The 100 Safest Cities in America 2016

How important is feeling safe when you're at home? Probably pretty important. That's why our SafeWise security professionals analyzed FBI crime statistics from all 50 states to find which communities are the most secure. Combined with our own research on each city's public safety, public health, and educational offerings, now you can see 2016's "100 Safest Cities in America" and find out if yours is on the list.


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1. Lewisboro Town, New York

Previous rank: not ranked

Settled on the southern edge of the Connecticut-New York border, sits 2016's "Safest City in America," Lewisboro Town, New York. Although it's only 50 miles north of New York City, it's a small town that offers peace of mind to its residents. Lewisboro Town is one of only three cities on this list that reported no violent crimes and the only city to have less than 1.0 property crimes per 1,000 people. This could be in large part to Lewisboro Town's dedication to public safety. Its "Complete Streets" initiative was put in place to protect bikers and pedestrians while on the road and help children find safer walking routes to school.

  • Population: 12,712
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.39

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Lewisborogov.com

2. Wayland, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 6

Known for having built the first public library in Massachusetts, Wayland has kept up with the tradition of education with its residents about fire safety and prevention. The town's fire department has an extensive program that focuses on everything from how tobacco products pose fire risks to what babysitters should do during a fire. The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) is one program in particular that brings firefighters into the classroom to teach kids in preschool through 12th grade about fires, how to prevent them, and what to do if kids find themselves caught in a blaze.

  • Population: 13,592
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.44
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.96

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: John Phelan, CC 3.0

3. Norfolk, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 7

The year of 1776 was a big one for American independence. It was also a special time for Norfolk, Massachusetts when famous leaders like George Washington graced its local taverns. Today, 240 years after the end of the Revolutionary War, there aren't any traces of the brutality of those times. Instead, Norfolk has become number three in 2016's "100 Safest Cities in America" because of its commitment to keeping residents secure. The town does everything from hosting rabies clinics to administer free vaccinations to dogs and cats to providing D.A.R.E. education to teach the youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

  • Population: 11,835
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.17
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.86

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: John Phelan, CC 3.0

4. Washington Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: 15

Washington Township is an example of what can be achieved when people and their local governments work together. The Washington Township Family & Community Services / Municipal Alliance Commission encourages wellness in the community through its drug and alcohol classes. The residents themselves foster a thriving town with their community garden programs. These plots of land bring people together to beautify Washington Township and give people a sense of pride in maintaining peace with their fellow man and surroundings.

  • Population: 18,787
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.37
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.76

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Courierpostonline.com

5. Broadview Heights, Ohio

Previous rank: 37

Quality education, a strong sense of community, and public safety are standards that Broadview Heights strives to uphold. To make that possible, the town hosts events like the Outdoor Rock Concert Series that not only bring people together, but raise funds for local charities. It's efforts like these that have helped Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School rise to become a U.S. News Best High Schools recipient and make the development of kindergarten safety initiative, "Safety Town," possible.

  • Population: 19,318
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.19
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.35

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Highvolt, CC 3.0

6. Ridgefield, Connecticut

Previous rank: 4

At the southeastern tip of Connecticut, Ridgefield has made a name for itself because of its dedication to safety. Every year, the police host a Halloween celebration and teach their "G.R.A.D.D." (Government of Ridgefield against Drunk Driving) program. The initiative brings the community together to fight substance abuse and other issues that compromise the safety of the city's residents.

  • Population: 25,288
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.04
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.57

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Don Williams, GFDL

7. Upper Providence Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: not ranked

The people of this Delaware County town are very involved in their community—and it has paid off. Thanks to organizations like the Upper Providence Environmental Commission, the streets are cleaner because of regular clean-up events and hazardous waste collection. The town itself is also more beautiful because of the group's gardening workshops, free education about green living, and compost site that encourages residents to drop off food scraps and Christmas trees and take home free fertilizer for their lawns and gardens.

  • Population: 10,354
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.51

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Smallbones

8. Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 78

As the starting site of the Boston Marathon, Hopkinton has even deeper ties to healthy living. With a special focus on wellness, Hopkinton offers anonymous mental health screenings and access to seminars focused on wellness topics. The Hopkinton Youth Commission is in town, too, to provide families with clinical and social services.

  • Population: 16,209
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.06
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.65

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Pvmoutside, CC 3.0

9. Imperial, California

Previous rank: 65

This famous sand-dune destination is just north of the US-Mexico border by El Centro. The police in Imperial have an "E-Policing Program" that delivers news and crime information to community members online, so they're aware of any emergencies or alerts in the area. All residents have the opportunity to sign up for email alerts from the Management Analyst and even be a part of it by joining a Neighborhood Crime Watch.

  • Population: 16,535
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.30
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.78

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Imperial Department of Parks and Recreation Facebook Page

10. Campton Hills, Illinois

Previous rank: 17

West of Chicago, Campton Hills has substituted the big city's skyscrapers and concrete with parks and historic farms. Because of the amount of green space available, the community adopted the program, "Leave No Child Inside." It encourages people to go outside, utilize public land, and be active in the community. Having more people socializing outdoors can certainly help keep an eye out on local properties and keep crime rates low.

  • Population: 11,351
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.00

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Villageofcantonhills.org

11. Sudbury, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 45

The streets of Sudbury bore witness to Paul Revere's famous horseback ride to alert everyone that, "The British are coming!" Since then, Sudbury has been busy making more history with public safety. Every Friday night, the Sudbury Teen Center opens for teens to come and hang out in a safe and supervised environment to cut down on drunk driving and other dangers.

  • Population: 18,592
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.05
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.17

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Dudesleeper, CC 2.5

12. South Park Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: 5

South Park Township was named after its large 3,000-acre park where residents enjoy ice skating, playing golf, horseback riding, and picnicking. It's been awarded the 12th spot on the "Safest Cities in America" list because of its very low violent crime rates. Part of this can be attributed to the town's friendly Police Chief, Dennis M. McDonough. Residents can contact the Chief by phone or email with any issues they have. The police department as a whole also goes above and beyond. Two of its 14 police officers are certified to install child safety seats, so you can make an appointment to have them install your car seats safely and securely.

