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The Safest Cities in Texas, 2017

It may be a surprise to some that the official motto of Texas is “Friendship,” considering that the one they'd likely see on a T-shirt is “Don't Mess with Texas.” But that's exactly the kind of state Texas is: big, bold, and not afraid to speak out. The second-biggest state in the union, Texas only lags behind Alaska in size—and only lags behind California in population to boot. In fact, Texas has 4 of the country's 12 most-populated cities: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin, its capital. This concentration of population has helped draw a total of 54 Fortune 500 companies to the state, as well as some of the country's most popular sports teams, including the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Texas Rangers, and the University of Texas Longhorns.

Throughout its history, Texas has been ruled by Spain, France, and Mexico, and it has also been an independent republic, part of the Confederate States of America, and, of course, part of the United States of America. After the Civil War, the state's cattle industry was responsible for much of the economy, and it's the main reason why the state is associated with cowboys even to this day. It's that image of freedom, along with economic opportunities and warm weather, that keeps drawing people to move to the state.

56,877 avg population
3 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
27 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.  KERMIT

Named after the American businessman, soldier, explorer, and writer Kermit Roosevelt, who also happened to be President Theodore Roosevelt's son, the city of Kermit adopted its name after the 26th president visited in person. These days, this town is known as the safest in the state, and experienced just 2 violent crimes and 18 property crimes last year. Located in the northwest part of the state, along the indent that hugs the New Mexico border, Kermit was originally established as a supply center that could serve the various scattered ranches in the area. After a drought, the town was almost entirely abandoned, until only one family remained. But when oil was discovered in 1926, a population boom energized the town again.

6,446 Population
2 Violent Crimes
18 Property Crimes

2. TROPHY CLUB

An upscale suburb located in the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth area, Trophy Club is home to around 12,153 residents who probably tell everyone how cool the name of their town is. Trophy Club is also one of the safest cities in Texas, seeing just 3 violent crimes and 41 property crimes last year. Located just a cowboy hat's toss from Grapevine Lake, Trophy Club surrounds the Trophy Club Country Club, which boasts a golf course designed by golf legend Ben Hogan. Residents also enjoy easy access to inviting parks such as Oak Grove Park, and is located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Dallas via car.

12,153 Population
3 Violent Crimes
41 Property Crimes

3. COLLEYVILLE

Also a part of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, Colleyville is located just about 3.5 miles away from Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, making it a great place to live for those who travel a lot, or just enjoy the sound of 747s flying overhead. Home to roughly 25,491 residents, Colleyville is an affluent town that's also quite safe, experiencing a mere 0.55 violent crimes and 5.14 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. Golf aficionados have plenty of options to hone their game in the area, including Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club, Timarron Country Club, and Bear Creek Golf Club. It has also served as home to many of the area's wealthy and famous over the years, including MLB player Ivan Rodriguez, NFL player DeMarcus Ware, and several PGA golfers, including Chad Campbell.

25,491 Population
14 Violent Crimes
131 Property Crimes

4. FAIRVIEW

Neighboring the 289-acre Heard Wildlife Sanctuary in northeast Texas, Fairview is a close-knit town of 8,648 residents. Last year, it experienced just 4 violent crimes and 51 property crimes, making it one of the five safest towns in the entire state. The official motto of Fairview is, “Keeping it Country,” which is - quite honestly - pretty darn cool. Residents also have close access to McKinley National Airport, golf courses such as the Heritage Ranch & Golf Country Club, and the sizable Lavon Lake. As for the aforementioned Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, it boasts nature trails, gardens, and an 1880s prairie village.

8,648 Population
4 Violent Crimes
51 Property Crimes

5. HEATH

Home to around 8,176 residents and part of the sprawling Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex, the city of Heath squeaks into the top 5 safest cities in Texas, seeing just 2 violent crimes and 56 property crimes last year. It's located right on the scenic Lake Ray Hubbard and is just 25 miles from downtown Dallas via car. Locals enjoy the rolling hills, distinctive homes, and views of the Dallas skyline, as well as seeing sails stiffen with wind as boats crash against the waves while pulling away from the Rush Creek Yacht Club.

8,176 Population
2 Violent Crimes
56 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Texas, 2017

1. Kermit

11. Little Elm

21. University Park

31. Horizon City

41. Roma

2. Trophy Club

12. Melissa

22. Celina

32. Socorro

42. Gatesville

3. Colleyville

13. Hutto

23. Cibolo

33. Coppell

43. Fredericksburg

4. Fairview

14. Keller

24. Sachse

34. West University Place

44. Canyon

5. Heath

15. Alpine

25. Anna

35. Royse City

45. Midlothian

6. Lakeview, Harrison County

16. Wylie

26. Southlake

36. Hewitt

46. Whitehouse

7. Murphy

17. Highland Village

27. Allen

37. Leander

47. Bridgeport

8. Fair Oaks Ranch

18. Perryton

28. Corinth

38. Bridge City

48. Georgetown

9. Memorial Villages

19. Friendswood

29. Woodway

39. Seminole

49. The Colony

10. Flower Mound

20. Prosper

30. Lakeway

40. Robinson

50. Seabrook

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Texas, 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 Utah, 2017

Known by many as one of the most scenic states in the land, Utah was for a long time part of the American frontier and was eventually the 45th state admitted to the union. It's the 13th largest state and has a population of about 3 million, making it one of the less densely populated states. It borders six different states, including Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. It also has a large population of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), which accounts for more than 60% of its residents. This makes it the only state in the country where the majority of people belong to a single church.

The official motto of the state is “Industry,” and its economy has helped it become one of the fastest-growing states in the country. It's a center for transportation, mining, education, and information technology, allowing the Utah to have the least income inequality in the country. A strong tourist industry also remains due to the many natural wonders and parks that Utah boasts. The state is actually positioned at the convergence of three different regions: the Colorado Plateau, the Great Basin, and the Rocky Mountains. The result is a striking natural landscape, with five different national parks residing in Utah: Zion, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, and Arches. It's this natural beauty, combined with a strong economy, that keeps attracting more people to Utah each year.

