbert Unified District is well-funded, with a low dropout rate and great test performance. GUD received the A+ ‘School of Excellence’ award in 2011.

5. Westford Public Schools

For #5 we return to Massachusetts: the public school district of Westford, MA earns this honor due its high math and reading scores.

New Jersey's West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District ranks at #6, with terrific academic reputation and a history of being awarded for high performance. Illinois earns its third spot in the top ten at #7 with Wauconda Community School District 118 gathering students from several communities in Lake County. Wauconda CUSD has a well-earned reputation for excellence. Wauconda High School boasts a graduation rate of 89%. Rounding out the top ten are three Massachusetts public school districts: Winchester, MA (#8); Westwood, MA (#9), and Shrewsbury, MA (#10), cementing the state’s reputation for boasting the best public schools in the nation.

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Top 500 School Districts in America, 2018

RankStateName
1IllinoisNAPERVILLE CUSD 203
2IllinoisMORTON CUSD 709
3MassachusettsLEXINGTON
4ArizonaGILBERT UNIFIED DISTRICT
5MassachusettsWESTFORD
6New JerseyWEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
7IllinoisWAUCONDA CUSD 118
8MassachusettsWINCHESTER
9MassachusettsWESTWOOD
10MassachusettsSHREWSBURY
11New JerseyTENAFLY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
12TexasHIGHLAND PARK ISD
13New JerseyBERNARDS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS
14MassachusettsWESTON
15MassachusettsBELMONT
16New JerseyMILLBURN TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
17New JerseyPRINCETON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
18TexasLOVEJOY ISD
19MassachusettsMOUNT GREYLOCK
20New HampshireBEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT
21PennsylvaniaSOUTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP SD
22MassachusettsBROOKLINE
23MassachusettsNEWTON
24New JerseyRIDGEWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
25MassachusettsSHARON
26MassachusettsARLINGTON
27OhioINDIAN HILL EXEMPTED VILLAGE
28New JerseyTHE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CHATHAMS
29PennsylvaniaUNIONVILLE-CHADDS FORD SD
30MassachusettsWAYLAND
31MassachusettsHINGHAM
32MassachusettsACTON-BOXBOROUGH
33MassachusettsWELLESLEY
34New YorkMANHASSET UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
35New YorkRYE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
36MassachusettsDOVER-SHERBORN
37MassachusettsBEDFORD
38MassachusettsKING PHILIP
39MassachusettsANDOVER
40OhioWYOMING CITY
41MassachusettsSCITUATE
42PennsylvaniaLOWER MERION SD
43AlabamaMOUNTAIN BROOK CITY
44New JerseyMOUNTAIN LAKES BOARD OF EDUCATION
45OhioBEACHWOOD CITY
46New JerseyGLEN ROCK PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
47IndianaCARMEL CLAY SCHOOLS
48CaliforniaPALO ALTO UNIFIED
49New YorkBYRAM HILLS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
50MassachusettsNEEDHAM
51MassachusettsHARVARD
52New JerseyMONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
53New JerseyLIVINGSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
54WashingtonMERCER ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT
55OhioSOLON CITY
56PennsylvaniaRADNOR TOWNSHIP SD
57TexasFALLS CITY ISD
58TexasCARROLL ISD
59New JerseyEDISON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS
60New JerseyMADISON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
61MassachusettsHOPKINTON
62MassachusettsLYNNFIELD
63MassachusettsMEDFIELD
64OhioMASON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
65New YorkJERICHO UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
66MassachusettsMANCHESTER ESSEX REGIONAL
67New YorkIRVINGTON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
68New JerseyRIVER DELL REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
69CaliforniaLIBERTY ELEMENTARY
70MassachusettsWESTBOROUGH
71New YorkBLIND BROOK-RYE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
72MassachusettsGROTON-DUNSTABLE