  • Population: 13,571
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.29
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.95

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Lee Paxton, GFDL

13. Wilton, Connecticut

Previous rank: 73

Big companies like Cannondale and Melissa & Doug have helped Wilton develop a booming and stable economy. The police department has done the equivalent for the town's low crime averages. The "Citizen Police Academy" is one safety program that educates community members about crime detection and prevention over the course of 12 weeks. It's programs like these that help bolster communities and cut down on crime.

  • Population: 18,807
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.05
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.24

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

14. Franklin, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 51

Being named after Benjamin Franklin is notable on its own, but this city also has bragging rights for building the nation's first public library—and housing literary donations by famous statesmen. Founded on the principles of education and civic duty, Franklin, Massachusetts upholds that standard by teaching people about issues surrounding senior citizens and advocating for them through The Franklin Council on Aging. With this much emphasis on caring for some of the town's senior members, people who live in Franklin can trust that the city has their best interests in mind.

  • Population: 32,857
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.20

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: John Phelan, CC 3.0

15. Weston, Connecticut

Previous rank: 10

Weston, Connecticut invests in its community. Some of its most impactful purchases have been on behalf of the Weston police department. The community has supported the implementation of state-of-the-art technology, including computer forensics and a communication center that can alert residents within seconds if there is an emergency.

  • Population: 10,417
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.17

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

16. Western Springs, Illinois

Previous rank: not ranked

Western Springs in Cook County cooks up a lot of public safety ideas. For one, residents may have their sidewalks replaced at no charge if there is a trip hazard if at least one and a quarter inches. The city's water is also quite safe. Primarily collected from wells since the late 1800s, the Western Springs local government has developed a handful of enhancements to its water infrastructure to ensure its safety. Residents of Western Springs are lucky to live in a place that cares so much about their health and wellbeing.

  • Population: 13,217
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.33

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Mr Harman

17. Floral Park Village, New York

Previous rank: 50

This town got its rosy name from the 200 acres of land that were once used to grow flowers commercially until the late 20th century. Today, Floral Park Village has blossomed into a place where young kids can learn about Internet safety. Using the nationwide "I-Safe Program," children of the community are taught about how to use the Internet responsibly. Because so many children are on the web every day for school and play, it's incredibly important to teach them how to do so safely.

  • Population: 15,915
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.57
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.95

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Freechild, GFDL

18. Winona, Minnesota

Previous rank: not ranked

Aside from impressively low crime rates, Winona is a city dedicated to the health and wellness of its community members. One program, The Friendship Center, was established to support older adults and promote better quality of life by getting them together for activities and socialization. Another program that focuses more on the health of residents is the town's stormwater awareness education. This initiative teaches people how to keep its drinking water safer for themselves and nearby animals. This well-rounded civic approach is what keeps Winona flourishing.

  • Population: 27,546
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.91
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.61

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Susan WD, CC BY-SA 2.0

19. Rye, New York

Previous rank: not ranked

Founded in 1660, Rye, New York is the oldest town in Westchester County. Dedicating special attention to preserving the history of the town, Rye also works to protect its harbor along the Long Island Sound and provide green space for residents to enjoy. Rye even has a new program to support its animal inhabitants. The Rye Deer Hotline encourages residents to call in with any White Tail Deer sightings, so the town can better monitor and support its populations.

  • Population: 16,016
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.37

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Minard38, CC BY-SA 4.0

20. Weston, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 56

Weston is the most affluent town in Massachusetts because of its average household income. The city has used its wealth wisely by giving back to the health and wellness of the town and the world. In 2011, after committing to reduce energy usage by 20% by 2016, Weston was awarded a "Green Community" title from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The town continues to work toward operating in harmony with nature through programs like "Living With Coyotes," which teaches residents about co-existing with the town's abundant wildlife.

  • Population: 12,015
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.50

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

21. Glen Cove, New York

Previous rank: 76

Every community has its priorities. Glen Cove's is to improve the health and safety of its residents. Supporting the model, "S.A.F.E." (Substance Abuse Free Environment), Glen Cove works with other not-for-profit organizations, governments, and nearby businesses to raise awareness about substance abuse. By tackling this issue, the town aims to make roads a safer place and its citizens healthier people.

  • Population: 27,241
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.22
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.56

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: DanTD, CC 3.0

22. Chatham Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: 14

This little town isn't too far from the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. With protected land nearby, it makes sense that Chatham Township has also dedicated a lot of its resources to protecting its own people. The local police department developed "10 Community Policing Districts," which provides people in those areas with programs like the Medicine Drop Box that gives people a place to safely dispose of unwanted medication.

  • Population: 10,698
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.09
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.83

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Daniel Case, CC 3.0

23. Clinton, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 9

Aside from having the oldest continuously-used baseball field on the planet, Clinton, Massachusetts hits it out of the park when it comes to the wellness of its community. The small town offers early childhood education, adult education courses, and English language classes to its residents. The Clinton Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) also offers financial support to community members who need to make improvements to their homes but can't afford to on their own. It's clear to see how this town is giving back to its members and helping to make Clinton a safer and happier place.

  • Population: 13,755
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.44
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.64

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

24. Hillsdale, New Jersey

Previous rank: 68

After suffering great loss due to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Hillsdale developed ways to protect itself against future disasters. Hillsdale's police force underwent training to better assist during emergencies, purchased more emergency medical equipment, and created a system that updates residents about emergencies through Twitter. Preparing for the worst will help ensure that Hillsdale remains a safe place to live.

