New Jersey’s 50 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated February 1, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey for 2019. See if your city made the list.

Crime is one thing that isn’t flourishing in the Garden State. This year New Jersey has violent and property crime rates that are well below the national rates of 4.49 and 27.11, respectively. The state came in with just 2.29 violent crimes and 15.38 property crimes per 1,000 people.

The cities we’ve recognized this year include 31 repeats from last year’s ranking—that’s 62% of the list. But those repeats aren’t all from the same regions as last year. Safe cities in South Jersey comprise just 4% of the list, down from 8% last year. And North Jersey went up from 62% last year, to claim 66% of the state’s safest cities. Central Jersey held steady, holding on to 30% of the state’s safest communities.

Plus, New Jersey has more cities than any other state on our 100 Safest Cities in America—30% come from the Garden State. No matter which region you call home, take a gander at the full list to see if your city is one of the safest in New Jersey.

New Jersey's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • The top three cities—Chatham Township, Hillsdale, and New Providence—each reported zero violent crimes. Last year only two cities were 100% free of violent incidents. Manchester Township is the only city to report more than 10 violent crimes, with 11 total incidents.
  • 92% of the cities reported zero murders, and all cities held violent crime to fewer than 0.5 incidents per 1,000 people.
  • Digital security is the number one safety concern in New Jersey, according to our State of Safety report.
  • 71% ranked digital security their top worry, which is 12 percentage points more than the national average.
  • 22% reported personally experiencing digital crime in the past year, which is just below the national average of 24%.
pie chart showing the percentage of safest cities in north vs central vs south jersey

The 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey

#1

Hillsdale

+41

Hillsdale, New Jersey
Population 10,602
Median Income
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.30

#2

Chatham Township

+43

Chatham Township, New Jersey
Population 10,515
Median Income $176,364
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.71

#3

New Providence

+4

New Providence, New Jersey
Population 12,904
Median Income $129,638
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.49

#4

Bernards Township

-2

Bernards Township, New Jersey
Population 27,219
Median Income $137,855
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.04
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.30

#5

Denville Township

+17

Denville Township, New Jersey
Population 16,811
Median Income $116,078
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.06
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.18

#6

Pequannock Township

+19

Pequannock Township, New Jersey
Population 15,472
Median Income $94,237
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.06
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.20

#7

Tenafly

+33

Tenafly, New Jersey
Population 14,960
Median Income $153,906
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.07
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.34

#8

Robbinsville Township

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Robbinsville Township, New Jersey
Population 14,446
Median Income $137,313
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) .07
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.69

#9

Bergenfield

+38

Bergenfield, New Jersey
Population 27,891
Median Income $90,962
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.07
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.69

#10

Clinton Township

-4

Clinton Township, New Jersey
Population 12,748
Median Income $135,326
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) .08
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.57

#11

Monroe Township, Middlesex County

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Monroe Township-Middlesex County, New Jersey
Population 45,722
Median Income $78,263
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.09
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.35

#12

Franklin Lakes

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Population 10,939
Median Income $155,458
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.09
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.49

#13

River Vale Township

-12

River Vale Township, Ney Jersey
Population 10,270
Median Income $138,914
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.10
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.46

#14

Westfield

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Westfield, New Jersey
Population 30,301
Median Income $159,923
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.10
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.45

#15

Hawthorne

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Hawthorne, New Jersey
Population 19,041
Median Income $93,675
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.11
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.92

#16

New Milford

-4

New Milford, New Jersey
Population 16,894
Median Income $84,025
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.12
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.44

#17

Cranford Township

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Cranford Township, New Jersey
Population 24,442
Median Income $122,848
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.12
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.16

#18

Readington Township

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Readington Township, New Jersey
Population 15,834
Median Income $133,320
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.13
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.99

#19

Morris Township

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Morris Township, New Jersey
Population 22,701
Median Income $142,137
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.13
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.49

#20

Montville Township

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Montville Township, New Jersey
Population 21,818
Median Income $134,752
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.14
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.69

#21

Randolph Township

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Randolph Township, New Jersey
Population 25,950
Median Income $128,125
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.15
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.51

#22

Washington Township, Morris County

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Washington Township-Morris County, New Jersey
Population 18,793
Median Income $140,445
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.16
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.23

#23

Hasbrouck Heights

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Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
Population 12,286
Median Income $87,800
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.16
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.97

#24

Glen Rock

-16

Glen Rock, New Jersey
Population 12,051
Median Income $162,443
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.17
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.72