73New YorkSCARSDALE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
74ArizonaDYSART UNIFIED DISTRICT
75MinnesotaWAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
76CaliforniaHERMOSA BEACH CITY ELEMENTARY
77New YorkBRONXVILLE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
78TexasKLONDIKE ISD
79New JerseyNEW PROVIDENCE BOARD OF EDUCATION
80New YorkGARDEN CITY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
81OhioROCKY RIVER CITY
82MassachusettsHOLLISTON
83TexasEANES ISD
84New JerseyWESTFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
85New YorkCHAPPAQUA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
86New JerseyHADDONFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION
87OregonRIVERDALE SD 51J
88IndianaWEST LAFAYETTE COM SCHOOL CORP
89OhioMADEIRA CITY
90TexasFRISCO ISD
91MassachusettsCOHASSET
92New YorkARDSLEY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
93MassachusettsFRANKLIN
94MassachusettsNATICK
95New YorkBRIARCLIFF MANOR UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
96MinnesotaEDINA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
97PennsylvaniaUPPER DUBLIN SD
98New JerseyCRESSKILL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
99New JerseyBERKELEY HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
100New YorkSYOSSET CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
101PennsylvaniaTREDYFFRIN-EASTTOWN SD
102New JerseyMONTVILLE TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
103MassachusettsWACHUSETT
104New HampshireDRESDEN SCHOOL DISTRICT
105New YorkFAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
106MinnesotaMINNETONKA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
107New JerseyKINNELON BOARD OF EDUCATION
108OregonLAKE OSWEGO SD 7J
109MassachusettsGRAFTON
110New JerseySUMMIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
111CaliforniaPIEDMONT CITY UNIFIED
112New YorkHERRICKS UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
113New JerseyMAHWAH TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS
114New JerseyROBBINSVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
115Rhode IslandBARRINGTON
116MassachusettsNASHOBA
117New JerseySOUTH BRUNSWICK SCHOOL DISTRICT
118New JerseySOMERSET HILLS REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
119MassachusettsCHELMSFORD
120ArizonaTANQUE VERDE UNIFIED DISTRICT
121New JerseySCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT
122New YorkEAST WILLISTON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
123CaliforniaSAN MARINO UNIFIED
124New JerseyHOLMDEL TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
125New YorkPELHAM UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
126New YorkMAMARONECK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
127North CarolinaCHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO CITY SCHOOLS
128New YorkKATONAH-LEWISBORO UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
129TexasPROSPER ISD
130New YorkPITTSFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
131KansasWACONDA
132New YorkNORTH SHORE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
133MassachusettsMARBLEHEAD
134MichiganNOVI COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
135MassachusettsDUXBURY
136TexasLAKE TRAVIS ISD
137New JerseyBRIDGEWATER-RARITAN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
138New JerseyRAMSEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
139OhioAVON LOCAL
140PennsylvaniaCOLONIAL SD
141PennsylvaniaCENTRAL BUCKS SD
142New YorkEASTCHESTER UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
143PennsylvaniaPERKIOMEN VALLEY SD
144PennsylvaniaHAMPTON TOWNSHIP SD
145MassachusettsLITTLETON
146MaineFALMOUTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
147PennsylvaniaWALLINGFORD-SWARTHMORE SD
148MaineYARMOUTH SCHOOLS
149MassachusettsCANTON
150CaliforniaLA CANADA UNIFIED
151ArizonaST JOHNS UNIFIED DISTRICT
152IndianaZIONSVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
153MichiganROCHESTER COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
154PennsylvaniaFOX CHAPEL AREA SD
155MissouriLADUE
