100 Safest Cities in America

The 100 Safest Cities in America for 2021

These crime-curbing communities have cause to celebrate. The 100 cities in our roundup boast a collective violent crime rate that’s 92% lower than the national average. And, when it comes to property crime, our top 100 locales report 79% fewer property crimes per 1,000 people than most of the US.

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in America for 2021

1. Hopkinton, Massachusetts
2. Franklin, Massachusetts
3. Buckingham Township, Pennsylvania
4. Oakland Township, Michigan
5. Bernards Township, New Jersey
6. Ridgefield, Connecticut
7. New Castle Town, New York
8. Sparta Township, New York
9.  Hamburg Township, Michigan
10. Bedford Town, New York

See the full list to find out if your city made the cut.

Crime trends in America's safest cities

Even safe cities can have an off-year. These communities report the fewest crimes per capita, but collectively, violent crime remained stagnant and property crime saw a small rise year over year. This hints at a possible jump in crime rates nationwide—for the first time in over two decades. 

Over the past three years, violent crime among the safest cities has risen by 25%—but there’s no cause for alarm. That increase still represents less than one violent crime per 1,000 people. 

Property crime has continued to fall across the US and among the safest cities. 

Since 2019, the safest cities in America have seen the incidence of property crime fall nearly 18%—that’s seven points more than property crime has dropped for the country overall.

What do the safest cities have in common—and where do they differ?

We know what you’re thinking—these aren’t safe cities; they look like safe towns. 

Smaller populations still evoke nostalgia and romanticized Norman Rockwell vibes, but America is far more “small town” than we may think.

Scanning our list, it looks like America’s safest cities are considerably smaller than the average US burg. But approximately 76% of all incorporated cities and towns in the country are home to fewer than 5,000 people—and only 4% have more than 50,000 residents.¹ 

Are these lower population numbers due to urban sprawl? It looks like it—more than 90% of the cities on our list are just down the road from a major metro. Here’s a closer look at what these low-crime cities have in common. 

See which small towns (under 15,000 people) report the lowest crime in America.

Suburbs score the most safe cities

  • 91 of the top 100 safe cities are within 50 miles of a major metropolitan area—with 65 of those in the northeastern US.
  • The Big Apple dominates, with 39 of the safest cities within 50 miles. Boston has the second-biggest number of safe suburbs with 19. 
  • Philadelphia and Chicago have the next-highest safe suburbs with 9 and 7 respectively.
  • Rexburg, Idaho is one of the least suburban cities to make the cut, with more than 200 miles between it and the nearest big city.

Low crime rates prosper with pint-sized populations

  • The average population of our 100 safest cities is 28,719—nearly triple the national average (10,608) of all incorporated places in the US.²
  • Only 4 cities on the list are home to more than 50,000 people: Middletown Township, New Jersey; Sammamish, Washington; Palatine, Illinois; and Weston, Florida.
  • Scarsdale Village, New York has the smallest population on the list (17,954), and the highest household income at more than $250,000 per year. 
  • Weston, Florida is the largest city on the list, with nearly 72,000 residents.

Robust resources reduce crime reports

  • Average income among the 100 safest cities is $106,298—nearly 55% higher than the median household income ($68,703) across the US.³
  • Only 2 cities on the list report a median household income below $50,000 per year: Rexburg, Idaho with $29,910 and Manchester Township, New Jersey with $43,369.
  • Only 2 cities on the list have a median household income above $200,000 per year: University Park, Texas and Scarsdale Village, New York.

Which states and regions have the most safe cities?

  • New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions make up 68% of all the cities on our list.
  • For the third consecutive year, New Jersey boasts the most safe cities with 29 (4 more than The Garden State had in last year’s rankings).
  • Massachusetts has the second-highest number of cities on the list with 17 (2 more than the state had last year). 
  • The Bay State also claims the top 2 cities this year, with Hopkinton regaining the title of safest city in the nation after a dip to number 2 last year.
  • The West North Central region, which includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota is the only region without a showing in our ranking of the 100 safest cities in the US.
  • The western US has only 7 of the nation’s safest cities, with Texas leading the way at 4 cities, followed by 1 each in Idaho, Utah, and Washington.