#25

Tinton Falls

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Tinton Fall, New Jersey
Population 17,761
Median Income $79,206
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.17
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.20

#26

River Edge

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River Edge, New Jersey
Population 11,744
Median Income $123,590
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.17
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.36

#27

Marlboro Township

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Marlboro Township, New Jersey
Population 40,370
Median Income $143,208
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.17
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.04

#28

Ridgefield

+9

Ridgefield, New Jersey
Population 11,457
Median Income $66,690
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.17
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.37

#29

Warren Township

-26

Warren Township, New Jersey
Population 16,264
Median Income $154,647
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.18
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.58

#30

Branchburg Township

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Branchburg Township, New Jersey
Population 14,822
Median Income $129,237
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.20
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.98

#31

Roxbury Township

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Roxbury Township, New Jersey
Population 23,472
Median Income $112,625
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.21
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.10

#32

Roselle Park

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Roselle Park, New Jersey
Population 13,747
Median Income $67,300
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.22
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.04

#33

Berkeley Heights Township

-28

Berkeley Heights Township, New Jersey
Population 13,654
Median Income $147,614
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.22
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.35

#34

Princeton

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Princeton, New Jersey
Population 31,845
Median Income $125,506
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.22
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.19

#35

Dumont

-18

Dumont, New Jersey
Population 18,018
Median Income $94,617
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.22
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.88

#36

Hillsborough Township

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Hillsborough Township, New Jersey
Population 40,369
Median Income $119,542
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.22
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.32

#37

Raritan Township

-28

Raritan Township, New Jersey
Population 21,918
Median Income $120,644
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.23
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.15

#38

Ridgewood

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
Population 25,729
Median Income $162,011
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.23
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.80

#39

Ringwood

-6

Ringwood, New Jersey
Population 12,470
Median Income $116,198
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.24
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.97

#40

Madison

-17

Madison, New Jersey
Population 16,175
Median Income $127,948
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.25
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.08

#41

Manchester Township

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Manchester Township, New Jersey
Population 43,916
Median Income $41,689
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.25
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.10

#42

Montgomery Township

-24

Montgomery Township, New Jersey
Population 23,706
Median Income $180,660
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.25
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.34

#43

Waterford Township

-1

Waterford Township, New Jersey
Population 10,817
Median Income $89,898
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.28
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.30

#44

Jefferson Township

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Jefferson Township, New Jersey
Population 21,505
Median Income $97,440
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.28
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.32

#45

Verona

-17

Verona, New Jersey
Population 13,584
Median Income $113,423
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.29
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.59

#46

Waldwick

-20

Waldwick, New Jersey
Population 10,137
Median Income $115,591
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.30
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.31

#47

Livingston Township

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Livingston Township, New Jersey
Population 29,987
Median Income $153,381
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.30
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.30

#48

Mount Olive Township

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Mount Olive Township, New Jersey
Population 29,410
Median Income $86,773
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.31
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.64

#49

Clark Township

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Clark Township, New Jersey
Population 16,084
Median Income $100,192
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.31
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 13.24

#50

Woolwich Township

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Woolwich Township, New Jersey
Population 12,798
Median Income $123,347
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.31
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.16