33,908 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.  SMITHFIELD

Near the northern border of Utah, wedged between the Uinta-Wasatch-Catche National Forest (which sits at the foot of Mt. Elmer) and the Bear River, lies the town of Smithfield. Home to about 11,375 residents, the town is surrounded by beautiful scenery and is also the safest in the state, seeing a total of 3 violent crimes and 70 property crimes last year. Founded in 1857 by Robert Thornley, Smithley was originally known as Summit Creek before it was renamed. Many people who live in Smithfield work at the local Schreiber Foods, or commute to nearby Logan, which is also home to Utah State University. The Idaho border is also less than 12 miles away due north.

11,375 Population
3 Violent Crimes
70 Property Crimes

2. EPHRAIM

Located in what looks almost like the dead center of the state, Ephraim is the largest city in Sanpete County and sits along U.S. Route 89. It's a smallish town of 6,546 residents, but it's also very safe, seeing only 4 violent crimes and 43 property crimes last year. Named after the Ephraim of the Hebrew Bible, the town has had its post office operating since 1856. It's also home to Snow College, a two-year state college that was founded in 1888 by local followers of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Residents also have easy access to the nearby Bald Mountain Wildlife Management Area, which, not coincidentally, is located on Bald Mountain.

6,546 Population
4 Violent Crimes
43 Property Crimes

3. PLEASANT GROVE

Known as “Utah's City of Trees,” Pleasant Grove is a scenic town that's home to 37,963 residents. It was originally named Battle Creek after a battle between Mormon settlers and Ute Indians. However, the settlers decided to step up their marketing a bit and renamed the town Pleasant Grove after a nearby grove of cottonwood trees. These days, it's one of the safest cities in Utah and experienced just 18 violent crimes and 6.93 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. A monument to the previously mentioned battle still stands at nearby Kiwanis Park, next to Battle Creek Canyon. Fun fact: the town was a filming location in the 1995 film Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain.

37,963 Population
18 Violent Crimes
263 Property Crimes

4. SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Springs is perched on the northern shore of Utah Lake and located about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. This city of 26,260 residents originally became a city in 2001, and that year had a population of just 1,003 people. Since then, it has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the country while also remaining one of the safest cities in Utah—last year, it only saw a total of 14 violent crimes and 7.62 property crimes per 1,000 people. Saratoga Springs started as a resort town, inspired by the hot springs that are located near the source of the Jordan River. One of its claims to fame is being one of the few 21st century American cities that built its library with mostly private donations.

26,260 Population
14 Violent Crimes
200 Property Crimes

5. SANTA CLARA / IVINS

Santa Clara and Ivins aren't just neighbors, they're sister cities. In fact, they're so closely intertwined that they even share a police department. Together, this conjoined town is home to about 14,710 residents, and also happens to be one of the safest places in the state of Utah. Last year, residents saw just 3 violent crimes and 8.97 violent crimes per 1,000 people. Nearby, the massive Pine Valley recreation area offers nearly endless hiking opportunities, and Snow Canyon State Park is a mere stroll away. And since Santa Clara-Ivins is located in the southwest corner of Utah, residents can drive on over to Nevada and Arizona without breaking a sweat.

14,715 Population
3 Violent Crimes
132 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Utah, 2017

1. Smithfield

11. Syracuse

21. Enoch

31. Orem

41. Nephi

2. Ephraim

12. Pleasant View

22. Payson

32. Layton

42. Moab

3. Pleasant Grove

13. Bluffdale

23. Logan

33. North Salt Lake

43. Cottonwood Heights

4. Saratoga Springs

14. North Ogden

24. St. George

34. Lindon

44. Sandy

5. Santa Clara/Ivins

15. Heber

25. American Fork/Cedar Hills

35. Bountiful

45. West Jordan

6. Santaquin/Genola

16. Grantsville

26. South Ogden

36. South Jordan

46. Richfield

7. Salem

17. Farmington

27. Washington

37. Sunset

47. Harrisville

8. Spanish Fork

18. North Park

28. Clearfield

38. West Bountiful

48. Vernal

9. Lehi

19. Hurricane

29. Roy

39. Draper

49. Tooele

10. Clinton

20. Springville

30. Provo

40. Cedar City

50. Price

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Utah, 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 Tennessee, 2017

As the 16th-largest state in the country by population, and 36th-biggest by land mass, Tennessee is a place where there's always two sides to the coin. Big city livin' can be enjoyed in Memphis (population 655,770) and Nashville (population 654,610), while nature aficionados are drawn to the Appalachian Mountains, which cover the eastern part of the state. Agriculture and manufacturing are two of the state's biggest economic drivers, producing soybeans, poultry, and transportation and electrical equipment. But so is entertainment, as Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum serves as a hub for the music industry and Memphis' Graceland and blues clubs serving as a big tourism draw. After all, this is a state that sent large numbers of troops to both sides in the American Civil War. It's a place where you'll likely hear three opinions in an argument between two people.

Whether it's the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (the most-visited national park in the country), the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, or the Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg, there's something for everyone in Tennessee. The summers here are nice and toasty, and the winters are mild, making it a good place to visit any time of year. Coupled with the fact that there are many welcoming towns where families can feel very safe, Tennessee becomes an appealing destination for those looking to move.

38,228 avg population
6 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
37 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.  OAK RIDGE

A city that captures the American imagination like few others, Oak Ridge is known for being the location of the Manhattan Project—the secretive operation joined by American, British, and Canadian scientists that developed the atomic bomb during World War II. This city also has the distinction of being the safest in Tennessee, seeing just two violent crimes and five property crimes last year. Though the war has long been over, Oak Ridge remains a scientific hub to this day. It's home to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is the largest science and energy national laboratory in the Department of Energy system, focusing on materials, neutron science, and other really cool smartypants stuff. To top it all off, it's home to Titan, the world's third-most powerful supercomputer.

29,297 Population
2 Violent Crimes
5 Property Crimes

2. BRENTWOOD

Located on the southern outskirts of Nashville, Brentwood is an upscale community of roughly 41,984 residents. It's one of the safest cities in Tennessee, last year seeing just 17 violent crimes and 8.74 property crimes per 1,000 people. It's also known as being one of the wealthiest cities in America when accounting for the average cost of living. Add in rolling hills, mild winters, and a ten-mile drive to downtown Nashville, and it's easy to see why Brentwood is such an attractive place to live. Maybe that's why it's home to some of the country's biggest country music stars, including Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, and Carrie Underwood.