Some good news from the top safest cities in America

We decided to dig into what’s been happening in our top 10 safest cities and are pleased to share some of the good news we uncovered in these low-crime towns.

Bedford Town, New York

The Bedford Police Department is proactive about alerting residents to potential dangers. We found multiple alerts issued so far this year—warning citizens of everything from wandering wild coyotes to a string of home burglaries targeting homeowners who are out of town.

Buckingham Township, Pennsylvania

A year-long crime spree was finally cut short after security-camera footage and a multi-jurisdictional investigation led to an arrest by Buckingham Township police. The suspect allegedly broke into more than 1,000 cars across 23 different towns in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Two Hopkinton citizens came to the rescue of a man pinned under his car. After a car jack collapsed, two employees returning to their office saw the man in trouble and sprang into action. Their quick thinking and rapid response helped free the trapped man before his injuries worsened.

Oakland Township, Michigan

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, which serves the people of Oakland Township, has joined Operation Ghost Rider. The initiative is targeted at cutting down on distracted driving—especially texting and driving, which makes drivers 23 times more likely to end up in a crash.

Sparta Township, New Jersey

Sparta police helped take down a serial burglar operating in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut since at least August 2020. In the midst of his multi-state burglary spree, the suspect hit approximately 22 Sparta residents during October and November last year.

The 100 Safest Cities in America

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

Image of a park in Hopkinton, Massachusetts
#1
Hopkinton, Massachusetts
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,585
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,735
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.00
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    1.61
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    Image Source
    Facebook @hopkintonma.gov
Image of a welcome sign in Franklin, Massachusetts
#2
Franklin, Massachusetts
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,149
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $101,980
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.06
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    1.24
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    Facebook @OfficialTownofFranklin
#3
Buckingham Township, Pennsylvania
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,279
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $119,620
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.00
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    2.71
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    Facebook @BuckinghamTownship
Oakland Township, MI city hall
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Oakland Township, Michigan
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,649
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $118,969
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.10
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    1.93
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    Facebook @OakTwp
Historic building in Bernards Township, NJ
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Bernards Township, New Jersey
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,228
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $126,667
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.00
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    3.05
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    Facebook @BernardsTwp
Government building in Ridgefield, CT
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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-2
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,050
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $130,091
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.04
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    2.87
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    Facebook @TownofRidgefieldCT
Main Street in New Castle Town, NY
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New Castle Town, New York
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,896
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $186,493
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.06
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021,
    2.96
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    Facebook @newcastleny
#8
Sparta Township, New Jersey
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,532
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $126,090
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.22
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    1.67
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    Image Source
    Twitter @SpartaTwpNJ
#9
Hamburg Township, Michigan
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+29
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,755
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $71,209
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.23
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    1.75
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    Wikimedia Commons, Dwight Burdette
Historic building in Bedford Town, NY
#10
Bedford Town, New York
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,791
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $119,069
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.06
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    3.20
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    Facebook @Town of Bedford Town Clerk - NY
#11
Newtown, Connecticut
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,795
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $108,667
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.22
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    2.05
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    Facebook @TownOfNewtownCT
Government building in Springboro, OH
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Springboro, Ohio
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,975
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,458
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.05
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    3.48
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    Facebook @CityofSpringboro
Park in Zionsville, IN
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Zionsville, Indiana
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,630
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $132,409
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.14
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    2.82
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    @ZionsvilleIN
#14
Carmel Town, New York
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+45
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,251
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,406
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.23
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    2.22
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    Image Source
    Wikimedia Commons, Daniel Case
Government Building in Shrewsbury, MA
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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    37,983
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $97,365
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.11
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    3.32
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    Facebook @Shrewsbury, MA (Community Forum)
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Eastchester Town, New York
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+18
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,073
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,891
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.15
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    3.34
  • Image
    Image Source
    Facebook @eastchestertownhal
Park in Glen Cove, NY
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Glen Cove, New York
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,228
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,066
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.18
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    3.09
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    Image Source
    Facebook @GlenCoveNeighbors
Sign in Northampton Township, PA
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Northampton Township, Pennsylvania
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    39,171
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,661
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.15
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    3.34
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    Facebook Northampton Community Page
Sign in Vernon Township, NJ
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Vernon Township, New Jersey
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,912
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,707
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.14
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    3.70
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    Image Source
    Facebook @townshipofvernon
Forest park in Muskego, WI
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Muskego, Wisconsin
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,224
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $89,512
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.20
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    3.37
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    Facebook @MuskegoWisconsin
Sign in Harrison Town, NY
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Harrison Town, New York
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,946
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $111,122
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.00
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    5.26
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    www.harrison-ny.gov
Library in Milton, MA
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Milton, Massachusetts
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,471
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $127,448
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.40
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    2.22
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    Facebook @miltonlibrary
#23
Roxbury Township, New Jersey
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+17
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,755
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,453
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.13
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    4.44
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    Image Source
    Facebook @RoxburyTwpNJ
#24
Reading, Massachusetts
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,305
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $112,634
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.12
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    4.58
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    Image Source
    Facebook @ReadingGov
Library in Westford, MA
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Westford, Massachusetts
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    24,403
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $125,143
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021
    0.41
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021
    2.21
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    Image Source
    www.westfordma.gov

