These Are The 10 Safest Cities In America For 2019

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in America, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Cary.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in America. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your neighbor.

After analyzing 281 cities in America with a population of more than 100,000, we came up with this list of the safest cities in America for 2019:

  1. Cary, NC (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Irvine, CA (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Naperville, IL (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Port St. Lucie, FL (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Allen, TX (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Gilbert, AZ (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Murrieta, CA (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Thousand Oaks, CA (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Frisco, TX (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. League City, TX (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your city ranked. We have a long infographic to show you individual crime data for each of the safest cities.

If that's not up your alley, for more reading on safe places to live, check out:

Cary, NC
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 166,986.0
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,074 (2nd safest)
More on Cary: Real Estate | Photos | Data

Taking the crown as the safest city in America for 2019 is Cary -- a classic example of everything that makes America great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 93.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,560 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO or Memphis, TN -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

Irvine, CA
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Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 276,115.0
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 61 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,316 (9th safest)
More on Irvine: Real Estate | Photos | Data

If you're thinking of moving to America and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Irvine -- the 2nd safest in America.

Irvine is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 76.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Irvine.

Naperville, IL
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 147,934.0
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 91 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,159 (5th safest)
More on Naperville: Real Estate | Photos | Data

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Naperville ranks as the 3rd safest city in America.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Naperville.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

Port St. Lucie, FL
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 188,652.0
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 98 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,126 (3rd safest)
More on Port St. Lucie: Real Estate | Photos | Data

You might be surprised to find Port St. Lucie this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Port St. Lucie is surpised.

This gem of a place boasts the 3rd best property crime rate and 9th best violent crime rate for 2019.

Allen, TX
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 101,779.0
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 98 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,245 (6th safest)
More on Allen: Real Estate | Photos | Data

Finishing just inside the top five is Allen, TX.

You get what you pay for in Allen -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,017 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Allen residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Allen in a heartbeat.

Gilbert, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 242,090.0
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 85 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,385 (12th safest)
More on Gilbert: Real Estate | Photos | Data

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Gilbert, the 6th safest city in America.

The town of some 242,000 people will have to try and continue to keep Gilbert a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Gilbert?

Murrieta, CA
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 113,016.0
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,399 (13th safest)
More on Murrieta: Real Estate | Photos | Data

Murrieta is a feel good story of safety and comfort in America.

It has 1 in 71.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,412 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in America.

Thousand Oaks, CA
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 129,240.0
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 133 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,305 (8th safest)
More on Thousand Oaks: Real Estate | Photos | Data

The eighth safest city in America for 2019 goes to Thousand Oaks. Let's see why.

There were only 172 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 1,687 property crimes to boot.

Frisco, TX
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 172,804.0
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 101 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,487 (22nd safest)
More on Frisco: Real Estate | Photos | Data

If you're looking for a safe place to live in America, may we present Frisco as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for America, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

2,571 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 22nd best in America on a rate basis.

League City, TX
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 105,351.0
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 92 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,630 (29th safest)
More on League City: Real Estate | Photos | Data

And just making it into the top ten for 2019 is League City.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- League City residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 97 violent crimes and 1,718 property crimes in League City; that's really good for a place of 105,000 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2019.

Breaking Down Crime In The Safest And Most Dangerous Cities In America

Breaking Down Crime In The Safest And Most Dangerous Cities In America

How we calculated the safest cities in America

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2018). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)

For example, there were a total of 1902 crimes committed in Cary which had a reported population of 166,986. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0114 which translates into a 1 in 87 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 100,000 people reported to the FBI in 2017. This left us with a total of 281 of the biggest cities in America to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 281 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In America".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Cary. The most dangerous city in America? Memphis, where residents had a 1 in 12 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

Graph Of The Safest Cities In America

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The USA

Looking at the data, you can tell that Cary is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most people would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in America according to the data:

  1. Memphis
  2. St. Louis
  3. Little Rock
For more reading, check out:

Safest Cities In America For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Cary, NC 166,986.0 64 1,074
2 Irvine, CA 276,115.0 61 1,316
3 Naperville, IL 147,934.0 91 1,159
4 Port St. Lucie, FL 188,652.0 98 1,126
5 Allen, TX 101,779.0 98 1,245
6 Gilbert, AZ 242,090.0 85 1,385
7 Murrieta, CA 113,016.0 70 1,399
8 Thousand Oaks, CA 129,240.0 133 1,305
9 Frisco, TX 172,804.0 101 1,487
10 League City, TX 105,351.0 92 1,630
11 Mckinney, TX 179,934.0 148 1,343
12 Sterling Heights, MI 132,882.0 184 1,131
13 Simi Valley, CA 126,635.0 145 1,440
14 Cape Coral, FL 184,346.0 127 1,566
15 Glendale, CA 202,381.0 135 1,540
16 Santa Clarita, CA 216,350.0 162 1,424
17 Surprise, AZ 135,345.0 88 1,788
18 Sunnyvale, CA 154,919.0 117 1,731
19 Provo, UT 117,540.0 125 1,732
20 Carrollton, TX 135,823.0 122 1,752
21 Olathe, KS 137,070.0 186 1,428
22 Alexandria, VA 158,256.0 165 1,568
23 Elgin, IL 112,767.0 198 1,400
24 Plano, TX 290,413.0 149 1,733
25 Orange, CA 141,130.0 154 1,830
26 Corona, CA 169,164.0 131 1,948
27 Virginia Beach, VA 454,353.0 137 1,934
28 Stamford, CT 130,189.0 224 1,525
29 Aurora, IL 201,599.0 258 1,321
30 Overland Park, KS 191,566.0 208 1,686
31 Daly City, CA 107,355.0 246 1,454
32 Ann Arbor, MI 121,930.0 212 1,728
33 Sandy Springs, GA 107,740.0 116 2,100
34 Henderson, NV 299,285.0 185 1,833
35 Richardson, TX 115,824.0 166 1,981
36 Rochester, MN 115,228.0 194 1,859
37 Broken Arrow, OK 108,823.0 124 2,181
38 Elk Grove, CA 172,620.0 324 1,300
39 Temecula, CA 115,220.0 101 2,268
40 Round Rock, TX 124,617.0 135 2,167
41 Chula Vista, CA 271,109.0 298 1,432
42 Coral Springs, FL 131,558.0 189 1,983
43 Carlsbad, CA 115,344.0 214 1,915
44 Miramar, FL 141,328.0 288 1,589
45 Scottsdale, AZ 251,840.0 157 2,172
46 College Station, TX 115,357.0 199 1,997
47 Fremont, CA 236,368.0 182 2,150
48 Torrance, CA 147,482.0 181 2,173
49 Cambridge, MA 111,707.0 280 1,818
50 Yonkers, NY 201,554.0 401 1,003
51 Hillsboro, OR 107,433.0 249 1,995
52 Pembroke Pines, FL 170,923.0 187 2,179
53 Vista, CA 103,004.0 359 1,450
54 Midland, TX 138,954.0 271 1,926
55 San Mateo, CA 105,090.0 255 2,022
56 Peoria, AZ 165,889.0 249 2,040
57 Huntington Beach, CA 202,244.0 227 2,118
58 Hialeah, FL 238,260.0 198 2,213
59 Fontana, CA 211,782.0 337 1,764
60 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 178,308.0 184 2,344
61 Lewisville, TX 106,199.0 263 2,009
62 Roseville, CA 135,028.0 175 2,460
63 Lowell, MA 111,294.0 289 1,974
64 Rialto, CA 103,980.0 383 1,619
65 Escondido, CA 152,845.0 376 1,704
66 Bellevue, WA 143,703.0 100 2,905
67 Joliet, IL 148,342.0 364 1,769
68 Mcallen, TX 144,162.0 144 2,779
69 Arvada, CO 119,346.0 161 2,766
70 El Paso, TX 688,667.0 378 1,818
71 San Diego, CA 1,424,116.0 366 1,842
72 Fort Collins, CO 167,633.0 220 2,535
73 Chandler, AZ 249,355.0 259 2,329
74 Palmdale, CA 158,094.0 430 1,681
75 Irving, TX 242,062.0 226 2,539
76 Santa Clara, CA 127,538.0 167 2,836
77 Charleston, SC 136,845.0 283 2,297
78 West Covina, CA 108,128.0 254 2,527
79 Santa Rosa, CA 176,361.0 409 1,839
80 Denton, TX 136,836.0 304 2,258
81 Clovis, CA 108,419.0 224 2,670
82 Davie, FL 103,555.0 235 2,628
83 Fullerton, CA 141,637.0 206 2,790
84 Norwalk, CA 106,278.0 411 1,840
85 Jurupa Valley, CA 104,922.0 259 2,536
86 Tampa, FL 384,360.0 464 1,743
87 Grand Prairie, TX 193,249.0 296 2,435
88 New York, NY 8,616,333.0 538 1,448
89 Pasadena, CA 142,891.0 401 2,061
90 Burbank, CA 104,622.0 241 2,813
91 Laredo, TX 260,669.0 321 2,483
92 Brownsville, TX 185,216.0 256 2,794
93 Garden Grove, CA 175,466.0 343 2,477
94 Norman, OK 124,074.0 282 2,712
95 Jersey City, NJ 267,906.0 509 1,806
96 Mesa, AZ 492,268.0 415 2,171
97 Palm Bay, FL 111,275.0 504 1,905
98 Green Bay, WI 105,331.0 472 2,038
99 Oceanside, CA 176,815.0 392 2,312
100 El Cajon, CA 104,447.0 410 2,230

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