41,984 Population
17 Violent Crimes
367 Property Crimes

3. MOUNT CARMEL

A small, close-knit town where life is simpler and things are quieter, Mount Carmel is located just a rabbit's hop from the Kentucky border. However, Mount Carmel does have a quirky claim to fame: it's located on one side of the road. When highway 11W was built, it put all the residents on one side and left the cemetery on the other side. Then, during World War II, the Army built an ammunition plant on the other side too, putting most of the property in the government's hands to this day. So, even though Mount Carmel may be located on one side of the road, it's still one of the safest towns in Tennessee, last year experiencing just 2 violent crimes and 10.44 property crimes per 1,000 people.

5,458 Population
2 Violent Crimes
57 Property Crimes

4. NOLENSVILLE

Nolensville is a place where if you fire up the car, point the grill northwest, and hit the gas, you'll be in downtown Nashville in about 20 miles' worth of time. Though it's in close proximity to the state capital, life is decidedly slower paced in Nolensville, and that's how the local residents like it—all 6,562 of them. (Well, most of them.) It's a very safe city to boot, last year seeing only 7 violent crimes and 10.06 property crimes per 1,000 people.

6,562 Population
7 Violent Crimes
66 Property Crimes

5. LOUDON

Named after a colonial-era fort, Loudon is a quiet town in eastern Tennessee. It's split in half by the scenic Tennessee River, and connected by the Mulberry St. bridge. It's also one of the safest cities in the state, last year experiencing 7 violent crimes and 10.01 property crimes per 1,000 people. Offering quaint shops, great food, and easy charm, it's a great place to visit within 30 minutes of Knoxville, or to settle down and live slow.

5,797 Population
7 Violent Crimes
58 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Tennessee, 2017

1. Oak Ridge

11. Greenbrier

21. Mount Juliet

31. White House

41. Red Bank

2. Brentwood

12. Collierville

22. Henderson

32. Smyrna

42. Lenoir City

3. Mount Carmel

13. Franklin

23. Maryville

33. Goodlettsville

43. Columbia

4. Nolensville

14. Erwin

24. Bartlett

34. Lafayette

44. Jefferson City

5. Loudon

15. Gallatin

25. Munford

35. Tullahoma

45. Winchester

6. Church Hill

16. Collegedale

26. La Vergne

36. Clarksville

46. Dunlap

7. Oakland

17. Jonesborough

27. Kingston

37. Bristol

47. Shelbyville

8. Millersville

18. Hendersonville

28. Martin

38. Dayton

48. Cookeville

9. Spring Hill

19. Atoka

29. Portland

39. Murfreesboro

49. Lexington

10. Germantown

20. Fairview

30. Soddy-Daisy

40. Johnson City

50. Milan

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Tennessee, 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 Carolina, 2017

As North Carolina's warmer and more southern twin, South Carolina appropriately shows off a palm tree beneath a crescent moon on its blue-and-white flag. Also known as “The Palmetto State,” South Carolina has a hot climate and plenty of beaches (due to its location on the Atlantic Ocean), making it a destination for those looking to escape the frosty weather up north. While definitely not small, South Carolina is only larger than nine other states, though it does have the 23rd biggest population in the country. It's never been known to back down from a fight, seeing a third of all combat action in the Revolutionary War, as well as being the first state to secede from the Union prior to the Civil War.

While it doesn't have any sprawling metropolises, South Carolina does have several sizable cities where residents nevertheless enjoy having a bit more breathing room than the typical urban hub. This includes Columbia (133,803 people), Charleston (132,609 people), and North Charleston (108,304 people). It also has several well-known educational institutions, including The Citadel, Clemson University, the College of Charleston, and the University of South Carolina. Coupled with the safety found in many of its cities, it's an attractive place to live.

22,463 avg population
7 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
51 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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

1.  TEGA CAY

Boasting a pretty name that sounds like it could also be a pirate ship or a Caribbean island, the city of Tega Cay is actually named after the Polynesian words for “beautiful peninsula.” In fact, it really is located on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Wylie, and it is also beautiful. As a huge bonus, this town happens to be the safest in the state of South Carolina at the moment, experiencing just one violent crime and 149 property crimes last year. It's located right on the northern border of the state, adjacent to North Carolina, and is located a mere 20 miles from downtown Charlotte.

9,501 Population
1 Violent Crimes
149 Property Crimes

2. FORT MILL

A suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, Fort Mill nevertheless resides on the other side of the border in South Carolina. This town was originally established back in 1873 and was named after a British colonial-era fort. The city grew quickly in the 1800s when textile mills were built in the area, and today it's one of the safest cities in the state, last year seeing 25 violent crimes and 14.71 property crimes per 1,000 people. The city is rich with history, being home to more than a dozen locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the William Elliott White House, which was the site of the last full meeting of the Cabinet of the Confederate States of America. Fort Mill also has its eye on the future and is home to notable businesses such as LPL Financial, Continental Tires, and Shutterfly.

13,532 Population
25 Violent Crimes
199 Property Crimes

3. MOUNT PLEASANT

It may not be a mountain, but Mt. Pleasant really is pleasant. A neighbor of Charleston, this sizable town offers beautiful beaches and plenty of safety, experiencing only 1.65 violent crimes and 15.79 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. As the third-largest municipality in the state, Mount Pleasant has plenty to see and do (besides the beaches), including Patriots Point, a naval and maritime museum that's also home to the World War II-era aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. More than a dozen locations here are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Paul Pritchard Ship Yard, which was operating as long ago as 1702, and was South Carolina's only state shipyard.

80,446 Population
133 Violent Crimes
1,270 Property Crimes

4. MAULDIN

Located just outside Greenville, this city is perhaps best known for being home to Kevin Garnett, the championship-winning NBA player who was also a member of the USA Olympic team. Another thing that it's known for is safety since Mauldin saw only 1.47 violent crimes and 16.28 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. Locals here enjoy getting outdoors and take advantage of area state parks such as the Paris Mountain State Park and Croft State Park, as well as Sadlers Creek State Park on Lake Hartwell.