156MassachusettsMILTON
157PennsylvaniaUPPER SAINT CLAIR SD
158OhioBOTKINS LOCAL
159OhioAVON LAKE CITY
160New JerseyMOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
161MassachusettsNORWELL
162MissouriCLAYTON
163MassachusettsBRAINTREE
164WashingtonLAKE WASHINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
165New JerseyHOPEWELL VALLEY REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
166New YorkGREAT NECK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
167New JerseyHILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
168IllinoisDUNLAP CUSD 323
169OhioSYCAMORE COMMUNITY CITY
170OhioCHAGRIN FALLS EXEMPTED VILLAGE
171New YorkLOCUST VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
172MassachusettsMEDWAY
173OhioOAKWOOD CITY
174MassachusettsNORTH READING
175WisconsinMEQUON-THIENSVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT
176CaliforniaMANHATTAN BEACH UNIFIED
177CaliforniaARCADIA UNIFIED
178MassachusettsLONGMEADOW
179PennsylvaniaMT LEBANON SD
180WisconsinWAUNAKEE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
181MassachusettsOLD ROCHESTER
182WashingtonSNOQUALMIE VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
183New YorkTUCKAHOE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
184MassachusettsREADING
185KansasBLUE VALLEY
186OhioORANGE CITY
187OhioOLENTANGY LOCAL
188MassachusettsHAMILTON-WENHAM
189WashingtonBELLEVUE SCHOOL DISTRICT
190New JerseyPARK RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
191GeorgiaFORSYTH COUNTY
192MassachusettsMARSHFIELD
193WashingtonCAMAS SCHOOL DISTRICT
194New YorkRYE NECK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
195MinnesotaWACONIA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
196PennsylvaniaWISSAHICKON SD
197PennsylvaniaJENKINTOWN SD
198PennsylvaniaNEW HOPE-SOLEBURY SD
199New HampshireHOLLIS/BROOKLINE COOP SCHOOL DISTRICT
200New JerseyGLEN RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
201MaineRSU 51/MSAD 51
202WashingtonISSAQUAH SCHOOL DISTRICT
203MinnesotaMAHTOMEDI PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
204MassachusettsMANSFIELD
205New JerseyCRANFORD PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
206OhioMARIEMONT CITY
207IndianaHAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN SCHOOLS
208PennsylvaniaNORTH ALLEGHENY SD
209OhioKENSTON LOCAL
210WisconsinWHITEFISH BAY SCHOOL DISTRICT
211MassachusettsWALPOLE
212MaineCAPE ELIZABETH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
213OhioHUDSON CITY
214PennsylvaniaLOWER MORELAND TOWNSHIP SD
215PennsylvaniaSPRING-FORD AREA SD
216ColoradoCHEYENNE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 12, IN THE COUNTY OF E
217MichiganTROY SCHOOL DISTRICT
218MassachusettsHANOVER
219OhioOTTAWA HILLS LOCAL
220MassachusettsMENDON-UPTON
221WisconsinKOHLER SCHOOL DISTRICT
222MissouriLINDBERGH SCHOOLS
223New JerseyRANDOLPH TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
224OhioGRANVILLE EXEMPTED VILLAGE
225ColoradoSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. RE 2
226MichiganOKEMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
227MichiganEAST GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
228PennsylvaniaHAVERFORD TOWNSHIP SD
229PennsylvaniaROSE TREE MEDIA SD
230PennsylvaniaGARNET VALLEY SD
231OhioKIRTLAND LOCAL
232New YorkBOLTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
233MassachusettsMELROSE
234PennsylvaniaGREAT VALLEY SD
235WisconsinELMBROOK SCHOOL DISTRICT
236Rhode IslandEAST GREENWICH
237MinnesotaWESTONKA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
238OhioWESTLAKE CITY
239OhioDUBLIN CITY
240New YorkPORT JEFFERSON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
241WisconsinHAMILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
242New YorkNANUET UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
243ColoradoDOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, NO. RE 1
244MinnesotaBYRON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
245New JerseyPEQUANNOCK TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
246MassachusettsIPSWICH
247IllinoisBARRINGTON CUSD 220