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 17,375. 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.

2021 Rank
City
State
Population
Median Household Income
Violent crime rate (per 1,000)
Property crime rate (per 1,000)
2020 Rank
26Hyde Park TownNY20,808$75,2910.194.0461
27HuntleyIL27,849$75,7920.144.5632
28Raritan TownshipNJ22,220$113,2140.362.8837
29DumontNJ17,649$91,8110.343.0615
30RexburgID29,109$29,9100.214.1639
31WestfieldNJ29,688$168,7210.134.75N/A
32WellesleyMA29,651$188,9080.244.0553
33Monroe Township, Middlesex CountyNJ45,342$70,7720.422.5614
34North RidgevilleOH34,469$74,3090.383.2517
35WinchesterMA22,850$159,5360.313.8551
36SharonMA18,973$132,4240.472.4862
37LexingtonMA33,824$172,7500.502.2820
38Randolph TownshipNJ25,490$117,5600.313.8833
39Montgomery TownshipNJ23,364$154,3750.214.7542
40Long BeachNY33,552$93,7220.571.9778
41SimsburyCT25,169$109,8230.125.8073
42PerrysburgOH21,672$91,2810.145.68N/A
43Mahwah TownshipNJ26,317$102,1680.304.3716
44Highland TownshipMI20,302$70,3760.393.69N/A
45NeedhamMA31,275$153,0320.324.3288
46Homer GlenIL24,623$92,5470.245.04N/A
47BergenfieldNJ27,432$80,3650.552.735
48Port WashingtonNY19,396$127,8130.314.69N/A
49Hopewell TownshipNJ17,854$144,5390.394.0960
50SummitNJ21,980$146,7550.146.19N/A
51Morris TownshipNJ22,080Not available0.364.3569
52Jefferson TownshipNJ20,877$96,2980.483.4528
53HawthorneNJ18,699$96,2500.007.43N/A
54ParklandFL 35,244$146,0940.265.36N/A
55HudsonOH22,286$128,6380.275.2545
56Hillsborough TownshipNJ39,813$115,2000.334.80N/A
57Cicero TownNY28,732$67,8210.176.06N/A
58ColleyvilleTX27,499$175,3690.186.1575
59Yorktown TownNY36,426$100,8370.225.8774
60Upper Dublin TownshipPA26,624$106,8690.265.52N/A
61AndoverMA36,547$95,6400.225.8843
62Marco IslandFL18,124$79,1570.394.5882
63Hamilton Township, Warren CountyOH23,791$84,8820.553.2855
64Mount Olive TownshipNJ29,025$88,4670.483.8612
65Horizon CityTX20,131$57,9830.355.02N/A
66BillericaMA43,882$93,7610.503.85N/A
67Upper St. Clair TownshipPA19,741$106,4440.057.55N/A
68WestportCT28,332$187,9880.146.81N/A
69IndependenceKY28,541$79,2240.464.38N/A
70Middletown TownshipNJ65,361$118,3510.345.4276
71BereaOH18,573$59,2290.484.25N/A
72MurphyTX20,962$132,5890.435.01N/A
73South Brunswick TownshipNJ46,038$120,5460.375.52N/A
74North RoyaltonOH30,177$70,4290.563.9464
75BelmontMA26,331$120,2080.236.8083
76Manchester TownshipNJ43,369$43,8780.286.4191
77Marlboro TownshipNJ39,850$152,4890.236.85N/A
78Manor Township, Lancaster CountyPA21,059$59,8600.385.65N/A
79WestonFL71,946$100,1100.465.03N/A
80MasonOH33,939$96,5110.296.42N/A
81SammamishWA66,820$165,3180.346.05N/A
82Fair LawnNJ33,064$115,5120.217.14N/A
83West Milford TownshipNJ26,287$96,7730.494.83N/A
84GraftonMA18,880$81,2500.792.44N/A
85Springfield Township, Union CountyNJ17,661$111,8990.177.59N/A
86Lake in the HillsIL28,811$83,1490.663.64N/A
87BartlettIL40,898$94,9190.564.6070
88MerrimackNH26,028$75,7370.157.9572
89Scarsdale VillageNY17,954$250,000+0.336.5285
90Buffalo GroveIL40,768$96,7680.277.0687
91University ParkTX25,434$214,4770.247.43N/A
92BrunswickOH34,977$68,6640.495.40N/A
93ScituateMA18,774$121,3820.753.3099
94Manalapan TownshipNJ39,662$122,3040.455.7080
95LisleIL23,506$74,0410.386.34N/A
96Barnegat TownshipNJ23,399$73,4980.515.30N/A
97Cliffside ParkNJ26,115$56,1710.693.91N/A
98Spanish ForkUT40,604$74,5540.178.18N/A
99PalatineIL67,984$72,1800.624.5392
100North AndoverMA31,428Not available0.545.19N/A