  • Population: 10,487
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.91

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Doug Kerr, CC 2.0

25. Lindenhurst, Illinois

Previous rank: 8

With a town slogan of, "Developing Today for Tomorrow," you can bet that Lindenhurst is proactive when it comes to the health and wellness of its community. The town has an initiative, "House Watch Program," that schedules police house calls when residents are away on vacation. By stopping by and checking properties, the police force hopes to cut down on property crimes and continue to keep the people of Lindenhurst safe.

  • Population: 14,519
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.65

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Lindenhurstil.org

26. Grosse Ile Township, Michigan

Previous rank: 31

Grosse Ile translates to "big island" and this small suburb of Detroit is the biggest island on the Detroit River. Since the town is surrounded by water, there is a huge amount of traffic on the river. The local fire department has a designated search and rescue dive team that is ready to respond if any resident gets in over his or her head while recreating or traveling on the river. It's their version of highway safety patrol that's there to enhance the protection of residents.

  • Population: 10,150
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.10
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.04

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

27. Buckingham Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: 36

Back in the 1700s, George Washington built his army headquarters in one of Buckingham Township's taverns to come up with plans to defeat the British. Today, Buckingham still has measures to keep its residents safe and secure. The Township Watershed Specialist, for instance, is in charge of preventing floods and subsequent property damage that could wreak havoc on the homes of residents. It's nice to know that the people of Buckingham have someone looking out for their best interest.

  • Population: 20,405
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.02

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Smallbones, CC0

28. Westwood, New Jersey

Previous rank: 49

This Bergen County city is known as "The Hub of the Pascack Valley," and it certainly is the heart of public safety programs. Westwood encourages its residents to stay safe through initiatives like the Teen Night Program that gives kids in 7th—12th grade a place to socialize safely. City officials also promote fire safety through Heating Safety seminars. Westwood has a lot to be proud of when it comes to its efforts to keep residents safe and sound.

  • Population: 11,129
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.77

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Jim.henderson, CC0

29. Whitehall, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: 19

Whitehall is a former hunting reserve that's right down the road from Allentown. Today, this wooded suburb has many community safety programs. Residents can take self-defense courses to learn how to defend themselves and participate in "PREMISE ALERT" or other neighborhood watch programs to help keep crime rates low.

  • Population: 13,946
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.86
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.37

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

30. Lovington, New Mexico

Previous rank: not ranked

This warm and dry southeastern New Mexico city prides itself on the friendliness of its residents and progressiveness of its culture. Established in the early 1900s, mostly as ranch land for farmers, it's now a booming oil and gas town with many economic opportunities. With goals to beautify the city and add more entertainment facilities, Lovington strives to remain a healthy and happy place for its residents to live.

  • Population: 11,693
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.86
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.42

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Allen S

31. Northampton Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: 38

Back in the 1600s, this suburb of Philly was bustling with colonial farmers. Fast forward to present day and you'll still find a place that works hard to cultivate a thriving community. With the "Town Watch" program, residents take police work into their own hands and work together to help solve crimes. Thanks to this modern detective program, Northampton Township is tied for the 19th lowest violent crime average on this top "100 Safest Cities in America" list.

  • Population: 39,692
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.13

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Bev Sykes, CC 2.0

32. Sharon, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 18

The tranquil trails of this Boston suburb are as calming as the fact that Sharon reported zero violent crimes in 2016. One of only three cities to achieve this status, Sharon has a lot to be proud of. In an effort to protect the local land and community, the city's Conservation Committee works with people to preserve Lake Massapoag and the delicate wetlands that surround the city. It's undoubtedly this holistic approach that has helped make Sharon number 32 on the list of "America's Safest Cities."

  • Population: 18,177
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.46

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

33. Warwick Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: not ranked

Nestled in Lancaster County, this bucolic town is home to endless green pastures and farmland. Because of its natural beauty, Warwick Township dedicates a lot of its energy to environmentally friendly programs. The community hosts an annual "Stream Clean-Up Day" to help restore the Lititz Run stream, and the city also orchestrates seminars to teach residents about sustainable living.

  • Population: 14,718
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.01

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Jared Kofsky, CC BY-SA 3.0

34. Sparta Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

This gorgeous lakeside town became a township in 1845 and was named after the famous Greek city-state. With a powerful name comes a strong urge to protect the town of Sparta and its surrounding areas. Recently, the city partnered with the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife to reinvent a plan to conserve the 3,461-acre Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area. It will focus on conserving what's there, preserving biodiversity, and eradicating invasive species. The plan is reminiscent of how Sparta views public safety: keep what's beneficial and remove what's harmful!

  • Population: 19,373
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.08

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Dmarino907, CC BY-SA 3.0

35. Smithfield, Utah

Previous rank: 71

Once a farming settlement, Smithfield is now revered for its hiking and biking trails and beautiful scenery. While it's only a little north of busy college town, Logan, it's a nature lover's paradise and somewhere people can feel safe. Out of all the cities that made the top 100 for being the safest, Smithfield is the only one that shares a border with a National Forest—Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Because of that, it provides a safe gateway to some of Utah's most amazing outdoor activities and a serene place for its residents to live.

  • Population: 10,672
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.37
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.22

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Ken Lund, CC 2.0

36. Medway, Massachusetts

Previous rank: not ranked

Along with its green spaces, Medway has the designation of being a "green community." The city's clean energy initiatives help people cut down on their carbon footprints and enhance the local environment. "Clean Sweep" is one of these environmentally-conscious programs that unites community members to help remove litter from Medway streets and surrounding areas. It's in its fourth year and will continue to inspire residents to protect and preserve where they live.

  • Population: 13,159
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.41

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: John Phelan, CC BY 3.0

37. Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Previous rank: 82

This Orange County city feels like a Mediterranean retreat and utopia for its residents. With palm trees and the ocean nearby, Rancho Santa Margarita knows it needs to inspire health from within as well. Rancho Santa Margarita is home of the Orange County Crime Stoppers, which serves as an outlet for residents to report crimes. Judging by the very low violent and property crimes records, it looks to be like they're doing a great job.