248PennsylvaniaDOWNINGTOWN AREA SD
249WisconsinMIDDLETON-CROSS PLAINS AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
250CaliforniaSAN RAMON VALLEY UNIFIED
251MassachusettsEASTON
252PennsylvaniaMARS AREA SD
253AlabamaVESTAVIA HILLS CITY
254New YorkMASSAPEQUA UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
255PennsylvaniaOWEN J ROBERTS SD
256MassachusettsHOPEDALE
257TexasALLEN ISD
258New YorkPENFIELD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
259IowaJOHNSTON COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT
260New YorkHASTINGS-ON-HUDSON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
261PennsylvaniaPETERS TOWNSHIP SD
262New JerseyFORT LEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
263TexasGRADY ISD
264MinnesotaEDEN PRAIRIE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
265New JerseyEAST BRUNSWICK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
266New JerseyPARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
267MichiganBIRMINGHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS
268MassachusettsMASCONOMET
269KansasSPRING HILL
270MassachusettsPENTUCKET
271New YorkPLEASANTVILLE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
272PennsylvaniaPINE-RICHLAND SD
273PennsylvaniaHATBORO-HORSHAM SD
274MassachusettsSILVER LAKE
275MassachusettsNAUSET
276OhioAURORA CITY
277OhioBRECKSVILLE-BROADVIEW HEIGHTS CITY
278New JerseyEMERSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
279New YorkROSLYN UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
280New YorkWILLIAMSVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
281MinnesotaORONO PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
282MichiganBLOOMFIELD HILLS SCHOOLS
283IllinoisELMHURST SD 205
284OhioJACKSON LOCAL
285PennsylvaniaSPRINGFIELD SD
286MinnesotaST. ANTHONY-NEW BRIGHTON SCHOOLS
287MinnesotaPRIOR LAKE-SAVAGE AREA SCHOOLS
288NebraskaBENNINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
289CaliforniaIRVINE UNIFIED
290WashingtonBAINBRIDGE ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT
291MassachusettsDEDHAM
292PennsylvaniaQUAKER VALLEY SD
293New JerseyWALDWICK SCHOOL DISTRICT
294North DakotaNORTHWOOD 129
295MassachusettsNEWBURYPORT
296MassachusettsASHLAND
297PennsylvaniaYORK SUBURBAN SD
298New HampshireOYSTER RIVER COOP SCHOOL DISTRICT
299TexasCOPPELL ISD
300IowaWAUKEE COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT
301New YorkCROTON-HARMON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
302New YorkEDGEMONT UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
303New JerseyMOORESTOWN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
304MassachusettsWILMINGTON
305OhioBAY VILLAGE CITY
306PennsylvaniaMETHACTON SD
307New YorkHALF HOLLOW HILLS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
308PennsylvaniaQUAKERTOWN COMMUNITY SD
309New MexicoLOS ALAMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
310MassachusettsWEST BRIDGEWATER
311NebraskaELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
312OhioMINSTER LOCAL
313New YorkMOUNT PLEASANT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
314MassachusettsSANDWICH
315MichiganNORTHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
316CaliforniaFREMONT UNIFIED
317New JerseyFAIR LAWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
318New JerseyLEONIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
319WisconsinBENTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
320New YorkPORT WASHINGTON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
321New YorkPLAINVIEW-OLD BETHPAGE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
322New YorkSMITHTOWN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
323New JerseySOUTH ORANGE-MAPLEWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT
324New YorkCOLD SPRING HARBOR CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
325IndianaBROWNSBURG COMMUNITY SCH CORP
326IowaPLEASANT VALLEY COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT
327VermontSOUTH BURLINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
328OhioSPRINGBORO COMMUNITY CITY
