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100 Safest Cities in America

See if your hometown made the list—do you live in one of the 100 safest cities in the country?
Written by | Updated July 7, 2020
US map indicating the locations of the 100 safest cities in America, the biggest cluster is in the northeast with just a few cities in the west and south and none on the west coast

Nearly half of the country worries about crime and safety every single day. But if you call one of the cities on this list home, chances are your daily concern is lower than most.

Right now it’s especially important to celebrate the positive. If your general anxiety has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic (mine has), we hope knowing that you live in a safe city brings some comfort.

Plus, we’ve highlighted positive pandemic stories from our top five safest cities for an extra dose of good news.

Here are the 10 safest cities in America for 2020.

  1. Broadview Heights, Ohio
  2. Hopkinton, Massachusetts
  3. Oakland Township, Michigan
  4. Ridgefield, Connecticut
  5. Bergenfield, New Jersey
  6. New Castle Town, New York
  7. Franklin, Massachusetts
  8. Bedford Town, New York
  9. Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
  10. Bernards Township, New Jersey

Browse the full list to see if your city made the cut.

Crime trends in America’s safest cities

America’s safest cities reflect nationwide crime rate trends that continue to decline year after year. And even though people often feel like crime rates are on the rise, they told us that they’re less worried about their safety this year than last.

Graphic showing that violent crime is 12.33 times lower in the safest cities than the national average of 3.7 per 1,000.

Last year, the FBI reported nationwide drops of 4% in violent crime and 6% in property crime rates. We also saw everyday worry about crime drop from 58% in 2019 to 46% in our 2020 State of Safety survey.

This year’s safest cities reported a slight overall rise in the collective average violent crime rate (.30 incidents per 1,000 people in 2020 compared to .20 incidents in 2019), but property crime dropped significantly.

Graphic showing that property crime is 5.18 times lower in the safest cities, compared to the national average of 22 incidents per 1,000 people.

The cities that made the top 100 this year experienced an average of 4.25 property crimes per 1,000 residents. That’s a 40% decline from last year’s average of 7.11.

Those numbers put the 100 safest cities well below national crime rates of 3.7 for violent crime and 22.0 for property crime.

Here are some more notable facts about this year’s roundup of America’s 100 safest cities and towns.

Icons for each state with the most safe cities: NJ has 25, MA has 15, PA has 12, NY has 10, and OH has 8

City and state standouts 

  • New Jersey dominates the list for the second consecutive year with 25% of the safest cities in the country—but only one (Bergenfield) made it into the top five. Bergenfield also claimed the number three spot among the Garden State’s safest cities of 2020.
  • Massachusetts had the second-highest number of cities on the list, with 15. Hopkinton slipped from number one last year to the number two spot—but it stayed on top as the safest city in Massachusetts for the second year in a row.
  • The remaining states with big showings include Pennsylvania (12 cities), New York (10 cities), and Ohio (8 cities).
  • Over 60% of this year’s cities are new to our rankings. Only 37 made the list for the second consecutive year. This is likely due to the equal weight given to property crime this year—in 2019 we only looked at violent crime for ranking purposes.

Violent and property crime highlights

  • No cities reported zero violent crimes, but seven had only one. No city reported more than 29 total violent crimes.
  • There were only eight murders reported among the 100 safest cities—that’s just 1% of all violent crimes in these cities.
  • Over half the cities (52) reported fewer than 100 total property crimes, and no city reported more than 396.
  • There were 1,484 burglaries reported in the safest cities, making up a mere 13% of all property crimes these cities reported.

Demographic highlights

How the novel coronavirus plays into community safety

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned American life on its head, but in the midst of face masks and ever-changing social distancing orders, we can still count on impressively low rates of crime in many of America’s cities and towns.

This year’s list is based on the most current FBI data available, which represents major crimes reported in 2018. It will be a couple years before we see the full impact of the novel coronavirus—but we’ve been keeping a close eye on crime trends during the pandemic.

Nationwide, stay-at-home orders have curbed a lot of crime. To see if that trend rings true in our 100 safest cities, we combed local news in our top five cities.

Some good news from the 5 safest cities in America

Here are a few stories that jumped out to us as perfect examples of why these cities top our list—even during a global crisis.