25,246 Population
37 Violent Crimes
411 Property Crimes

5. BLUFFTON

A stone throw's north of Savannah lies Bluffton, a close-knit community that's been often referred to as “the last true coastal village of the South.” Coincidentally, Bluffton is actually located on a bluff along the May River, and it's also one of the safest cities in South Carolina, experiencing 2.29 violent crimes and 18.61 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. There are plenty of nature and beaches to experience nearby, including the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Hunting Island State Park, and Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. But those who want a taste of history can check out historical sites such as the Church of the Cross and the Seven Oaks house.

15,689 Population
36 Violent Crimes
292 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in South Carolina, 2017

1. Tega Cay

11. Goose Creek

21. Sumter

31. Chester

41. Laurens

2. Fort Mill

12. Clemson

22. Gaffney

32. North Charleston

42. Spartanburg

3. Mount Pleasant

13. Greer

23. Greenville

33. Cayce

43. Batesburg-Leesville

4. Mauldin

14. Clover

24. Lancaster

34. Columbia

44. Greenwood

5. Bluffton

15. Lexington

25. Forest Acres

35. Union

45. Florence

6. Hanahan

16. Summerville

26. Aiken

36. Beaufort

46. Walterboro

7. Fountain Inn

17. Irmo

27. Clinton

37. Bennettsville

47. Cheraw

8. Charleston

18. North Augusta

28. Hardeeville

38. Easley

48. Darlington

9. Port Royal

19. York

29. Central

39. Orangeburg

49. North Myrtle Beach

10. Seneca

20. Conway

30. Newberry

40. Georgetown

50. Camden

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in South Carolina, 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 Rhode Island, 2017

Officially known as the "State of Rhode Island, "Providence Plantations," and nicknamed "The Ocean State," Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in character and historical richness. While it's not actually an island, it's the second-most densely populated state, and it was the first colony to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown. And while Rhode Islanders might get attention for their accent—a cross between Bostonian and New Yorker—there have been plenty of famous people who hailed from the state, including authors H.P. Lovecraft and Cormac McCarthy, and actor James Woods.

College education is a big deal in Rhode Island, and the state boasts several institutions of higher education, including Brown University, University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, Bryant University, the New England Institute of Technology, and the U.S. Naval War College. This smartypants tradition can also be seen in some of the state's pioneering decisions, including enacting the first law prohibiting slavery in North America, and being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. Additionally, the state saw the country's first gaslight-illuminated street, NFL night game, woman-joined strike, nine-hole golf course, and lunch wagon. It's exactly this kind of pioneering spirit that draws people to move to Rhode Island.

30,436 avg population
2 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.  GLOCESTER

Located adjacent to Connecticut on the western border of Rhode Island is Glocester, a troublemaker-averse town. It's the safest city in the state, experiencing just 4 violent crimes and 50 property crimes last year. And if you're thinking that it sounds mighty similar to Gloucester, Massachusetts, you're right—the town voted to change its name in 1731, making things a lot less confusing in the region. Glocester also has a long and proud history, hosting the Ancient and Horribles Parade since 1927, and being home to several spots on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Harmony Chapel and Cemetery, Glocester Town Pound, and Manton-Hunt-Farnum Farm.

9,980 Population
4 Violent Crimes
50 Property Crimes

2. SCITUATE

Rich in history while also offering access to pristine streams and unspoiled forests, Scituate is a town that also happens to be conveniently located just west of the state capital of Providence. It's also the second safest town in Rhode Island, seeing only 3 violent crimes and 84 property crimes last year. Its name is derived from the Native American word “satuit,” which means “cold river” or “cold brook.” The name is actually quite appropriate, considering that the Scituate Reservoir is the largest body of freshwater in Rhode Island. Every Columbus Day weekend, the town draws up to 350,000 visitors for the annual Scituate Art Festival, but history buffs also stick around to check out its bounty of National Historic Places and National Sites.

10,543 Population
3 Violent Crimes
84 Property Crimes

3. PORTSMOUTH

The second-oldest municipality in Rhode Island (after Providence), Portsmouth is a town of roughly 17,377 residents and was settled all the way back in 1638. Portsmouth is known as a safe place to live, and the town experienced a mere 8 violent crimes and 7.94 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. Visitors will probably be thrown off by the fact that most of the town is located on Aquidneck Island, as well as some smaller islands such as Prudence Island, Patience Island, Hog Island, and Hope Island. Besides its islands, the town is know for being the headquarters of US Sailing (the National Governing Body of Sailing), and the site of the Battle of Rhode Island (1778).

17,377 Population
8 Violent Crimes
138 Property Crimes

4. BURRILLVILLE

Located directly north of Glocester, and bordering both Connecticut and Massachusetts, lies this town of about 16,318 people. It's one of the safest towns in the state, seeing just 16 violent crimes and 7.54 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. It was originally named after United States senator James Burrill, Jr. and settled sometime around 1662, when Europeans came onto the lands of the Nipmuc.

16,318 Population
16 Violent Crimes
123 Property Crimes

5. BRISTOL

Found on a peninsula in Mt. Hope Bay, Bristol was named after Bristol, England. Its major industries include boat building and manufacturing, and it's also one of the safest towns in the state, seeing 13 violent crimes 8.83 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. Many people recognize Bristol for being home to Roger Williams University, as well as the boat company Herreshoff, which built five America's Cup winners between 1893 and 1920. However, probably its biggest claim to fame is its Fourth of July parade, which is the oldest continuously celebrated Independence Day festivities in the United States. And if parades aren't your thing, Bristol offers plenty of notable spots and locations on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Herreshoff Marine Museum, Coggeshall Farm Museum, the America's Cup Hall of Fame, and the Bristol Ferry Lighthouse.