329MassachusettsTANTASQUA
330WashingtonNORTHSHORE SCHOOL DISTRICT
331OhioUPPER ARLINGTON CITY
332New JerseyVERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
333OhioFOREST HILLS LOCAL
334New HampshireBOW SCHOOL DISTRICT
335CaliforniaPLEASANTON UNIFIED
336KansasDE SOTO
337IowaGILBERT COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT
338WyomingSHERIDAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT #2
339MissouriKIRKWOOD R-VII
340KansasANDOVER
341TennesseeWILLIAMSON COUNTY
342IllinoisINDIAN PRAIRIE CUSD 204
343OhioMILLER CITY-NEW CLEVELAND LOCAL
344MinnesotaNEW PRAGUE AREA SCHOOLS
345MinnesotaDELANO PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
346ColoradoBOULDER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. RE2
347New JerseyHADDON HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
348WisconsinMCFARLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT
349PennsylvaniaSENECA VALLEY SD
350New JerseyWESTWOOD REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
351MichiganSOUTH LYON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
352WisconsinKETTLE MORAINE SCHOOL DISTRICT
353MassachusettsNORTH ATTLEBOROUGH
354New JerseyPARAMUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
355New YorkHARBORFIELDS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
356OhioBEXLEY CITY
357PennsylvaniaFRANKLIN REGIONAL SD
358ArizonaROUND VALLEY UNIFIED DISTRICT
359MinnesotaEASTERN CARVER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL
360CaliforniaPALOS VERDES PENINSULA UNIFIED
361MassachusettsNORTON
362MinnesotaHOUSTON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
363CaliforniaCARMEL UNIFIED
364IndianaSOUTHEAST DUBOIS CO SCH CORP
365MassachusettsHAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM
366New JerseyWALL TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS
367MarylandHOWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
368MassachusettsSWAMPSCOTT
369IndianaNORTH WEST HENDRICKS SCHOOLS
370TexasARGYLE ISD
371ColoradoACADEMY, SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 20, IN THE COUNTY OF EL PASO AN
372WisconsinGERMANTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
373WashingtonTAHOMA SCHOOL DISTRICT
374New YorkBRIGHTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
375New JerseyMETUCHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
376New JerseyMONROE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION
377Rhode IslandSOUTH KINGSTOWN
378New YorkHARRISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
379OhioOLMSTED FALLS CITY
380New JerseyMONTCLAIR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
381ColoradoLITTLETON, SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 6, IN THE COUNTY OF ARAPAHOE
382New JerseyDUMONT BOARD OF EDUCATION
383PennsylvaniaLEWISBURG AREA SD
384PennsylvaniaWEST CHESTER AREA SD
385MinnesotaZUMBROTA-MAZEPPA SCHOOL DISTRICT
386IllinoisGENEVA CUSD 304
387MinnesotaLAKEVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
388OhioREVERE LOCAL
389MichiganSALINE AREA SCHOOLS
390CaliforniaSOUTH PASADENA UNIFIED
391PennsylvaniaSOUTHERN LEHIGH SD
392OhioNEW ALBANY-PLAIN LOCAL
393KentuckyFORT THOMAS INDEPENDENT
394New YorkSAG HARBOR UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
395New YorkNORTH SALEM CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
396New YorkLYNBROOK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
397OhioST HENRY CONSOLIDATED LOCAL
398WisconsinDE PERE SCHOOL DISTRICT
399ColoradoLEWIS-PALMER CONSOLIDATED, SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 38, IN THE CO
400WisconsinFRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
401New JerseyWEST ESSEX REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
402New YorkBETHPAGE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
403IowaANKENY COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT
404New YorkNISKAYUNA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
405New JerseyCLEARVIEW REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
406OhioKINGS LOCAL
