100 Safest Cities in America 2019

Written by | Updated April 9, 2019

Compare your city to the safest in the nation.

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You probably already have an opinion about how safe or dangerous your current hometown is. But those feelings aren’t always aligned with reality. To help you know for sure whether your city is a place where people still leave their doors unlocked (don’t do that!) or if it’s a bit more crime-riddled than you thought, we’ve identified the 100 safest cities in America.

Is There More Crime Today Than 20 Years Ago?

We’re constantly bombarded with scary headlines and graphic images of violence and crime, so it’s easy to assume crime is worse than ever across America. But the numbers don’t back that up.

According to FBI data, the nation’s violent and property crime rates both fell between 2016 and 2017—reflecting the trends of the past two decades.¹ Violent crime dropped by 49% between 1993 and 2017.² There was a slight increase in violent crime in 2015 and 2016 but it took another downward turn in 2017.

Property crime has decreased even more—falling by 50% between 1993 and 2017. Unlike violent crime, property crime hasn’t seen an increase since 2001.³

What Does Crime Look Like in the 100 Safest US Cities?

This year we raised our population threshold and added an extra layer of data with our State of Safety report—a study that explores what people in every state are most worried about when it comes to crime and safety.

The 100 cities that made our list represent 18 states and every region, although the Northeast dominates with 70% of the country’s safest cities. When it comes to violent crime, these cities saw 504 total offenses in 2017. Assault was the most common violent crime, but more people fear robbery, according to the State of Safety. Overall, the safest cities boast an average violent crime rate of 0.20 incidents per 1,000 people—compared to the national average of 4.49.

There were 17,468 property crimes among the 100 safest cities, with larceny-theft accounting for 83%. Once again, perception doesn’t match reality—break-ins are the most-feared property crime, but there were only 2,055 burglaries among the cities that made our list. On a broader scale, the average property crime rate of the safest cities is 7.11 crimes per 1,000 people, which is nearly 22 fewer incidents than the national average of 27.11.

A Closer Look at America’s 100 Safest Cities

  • 30% of America’s 100 safest cities are in New Jersey. Connecticut claims second place with 14, and two of those are in the top three.
  • 16 of these cities made the list for the second consecutive year, and New Jersey is home to five of them.
  • It’s harder to find one of the safest cities in the West or the South—those regions have only five cities each on our list.
  • The Midwest is home to 20% of the country’s safest cities.
  • The top three cities (Hopkinton, Massachusetts; Ridgefield, Connecticut; Madison, Connecticut) each reported zero violent crimes in 2017—and each has a median income of more than $100,000.⁴
  • 93% reported fewer than 10 total violent crimes, and only six cities reported any counts of murder.
  • 22 cities had fewer than 100 property crimes, and 70 had fewer than 200. Only two cities reported more than 500 property crimes—Johns Creek, Georgia, and Carmel, Indiana (the two largest cities on the list).
  • 42 cities have populations under 20,000, and all are under 100,000.
  • Carmel, Indiana is the largest city on the list, with 93,098 citizens. Even with a big population, Carmel still managed to limit violent crime to just 0.18 incidents per 1,000 people.
  • 59% of the safest cities in America have a median income over $100,000.
  • Only two cities are below the national median income of $57,652—Laguna Woods, California, and Manchester Township, New Jersey.

The Safest Cities in the US

#1 Safest City

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

72

Population 17,348
Median Income $151,357
Image Source Facebook @hopkintonma.gov
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.000
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.401

#2

Ridgefield, Connecticut

59

Population 25,127
Median Income $151,399
Image Source Facebook @TownofRidgefieldCT
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.000
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.378

#3

Madison, Connecticut

New

Population 18,130
Median Income $108,167
Image Source Facebook @madisonct.org
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.000
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.744

#4

Harrison Town, New York

48

Population 28,480
Median Income $117,453
Image Source Facebook @Harrison NY
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.035
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.073

#5

Bernards Township, New Jersey

7

Population 27,219
Median Income $137,855
Image Source Facebook @BernardsTwp
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.037
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.298

#6

Norton, Massachusetts

New

Population 19,654
Median Income $102,869
Image Source Facebook @Norton Police Department
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.051
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.916

#7

Broadview Heights, Ohio

New

Population 19,228
Median Income $85,339
Image Source Facebook @broadviewhts
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.052
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.092

#8

Denville Township, New Jersey

New

Danville, CA: The 9th safest city in California
Population 16,811
Median Income $116,078
Image Source Facebook @TonwshipOfDenville
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.059
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.235