22,194 Population
13 Violent Crimes
196 Property Crimes

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The Top 30 Safest Cities in Rhode Island, 2017

1. Glocester

11. Cumberland

21. Johnston

2. Scituate

12. North Kingstown

22. Coventry

3. Portsmouth

13. West Greenwich

23. Middletown

4. Burrillville

14. East Greenwich

24. West Warwick

5. Bristol

15. Smithfield

25. Westerly

6. South Kingstown

16. Charlestown

26. Cranston

7. Narragansett

17. Tiverton

27. Lincoln

8. Barrington

18. North Providence

28. Warwick

9. Richmond

19. East Providence

29. Warren

10. Hopkinton

20. North Smithfield

30. Woonsocket

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Rhode Island, 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 Pennsylvania, 2017

The second state to be admitted to the union, Pennsylvania is a place where its motto, “Virtue, Liberty and Independence,” rings true. Home to many historical sites and the country's original capital, the state boasts the fifth-largest population in the U.S.A. It is a gateway to the Midwest from the East Coast (and vice versa), and its terrain stretches from the shoreline of Lake Erie to the Appalachian Mountains that run through the middle of the state.

Ranked sixth in gross domestic product among states, Pennsylvania's two biggest business and population hubs are Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, the latter of which is also the fifth-largest city in the country. Once a big coal mining hub, these days Pennsylvania has a balanced economy that would rank 18th in the world if it were its own country. Part of its success is due to the higher education in the state, which is provided by notable schools such as the University of Pennsylvania (an Ivy League school), the Pennsylvania State university, Carnegie Mellon, Lehigh University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvanians are also huge sports fans, rooting for major teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins, as well as the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers. And to top it all off, Pennsylvania has some of the safest cities in the country.

19,611 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
17 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  REDSTONE TOWNSHIP

Located south of Pittsburgh, in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, lies Redstone Township. A friendly town, Redstone Township isn't the biggest metropolis around. However, it's overflowing with history, boasting several locales listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the historic Brier Hill district, visitors can see 75 structures and 18 buildings that contributed to the local coal mining community. Or, they can visit historic taverns such as the Peter Colley Tavern and Barn, the Johnson-Hatfield Tavern, and Wallace-Baily Tavern. However, perhaps Redstone Township's greatest claim to fame is being the safest town in Pennsylvania, each year experiencing just a single violent crime and seven property crimes.

5,445 Population
1 Violent Crimes
7 Property Crimes

2. SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP

A part of the Pittsburgh metro area, South Park Township is often recognized for its famous name. However, what is should really be recognized for is its safety, since it's the second safest town in Pennsylvania. This community of 13,516 residents sees only 2 violent crimes and 35 property crimes each year, making it a great place to live. The town was originally named Snowden Township, after a prominent politician and businessman, but was eventually renamed after South Park, a county park that offers a golf course, tennis courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, and much more. Fun fact: the surrounding area is where the first shots of the Whiskey Rebellion were fired in 1794.

13,516 Population
2 Violent Crimes
35 Property Crimes

3. SOUTH HEIDELBERG TOWNSHIP

In eastern Pennsylvania, just outside Reading, you'll find this town of roughly 7,329 residents. A quiet place, South Heidelberg Township is also an exceptionally safe place to live, reporting only 3 violent crimes and 17 property crimes last year. The township is also located near several state game lands and is home to the Grand View Dairy Farm, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On it, you'll encounter a dairy barn, ground cellar, butcher house, and other turn-back-the-clock structures.

7,329 Population
3 Violent Crimes
17 Property Crimes

4. SPRING TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY

Located in the middle of the state is an outdoor lover's paradise. It's surrounded by nature, including several state game lands, as well as Rothrock State Forest, Bald Eagle State Forest, Bald Eagle State Park, and Little Mountain. Spring Township, Centre County is also very safe, experiencing just a single violent crime and 23 property crimes last year. Not into trekking through nature? Check out nearby State College, which is home to Penn State University and offers plenty of entertainment for college sports fans.

7,612 Population
1 Violent Crimes
23 Property Crimes

5. UPPER PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP, DELAWARE COUNTY

Settled and formed as a township in 1683, to this day Upper Providence Township remains a safe community that experienced only 1 violent crime and 35 property crimes last year. Early in its history, water was tapped extensively to power local mills, including the Robinett Grist Mill (1687) and Malin's Grist Mill (1770). These days, residents enjoy access to Evansburg State Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park, as well as a 30-mile drive to Philadelphia. Check out the Old Rose Tree Tavern, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and remains a local favorite.

10,379 Population
1 Violent Crimes
35 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Pennsylvania, 2017

1. Redstone Township

11. Upper Yoder Township

21. South Fayette Township

31. Newtown Township, Bucks County

41. Castle Shannon

2. South Park Township

12. Vandergrift

22. Upper St. Clair Township

32. Northern Lancaster County Regional

42. Peters Township

3. South Heidelberg Township

13. West Cocalico Township

23. Reading Township

33. Northwest Lancaster County Regional

43. WrightTownship

4. Spring Township, Centre County

14. Whitehall

24. Penn Township, Westmoreland County

34. Upper Nazareth Township

44. Kennett Township

5. Upper Providence Township, Delaware County

15. Butler Township, Schuykill County

25. Warwick Township, Bucks County

35. Old Forge

45. South Londonderry Township

6. East Marlborough Township

16. Brighton Township

26. Clarks Summit

36. East Pikeland Township

46. Baldwin Borough

7. Lower Salford Township

17. Adams Township, Butler County

27. East Fallowfield Township

37. Upper Dublin Township

47. O'Hara Township

8. Millcreek Township, Lebanon County

18. Fox Chapel

28. Turtle Creek

38. Lititz

48. Tunkhannock Township, Wyoming County

9. Buckingham Township

19. West Earl Township

29. West Lampeter Township

39. Northampton Township

49. Neshannock Township

10. Franklin Park

20. East Brandywine Township

30. Willistown Township

40. Indiana Township

50. Southwestern Reigonal

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Pennsylvania, 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 Oregon, 2017

Ask someone about Oregon, and they'll probably paint you a rosy picture of cheery, shorts-wearing hikers hustling up a mountain, munching on granola, and collecting banana peels for compost. Maybe that's because compared to many Midwestern locales, Oregon's lush forests, rushing rivers, and towering mountains really do seem like another world. Oregon offers a veritable bounty of nature, but the Beaver State also offers a strong economy supported by the 27th-biggest population in the country.