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

Rank City Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
51 Cedar Grove Township 12,674 0.32 7.42
52 Manalapan Township 40,177 0.32 6.2
53 Ramsey 15,273 0.33 9.1
54 Mahwah Township 26,753 0.34 5.46
55 Plainsboro Township 23,569 0.34 5.35
56 Millburn Township 20,421 0.34 21.45
57 Highland Park 14,287 0.35 13.02
58 Barnegat Township 22,652 0.35 6.31
59 East Hanover Township 11,284 0.35 17.37
60 Summit 22,195 0.36 8.65
61 Vernon Township 22,193 0.36 8.61
62 Hopewell Township 18,633 0.38 5.31
63 Lincoln Park 10,466 0.38 6.88
64 Lyndhurst Township 22,621 0.4 9.95
65 Scotch Plains Township 24,375 0.41 8.33
66 Jackson Township 57,400 0.42 8.41
67 Bridgewater Township 45,417 0.42 8.52
68 Haddonfield 11,445 0.44 15.38
69 Rockaway Township 24,719 0.45 13.19
70 Harrison Township 13,128 0.46 7.77
71 Wyckoff Township 17,373 0.46 6.16
72 Hanover Township 14,904 0.47 12.75
73 Sparta Township 18,807 0.48 3.51
74 Cinnaminson Township 16,696 0.48 20.12
75 Kinnelon 10,275 0.49 3.41
76 Moorestown Township 20,534 0.49 13.34
77 East Brunswick Township 49,019 0.49 13.73
78 Wanaque 11,925 0.5 6.71
79 Florham Park 11,818 0.51 6.85
80 Wallington 11,794 0.51 11.96
81 Paramus 27,075 0.52 42.62
82 Wayne Township 54,903 0.53 17.83
83 Beachwood 11,296 0.53 11.86
84 South Brunswick Township 46,280 0.54 9.44
85 West Deptford Township 21,386 0.56 16.32
86 Little Egg Harbor Township 21,076 0.57 13.57
87 Berkeley Township 42,036 0.57 10.9
88 Middlesex Borough 13,897 0.58 9.5
89 Lawrence Township, Mercer County 32,929 0.58 21.05
90 Ventnor City 10,263 0.58 31.86
91 Rutherford 18,804 0.58 10.96
92 Oakland 13,243 0.6 5.97
93 Ridgefield Park 13,166 0.61 12.61
94 Springfield Township, Union County 17,805 0.62 7.98
95 Evesham Township 45,314 0.62 12.4
96 Saddle Brook Township 14,190 0.63 17.41
97 Sayreville 45,460 0.64 8.62
98 Hazlet Township 19,938 0.65 11.18
99 Old Bridge Township 67,162 0.66 8.65
100 East Greenwich Township 10,573 0.66 5.58
101 Delran Township 16,609 0.66 15.83
102 Howell Township 52,432 0.67 7.76
103 Parsippany-Troy Hills Township 53,478 0.67 7.72
104 Medford Township 23,503 0.68 5.7
105 Toms River Township 92,543 0.68 16.69
106 Fair Lawn 33,759 0.68 10.55
107 Fort Lee 38,095 0.68 7.82
108 Franklin Township, Somerset County 67,463 0.71 11.55
109 Palisades Park 21,030 0.71 5.99
110 Holmdel Township 16,576 0.72 9.05
111 West Caldwell Township 11,013 0.73 5.99
112 Wall Township 25,956 0.73 9.79
113 Middletown Township 65,303 0.74 7.61
114 West Windsor Township 28,495 0.74 10.56
115 Nutley Township 28,833 0.76 7.77
116 Hopatcong 14,263 0.77 4.98
117 Westwood 11,328 0.79 4.33
118 East Windsor Township 27,571 0.8 8.52
119 Winslow Township 39,406 0.81 4.34
120 Aberdeen Township 18,403 0.82 8.42
121 Somerville 12,263 0.82 11.01
122 Edgewater 12,183 0.82 10.92
123 Franklin Township, Gloucester County 16,599 0.84 12.95
124 Glassboro 20,134 0.84 19.62
125 Point Pleasant 18,696 0.86 6.53
126 Metuchen 13,981 0.86 12.52
127 Mantua Township 15,123 0.86 17.59
128 Bellmawr 11,505 0.87 20.08
129 Mount Laurel Township 41,712 0.91 13.67
130 Stafford Township 27,433 0.91 7.33
131 Totowa 10,964 0.91 26.27
132 Cliffside Park 25,166 0.91 7.15
133 Lakewood Township 102,759 0.92 9.06
134 Piscataway Township 58,109 0.93 9.33
135 Lacey Township 28,915 0.93 10.79
136 West Milford Township 26,769 0.93 7.58
137 Weehawken Township 15,683 0.96 19.13
138 Elmwood Park 20,515 0.97 16.96
139 Bordentown Township 12,216 0.98 9.74
140 Little Ferry 11,017 1 11.53
141 North Arlington 16,009 1 8.93
142 Haddon Township 14,731 1.02 21.79
143 Woodbridge Township 102,129 1.02 15.74