407New JerseyCALDWELL-WEST CALDWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS
408MinnesotaST. MICHAEL-ALBERTVILLE SCHOOL DIST
409OhioWADSWORTH CITY
410OhioNORTH ROYALTON CITY
411New JerseyCHERRY HILL PUBLIC SCHOOLS
412North DakotaMOHALL-LANSFORD-SHERWOOD 1
413MassachusettsHOLBROOK
414CaliforniaLOS ALAMITOS UNIFIED
415WisconsinGRAFTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
416OhioCENTERVILLE CITY
417MassachusettsNORTH ANDOVER
418IllinoisST CHARLES CUSD 303
419TexasFRIENDSWOOD ISD
420MassachusettsWAKEFIELD
421MinnesotaSARTELL-ST. STEPHEN SCHOOL DISTRICT
422New JerseyHIGHLAND PARK BOARD OF EDUCATION
423MassachusettsLUNENBURG
424PennsylvaniaCHELTENHAM TOWNSHIP SD
425WisconsinNEW BERLIN SCHOOL DISTRICT
426New YorkWANTAGH UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
427New JerseyKINGSWAY REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
428KansasGARDNER EDGERTON
429New YorkSOMERS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
430North DakotaWYNDMERE 42
431OhioINDEPENDENCE LOCAL
432MassachusettsSEEKONK
433OhioFORT RECOVERY LOCAL
434New YorkTHREE VILLAGE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
435OhioOTTOVILLE LOCAL
436MinnesotaSHAKOPEE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
437MassachusettsFOXBOROUGH
438PennsylvaniaMANHEIM TOWNSHIP SD
439PennsylvaniaCUMBERLAND VALLEY SD
440MinnesotaCENTENNIAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
441South DakotaCHESTER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT 39-1
442MassachusettsSUTTON
443MissouriBRENTWOOD
444VirginiaFALLS CHURCH CITY PBLC SCHS
445TexasPORT ARANSAS ISD
446North DakotaCENTRAL VALLEY 3
447New YorkBEDFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
448PennsylvaniaNORTH PENN SD
449New YorkJAMESVILLE-DEWITT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
450WisconsinMONONA GROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT
451New YorkCAZENOVIA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
452WashingtonTUMWATER SCHOOL DISTRICT
453WisconsinCEDARBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT
454KentuckyBEECHWOOD INDEPENDENT
455OhioMARION LOCAL
456MassachusettsLENOX
457OhioCUYAHOGA HEIGHTS LOCAL
458MassachusettsHADLEY
459MassachusettsPEMBROKE
460New YorkRAMAPO CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT (SUFFERN)
461PennsylvaniaAVONWORTH SD
462MinnesotaESKO PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
463IndianaNOBLESVILLE SCHOOLS
464MassachusettsMILLIS
465WisconsinWAUWATOSA SCHOOL DISTRICT
466MinnesotaSTILLWATER AREA PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST.
467ColoradoASPEN SCHOOL DISTRICT
468New JerseyPISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
469MassachusettsGEORGETOWN
470PennsylvaniaABINGTON HEIGHTS SD
471PennsylvaniaSPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP SD
472MaineRSU 21
473Rhode IslandNARRAGANSETT
474ColoradoWELD COUNTY REORGANIZED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. RE-4
475New YorkVOORHEESVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
476WyomingSUBLETTE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT #1
477Rhode IslandCHARIHO
478IllinoisCONS SD 158
479MassachusettsAMHERST-PELHAM
480VirginiaARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS
481IllinoisLAKE ZURICH CUSD 95
482MinnesotaSOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DIST
483MichiganFOREST HILLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
484IndianaNORTH SPENCER COUNTY SCH CORP
485ArizonaCATALINA FOOTHILLS UNIFIED DISTRICT
486OregonSHERWOOD SD 88J
487IowaDALLAS CENTER-GRIMES COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT
488New YorkEAST MEADOW UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
489OhioLAKE LOCAL
490KansasSILVER LAKE
491MinnesotaCHISAGO LAKES SCHOOL DISTRICT
492WisconsinNORTHERN OZAUKEE SCHOOL DISTRICT
493WisconsinMUKWONAGO SCHOOL DISTRICT
494PennsylvaniaWILSON SD
495MassachusettsBURLINGTON
496MassachusettsSTONEHAM
497OhioTWINSBURG CITY
498Rhode IslandPORTSMOUTH
499OhioCHARDON LOCAL
500New YorkBURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Methodology

