100 Safest Small Towns in America 2019

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Is your small town one of the safest in the country?

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Small towns may bring to mind white picket fences, baseball, and Grandma’s apple pie. They evoke nostalgia for a simpler time when the streets were safe and people rarely (if ever) locked their doors.

While some of those sepia-tinted ideas have faded away (and several small towns are close neighbors to sprawling metro areas), the notion of safety in small towns is alive and well. Our list of the 100 safest small towns in America is all the proof you need—not one violent crime was reported among all the cities that made our list.

Why Look at Safety in Small Towns?

As part of our never-ending quest to provide the most comprehensive and current safety-related resources, we expanded our Safest Cities in America series to examine safety in cities of differing sizes.

In the past, we lumped these smaller communities in with our overall 100 Safest Cities in America—but we decided to pull them out this year and take a closer look at safety in cities with 2,500 to 15,000 residents.

Six of these smaller towns were recognized last year, including Lewisboro Town, New York, which was the safest city in the country in 2018. Lewisboro held on to its number one ranking this year, but as the safest town among other cities of comparable size.

A Closer Look at Crime in America’s Safest Small Towns

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On top of a completely clean record for violent crime, 97% of these towns reported fewer than 50 property crimes. The city with the highest property crime rate is Baltimore, Ohio, with 5.38 incidents per 1,000 people (compared to 27.11 nationally). And the top five cities each reported just one property crime.

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Every region of the country is represented by the safest small towns, but just barely. The West had only one town make the top 100—Monte Sereno, California, which sits at number 52 on our list. Nearly half of the country is home to one of America’s safest small towns, with 24 states making a showing. Pennsylvania has the highest number of safe small towns with 19, and New Jersey is a close second with 18.

Key Findings about America’s Safest Small Towns

Cities That Made Last Year’s 100 Safest Cities in America

City, State2019 Ranking 2018 Ranking
Lewisboro Town, NY

1

1

Mount Hope Town, NY

8

90

Chester Township, OH

10

6

Brandon, SD

43

17

Portageville, MO

70

19

New Providence, NJ

82

62

  • All 100 towns had zero incidents of violent crime, but there were no towns with zero incidents of property crime.
  • Property crimes ranged from one to 61, with 97 towns reporting fewer than 50.
  • Although the top five cities all reported one property crime, Lewisboro Town had the lowest property crime rate at 0.08 incidents per 1,000 people.
  • Ohio was home to both the highest property crime rate (5.38 in Baltimore) and the highest number of reported property crimes (61 in Montville Township).
  • 91% of the cities had fewer than five property crimes occur per 1,000 people.
  • 31% had fewer than two property crime incidents per 1,000 people.
  • The South is home to 11 of the safest small towns, and the Midwest claims 26.
  • The majority of the cities (72) are above the national median income of $57,652.¹
  • 34 cities have a median household income over $100,00 a year and three are more than $200,000.
  • 14% of the cities have median household incomes below $50,000. Both Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, and Portageville, Missouri, have median household incomes below $30,000.
  • New York is home to the most affluent cities on our list—Bronxville Village, Oyster Bay Cove Village, and Sands Point Village each have median household incomes over $200,000.
  • Fewer people doesn’t always equal less crime—just 7% of the towns on our list come from states with lower population density. On the other hand, 67% come from the top ten states for population density.
  • New Jersey is number one in the country for population density and has the second-highest number of safe small towns.
  • Twelve of the states represented are in the top 50% of the country for high poverty rates. Interestingly, both the most impoverished state (Louisiana) and the least (New Hampshire) are home to some of the nation’s safest small towns.