How we ranked the Safest Cities in America

To identify the 100 safest cities in the country, we analyzed FBI crime report statistics and population data. The FBI data is from 2019 (the most recent year for which data was available). Our rankings were based solely on crime data; no other factors (such as COVID-19 rates) were included.

Population thresholds

We excluded towns with populations below 2,500 because those are considered rural by census definitions. Then, we set a population threshold (17,375) based on the median US 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.

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 encourage everyone to be proactive about home security. Learn more about your home security options—and find out which companies we recommend for every budget and lifestyle in our roundup of the Best Home Security Systems.

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Sources

  1. US Census Bureau, Toukabri and Medina. “Latest City and Town Population Estimates of the Decade Show Three-Fourths of the Nation’s Incorporated Places Have Fewer Than 5,000 People,” May 21, 2020. Accessed May 19, 2021.
  2. US Census Bureau, “City and Town Population Totals: 2010–2019,” April 20, 2021. Accessed May 19, 2021.
  3. US Census Bureau, Semega, Kollar, Shrider, and Creamer. “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2019,” September 15, 2020. Accessed May 19, 2021.
  4. FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting Program, “2019 Crime in the United States,” Accessed May 19, 2021.
Rebecca Edwards
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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 eight. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month poring over crime reports and spotting trends. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her expert advice and analysis in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, NPR, HGTV, MSN, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.
  • dew

    Apparently this was updated in 2021, with no improvements made from the comments two years ago.
    None of the top 10 are cities. Almost none of the top 100 are cities. They don’t look like towns, they are literally towns and townships. If you want to appear “expert” as the bio claims, you might consider including in the intro something like “for our purposes we use ‘city’ as shorthand to mean incorporated communities with more than 17,375 residents”

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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!