Broadview Heights, Ohio

Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School is doing a lot to show its Class of 2020 graduates some love. One teacher gave his students a shout-out during a full marathon he ran (dressed head to toe in school colors) through their Broadview Heights neighborhoods. The marathon also raised money for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

A 15-year-old Hopkinton girl who recovered from COVID-19 is using her experience to help others with the virus. Meher Kaur was quarantined in the basement of her family home and started a blog about her experience after her dad also tested positive. Kaur’s goal is to connect survivors and those currently battling COVID-19 to make the isolation and recovery journey a little bit easier.

Oakland Township, Michigan

Oakland County is one of the first in the country to offer COVID-19 tests to all residents 18 and older. The county has been hit hard, with more than 8,000 cases and over 900 deaths from the novel coronavirus as of May 13. But the community has banded together— local businesses like the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union are donating cash and masks to Oakland Township health workers and law enforcement on the front lines.

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Ridgefield residents are banging pots and pans, clapping, and ringing bells every night at 7:00 p.m. to thank front-line workers who go to work every day to keep the community going during the pandemic.

“We didn’t expect clients to be so happy to see us, and view us as a representation of . . . a little bit of normalcy in their lives.”
David Cavilla, Camberly Gardens owner

Bergenfield, New Jersey

Local gardening business Camberly Gardens is spreading signs of spring amidst the pandemic. The local organic nursery has responded to higher-than-expected quarantine demands for seeds and starter plants by setting up telephone and online orders, curbside pickup, and social distance home deliveries.

The 100 safest cities in the US

#1 Safest City

Broadview Heights, Ohio

6

Population 19,236
Median Income $85,339
Image Source Facebook @broadviewhts
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.1
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.9

#2

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

-1

statue in park in Hopkinton, MA
Population 18,516
Median Income $113,354
Image Source Facebook @hopkintonma.gov
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.1
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.6

#3

Oakland Township, Michigan

New

Oakland Township city photo
Population 19,495
Median Income $118,969
Image Source Facebook @OakTwp
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.2
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.5

#4

Ridgefield, Connecticut

-2

Ridgefield CT city photo, brick building
Population 25,260
Median Income $125,595
Image Source Facebook @TownofRidgefieldCT
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.0
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.5

#5

Bergenfield, New Jersey

5

Red building reflecting on the water in Bergenfield, NJ
Population 27,684
Median Income $80,365
Image Source Facebook @Bergenfieldnjmoms
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.0
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.7

#6

New Castle Town, NY

New

Main street in New Castle Town, NY
Population 18,197
Median Income $186,493
Image Source Facebook @newcastleny
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.1
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.9

#7

Franklin, Massachusetts

68

Population 33,156
Median Income $101,980
Image Source Facebook @OfficialTownofFranklin
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.2
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.6

#8

Bedford Town, New York

70

Brick building with flag in front in Bedford Town, NY
Population 18,034
Median Income $119,069
Image Source Facebook @Town of Bedford Town Clerk - NY
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.2
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.3

#9

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

2

Shrewsbury, MA city sign in front of brick building with snow
Population 37,631
Median Income $97,365
Image Source Facebook @Shrewsbury, MA (Community Forum)
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.1
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.0

#10

Bernards Township, New Jersey

-5

Bernards Township brick building with USA flag in front
Population 26,813
Median Income $126,667
Image Source Facebook @BernardsTwp
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.1
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.2

#11

Buckingham Township, Pennsylvania

New

Buckingham Township city building with USA flag in front
Population 20,311
Median Income $119,620
Image Source Facebook @BuckinghamTownship
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.0
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.4

#12

Mount Olive Township, New Jersey

82

Aerial view of Mount Olive Township, NJ
Population 28,994
Median Income $88,467
Image Source Facebook @Mountolivetownship
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.2
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.7

#13

Rocky River, Ohio

New

Population 20,253
Median Income $69,989
Image Source Facebook @rockyriverpolice
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.1
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.2

#14

Monroe Township, New Jersey

-2

weathered barn in Monroe Township, NJ
Population 45,597
Median Income $70,772
Image Source Facebook @Monroe Township, NJ
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.1
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.5