  • Population: 49,558
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.54
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.10

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

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38. Bergenfield, New Jersey

Previous rank: 25

The community of Bergenfield is rich and diverse. To support people of all backgrounds, the city founded the "Helping Hand Program." This unique program establishes one household in every neighborhood to act as a place where kids can go if they're being bullied or are hurt. Residents of Bergenfield are the key to what keeps the streets safer and community happier.

  • Population: 27,326
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.40
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.25

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

39. Branchburg Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

You can still glimpse Branchburg's agricultural past in the farmland that's tucked between modern developments. You can see a mix of old and new in the community, too. From its Historical Preservation Committee to newer summer programs like yoga and aerobics, residents can get involved in a number of ways and enhance their own health and wellness.

  • Population: 14,581
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.46

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Aerolin55, CC BY-SA 3.0

40. Holliston, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 83

Holliston is right around the bend from Hopkinton and has gone through a lot of transition over the years. Starting as a farming town, it evolved into an industrial center and now serves primarily as a commuter city to nearby Boston. In order to keep pace with its fast development, the city created Holliston Youth and Family Services to provide court diversion and referral services to its people. By intervening during crises and giving troubled community members the support they need, Holliston hopes to eliminate the risk of people growing up to commit crimes and give residents the opportunity to achieve success.

  • Population: 14,352
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.32

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

41. Clinton Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: 33

Clinton is precariously settled between two reservoirs that were created by a volcano. Luckily, the dormant volcano is controlled and so is the town's public safety. The local police force has a number of unites that handle specific crime, traffic, and scams to maintain the peace in Clinton. The town has truly taken it upon itself to maintain safety and security of its residents and its low crime rates are a reflection of its efforts.

  • Population: 13,257
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.08
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.60

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

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42. Ridgefield, New Jersey

Previous rank: 91

Ridgefield has been home to famous poets and artists like Man Ray and Ezra Pound. To carry on the spirit of creativity, the local Fire Prevention Bureau put their heads together to come up with the "Invalid Location Program." This program identifies disabled citizens who might need help getting out of buildings during an emergency. It's just one program that exemplifies this New Jersey community's dedication to protecting its citizens.

  • Population: 11,277
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.09
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.61

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Hudconja, CC 3.0

43. Frederick, Colorado

Previous rank: not ranked

Back in the day, Frederick was a busy mining town with a large population of Italian immigrants. Nowadays, this town cares as much about what they put into it as what they pull out of it. The "Free Tree" program disperses vouchers to residents every year, so people can help diversify plant species. By beautifying and caring for the community, residents are more inclined to keep it a healthy and safe place to live.

  • Population: 10,607
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.53

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: coclouds.com, CC BY-SA 3.0

44. Harrison Town, New York

Previous rank: not ranked

Residents of Harrison experience little hustle and bustle compared to nearby New York City. Just 22 miles from the Big Apple, the quaint village of Harrison has open fields, historic landmarks, and a laid back atmosphere. Harrison is one of our "Safest Cities in America" in part because of its two active K9-police dogs, Von and Arby, who help protect the town and people. Look for them patrolling the streets and keeping crime at bay.

  • Population: 28,130
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.59

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Anothony22, CC BY-SA 3.0

45. Woolwich Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: 35

Woolwich Township has seen exponential growth over the past 10 years—more than 230%. Despite this rapid expansion, there has been little to no increase in criminal activity. The safe record can be attributed to the town's 20 full-time police officers and new crosswalk laws that require drivers to come to a complete stop for pedestrians or face a $200 fine and the addition of two points to their licenses.

  • Population: 11,523
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.17
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.60

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Woolwich Township, NJ

46. New Milford, New Jersey

Previous rank: 39

It's not surprising that New Milford is one of our "Safest Cities" because it's right next to our 38th safest city, Bergenfield. New Milford has set itself apart for its low crime records and because of its priorities to protect the health of its citizens. The health department provides uninsured residents with immunizations for their entire families and cancer screenings for women.

  • Population: 16,650
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.12
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.68

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Newmilfordboro.com

47. Warren Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: 92

For New York City commuters, Warren Township is a pleasant escape from the concrete and tall buildings. Known to some as the "greenest place in New Jersey," the town's pastoral feel makes living there restful. As a matter of fact, so does the town's commitment to public safety. Warren Township has a large police force, fire department, and rescue squad to assist when people are in trouble. The city also has an emergency alert system in place, and residents can sign up for text alerts in case a crime or weather jeopardizes safety.

  • Population: 16,021
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.56

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Screenshot Google Maps street view

48. Brecksville, Ohio

Previous rank: 34

Not too far from Cleveland and right by a pristine nature reserve, you'll find Brecksville. This vibrant city cares about its residents and has created programs like "Terrorism Awareness Prevention" to report suspicious activity. The town also hosts events like "Shred Your Documents Day." People can come and dispose of sensitive documents at the Brecksville muni-lot. This helps residents protect against identity theft, fraud, and even recycle unnecessary papers.

  • Population: 13,505
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.81

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

49. Lower Salford Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: 24

In Lower Salford Township, you can get back to your Pennsylvania Dutch roots at the annual Apple Butter Frolic. You can also get here in a short drive from Philly and immediately feel the strong community ties that keep its residents working together. To keep up the positivity in the community, the local police department offers free security surveys of homes and businesses to protect against crime.

  • Population: 15,399
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.39
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.48

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Doug Kerr, CC 2.0

50. Hamburg Township, Michigan

Previous rank: not ranked

Surrounded by over 30 deep blue lakes, Hamburg Township is a water-lover's town. Because of its proximity to many natural resources, the town has put a number of water-safety protocols into action. Hamburg Flood Response Action Plan (FRAP) is one course of action that dictates what needs to be done when there is a risk of flooding or a major flooding disaster. It's nice to see a place that focuses so much on keeping residents secure in all aspects of living.

