10 Safest Cities in the United States

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What are the 10 Safest Cities in the United States?

Ten safe heavens from the chaos of today's violence

Whether you are relocating for a job, or you just want to start over in a new place, you want a city that makes you feel safe and secure. Needless to say, you don’t want to be in an area in which crimes of any kind are high.

To determine the safest cities, we looked at a number of different factors on the largest 200 cities in the US. Violent crimes were our primary metric, but we also considered other measures of safety, like vehicle accidents and air quality. After collecting the data, we ranked each city according to each metric, and we averaged those rankings.

After averaging the overall rankings, we gave a score that ranged from 0 to 100 based on the ranking. The statistics we used for the violent crimes came from the FBI, the local police department, and city websites. Data on automobile accidents came from countyhealthrankings.org. The information on air quality came from EPA.

Without further ado, here is the top 10 List

 1. Sunnyvale, California

Sunnyvale ranks as the safest city in America. It is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and the crime rate is well below average.

 

2.  Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is the epitome of island living. The violent crime rate is 230 per 100,000 per year. Moreover, the rate for vehicle accidents is low due to the fact that most residents walk, bike, or take public transportation.

 

3.  Bellevue, Washington

Bellevue is situated across Lake Washington from Seattle. In recent times, the population has increased tremendously, almost 2.7% each year from 2010 to 2014. While for some cities that might present a challenge as far as safety is concerned, it seems not to have affected this city. Of the largest 200 cities in the US, Bellevue ranks the 22nd lowest.

 

4.  Cary, North Carolina

Cary has the 6th lowest violent crime rate of any major US city, at just 84 crimes per 100,000 residents. On the other hand, Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina, has 648 crimes per 100,000 residents.

 

5.   Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria is just a few miles away from Washington, DC and is the 5th safest city in the US. Furthermore, it is part of the DC’s metro rail system, which makes it convenient for most residents to get to work in the DC area, thereby reducing the number of automobile accidents.  There is a lot of history to this city so whether you are passing through or moving, make sure to learn about the rich America history behind Alexandria.

 

6.  San Jose, California

San Jose is one of the three largest cities in the Bay Area, and it is the safest. This is surprising that a California city even make the top 10 with all of the gangs and violence there.   San Jose is surrounded by violent cities but it has a safehaven of it's own.  Oakland and San Francisco have violent crimes rates well above the rate of San Jose. Moreover, Oakland and San Francisco have a high rate of drug use, which could be a reason for the largest number of violent crimes.

 

7 - McAllen, Texas

McAllen is a border town, located in the Rio Grande Valley. While border towns typically have a bad reputation, McAllen bucks the trend. The violent crime rate is 122 per 100, 000 residents.

 

8 - Fremont, California

Fremont is just north of San Jose. This city boasts to having one of the lowest rates of vehicular deaths in all of the US (5.88 per 100,000 residents). That is less than 1/3 of the national average.

 

9 - Salem, Oregon

Salem possesses the third lowest air pollution of any major city in the US. Residents here breathe some of the cleanest air found in America. While there are many reasons for respiratory diseases and other health issues, environmental factors can play a key role.

 

10 - Frisco, Texas

Frisco is situated 30 miles north of Dallas. A city of around 145,000 residents, it has the 4th lowest violent crime rate of any major city in the US; the rate is 80 per 100,000 residents.

If you are considering moving to one of the cities on this list, we are glad we could help. But before you get too comfortable, we have to let you know that crime in the United States every year averages at 12 million. This is more than any other place on the planet.

Regardless of where you decide to live, we want you to be safe. This is why we constantly recommend buying a home security system. It provides everything from personal safety to carbon monoxide detection. This way, you will feel protected wherever you are in the United States.

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If you can't move to any of these cities at least make sure you stay away from the 25 most dangerous cities in the US.  If you have a city you would like to add please comment below and let us know!  There are dozens of crime free areas and towns that didn't make this list so please add your Name and location below to help us build this list!

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