It’s easy to write off big cities when you’re looking for a safe place to live, work, and play—but you don’t have to forgo safety for big city living. In fact, 70% of the nation’s thirty largest cities are some of the safest metro areas to call home.¹ That includes the likes of Los Angeles and New York City.
In 2016, the FBI reported an increase in the number of violent crimes across the nation, resulting in a national violent crime rate of 3.86 (per 1,000 people).² Despite this trend, the overall crime rate in the the country’s thirty largest cities declined by 2.1% in 2017¹—helping 88% of our safest metro cities make the list again this year.
Here’s a closer look at some of our findings:
- California dominated—claiming 40% of our top ten safest cities and 20% of our most dangerous cities.
- In 100% of the safe cities on our list, your chance of falling victim to a violent crime is less than five in 1,000.
- Two of the safest metro cities have populations over 1 million.
- All of the most dangerous metro cities have populations under 1 million.
- More than half the cities that made the top ten are below the national violent crime rate, and all but Santa Ana are below their state averages as well.