#9

Pequannock Township, New Jersey

New

Population 15,472
Median Income $94,237
Image Source Facebook @pequannocktownshippubliclibrary
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.065
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.205

#10

Bergenfield, New Jersey

New

Population 27,891
Median Income $90,962
Image Source Facebook @Bergenfieldnjmoms
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.072
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.693

#11

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

58

Population 36,974
Median Income $100,640
Image Source Facebook @Shrewsbury, MA (Community Forum)
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.081
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.462

#12

Monroe Township, New Jersey

59

Population 45,722
Median Income $78,263
Image Source Facebook @Monroe Township, NJ
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.087
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.346

#13

Garden City Village, New York

New

Population 22,579
Median Income $161,163
Image Source Facebook @VillageofGC
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.089
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.522

#14

New Canaan, Connecticut

New

Population 20,364
Median Income $174,677
Image Source Facebook @NewCanaanLibrary
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.098
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.286

#15

Westfield, New Jersey

New

Population 30,301
Median Income $159,923
Image Source Facebook @downtownwestfieldnj
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.099
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.449

#16

Cheshire, Connecticut

67

Population 29,282
Median Income $107,579
Image Source Facebook @townofcheshire
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.102
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.976

#17

Hawthorne, New Jersey

New

Population 19,041
Median Income $93,675
Image Source Facebook @hawthornehistory
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.105
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.922

#18

Avon, Connecticut

New

Population 18,397
Median Income $93,675
Image Source Facebook @Avon CT Board of Education
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.109
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.023

#19

St. John, Indiana

New

Population 17,128
Median Income $103,701
Image Source Facebook @St.John, Indiana
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.117
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.349

#20

Milford, New Jersey

54

Population 16,894
Median Income $84,025
Image Source Facebook @VisitMilfordNJ
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.118
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.439

#21

Cranford Township, New Jersey

New

Population 24,442
Median Income $122,848
Image Source Facebook @TownshipofCranford
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.123
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.160

#22

Readington Township, New Jersey

New

Population 15,834
Median Income $133,320
Image Source Facebook @22rescue
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.126
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.052

#23

Santa Clara/Ivins, Utah

New

Population 15,615
Median Income $84,457
Image Source Facebook @SantaClaraUtah
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.128
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.532

#24

Morris Township, New Jersey

New

Population 22,701
Median Income $142,137
Image Source Facebook @MorrisTwp
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.132
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.537