The state produces 95% of the country's hazelnuts, ranks third in the number of wineries, and historically has been one of the major timber-production and logging states. Additionally, Nike is headquartered in Beaverton, while Adidas has its American headquarters in Portland. As for education, Oregon is home to several known public and private colleges and universities, including University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, and others. Between the economy, education opportunities, and access to nature, Oregon is a very appealing place to live, and the safety of its cities only adds to the draw.

26,455 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
38 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  BROOKINGS

On the shores of the Pacific Ocean, located just a stone's throw from the California border, lies Brookings. It was originally established in 1908 and named after John E. Brookings, who was president of the aptly named Brookings Lumber and Box Company. Besides stunning coastal views, Brookings also boasts the safest crime statistics in the whole state, seeing only 7 reported violent crimes and 78 property crimes last year. In addition to keeping an eye out for any shenanigans, many locals work at South Coast Lumber, which has been making Doug Fir lumber for the Socomi Brand for more than 50 years.

6,428 Population
7 Violent Crimes
78 Property Crimes

2. UMATILLA

Take the Columbia River east from Portland and you'll eventually run into Umatilla before crossing over into Washington. Named after the Umatilla Tribe, this scenic town became a hub during the gold rush of the late 1800s. These days, it's the second-safest city in the state, seeing only 17 violent crimes and 84 property crimes last year. Locals here love enjoying the outdoors, but when they're working, there's a good chance they're punching the clock at Boise Cascade (makers of wood chips), Oregon Rustic (pine furniture), or Gilroy Food (dehydrated onions).

7,026 Population
17 Violent Crimes
84 Property Crimes

3. NEWBERG-DUNDEE

Located adjacent to Dundee, Newberg can be found in the Portland metropolitan area. The city's motto is, “A Great Place to Grow!” and its flag features a red rose on a field of white, which gives it major style points. The city is also home to George Fox University, but its underrated claim to fame is its safety— Newberg experienced 0.92 violent crimes and 16.14 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. Its other claim to fame is being the home of President-to-be Herbert Hoover, who lived with his uncle and aunt while attending Pacific Academy. (The home where he lived has since been designated as the Hoover-Minthorn House museum.)

26,022 Population
24 Violent Crimes
420 Property Crimes

4. SILVERTON

Named after Silver Creek, which flows through the city from Silver Falls, the town changed its name to Silverton in 1855. It's one of the safest cities in Oregon, seeing only 0.52 violent crimes and 20.82 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. And although Silverton isn't a huge city, it does boast several notable points of interest. It's home to Silver Falls State Park, which is the largest state park in the state, as well as the Oregon Garden. The only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in the Pacific Northwest is located here, as is Norman Rockwell's The Four Freedoms mural. Those looking for a safe place to live with access to nature and historical sites should feel right at home here.

9,559 Population
5 Violent Crimes
199 Property Crimes

5. HOOD RIVER

Located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Hood River is nicknamed the “Windsurfing Capital of the World.” Established in 1895, it's one of the safest cities in Oregon, last year tallying just 0.40 violent crimes and 24.09 property crimes per 1,000 people. Besides the fact that the town offers stunning views of Mt. Hood on the horizon, it has amassed many accolades from print magazines and media, being called the “coolest small town” and one of the “great riverfront towns” in the United States. Hood River is also home to Hood River Distillers, Full Sail Brewing Company, and more than a dozen wineries. So, basically, it's a great place to be.

7,556 Population
3 Violent Crimes
182 Property Crimes

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The Top 40 Safest Cities in Oregon, 2017

1. Brookings

11. Winston

21. Albany

31. North Bend

2. Umatilla

12. La Grande

22. McMinnville

32. Springfield

3. Newberg-Dundee

13. Central Point

23. Woodburn

33. Eagle Point

4. Silverton

14. Independence

24. Baker City

34. Lebanon

5. Hood River

15. Bend

25. Redmond

35. Madras

6. Keizer

16. Corvallis

26. Eugene

36. Roseburg

7. Talent

17. Hermiston

27. Milton-Freewater

37. Florence

8. Monmouth

18. Sutherlin

28. Stayton

38. Ontario

9. Pendleton

19. The Dalles

29. Salem

39. Grants Pass

10. Dallas

20. Ashland

30. Klamath Falls

40. Astoria

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Oregon, 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 Oklahoma, 2017

Commonly referred to as “The Sooner State,” Oklahoma joined the union as the 46th state, making it one of the last to do so. The capital is Oklahoma City, and residents often go by “Okies,” so you betcha that the people around here have pride for their state. Interestingly, the name Oklahoma is originally derived from Choctaw words "okla" and "humma," which mean “red people,” and the state still has a significant Native American population. And even though the state is pretty large, coming in as the 20th biggest in the union, about two-thirds of Oklahoma's population resides in the metropolitan areas of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, its two largest cities.

The state has a lot to offer partially thanks to its healthy economy, which is a big producer of oil, natural gas, agricultural products, and biotechnology. But when residents aren't punching clocks and cashing checks, they're probably outside enjoying the state's natural bounty. After all, Oklahoma is home to 6 national parks, 50 state parks, 2 national-protected grasslands or forests, and several conservation and wildlife preserve areas. There's plenty to see here, and the fact that it has some very safe cities only adds to the draw.

33,076 avg population
4 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
30 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  PIEDMONT

Located just outside Oklahoma City on the northwest side, Piedmont's residents are served by a council-management government. Local authorities are definitely earning their paychecks, because Piedmont also happens to be the safest city in the state of Oklahoma, experiencing a mere 2 violent crimes and 35 property crimes last year. It's also a place where people want to move, as evidenced by its rapid growth rate. And if you see any fleet-footed youngsters around town, don't fret—the Piedmont High School girls' track team won the state championship in 2009 and 2010. Better whip out those running shoes.

6,996 Population
2 Violent Crimes
35 Property Crimes

2. OWASSO

A suburb of Tulsa, Owasso was originally settled in Indian territory in 1881, but was eventually chartered as a city in 1972. It has since flourished with a sizable population, nearly doubling since the 200 census and today boasting over 34,814 residents. Unsurprisingly, the safety of the Owasso is a big draw, since the city saw only 1.03 violent crimes and 10.05 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. And while Owasso offers access to Tulsa and outdoors areas such as nearby Oologah Lake, Mohawk park, and the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, locals are quick to share the fact that it was used as a filming location for The Outsiders.

