We compiled the list of the safest and most dangerous cities to raise a child by analyzing the FBI’s 2020 violent and property crime report statistics (the most recent data available at the time of our analysis).
Cities were ranked according to the rate of reported violent crimes (including aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). We calculated our final safety score by considering crime data alongside the number of currently registered (as of March 14) sex offenders per capita.
We weighted both violent crime and property crime at 30% of a city’s total score. Sex offenders per capita made up 40% of the score. Scores were then standardized to calculate our rankings for the safest cities to raise a child.
Cities were excluded from this list if they fell below the population threshold of 75,000 or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI. Violent and property crime rates were calculated per 1,000 people in each city.
We only included cities with populations over 75,000 to help filter out smaller townships and municipalities. We removed any cities with incomplete data (12 in total). Our final report includes a total of 430 cities.
Each city was ranked based on the factors below:
- Violent crimes per 1,000 (30%): More violent crimes negatively affect the score.
- Property crimes per 1,000 (30%): More property crimes negatively affect the score.
- Sex offenders per 1,000 (40%): More offenders negatively affect the score.
Each measurement was normalized on a 0-1 scale, with 1 corresponding to the measurement that would most positively affect the final score. These adjusted measurements were then added together with the weights mentioned above to get a score of 100.