America's 100 Safest Towns

Building in Lewisboro, NY
#1 Safest Town
Lewisboro Town, New York
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    Population
    12,823
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    Median Income
    $148,824
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    Facebook @TownofLewisboro
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.000
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.08
Norfolk NY
#2
Norfolk Town, New York
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    Population
    4,447
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    Median Income
    $47,137
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    Wikipedia, Hepburn Library Norfolk, NY
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.000
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.22
Erie Township Michigan
#3
Erie Township, Michigan
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  • Population
    4,359
  • Median Income
    $59,799
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    Wikipedia, Erie Township, MI
  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.000
  • Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.23
Shade Township PA
#4
Shade Township, Pennsylvania
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  • Population
    2,611
  • Median Income
    $46,384
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    Wikipedia, Shade Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania
  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
  • Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.38
Derry PA
#5
Derry, Pennsyvlania
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    Population
    2,551
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    Median Income
    $49,950
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    Wikipedia, Derry, Pennsylvania
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.39
New Hanover Township
#6
New Hanover Township, New Jersey
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    Population
    8,264
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    Median Income
    $83,646
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    New Hanover Twp Pto
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.48
Perry Township OH
#7
Perry Township, Columbiana County, Ohio
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    Population
    4,381
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    Median Income
    $68,403
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    Image Source
    Facebook @PerryTownshipSchools
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.68
Mount Hope Town
#8
Mount Hope Town, New York
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    Population
    6,904
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    Median Income
    $81,722
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    Image Source
    Facebook @MountHopeNY
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.72
Pawnee IL
#9
Pawnee, Illinois
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    Population
    2,685
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    Median Income
    $63,889
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    Image Source
    Facebook @villageofpawnee
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.74
sign and gazebo for chester township, oh
#10
Chester Township, Ohio
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    Population
    10,355
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    Median Income
    N/A
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    Image Source
    Facebook @WestChesterOH
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.77
Jefferson Township PA
#11
Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania
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    Population
    3,659
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    Median Income
    $56,204
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    Image Source
    Facebook @jefftownshippa
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.82
Fulton WI
#12
Fulton, Wisconsin
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    Population
    3,348
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    Median Income
    $76,815
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    Image Source
    Wikipedia, Fulton, WI
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.90
Milton WI
#13
Milton Town, Wisconsin
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    Population
    3,080
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    Median Income
    $73,482
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    Image Source
    Facebook @townofmiltonwi
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.97
Mahanoy PA
#14
Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
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    Population
    3,981
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    Median Income
    $27,295
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    Image Source
    Facebook @MC5FD
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    1.00
Mendham NJ
#15
Mendham Township, New Jersey
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    Population
    5,883
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    Median Income
    $185,882
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    Image Source
    Facebook @TownshipofMendham
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    1.02
Tuxedo NY
#16
Tuxedo Town, New York
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    Population
    2,927
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    Median Income
    $104,625
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    Image Source
    Facebook @TuxedoHistorialSociety
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    1.02
South Pymatuning Township PA
#17
South Pymatuning Township, Pennsylvania
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    Population
    2,587
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    Median Income
    $65,781
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    Image Source
    Wikipedia, South Pymatuning Township
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    1.16
North Beaver
#18
North Beaver, Pennsylvania
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    Population
    3,957
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    Median Income
    $57,143
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    Image Source
    Facebook @NorthBeaverVFD
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    1.26
Easton CT
#19
Easton, Connecticut
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    Population
    7,570
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    Median Income
    $136,786
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    Image Source
    Facebook @eastonctpolice
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    1.32
Ford City PA
#20
Ford City, Pennsylvania
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    Population
    2,825
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    Median Income
    $32,070
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    1.42
Hamilton Village NY
#21
Hamilton Village, New York
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    Population
    4,105
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    Median Income
    $65,150
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    Image Source
    Facebook @ThisIsHamilton, NY
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    1.46
Grafton WV
#22
Grafton, West Virginia
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    Population
    5,121
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    Median Income
    $31,627
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    Image Source
    Grafton, west virginia
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    1.56
Ryan Township IL
#23
Ryan Township, Pennsylvania
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    Population
    2,528
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    Median Income
    $65,268
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    1.58
Campton Hills
#24
Campton Hills, Illinois
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    Population
    11,342
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    Median Income
    $131,658
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    Image Source
    Facebook @vlgcamptonhills
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    1.59
Haworth NJ
#25
Haworth, New Jersey
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    Population
    3,491
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    Median Income
    $170,417
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    Image Source
    @chief152 Haworth Volunteer Fire Dept, NJ
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    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    0.00
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    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
    1.72
RankCity State Population Median Household Income Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
26