#15

Dumont, New Jersey

35

Population 17,825
Median Income $91,811
Image Source Facebook @DumontCG
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.3
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.7

#16

Mahwah Township, New Jersey

New

Mahwah Township, NJ city building with columns in front
Population 26,501
Median Income $102,168
Image Source Facebook @mahwahcouncil
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.1
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.7

#17

North Ridgeville, Ohio

New

Red brick building in North Ridgeville, OH
Population 34,025
Median Income $69,848
Image Source Facebook (The North Ridgeville Page)
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.3
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.9

#18

Sparta Township, New Jersey

New

Brick building with columns in front in Sparta Township, NJ
Population 18,694
Median Income $126,090
Image Source Twitter @SpartaTwpNJ
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.3
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.9

#19

Milton, Massachusetts

New

City building in Milton, MA
Population 27,642
Median Income $126,000
Image Source Facebook @miltonlibrary
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.4
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.2

#20

Lexington, Massachusetts

New

Minute Man statue in Lexington, MA
Population 34,050
Median Income $162,083
Image Source Facebook @townoflexingtonma
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.2
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.3

#21

Silver Spring Township

New

Population 18,078
Median Income $80,313
Image Source Facebook @sstwp
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.2
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.7

#22

Vernon Township, New Jersey

New

Seal of Vernon Township, NJ
Population 22,057
Median Income $87,707
Image Source Facebook @townshipofvernon
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.0
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.5

#23

New Milford, New Jersey

New

Population 16,701
Median Income $75,071
Image Source Facebook @NewMilfordRecreation
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.3
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.1

#24

Washington Township, New Jersey

5

aerial view of Washington Township, NJ in the autumn
Population 18,484
Median Income $125,149
Image Source Facebook @WashingtonTwpMCNJGovernment
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.4
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.7

#25

Glen Cove, New York

58

Glen Cove NY
Population 27,574
Median Income $74,767
Image Source Facebook @GlenCoveNeighbors
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.1
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.0

Didn’t find your city in the top 25?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the country that met our population threshold of 15,000. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2018.