  • Population: 21,676
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.47

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Dwight Burdette, CC BY 3.0

51. Mahwah Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

Mahwah Township is home to the Ramapo Mountains and River. With more open space than any other town in Bergen County, this New York City commuter haven has a lot to offer. Public town activities include recreational sports for young kids like soccer and baseball and activities like art and yoga in the Senior Center to keep the elderly citizens engaged. From kids to older adults, there's something to offer every community in this "Safest City"—especially peace of mind.

  • Population: 26,502
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.26
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.68

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Daniellek0512, CC BY-SA 3.0

52. Franklin Park, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: 21

If you drive down Brandt School Road, you're driving down a part of history. This paved road in Franklin Park was once a Native American trail. Today, the town blazes its own trails in accessibility. Franklin Park offers one of the lowest real estate tax rates in Allegheny County, so buying a home in town is more affordable for residents. It's also known for over 200-acres in public parks that are meticulously manicured to give citizens a place to socialize and play. Combined with the fact that it's number 52 on the "Safest Cities in America" ranking, Franklin Park is an amazing place to live.

  • Population: 14,160
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.42
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.52

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Lee Paxton, GFDL

53. Westford, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 64

Named Money Magazine's #11 "Best Places to Live in America," recognized for its stunning website, and awarded the 53rd slot on the "Safest Cities in America," Westford has carved quite a name for itself. In the spirit of excellence, the local police department has undergone some changes for the better, too. Weston now has a dropbox to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs and safety programs for bikers and walkers to make drivers more aware of sharing the road.

  • Population: 23,654
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.51
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.44

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Mark Musante

54. Adams Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: 54

Adams Township was named after President John Quincy Adams and is back again on the "Safest Cities in America" list for the second time. Reporting 95% less crime than the national average, Adams Township is a place where residents can feel safe. The police are a big part of this culture of security. While it's mandated that all officer are licensed in CPR, some have gone the distance and also qualified in the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Citizens here can rest easy with the knowledge that their tax dollars are going toward their wellbeing and safety.

  • Population: 12,912
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.39
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.57

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

55. Verona, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

This township has been named number three on a list of New Jersey's "Greatest Towns." Touted for its sprawling 54-acre park, it's also become well-known for its public safety initiatives. One that stands out is the message board on Verona's website. During storms and other emergencies, it's a place where residents can go for breaking news updates and make sure they'll following recommended safety protocol. Luckily, with crime rates as low as they are, there are few times when this is necessary.

  • Population: 13,771
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.29
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.72

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

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56. Dumont, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

Dumont's first police force was established in 1921, and back then, every officer was given one dollar for each arrest. Today, the police force receives a bit more compensation, but still puts in the same amount of hard work to keep residents safe. Aside from crime prevention tips posted on Dumont's website, the police works with local schools to promote G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) to keep kids out of trouble.

  • Population: 17,848
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.59

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Doug Kerr, CC BY-SA 2.0

57. Florence Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

In the 1800s, Florence was a highly popular vacation spot because of its proximity to the Delaware River. Fortunately, the city has remained an escape for residents because of its low crime rates and easy living. The "READY Service Center" is one public safety program that allows people to sign up for voicemail, text, or email alerts, so they'll know if there is an emergency.

  • Population: 12,409
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.89
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.19

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Klotzplate, CC BY-SA 4.0

58. Bedford, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 57

Featuring many historic landmarks, Bedford's Old Town Hall is one of the most famous. To this day, it's still making history as the city's community programming hub. Inside, residents can find the Bedford Center for the Arts and Bedford Community Access Television where they can get involved creatively, socially, and civically. Because of the high level of community involvement, the people of Bedford have been able to help cut down on crime and enrich the city.

  • Population: 14,179
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.42
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.65

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: John Phelan, CC 3.0

59. West Caldwell Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

Named after Revolutionary War supporter, James Caldwell, West Caldwell is making its debut once again on the "Safest City in America" list (a repeat from 2015). Known for defending its people against the British army, it's now respected for the public safety work of the West Essex First Aid Squad and "Township of West Caldwell Emergency Operations Plan." Both programs provide aid to townspeople if they're in trouble and have helped people stay out of harm's way.

  • Population: 10,911
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.67

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Jared Kofsky, CC BY-SA 4.0

60. Norton, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 43

Norton has become well-known in the golfing world because of its famous TPC course that hosts the Deutsche Bank Championship Golf Tournament every year. While those players aim to come in under par, Norton always remains above par with its commitment to public safety preparation. The Community Emergency Response Teams are an example of programs that have been created to educate citizens about emergency response skills, medical assistance, and rescue protocol.

  • Population: 19,477
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.93

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Marcbela

61. Monroe Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: 77

In Monroe Township, you'll find a number of age-restricted communities geared toward their residents. For instance, the town has a special Senior Citizen Crime Prevention Officer who is in charge of keeping older adults safe from crime through education and advocacy. The town has impressively low violent crime rates and few property crimes, but taking every necessary precaution to protect residents of every age is a smart step to take.

  • Population: 42,333
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.24
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.91

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Mlaurenti, CC 3.0

62. Channahon, Illinois

Previous rank: 97

Like the waters of the Du Page, Des Plaines, and Kankakee rivers that flow together at the city center, Channahon's community has come together to strengthen its public safety. The "Peer Jury Program" is one initiative that helps troubled youth keep their heads above water through counseling and community service. By keeping more kids on a path toward success, the town keeps crime rates down and bolsters opportunities for every citizen.

  • Population: 12,605
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.32
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.84

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Village of Channahon, IL Facebook Page

63. Shawangunk Town, New York

Previous rank: 66

Wine enthusiasts and adventure lovers alike can find something to love in the charming Shawanhunk Township. Known as a gateway to the outdoors and backdoor to the Shawangunk Wine Trail, the city can now tout its number 63 spot on the "Safest Cities in America" list, thanks to its low violent crime rates. Members of this town can get involved in both beautifying and protecting the community in the Community Garden Club and Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

  • Population: 14,156
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.42
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.73

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Daniel Case, CC 3.0

64. Wyckoff Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: 29

The Native Americans who used to roam this land called it, "wickoff," which translates to "high ground." The Wyckoff Municipal Alliance takes inspiration from that and upholds high standards for its community by working hard to eliminate drug and alcohol abuse. The Wyckoff Municipal Alliance works with parents and other residents to educate on substance abuse and give tips on how people can talk to loved ones about their potential problems. With a community that's looking out for each other in this regard, it's no mystery why it's maintained such a safe status.