We collected data from a total of 9,577 school districts. The following factors contributed to our ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Note that some districts, including those from Connecticut were excluded due to incomplete data.

Most Driver-Friendly States

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As each state and region of the United States has its distinct advantages and weaknesses in the aspects of car ownership that matter most to motorists, attempting to compile a conclusive ranking of “the best states for driving” would be a fool’s errand. Instead, we’ve isolated some of the most important factors for drivers, including gas prices, daily commute times, insurance rates and others that drivers want to know about in order to focus the spotlight on the states that shine in each category. If you wake up and commute thirty minutes to work every day, you're probably well aware of where your state excels or comes up short, but hopefully this article will provide you with a broader understanding of the driving situation throughout the United States.

Best States for Filling the Tank

States with the cheapest average price per gallon:

1. Alabama, $2.26

2. Mississippi, $2.27

3. South Carolina, $2.27

4. Texas, $2.29

5. Oklahoma, 2.296

Source: http://www.gasbuddy.com/USA

Regularly filling the tank with expensive fuel is the principal annoyance for most drivers. This obligation hits those in lower income brackets the hardest, when keeping the car full of gas can prove a significant household expense.

On average, southerners experience a lot less pain at the pump than those up north. Southern states dominate in the category of lowest average gas prices in the U.S., as all of the top five states are located below the Mason-Dixon Line.

The south generally boasts lower gas prices for a few reasons. First off, southern states have a greater concentration of oil refineries (especially Texas), which reduces the cost of transporting fuel over great distances. Furthermore, states in the Southeastern United States have lower per-capita incomes than the richer northern states. Lower gas prices in Alabama and Mississippi reflect the reality that their inhabitants have less to spend on gas. The same trend is seen in property costs and other common living expenses.

Taxes are also a big factor: the states with the lowest gas prices all tend to tax gas at a much lower rate compared to—say--California.

States with the Most Tolerable Commutes

States with the shortest average commute times (minutes):

1. South Dakota, 16.9

2. North Dakota, 16.9

3. Montana, 18

4. Nebraska, 18.1

5. Wyoming, 18.3

Source: indexmundi.com

While the south offers the lowest gas prices, sparsely populated states in the high plains and mountain regions of the nation boast the shortest travel times between home and work. The reason is simple: less cars on the road means less traffic and a zippier commute. Each of the top five in this category are also among the top ten least densely populated states in the U.S.

Anyone that has driven through Wyoming or Montana can attest to the fact that there is seldom any semblance of road congestion. In these states, one can often drive for miles without encountering another vehicle on the road. This lies in stark contrast to the heavy traffic experienced by those in heavily populated states of the Eastern seaboard and other major metropolitan areas in the nation. Driving to work in New York City or Chicago is often a major headache, with bumper-to-bumper traffic and accident delays, galore. Such is not the case for Wyomingites.

Securest States for Car Ownership 

States with the lowest vehicle theft rates (thefts per 100,000):

1. Vermont, 38.9

2. Maine, 60.1

3. New Hampshire, 64.6

4. New York, 79.7

5. Virginia, 92.1

Source: cars.com

In the category of lowest vehicle theft rates, the Northeast takes the prize, accounting for four of the top five. Unsurprisingly, states like Maine and New Hampshire are also some of the safest to live in, with the lowest crime rates in the U.S.

There is no doubt a correlation between the frequency of car theft and crime rates, in general. Where there is relatively little crime overall, fewer cars are getting stolen. This rule mostly holds nationwide, save for the glaring exception of Washington, which has one of the lowest crime rates in America, yet holds the dubious distinction of leading the nation in vehicle thefts per 100,000 residents.

States with the Best Driving Records

States with the lowest fatal crash rates (calculated based on number of road fatalities and fatal crashes, adjusted for average daily traffic counts):

1. Rhode Island, 0.1 (39 crashes, 40 fatalities)

2. New Hampshire, 0.1 (57 crashes, 60 fatalities)

3. Minnesota, 0.2 (60 crashes, 68 fatalities)

4. Massachusetts, 0.2 (87 crashes, 95 fatalities)

5. Wisconsin, 0.2 (115 crashes, 132 fatalities)

Source: geotab.com

There isn’t a broad, evident pattern in this category, as individual characteristics contribute to a state’s reputation as either a safe or dangerous state to drive in. This ranking takes the statistics from each state’s most dangerous highway, and compares them amongst one another. If a state has one notoriously dangerous highway, then it will place poorly in a ranking of the safest states for driving.