#25

Darien, Connecticut

29

Population 21,910
Median Income 21,910
Image Source Facebook @Town of Darien, CT
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.137
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.460
RankCityStatePopulationMedian Household Income LevelViolent Crime Rate (per 1,000)Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)2018 Rank
26Montville TownshipNJ21,818$134,752 0.1386.692N/A
27WilmetteIL27,242$148,678 0.14712.848N/A
28Randolph TownshipNJ25,950$128,125 0.1544.547N/A
29Washington Township, Morris CountyNJ18,793$140,445 0.1602.235N/A
30SimsburyCT24,559$116,444 0.1636.678N/A
31Upper Macungie TownshipPA24,535$94,178 0.16310.393N/A
32Homer GlenIL24,516$97,254 0.1635.507N/A
33Tinton FallsNJ17,761$79,206 0.16915.202N/A
34Marlboro TownshipNJ40,370$143,208 0.1736.143N/A
35BrookfieldCT17,203$113,009 0.1747.092N/A
36WestportCT28,079$181,360 0.17810.613N/A
37Peters TownshipPA22,297$115,391 0.1796.144N/A
38JohnstownCO16,552$85,339 0.18110.331N/A
39CarmelIN93,098$109,201 0.1837.465N/A
40Warren TownshipNJ16,264$154,647 0.1842.58256
41HuntleyIL27,002$75,587 0.1856.222N/A
42ColleyvilleTX26,737$164,682 0.1875.760N/A
43AuroraOH15,932$84,657 0.18811.737N/A
44SuffieldCT15,602$105,777 0.1926.986N/A
45NorthboroughMA15,109$111,875 0.19910.325N/A
46WindsorCO23,523$90,699 0.21311.64881
47Roxbury TownshipNJ23,472$112,625 0.21310.097N/A
48WiltonCT18,643$180,313 0.2157.670N/A
49PrincetonNJ31,845$125,506 0.2207.285N/A
50DumontNJ18,018$94,617 0.2224.884N/A
51Hillsborough TownshipNJ40,369$119,542 0.2236.366N/A
52Cranberry TownshipPA31,191$101,342 0.2249.298N/A
53GuilfordCT22,259$107,587 0.22511.860N/A
54Raritan TownshipNJ21,918$120,644 0.2284.15265
55MiltonGA39,388$120,595 0.2297.566N/A
56RidgewoodNJ25,729$162,011 0.2336.802N/A
57MerrimackNH25,675$97,400 0.2347.20526
58MilfordMI16,726$78,156 0.2394.783N/A
59MuskegoWI25,004$86,588 0.2407.719N/A
60ViennaVA16,590$150,383 0.2418.017N/A
61Buffalo GroveIL41,323$106,564 0.2425.711N/A
62Laguna WoodsCA16,305$40,837 0.2457.850N/A
63MadisonNJ16,175$127,948 0.2474.142N/A
64Rocky HillCT20,189$79,421 0.24814.364N/A
65Patton TownshipPA16,100$62,997 0.2489.565N/A
66Eastchester TownNY20,052$116,014 0.2498.528N/A
67Manchester TownshipNJ43,916$41,689 0.2505.215N/A
68DyerIN15,869$79,167 0.2528.507N/A
69Montgomery TownshipNJ23,706$180,660 0.2534.345N/A
70South Fayette TownshipPA15,772$80,344 0.2543.994N/A
71Port WashingtonNY19,384$120,233 0.2585.107N/A
72DeerfieldIL19,126$142,621 0.2616.797N/A
73Horsham TownshipPA26,723$94,424 0.2625.276N/A
74Carmel TownNY34,243$100,790 0.2633.68092
75FranklinMA33,397$111,935 0.2692.21652
76Mercer IslandWA25,553$136,644 0.27418.080N/A
77LockportIL25,280$85,023 0.2778.426N/A
78Bedford TownNY17,997$121,797 0.2782.056N/A
79Orion TownshipMI35,857$91,820 0.2796.944N/A
80Jefferson TownshipNJ21,505$97,440 0.2794.325N/A
81MurphyTX20,926$128,519 0.2876.117N/A
82NeedhamMA31,054$141,690 0.2906.279N/A
83Glen CoveNY27,400$74,767 0.2925.730N/A
84LemontIL17,035$91,056 0.2946.105N/A
85Johns CreekGA85,048$113,609 0.2946.773N/A
86Menomonee FallsWI36,963$77,069 0.29812.120N/A
87NorthbrookIL33,452$119,568 0.29911.270N/A
88Aston TownshipPA16,714$82,505 0.2998.017N/A
89Livingston TownshipNJ29,987$153,381 0.30011.305N/A
90OconomowocWI16,650$74,675 0.30010.390N/A
91WolcottCT16,632$87,045 0.30116.715N/A
92Upper St. Clair TownshipPA19,911$116,701 0.3015.273N/A
93Ferguson TownshipPA19,630$67,564 0.3064.890N/A
94Mount Olive TownshipNJ29,410$86,773 0.3065.678N/A
95ReadingMA26,033$114,354 0.3076.031N/A
96Clark TownshipNJ16,084$100,192 0.31113.243N/A
97RyeNY16,021$78,245 0.3124.55755
98SylvaniaOH18,908$71,889 0.3174.548N/A
99PerrysburgOH21,732$87,947 0.32210.676N/A
100Forks TownshipPA15,518$87,837 0.3227.089N/A

How We Picked the Safest Cities in America

To identify the 100 safest cities in the country, we analyzed FBI crime report statistics and population data for 2017 (the most recent year for which data was available).⁵ We excluded towns with populations below 2,500 because those are considered rural by census definitions. Then we set a population threshold (15,000) based on the median population after those towns were excluded. Cities that fell below that threshold were excluded, along with cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

Cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city.

Both smaller towns and larger metro areas will be ranked for safety in later additions to our Safest Cities series. Check out our full methodology to learn more about how we rank the Safest Cities.

Sources:

  1. FBI, Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States, Table 1
  2. Pew Research Center, “5 Facts about Crime in the US
  3. FBI, Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States, Table 1
  4. United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, “Median Household Income
  5. FBI, Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States”; United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, “Community Facts

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

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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  • TurnOutTheLightsOnYourWayOut

    Rebecca, I sincerely doubt that #25 Darien, CT has a median income that is exactly the same as the population. Please correct your listing to show the correct median income.

  • Shadyrose

    This is really a list of the safest towns, not cities. Of course some tiny area with 15,000 people is going to have super low crime rates. This list would serve people better if you limited it to cities with at least 75,000 people.