  • Population: 17,011
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.12
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.06

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Adam Moss, CC 2.0

65. Willistown Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: 99

Willistown, a Philadelphia suburb, protects its historic covered bridges and colonial buildings with as much effort as its community's safety. The local law now mandates that drivers under 18 wear seat belts and go through a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program to control how many passengers are in the car while someone is learning to drive. The law doesn't take a back seat here and the town strives to keep its people as safe as possible.

  • Population: 10,760
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.02

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

66. Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

This New York City commuter town is only about 30 minutes away from the big city, but has a small town feel residents have come to love. Recently, Hasbrouck Heights banned the use of plastic bags to hold recyclable items in an attempt to cut down on unnecessary waste. To provide more for struggling members of the community, Hasbrouck Heights has an active food bank that often calls for donations to help feed those who are hungry. It seems the entire community has an appetite for the wellness of its residents.

  • Population: 12,083
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.50
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.72

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: TimSPC

67. Montgomery Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: 32

A neighbor to Princeton, this New Jersey "Safest City" is leading the way in sustainable living. Given the distinction of "Sustainable Jersey Certified," Montgomery has outfitted its infrastructure and city planning to coincide with greener living. The 11th Annual Earth Day RECYCLING Fair is one event that helps raise awareness about the impact people have on the environment.

  • Population: 22,547
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.09
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.14

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Montgomery Township, NJ Facebook Page

68. Medfield, Massachusetts

Previous rank: 55

Medfield's shuttered state hospital has been a focus of horror movies, but there's nothing to fear in the town itself. In addition to its very low crime rates, the city has the "Medfield Youth Outreach Program," which offers counseling and crisis services to families in need. By rallying around the community's most at-risk members, it helps secure their futures and promote better living.

  • Population: 12,415
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.32
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.91

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: John Phelan, CC 3.0

69. Ringwood, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

"The Heart of the Highlands" is one name for this borough. Another is "America's 69th Safest City." Located between the Ramapo and Wyanokie Mountains, Ringwood is a scenic town that its residents work hard to preserve. The annual "Caring for Ringwood Day" is an event that gets townsfolk together to help clean up litter and beautify the city. As a city that is so peaceful due to low crime rates, it's no wonder why residents take pride in keeping Ringwood pristine.

  • Population: 12,379
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.40
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.85

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Luke Gordon, CC BY 2.0

70. Suffield, Connecticut

Previous rank: 95

Suffield's original roads were paved by the footsteps of traders who traveled along the Connecticut River to deliver goods. Today, this city remains a hub for business and transportation and provides great economic opportunity for its residents. One way for people to find success is to enroll in the city's adult education classes. For an affordable price, adults can choose from a variety of continuing education programs like GED and ESL to strengthen their skills and resumes.

  • Population: 15,790
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.51
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.75

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: John Phelan, CC 3.0

71. Brunswick Hills Township, Ohio

Previous rank: not ranked

This Township is new to the "Safest Cities in America" list this year and is also relatively new as an independent city. Established as a Township in 1960, the town has maintained more control over how it has governed ever since. For example, community members pay no income tax and of the tax that's collected, 60% goes directly back into local education. Education is power and with more of it, the town hopes to keep crime rates low and residents productive.

  • Population: 10,202
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.20
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.10

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Mark Phillips, CC BY 2.0

72. North Castle Town, New York

Previous rank: 70

This formerly secluded village has kept its serenity while growing a booming economy. Thanks to big companies like IBM that are headquartered here, North Castle Town offers a multitude of jobs to residents. The city itself also provides community members with an abundance of resources they may need. For example, the helpline call center connects people with information about everything from breast cancer screenings to consumer protection.

  • Population: 12,224
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.16
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.15

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Daniel Case, CC 3.0

73. Flushing Township, Michigan

Previous rank: not ranked

Flushing Township's original inhabitants, the Sauk Indians, valued the land for its sustenance and beauty. Today's diverse community continues to appreciate its surroundings. The Flushing Township Nature Park boasts 130 acres of walking and biking trails amidst abundant wildlife. With low crime rates, Flushing Township residents can go out and enjoy their lovely neighborhoods with peace of mind.

  • Population: 10,324
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.65
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.68

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Dwight Burdette, CC BY 3.0

74. Franconia Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: not ranked

Hundreds of years after the first settlers laid claim to Franconia's farmland, their kin still harvests crops on those original plots. Having learned from their ancestors that you reap what you sow, local government has also discovered the key to a thriving community. Currently, Franconia is in the process of building a rain garden that will better manage the city's storm water and decrease the amount of toxins that flow back into streams, rivers, oceans, and groundwater. To the city, safety means protecting its people not only from crime, but potential health hazards as well.

  • Population: 13,263
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.13

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Smallbones

75. Groton, Massachusetts

Previous rank: not ranked

This Middlesex County town is over 350 years old. However, that doesn't stop its community from modernizing its safety protocol. Groton Residents can sign up for CodeRED, an emergency alert system that texts members in case of a disaster, missing children or people, and more. Now when an emergency arises, residents know what to do right away.

  • Population: 11,260
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.09
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.33

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Pvmoutside, CC BY-SA 3.0

76. Lake in the Hills, Illinois

Previous rank: 11

Lake in the Hills has exploded in the blink of the eye, quickly becoming one of Chicago's fastest growing areas. To keep up with the burgeoning population, local police have been busy developing public safety programs. "Crime Prevention through Environmental Design" works to improve the perception of safety among residents by pairing police officers with developers. Officers suggest lighting and structural solutions to cut down on crime and developers build neighborhoods where people feel safer.