Richland Township, Saginaw County

MI

3,934

$58,529

0.00

1.78

27

Manor

PA

3,334

$64,102

0.00

1.80

28

Kingston Springs

TN

2,765

$70,652

0.00

1.81

29

South Russell

OH

3,819

$104,219

0.00

1.83

30

Olive Town

NY

4,308

$64,352

0.00

1.86

31

Plumsted Township

NJ

8,604

$91,438

0.00

1.98

32

Lexington

OH

4,686

$53,259

0.00

2.13

33

Kermit

TX

6,459

$47,903

0.00

2.17

34

East Marlborough Township

PA

7,310

$110,761

0.00

2.19

35

O'Hara Township

PA

8,514

$87,806

0.00

2.23

36

Timberville

VA

2,659

$47,132

0.00

2.26

37

Old Tappan

NJ

6,069

$141,185

0.00

2.31

38

Lamar Township

PA

2,562

$63,839

0.00

2.34

39

Kirkland Town

NY

8,204

$63,542

0.00

2.44

40

Homer Village

NY

3,120

$63,542

0.00

2.56

41

Indian River Shores

FL

4,286

$120,682

0.00

2.57

42

Malverne Village

NY

8,548

$106,250

0.00

2.57

43

Brandon

SD

10,090

$80,727

0.00

2.58

44

Northvale

NJ

5,003

$92,650

0.00

2.60

45

Boxford

MA

8,333

$155,034

0.00

2.64

46

Grantham

NH

2,967

$104,962

0.00

2.70

47

Chesterfield Township

NJ

7,451

$142,424

0.00

2.82

48

Hartford

KY

2,787

$36,538

0.00

2.87

49

Grosse Ile Township

MI

10,084

$100,278

0.00

2.88

50

Tusculum

TN

2,672

$50,221

0.00

2.99

51

Cumberland

ME

7,956

$112,604

0.00

3.02

52

Monte Sereno

CA

3,583

not available

0.00

3.07

53

Pennington

NJ

2,576

$121,667

0.00

3.11

54

Matawan

NJ

8,838

$86,149

0.00

3.17

55

Millcreek Township, Lebanon County

PA

5,670

$71,154

0.00

3.17

56

Sagamore Hills

OH

10,951

not available

0.00

3.20

57

Oyster Bay Cove Village

NY

4,337

$226,667

0.00

3.23

58

Jackson Township, Luzerne County

PA

4,631

$88,382

0.00

3.24

59

Tewksbury Township

NJ

5,809

$88,382

0.00

3.27

60

Hillsdale

NJ

10,602

$124,844

0.00

3.30

61

Adams Township, Cambria County

PA

5,651

$57,088

0.00

3.36

62

Durham Town

NY

2,659

$52,738

0.00

3.38

63

Plainview

MN

3,222

$86,083

0.00

3.41

64

St. Clair Township

OH

7,583

not available

0.00

3.43

65

Sands Point Village

NY

2,903

$231,607

0.00

3.44

66

Manchester

MD

4,820

$93,125

0.00

3.53

67

Chatham Township

NJ

10,515

$176,364

0.00

3.71

68

Smithton

IL

3,766

$72,063

0.00

3.72

69

South Buffalo Township

PA

2,583

$74,375

0.00

3.87

70

Portageville

MO

3,090

$29,004

0.00

3.88

71

Barnesville

OH

4,096

$36,607

0.00

3.91

72

Lapeer Township

MI

5,058

$64,740

0.00

3.95

73

Avon Village

NY

3,276

$65,598

0.00

3.97

74

Montgomery Village

NY

4,713

$83,292

0.00

4.03

75

Norwood

NJ

5,904

$125,417

0.00

4.07

76

South Harrison Township

NJ

3,193

$121,406

0.00

4.07

77

Willistown Township

PA

10,965

$109,695

0.00

4.20

78

Fair Haven

NJ

5,953

$158,264

0.00

4.20

79

Armagh Township

PA

3,799

$49,609

0.00

4.21

80

Moreland Hills

OH

3,315

$141,681

0.00

4.22

81

Indian Head Park

IL

3,799

$82,767

0.00

4.47

82

New Providence

NJ

12,904

$129,638

0.00

4.49

83

Bronxville Village

NY

6,420

$205,781

0.00

4.52

84

Haughton

LA

3,301

$57,431

0.00

4.54

85

Piermont Village

NY

2,573

$104,549

0.00

4.66

86

Greenland

NH

3,966

$105,609

0.00

4.79

87

Wolfforth

TX

4,552

$68,125

0.00

4.83

88

Old Westbury Village

NY

4,747

$163,958

0.00

4.85

89

Closter

NJ

8,788

$130,670

0.00

4.89

90

Nottingham

NH

5,046

$103,348

0.00

4.95

91

Bayport

MN

3,420

$75,815

0.00

4.97

92

Madawaska

ME

3,760

$39,684

0.00

5.05

93

Elon

NC

10,283

$50,521

0.00

5.06

94

Luxemburg village

WI

2,562

$63,772

0.00

5.07

95

Bethel Township, Berks County

PA

4,122

$59,911

0.00

5.09

96

Grosse Pointe Shores

MI

2,904

not available

0.00

5.17

97

Montville Township

OH

11,718

not available

0.00

5.21

98

Warner

NH

2,879

$75,195

0.00

5.21

99

Franklin Township, Hunterdon County

NJ

3,223

$108,309

0.00

5.27

100

Baltimore

OH

2,973

$42,386

0.00

5.38

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How We Picked the Safest Small Towns in America

To kick off our first-ever Safest Small Towns in America ranking, we looked at FBI crime report data and population information for 2017 (the most recent year for which complete data was available).²

We excluded towns with populations below 2,500 and above 15,000. Because cities with populations under 2,500 are considered rural by census definitions, we decided to rule them out of this study. Our maximum threshold was determined by the national median population, which is 15,000. Cities outside those population parameters and those that failed to report complete crime data to the FBI were excluded.

We were a little surprised to find out that every city on this list reported zero incidents of violent crime (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in 2017. So we based our rankings on the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) that occurred per 1,000 people in each town. Although it didn’t impact rankings, we also examined population density, poverty rates, and median income. This data was used to provide insight into why some cities or states may be more likely to land on a safest cities list, and which might be outliers.

For more safe city data, check out our list of the 100 Safest Cities in America, and watch for our ranking of the safest (and most dangerous) metro areas—coming soon. Get all the details about how we rank the safest cities in our full methodology.

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.


Sources:

  1. United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, “Community Facts
  2. FBI, Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
Rebecca Edwards
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