34,814 Population
36 Violent Crimes
350 Property Crimes

3. VINITA

Vinita holds the distinction of being the first city in Oklahoma to have electricity, and today remains the location of the world's largest McDonald's location (by square footage). That's pretty impressive, but Vinita piles on the praise by also being one of the safest cities in the state, experiencing just 7 violent crimes and 53 property crimes last year. Because the city rests at the base of the Ozarks Highlands, residents have access to a topographical area that's a mixture of forest and prairie. Additionally, there are several National Register of Historic Places highlights in the area, including the Vinita Inn on Route 66, Randall Tire Company, Craig County Courthouse, Attucks School, and Carselowey House.

5,505 Population
7 Violent Crimes
53 Property Crimes

4. LONE GROVE

Located about midway between Dallas and Oklahoma City, Lone Grove is located in the south of Oklahoma. Most residents actually work in nearby Ardmore, but that doesn't mean Lone Grove isn't a great place set one's roots. In fact, Lone Grove is one of the safest cities in Oklahoma, last year experiencing just a single violent crime and a total of 69 property crimes. Outdoors enthusiasts can also get their nature fix at nearby parks such as Lake Murray State Park, Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge, and Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

5,248 Population
1 Violent Crimes
69 Property Crimes

5. COWETA

A suburb of Tulsa, Coweta was first settled in 1840 back when it was part of the Creek Nation and Oklahoma was not yet a state. These days it's known for being a very safe town, since it saw 16 reported violent crimes and 94 property crimes last year. Fun fact: 1903 was a big year for Coweta, during which it saw the establishment of its first school, telephone line, newspaper (The Courier), as well as the arrival of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad.

9,536 Population
16 Violent Crimes
94 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Oklahoma, 2017

1. Piedmont

11. Collinsville

21. Claremore

31. Clinton

41. Wagoner

2. Owasso

12. Edmond

22. Perry

32. Bartlesville

42. Grove

3. Vinita

13. Weatherford

23. Harrah

33. Sapulpa

43. Stillwater

4. Lone Grove

14. Choctaw

24. Skiatook

34. Elk City

44. Sand Springs

5. Coweta

15. Guymon

25. Glenpool

35. Cushing

45. Enid

6. Blanchard

16. Broken Arrow

26. Moore

36. Holdenville

46. Warr Acres

7. Tuttle

17. Alva

27. Newcastle

37. Altus

47. Woodward

8. Mustang

18. Yukon

28. The Village

38. Bethany

48. Chickasha

9. Bixby

19. Tecumseh

29. Sulphur

39. Guthrie

49. Midwest City

10. Blackwell

20. Noble

30. El Reno

40. Henryetta

50. Purcell

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Oklahoma, 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 Ohio, 2017

Commonly known as “The Buckeye State,” but also less-commonly known as “the Birthplace of Aviation,” Ohio is kind of a big deal. It's the seventh-most populous state in the country and home to sizable cities such as Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, and Dayton. Meanwhile, Canton remains home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Sandusky boasts the beloved Cedar Point amusement park. Ohio also has the nation's tenth-largest highway network, and its central location makes it a transportation and business hub.

Named after the Ohio River, which was in turn named after the Iroquois word for “great river,” Ohio technically did not become a state until August 7, 1953. It was then that president Eisenhower finally signed the papers to retroactively declare March 1, 1803 as the state's admittance to the union. Since then, Ohio has become the birthplace of seven different presidents: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, William McKinley, Benjamin Harrison, James A. Garfield, William Howard Taft, and Warren G. Harding. Residents are proud of this rich presidential tradition, as well as the state's many sports teams, which include The Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals. Additionally, Ohio has a reputation as a safe state, as evidenced by its five safest cities.

26,353 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
25 property crime rate per 1,000 people

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1.  RUSSELL TOWNSHIP

Located about 20 minutes east of downtown Cleveland, Russell Township is a classic Middle American town - people remember your name and keep an eye out for funny business. Perhaps that's why it's also the safest town in a state full of them—Russell Township experienced a mere 9 reported property crimes and 1 violent crime last year. You might need a microscope to dive into those crime stats, but instead of doing that you should probably check out the headquarters of ASM International, formerly known as the American Society for Metals. The stunning building features a huge geodesic dome, which looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie.

5,262 Population
1 Violent Crimes
9 Property Crimes

2. CHESTER TOWNSHIP

Also located east of Cleveland, and within a buckeye's throw of the previously mentioned Russell Township, lies Chester Township. This town is actually one of five Chester Townships found statewide, but locals will tell you that this one is by far, 100%, for sure, the best Chester Township in Ohio. It's also the safest, seeing only 1 violent crime and 35 property crimes last year. Originally established in 1801, Chester Township today boasts more than 150 miles of roads, as well as a water system that's composed of individual water wells.

10,393 Population
1 Violent Crimes
35 Property Crimes

3. DOVER

A great American football town, Dover loves its Friday night lights. This city of 12,867 people and its Dover High School Tornadoes football team have been battling it out with the nearby New Philadelphia Quakers every year for more than a century, a feat that's known as the third-longest football rivalry in the state. That's pretty impressive, but Dover also piles on the accolades by being known as the third-safest city in Ohio, experiencing only 7 violent crimes and 47 property crimes each year. Besides throwing the pigskin around and being super safe, locals look forward to attending the Tuscawaras County Italian-American Festival in the summer.

12,867 Population
6 Violent Crimes
38 Property Crimes

4. BAY VILLAGE

On the freshwater shores of Lake Erie, just 15 miles west of Cleveland, you'll find Bay Village, which feels so safe that it may as well have put padding on all its street signs. And while it hasn't, it still only saw 7 violent crimes and 47 property crimes in an entire year. The city is also home to Bay High School, which has received praise as one of the best high schools in the country. Besides boasting about the beautiful beach sunsets, locals will likely brag about how Bay Village was home to the famed Cleveland Browns quarterback Otto Graham, as well as the legendary Prohibition agent Eliot Ness, who led “The Untouchables” against Al Capone.