Case in point is Florida, as US-1, its most dangerous highway, is more dangerous than all other states’ most dangerous highways, and therefore ranks as the most dangerous, overall.

One possible factor in determining the relative safety of a state’s roads is its latitude. Most of the states with safer highway ratings are in the north and have lower average temperatures. Perhaps colder temperatures and hazardous weather conditions prompt residents to drive more slowly and carefully than those in warmer states, where reckless, high speed driving is more prevalent.

States with the Friendliest Insurance Rates

States with the lowest car insurance rates (average price of annual premium):

1. Maine, $864

2. Ohio, $919

3. Idaho, $942

4. Vermont, $948

5. North Carolina, $1,010

Source: insure.com

Numerous factors influence car insurance rates across the nation, and there isn’t really a regional pattern. The number of insurance companies offering service in a given state, concentration of uninsured drivers on the road, average number of claims filed per year, state demographics and a host of other causes can influence prices. Usually, but not always, rural states have lower annual premiums than densely populated ones.

There’s a wide variance between the states with the cheapest and most expensive rates, as Michigan, the state with the highest average premiums, has an average cost of $2,394, well over twice that of Maine, which at $864, boasts the lowest premiums.

Best States to Get a Tune-Up

States with the lowest average repair costs (total average repair cost, parts & labor combined):

1. Michigan, $343.40

2. Maine, $343.60

3. Wisconsin, $346.81

4. Hawaii, $346.94

5. Ohio, $349.18

Source: carmd.com

Michigan potentially makes up for offering the worst car insurance prices by coming in as the state with the lowest average repair costs. The availability of cheap replacement parts and relatively cheap labor costs accounts for its placing. Maine, Wisconsin, Hawaii and Ohio all owe their position on the list to low local cost of parts, as well.

Throughout the country, there isn’t a significant gap in the cost of labor from state to state. Connecticut, the state with the most expensive average car repair costs, actually boasts an average labor cost 30 cents less than that of Michigan.

The cost of parts, on the other hand, can vary widely, and proves to be the determining factor in how much repairing a car will set you back in a given state.

Most Scenic Drives in the United States

Five of the top scenic byways in America:

1. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina

2. Cades Cove Drive, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

3. Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire

4. Road to Hana, Hawaii

5. San Juan Skyway, Colorado

Source: fodors.com

Obviously, this ranking is far more subjective than the others. There is no way to quantitatively measure the ephemeral qualities of a beautiful stretch of road. Yet, this top five from noted travel guide Fodor is a good start.

Stunning mountain ranges, lush greenery, flowing rivers and sparkling seas, or better yet, the juxtaposition of one or more of these traits, play a huge role in making a scenic byway truly memorable. The roads on this short list are all famous for offering pristine views of remarkable geographical features.

Topping Fodor’s list is the world renowned Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469 mile stretch of winding highway through the southern Appalachians that allows motorists to experience a broad range of landscapes, rich variety of flora and fauna and plenty of opportunities to pull off the road for a hike, night of camping, or just to relieve one’s self amongst nature’s abundance.

Other roads on the list offer similar voyages through loping peaks, distinct geographical features and plenty of natural eye candy. However, the quality and quintessence of a given stretch of highway is ultimately up to the individual. If towering mountains and winding roads make you queasy, perhaps Nebraska’s long, flat stretches of corn and pasture-lined highway and enveloping horizon are more your style.

Or maybe you prefer stark, rocky desert landscapes to thick forests or sprawling farmland, in which case, you’d prefer speeding through Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, with its lofty saguaros and dispersed patches of sage and creosote bush.




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