  • Population: 28,925
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.59
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.84

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

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77. Scituate, Rhode Island

Previous rank: not ranked

During WWII, Scituate was the headquarters of a radio monitoring division that worked to intercept enemy communication. Today, the city's five fire and rescue departments spend all of their hours listening to and responding to emergencies. Thanks to these professionals, not only is Scituate a safe place to live in regards to low crime rates, but it's also a place where people know they're in good hands, thanks to their local safety officials.

  • Population: 10,497
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.29
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.14

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Swampyank, CC BY-SA 3.0

78. Bernards Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: 27

Bernards Township had a big birthday in 2015—it's 255th! To add more cause for celebration, the city can now jubilate in the fact that it made the "Safest Cities in America" again after last year's ranking. In order to keep its people safe, the city dispenses $10 Radon testing kits, so households can scour their backyards for potentially carcinogenic elements. While these gases are invisible, the town still keeps an eye out for any threat to the townsfolks' wellness and safety.

  • Population: 26,980
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.22
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.23

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: JChernJ, CC 3.0

79. Plainsboro Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

This town's "poetic" safety system, Plainsboro Office of Emergency Management (POEM), has perfected the art of keeping its townspeople secure. In case of a disaster or emergency, citizens get digital updates and a special task force is deployed to assist. The low violent crime numbers show that there aren't many emergencies, but knowing that there are people waiting to help is a comfort, nonetheless.

  • Population: 23,423
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.26
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.21

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Djkeddie, CC BY-SA 4.0

80. Poland Township, Ohio

Previous rank: 20

Iconic red brick homes are sprinkled through the historic Northeast. What's special about Poland Township is that it has the state's only remaining one-room, red-brick schoolhouse from colonial days. Along with its history, Poland Township cares about its aging population, too. The "Senior Watch Program," looks out for the good of the elderly in town, who can be specifically susceptible to crime. Residents can also sign up for regular wellness checks by the police. Poland Township certainly goes above and beyond to make safety a priority.

  • Population: 12,160
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.33
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.18

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Polandtownship.com

81. Hillsborough Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: 46

Hillsborough Township is consistently revered as "a great place to live" by big publications like Money Magazine. It's easy to see why with its low crime rates and safety programs. The Fire Safety Education Unit is one department that educates over 5,000 children every year on how to prevent and escape a fire. From "Stop, Drop, and Roll," to learning how to stay calm during an actual fire, these professionals prepare children with vital safety protocol.

  • Population: 39,522
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.33
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.21

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Hillsborough Parks and Recreaction Facebook Page

82. East Hampton, Connecticut

Previous rank: not ranked

You'll find East Hampton, Connecticut's picturesque parks and scenic Lake Pocotopaug just 30-minutes from the state capital, Hartford. You'll also discover a proud community invested in keeping its members safe. The CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) is made up of volunteers who help when disasters strike. Volunteering is one of this town's strong suits that strengthens the safety of town residents as a whole.

  • Population: 12,902
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.50

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Grondemar, CC BY-SA 3.0

83. Baldwin Borough, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: not ranked

Baldwin Borough is situated in Allegheny County, less than 10 miles from Pittsburgh. Since it cozies right up to the banks of the Monongahela River, the city goes to great lengths to prevent flooding and its detrimental effects. The city disperses flood maps annually to let residents know if any flood plains have changed and if they should be concerned about water damage. Property crimes are low, but property damage due to floods is something the town tries to avoid entirely.

  • Population: 19,822
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.71
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.04

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Pixontrax

84. Hopewell Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

There's something for everyone in Hopewell Township—from green spaces to corporate parks to historic landmarks. Among some of its most noteworthy citizens are its volunteers. Hopewell has four volunteer emergency services groups that assist with fires, first aid, and rescue efforts. Citizens can also arrange child seat installation and safety checks, thanks to the Hopewell Township Police Department.

  • Population: 18,416
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.49
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.27

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Famartin, CC BY-SA 4.0

85. Milford, Michigan

Previous rank: 86

Today, Milford may be shadowed by the bright lights of Detroit, but it actually was one of the first cities to have electricity. With mills and hydropower facilities, it continues to show its power through its police force. The West Oakland Major Crime Task Force shines a light on criminals and helps weed them out to make the town safer. Judging by the nearly non-existent violent crimes on record, they're doing their job well.

  • Population: 16,470
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.24
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.53

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Dwight Burdette, CC 3.0

86. Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Previous rank: not ranked

Shrewsbury is shrewd about conservation. Establishing the Shrewsbury Water Conservation Project in 2006, the community has been striving toward smarter water usage and recycling. While it's mandatory for all residents to recycle in Shrewsbury, water conservation awareness is something the town is still working toward. Through education, the city is trying to teach residents about low-flow fixtures and appliances as a way to save more water. Since the town is already preserving its safety with low crime rates, keeping better track of its precious resources is a logical next step.

  • Population: 36,578
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.05
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.71

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: John Phelan, CC BY 3.0

87. Hudson, Ohio

Previous rank: 75

Hudson is home to a historic stop once used by escaping slaves on the Underground Railroad. In the spirit of freedom, Hudson continues to liberate the minds of its people with the award-winning program, "Hudson Community First." This program works with schools and community groups to develop young minds and provide scholarships for education. In addition, every summer the Husdon Fire Department holds "Safety Town," a program where pre-K children can learn about street safety skills. With such a firm belief in educating its young residents, it's no wonder Hudson makes the "Safest Cities" list.

  • Population: 22,526
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.59

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Zach Vesoulis, CC 2.0

88. New Britain Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: not ranked

Peace Valley Park and Lake Galena leave nary a trace of the lead mines that sprang up during the 1800s. The Land Preservation and Environmental Advisory Committee (LPEAC) has a lot to do with that. This organization is in charge or preserving the Township's lands and making sure they're allocated in a way that best suits the community. The police force also works to keep the people as safe as the environment. Every year, officers host a "Drug Take-Back Day" and designate a location where people can drop off unwanted prescription drugs so they aren't abused.