15,387 Population
7 Violent Crimes
47 Property Crimes

5. BELLEVUE

Named after James H. Bell, a railroad official, the city of Bellevue has remained a railroad hub since the first half of the 1900s. These days, it also has a reputation for its safety, as evidenced by its tiny crime numbers—only 1 reported violent crime and 31 property crimes last year. Bellevue and the surrounding area boasts several attractions, including the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum, which opened in 1976, and Seneca Caverns, a fascinating geologic wonder consisting of underground caves. History buffs can also check out the Heter Farm, Tremont House, and the John Wright Mansion, all of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.

8,025 Population
1 Violent Crimes
31 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Ohio, 2017

1. Russell Township

11. Hamilton Township, Warren County

21. Clearcreek Township

31. Canfield

41. Twinsburg

2. Chester Township

12. Olmsted Township

22. Independence

32. St. Clair Township

42. Campbell

3. Dover

13. North Ridgeville

23. Pepper Pike

33. Munroe Falls

43. Springfield Township, Mahoning County

4. Bay Village

14. Powell

24. Sylvania Township

34. New Philadelphia

44. Lawrence Township

5. Bellevue

15. Sagamore Hills

25. Springboro

35. Berea

45. Shawnee Township

6. Hinckley Township

16. Ada

26. Brunswick

36. Cortland

46. Madison Township, Franklin County

7. Poland Township

17. Carlisle

27. Marysville

37. Brookville

47. Mentor-on-the-Lake

8. Hudson

18. Germantown

28. Grafton

38. Sunbury

48. Dublin

9. Brecksville

19. Aurora

29. Solon

39. Orrville

49. Indian Hill

10. Seven Hills

20. Kirtland

30. Fostoria

40. Bellbrook

50. Uhrichsville

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Ohio, 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 North Dakota, 2017

Known as the "Peace Garden State" and the "Roughrider State," North Dakota is a place where rugged individualism is the norm and agriculture and natural resources generate much of the economy. As the fourth-least populated state in the union, North Dakota stretches from the hilly Great Plains and striking Badlands, to the Red River Valley and Missouri Plateau. It also contains several large Indian reservations, and these days more than 5% of the state population is composed of Native Americans.

A religious place, North Dakota has the highest percentage of church-goers, as well as the most churches per capita of any state. And even though it remains the least-visited state, its economy keeps firing on all cylinders, resulting in the lowest unemployment rate in the country. The combination of a strong economy and churchgoing folk only adds to the North Dakota's reputation as a safe state, as evidenced by its five safest cities.

36,429 avg population
3 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
27 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.  BISMARCK

As the state capital and second-biggest city in North Dakota, Bismarck remains one of the most-popular destinations in the state and is recognized as one of the fastest-growing small cities in America. Perhaps surprisingly, it also holds the title of safest city in North Dakota, which is pretty impressive for a city of its size. How impressive? Bismarck saw 1.47 violent crimes and 13.04 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. Originally named Missouri Crossing and later Edwinton, the city eventually came to be known as Bismarck when the Northern Pacific Railway named it after German Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck, in the process hoping to attract German investment and settlers. (It was the discovery of gold in the Black Hills that was much more successful in drawing people to the area.)

70,873 Population
104 Violent Crimes
924 Property Crimes

2. WEST FARGO

One of the state's fastest-growing cities, West Fargo is the fifth-largest city in North Dakota and lies just west of (you, you guessed it) Fargo. West Fargo still makes sure its neighborhoods are plenty safe, and the city experienced only 1.50 violent crimes and 15.31 property crimes per 1,000 residents last year. West Fargo was named the City of the Year by the North Dakota League of Cities in 2013 and to this day maintains a significant number of descendants from Germany and Norway. In the summer, residents look forward to Big Iron, an annual fest held on the West Fargo Fairgrounds which draws more than 87,000 attendees and showcases farm equipment at more than 900 exhibit booths.

33,433 Population
50 Violent Crimes
512 Property Crimes

3. WAHPETON

Located on the eastern border of the state adjacent to the Bois de Sioux River, the town of Wahpeton is one of the safest in North Dakota. Last year, the town experienced 10 reported violent crimes and 181 property crimes, making it a great place to enjoy a quiet life. It originally attracted settlers because of the richness of the nearby river valley, so much so that it was originally named Richville. The town was later renamed to Chahinkapa, and again to Wahpeton, the latter of which is an adaptation of a Dakota Indian name. In their free time, many locals take part in exploring the outdoors and hunting, and the local area is a draw for migratory waterfowl hunters.

7,940 Population
10 Violent Crimes
181 Property Crimes

4. VALLEY CITY

Less than four square miles in size, Valley City is a close-knit community that also happens to be one of the safest in South Dakota—the town saw a total of 19 violent crimes and 160 property crimes last year. Valley City is also home to Valley City State University, and boasts many bridges that stretch over the Sheyenne River, motivating some people to call it the “City of Bridges.” Additionally, the city is home to the annual North Dakota Winter Show, which draws around 30,000 people annually, as well as The Vault, a unique coffee shop where there are no employees and customers serve themselves.

6,692 Population
19 Violent Crimes
160 Property Crimes

5. JAMESTOWN

The ninth-largest city in North Dakota, Jamestown is also home to the aptly named University of Jamestown. It squeaks into the top five safest cities ranking, experiencing just 3.30 violent crimes and 25.05 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. That's almost as safe as having UFC legend and Jamestown native Ronda Rousey watch your back. Jamestown is also home to the world's largest buffalo statue, which is composed of mostly stucco and cement, and weighs 54 tons. This tourist attraction is also the source of the city's nickname: The Buffalo City.

15,447 Population
51 Violent Crimes
387 Property Crimes

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The Top 12 Safest Cities in North Dakota, 2017

1. Bismarck

11. Mandan

2. West Fargo

12. Watford City

3. Wahpeton

4. Valley City

5. Jamestown

6. Dickinson

7. Grand Forks

8. Fargo

9. Minot

10. Williston

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in North 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.

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