144 Ocean City 11,281 1.06 34.13
145 Edison Township 102,699 1.09 11.78
146 South River 16,399 1.1 7.56
147 Pennsville Township 12,564 1.11 16.56
148 Ocean Township, Monmouth County 26,637 1.13 25.08
149 Manville 10,519 1.14 16.07
150 South Plainfield 24,458 1.14 18.56
151 North Brunswick Township 42,780 1.15 16.08
152 Pompton Lakes 11,176 1.16 9.22
153 Bloomfield 48,928 1.16 16
154 Hammonton 14,370 1.18 12.32
155 Monroe Township, Gloucester County 37,174 1.18 14.74
156 Kearny 42,527 1.2 14.86
157 Union Township 59,051 1.2 16.65
158 Washington Township, Gloucester County 48,088 1.21 15.89
159 Egg Harbor Township 43,515 1.26 18.66
160 Freehold Township 35,531 1.27 16.46
161 Rahway 29,930 1.27 9.86
162 Little Falls Township 14,479 1.31 7.94
163 Woodland Park 12,836 1.32 11.84
164 Teaneck Township 41,377 1.33 9.43
165 Cherry Hill Township 71,747 1.34 28.92
166 Hamilton Township, Atlantic County 26,482 1.4 33.23
167 Maplewood Township 24,863 1.41 16.65
168 Brick Township 75,566 1.42 13.91
169 Hamilton Township, Mercer County 88,723 1.42 21.66
170 Fairview 14,573 1.44 9.33
171 Lower Township 21,870 1.46 14.91
172 Roselle 21,796 1.47 15
173 Florence Township 12,755 1.49 6.43
174 Burlington Township 22,772 1.49 13.53
175 North Bergen Township 63,490 1.51 7.64
176 Montclair 39,029 1.54 16.65
177 Gloucester Township 64,094 1.58 17.63
178 Dover 18,339 1.58 10.36
179 Secaucus 20,481 1.61 22.17
180 Bound Brook 10,537 1.61 15.66
181 Maple Shade Township 18,797 1.65 24.26
182 Phillipsburg 14,379 1.67 25.52
183 Collingswood 14,080 1.7 25
184 Lodi 24,981 1.72 14.73
185 South Orange Village 16,407 1.77 17.19
186 Carteret 24,283 1.81 13.43
187 Garfield 32,233 1.83 17.47
188 Gloucester City 11,366 1.85 24.63
189 Lumberton Township 12,286 1.87 18.56
190 Guttenberg 11,736 1.87 9.46
191 Middle Township 18,542 1.94 25.29
192 Deptford Township 30,727 1.95 39.93
193 West Orange 47,615 1.95 17.62
194 Red Bank 12,135 1.98 14.83
195 Galloway Township 36,672 1.99 18.13
196 West New York 54,156 1.99 9.69
197 Somers Point 10,504 2 25.7
198 Voorhees Township 29,532 2.07 13.88
199 Hackensack 45,226 2.08 14.86
200 Morristown 19,199 2.08 15
201 Bayonne 67,041 2.09 12.08
202 Ewing Township 36,161 2.1 20.55
203 Freehold Borough 11,865 2.11 10.87
204 Hillside Township 22,125 2.12 26.58
205 Clifton 86,472 2.13 16.03
206 Belleville 36,409 2.22 17.77
207 Union City 70,053 2.34 17.63
208 Hoboken 55,348 2.37 19.22
209 Englewood 28,795 2.6 11.29
210 Eatontown 12,258 2.61 27.49
211 Pennsauken Township 36,041 2.75 25.72
212 North Plainfield 22,255 2.83 22.83
213 Willingboro Township 31,726 2.9 17.4
214 Pine Hill 10,616 3.01 23.46
215 Linden 42,948 3.05 24.45
216 Long Branch 30,748 3.22 27.29
217 Perth Amboy 52,978 3.23 15.91
218 Harrison 16,802 3.45 20.3
219 Pemberton Township 27,506 4.25 20.61
220 Vineland 60,477 4.93 39.92
221 Jersey City 267,906 5.1 18.07
222 Neptune Township 27,757 5.4 32.89
223 Passaic 71,053 5.49 16.37
224 Pleasantville 20,530 5.65 15.2
225 Millville 27,984 5.72 55.53
226 Lindenwold 17,516 6.22 28.77
227 New Brunswick 57,481 6.26 23.33
228 Plainfield 50,983 6.3 20.69
229 Paterson 147,690 6.96 23.01
230 East Orange 65,160 7.26 16.25
231 Orange City 30,752 7.97 31.77
232 Elizabeth 129,726 7.97 35.42
233 Irvington 54,728 8.13 25.75
234 Newark 283,673 8.96 23.95
235 Bridgeton 24,937 10.91 39.86
236 Atlantic City 38,601 11.01 44.87
237 Trenton 84,231 12.86 26.04
238 Asbury Park 15,656 13.61 47.65

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To find out about home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2019.

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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