  • Population: 11,034
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.62

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Mike Parker, CC BY 3.0

89. Kinnelon, New Jersey

Previous rank: 58

With its black bears, lakes, and green spaces, Kinnelon is the quintessential rustic community. Since the community is so rural, it has The Kinnelon Environmental Commission that helps keep nature and the people of the community living in harmony. It's unclear if the black bears scare off all of the criminals, but Kinnelon has very low crime records compared to the rest of the United States.

  • Population: 10,436
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.37

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Cara marzullo

90. Glen Rock, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

People who commute to New York City don't have a long drive back to this suburb. Just 22 miles away from NYC, Glen Rock residents can return home to their natural spaces like the Thielke Arboretum, where residents can breath in the flowers or rest under a tree. Thanks to the Office of Emergency Management, residents can take a load off when they're home because this organization works on public safety plans to assist people during catastrophes.

  • Population: 11,912
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.62

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: AEMoreira042281, CC BY-SA 3.0

91. Upper St. Clair Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: 94

Public safety is one of this "Safest Cities'" biggest priorities. Located in a floodplain, Upper St. Clair Township spends a lot of energy on flood awareness. Residents have access to city workers who can assess homes and businesses for potential flooding dangers. Then, residents can take gleaned insights and equip themselves with the insurance or infrastructure to prevent flood damage.

  • Population: 19,399
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.41
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.46

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: twpusc.org

92. South Fayette Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: 53

People of South Fayette Township have a very unique set of safety programs to keep townspeople safe. For starters, there's the Internet Purchase Exchange Location. This monitored area acts as a safe meeting place for people buying and selling goods over the internet. Residents are also able to get to know the person who is in charge of keeping them safe, the police chief. Coffee With The Chief is a monthly program that brings people together at alternating local businesses so they can ask the Chief questions and address concerns.

  • Population: 15,317
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.07
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.88

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Ezegarra, CC 3.0

93. Bartlett, Illinois

Previous rank: not ranked

Bartlett used to be a camping and hunting area for the local Native Americans. Today, its residents enjoy blowing off steam in different ways. The city has nearly 20 miles of bike trails and more green space so people can get out and enjoy the outdoors. Plus, the town is a major advocate for public safety. Bartlett's website serves as an incredible resource for safety tips about fire prevention, coyote awareness, and much more. The city's initiatives like neighborhood watch, Fleet Watch, and its bicycle registration database are there to help cut down on crime.

  • Population: 41,784
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.33
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.64

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Public Domain

94. Cedar Grove Township, New Jersey

Previous rank: not ranked

This Essex County community has been around since the 1890s and has been making a big impact ever since. The Cedar Grove Environmental Commission (CGEC) is one of its groups that benefits the community and world as a whole. Residents can attend meetings and seminars to learn about non-toxic weed control, wetlands protection, and many more environmental issues the CGEC spearheads. Community members can enhance their safety too with local programs. Nixle is an alert system that allows people to sign up for text messages if there is crime, bad weather, or other dangers in the area.

  • Population: 12,501
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.83

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Snowilli, CC BY-SA 3.0

95. Yorktown Town, New York

Previous rank: not ranked

The farmland and lush green hills of Yorktown Town make it hard to believe that this suburb is only 30-or-so miles away from New York City. What's not hard to believe are the town's low crime rates. The local police department has dedicated officers who work in the school systems to keep young students safe and their constant presence helps cut down on violence and mischief.

  • Population: 36,989
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.65

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: yorktownny.org

96. New Franklin, Ohio

Previous rank: 48

With "new" is in its name, New Franklin is in fact one of Ohio's newest cities. It has created a number of new programs to help its residents and town stay secure. The "Juvenile Diversion Program" gives young offenders the chance to complete community service in exchange for having crimes erased from their records. Its these second chances that inspire confidence in children and help them grow up to be productive adults who contribute to society.

  • Population: 14,328
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.27
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.72

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: NewFranklin.org

97. Palisades Park, New Jersey

Previous rank: not randed

Palisades Park is one of the 31 New Jersey communities that made the "Safest Cities in America" list this year. Way to go, New Jersey! Palisades Park's program, Nixle, is one reason why. This emergency alert system enables residents to sign up for text messages so they'll know immediately if something is endangering their safety.

  • Population: 20,482
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.68
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.32

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Jason Jenkins, CC BY-SA 2.0

98. Peters Township, Pennsylvania

Previous rank: 61

Peters Township has grown by leaps and bounds since the 1950s. In order to keep up with the flourishing population, the local government has put a number of public safety programs in place. A nationwide initiative, "D.A.R.E,." is one program that the community supports to teach the youth about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. "Operation Safe Surf" is another that educates parents about how their kids can use the Internet more responsibly and safely.

  • Population: 21,975
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.36
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.64

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Peter Township Facebook Page

99. Suffern Village, New York

Previous rank: 87

This tight-knit community watches each others' backs. Suffern Village supports community-policing programs that work closely with local organizations and groups to enhance the safety of the town's neighborhoods. Based on Suffern's low violent crimes and the prevalence of police officers in the community, they seem to have solved the mystery as to how to keep their town safe.

  • Population: 10,975
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.55

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

Photo Credit: Alexisrael, CC 3.0

100. River Edge, New Jersey

Previous rank: 30

The final "Safest City in America" is River Edge, New Jersey. Like some of the other safe communities on this list, River Edge has an emergency alert system, Swift911, that is available to all residents. It serves as an instantaneous message board when a natural disaster or local crime occurs. What's different about River Edge is its Senior Bus Office that gives rides to seniors, so they can get around town safely.

  • Population: 11,573
  • Violent Crimes consist of four categories: Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggrivated Assault.

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.17
  • Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.87

    Proptery Crimes consist of four categories: Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

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