2020 RankCityStatePopulationMedian IncomeViolent Crime Rate (per 1,000)Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)2019 Rank
26NortonMA19,983$80,8060.71.26
27Upper Saucon TownshipPA17,121$102,8800.14.6N/A
28Jefferson TownshipNJ21,071$96,2980.24.080
29WestfordMA24,649$125,1430.52.6N/A
30Upper Allen TownshipPA20,123$74,8630.33.4N/A
31Northampton TownshipPA39,289$116,5900.33.7N/A
32HuntleyIL27,637$75,5870.33.641
33Randolph TownshipNJ25,552$117,5600.15.028
34Eastchester TownNY20,452$120,8670.24.466
35HuttoTX26,924$76,4330.43.2N/A
36NewtownCT28,015$108,6670.24.4N/A
37Raritan TownshipNJ22,092$113,2140.24.354
38Hamburg TownshipMI22,024$77,2090.53.0N/A
39RexburgID28,765$26,3410.24.7N/A
40Roxbury TownshipNJ23,010$104,4530.05.547
41MurrysvillePA19,759$96,0100.24.7N/A
42Montgomery TownshipNJ23,515$154,3750.34.169
43AndoverMA36,324$83,9100.24.8N/A
44McCandlessPA28,475$84,7130.24.9N/A
45HudsonOH22,242$128,3240.05.7N/A
46Denville TownshipNJ16,737$105,1350.15.48
47Towamencin TownshipPA18,443$83,2950.72.4N/A
48HinsdaleIL17,831$171,4530.15.5N/A
49Fort ThomasKY16,274$71,9560.44.2N/A
50East Fishkill TownNY29,623$109,3010.34.6N/A
51WinchesterMA23,036$152,1960.34.9N/A
52Lone PeakUT29,969Not available0.25.0N/A
53WellesleyMA29,681$176,8520.44.2N/A
54ReadingMA26,293$114,3540.25.595
55Hamilton Township, Warren CountyOH23,330$84,8820.53.9N/A
56GorhamME17,609$66,8950.25.3N/A
57BristolRI22,131$60,9880.54.0N/A
58SpringboroOH18,789$104,0630.25.4N/A
59Carmel TownNY34,382$103,1520.53.874
60Hopewell TownshipNJ18,000$144,5390.44.2N/A
61Hyde Park TownNY21,046$74,9000.44.3N/A
62SharonMA18,373$128,2750.72.8N/A
63Ferguson TownshipPA19,551$68,0600.44.5N/A
64North RoyaltonOH30,324$69,2360.54.0N/A
65GreenwichCT63,075$94,3090.16.3N/A
66Newtown Township, Bucks CountyPA22,880$118,2500.25.6N/A
67DurhamNH16,813$42,6880.73.2N/A
68Wyckoff TownshipNJ17,161$141,9640.34.9N/A
69Morris TownshipNJ22,183$143,1500.35.424
70BartlettIL41,140$99,9570.54.1N/A
71Hampden TownshipPA30,399$90,3200.35.1N/A
72MerrimackNH25,683$91,4290.25.857
73SimsburyCT25,164$109,8230.26.030
74Yorktown TownNY37,101$121,4710.45.0N/A
75ColleyvilleTX27,262$164,6820.35.542
76Middletown TownshipNJ65,469$103,9070.25.9N/A
77Commerce TownshipMI39,023$81,4890.45.0N/A
78Long BeachNY33,801$85,6190.92.4N/A
79RidgewoodNJ25,429$162,0110.26.156
80Manalapan TownshipNJ40,150$110,5730.35.4N/A
81St. JohnIN17,615$103,7010.26.319
82Marco IslandFL18,122$72,9050.35.4N/A
83BelmontMA26,700$118,3700.26.3N/A
84MilfordMI16,808$74,7790.64.058
85Scarsdale VillageNY18,214$250,000+0.16.8N/A
86WindsorCO26,441$90,6990.26.246
87Buffalo GroveIL41,182$106,5640.26.561
88NeedhamMA31,264$141,6900.54.682
89Plainsboro TownshipNJ23,243$92,9670.45.1N/A
90OronoMN20,225$130,3000.35.8N/A
91Manchester TownshipNJ42,939$39,8260.35.567
92PalatineIL68,648$76,6330.45.2N/A
93Mayfield HeightsOH18,648$48,9360.36.1N/A
94Cranford TownshipNJ24,353$126,6550.36.021
95Independence TownshipMI36,925$76,6280.45.2N/A
96MuskegoWI25,118$86,5880.45.759
97Oxford TownshipMI19,139$70,6940.64.2N/A
98Fox Valley MetroWI22,006Not Available0.73.7N/A
99ScituateMA18,761$117,9730.83.4N/A
100Hampton TownshipPA18,318$85,3640.83.7N/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. FBI data is for 2018 (the most recent year for which data was available).

Population thresholds 

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.

Crime rates

Our rankings are based on both violent and property crime numbers. We looked at the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city and the number of reported property crimes (burglary, 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 violent and property crime numbers were weighted equally. We also standardized violent and property crime for each state before weighting.

NOTE: In 2019, we only used violent crime rates to rank cities. After feedback and further consideration, we decided that didn’t paint a full picture of a community, so this year we included both violent and property crime. The addition of property crime to the calculation resulted in some big movement for some cities. If your town made a big jump—up or down—chances are this is the reason.

More safest cities

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.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

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 your home security options, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems.

Looking for your city? 

If your city didn’t make the list of America’s 100 safest cities, you can see how it ranks among other cities in your state. Click on your state below to see which cities are the safest where you live.

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. 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.

    • http://www.reviews.org Scott T.

      Hey there, thanks for bringing this to our attention. It’s been corrected!

  • 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.

    • BWC Ronin NYC

      Agree, these are towns, not cities.

  • Kimberly Price

    How can Bergenfield, New Jersey be the first city from New Jersey listed on the top 100, but the 3rd safest city in New Jersey?

    “City and state standouts
    New Jersey dominates the list for the second consecutive year with 25% of the safest cities in the country—but only one (Bergenfield) made it into the top five. Bergenfield also claimed the number three spot among the Garden State’s safest cities of 2020.”