These Are The 10 Safest Cities In America For 2018

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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 Naperville.

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 2018:

  1. Naperville, IL (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Cary, NC (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Allen, TX (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Gilbert, AZ (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Irvine, CA (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Murrieta, CA (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Frisco, TX (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Sunnyvale, CA (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Thousand Oaks, CA (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Simi Valley, CA (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:

Naperville, IL
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 148,070
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 62 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,071 (2nd safest)
More on Naperville: Real Estate | Photos | Data

Taking the crown as the safest city in America for 2018 is Naperville -- a classic example of everything that makes America great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 93.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,609 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

Cary, NC
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9.5
/10

Population: 164,835
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 91 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,004 (1st safest)
More on Cary: 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 Cary -- the 2nd safest in America.

Cary 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 99.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Cary.

Allen, TX
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 101,020
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,131 (4th safest)
More on Allen: Real Estate | Photos | Data

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Allen 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 Allen.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

Gilbert, AZ
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9.5
/10

Population: 255,899
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 78 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,316 (9th safest)
More on Gilbert: Real Estate | Photos | Data

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

This gem of a place boasts the 9th best property crime rate and 5th best violent crime rate for 2018.

Irvine, CA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 266,663
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,401 (15th safest)
More on Irvine: Real Estate | Photos | Data

Finishing just inside the top five is Irvine, CA.

You get what you pay for in Irvine -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,754 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Irvine residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Irvine in a heartbeat.

Murrieta, CA
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 111,043
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 44 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,443 (17th safest)
More on Murrieta: Real Estate | Photos | Data

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

The town of some 111,000 people will have to try and continue to keep Murrieta a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Murrieta?

Frisco, TX
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 162,917
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 77 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,468 (19th safest)
More on Frisco: Real Estate | Photos | Data

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

It has 1 in 68.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,293 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

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

Sunnyvale, CA
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 154,108
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 102 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,388 (14th safest)
More on Sunnyvale: Real Estate | Photos | Data

The eighth safest city in America for 2018 goes to Sunnyvale. Let's see why.

There were only 158 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 2,140 property crimes to boot.

Thousand Oaks, CA
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 129,853
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 126 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,298 (7th safest)
More on Thousand Oaks: Real Estate | Photos | Data

If you're looking for a safe place to live in America, may we present Thousand Oaks 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.

1,686 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 7th best in America on a rate basis.

Simi Valley, CA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 127,252
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 136 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,230 (6th safest)
More on Simi Valley: Real Estate | Photos | Data

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Simi Valley.

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

In total, there were 174 violent crimes and 1,566 property crimes in Simi Valley; that's really good for a place of 127,000 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

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 2017). 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 1679 crimes committed in Naperville which had a reported population of 148,070. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0113 which translates into a 1 in 88 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 2016. 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 Naperville. The most dangerous city in America? St. Louis, 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 Naperville 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. St. Louis
  2. Little Rock
  3. Springfield
For more reading, check out:

Safest Cities In America For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Naperville, IL 148,070 62 1,071
2 Cary, NC 164,835 91 1,004
3 Allen, TX 101,020 79 1,131
4 Gilbert, AZ 255,899 78 1,316
5 Irvine, CA 266,663 57 1,401
6 Murrieta, CA 111,043 44 1,443
7 Frisco, TX 162,917 77 1,468
8 Sunnyvale, CA 154,108 102 1,388
9 Thousand Oaks, CA 129,853 126 1,298
10 Simi Valley, CA 127,252 136 1,230
11 Mckinney, TX 169,689 143 1,314
12 Port St. Lucie, FL 182,365 148 1,326
13 Santa Clarita, CA 219,611 150 1,368
14 Glendale, CA 202,903 111 1,700
15 Cape Coral, FL 179,631 124 1,715
16 Sterling Heights, MI 132,523 182 1,141
17 League City, TX 101,436 80 1,909
18 Surprise, AZ 130,679 103 1,904
19 Olathe, KS 135,977 163 1,564
20 Elgin, IL 112,886 209 1,386
21 Plano, TX 288,242 138 1,900
22 Overland Park, KS 189,104 198 1,482
23 Coral Springs, FL 131,159 159 1,838
24 Pearland, TX 112,814 174 1,813
25 Orange, CA 141,841 160 1,838
26 Ann Arbor, MI 117,688 180 1,742
27 Alexandria, VA 155,319 184 1,801
28 Daly City, CA 107,640 226 1,515
29 Carrollton, TX 136,095 161 1,953
30 Carlsbad, CA 115,040 181 1,901
31 Santa Clara, CA 128,179 124 2,195
32 Richardson, TX 113,216 137 2,184
33 Broken Arrow, OK 108,088 153 2,124
34 Corona, CA 166,534 111 2,217
35 Fremont, CA 235,881 178 1,998
36 Chula Vista, CA 270,175 257 1,574
37 Henderson, NV 291,584 211 1,880
38 Stamford, CT 130,116 269 1,593
39 Aurora, IL 201,159 313 1,425
40 Virginia Beach, VA 453,017 154 2,176
41 Elk Grove, CA 169,742 322 1,379
42 Temecula, CA 114,381 126 2,261
43 Torrance, CA 149,078 173 2,160
44 Round Rock, TX 119,308 145 2,223
45 Peoria, AZ 174,797 200 2,121
46 Provo, UT 115,739 128 2,344
47 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 177,089 150 2,253
48 College Station, TX 110,785 221 2,067
49 San Mateo, CA 104,802 230 2,042
50 Huntington Beach, CA 204,071 177 2,218
51 Scottsdale, AZ 240,885 153 2,365
52 Hillsboro, OR 104,440 285 1,924
53 Sandy Springs, GA 107,685 108 2,634
54 Rochester, MN 113,306 213 2,187
55 Pembroke Pines, FL 169,156 202 2,216
56 Roseville, CA 132,566 150 2,501
57 Vista, CA 102,307 363 1,578
58 Miramar, FL 140,288 317 1,953
59 Cambridge, MA 111,030 264 2,133
60 Joliet, IL 147,886 329 1,894
61 Chandler, AZ 265,922 209 2,313
62 Santa Rosa, CA 176,383 373 1,706
63 Lewisville, TX 105,762 199 2,418
64 Yonkers, NY 202,075 466 1,083
65 Fort Collins, CO 164,670 207 2,450
66 Lowell, MA 111,027 342 1,980
67 Hialeah, FL 239,451 242 2,337
68 Denton, TX 134,054 260 2,256
69 El Paso, TX 687,193 390 1,798
70 Norwalk, CA 107,453 389 1,826
71 Palmdale, CA 159,441 437 1,710
72 San Diego, CA 1,413,414 377 2,025
73 Burbank, CA 105,720 198 2,768
74 Irving, TX 240,765 216 2,695
75 Fullerton, CA 141,968 240 2,535
76 Escondido, CA 152,897 362 2,149
77 Bellevue, WA 142,238 97 3,258
78 Rialto, CA 103,893 434 1,816
79 Palm Bay, FL 108,823 474 1,691
80 Mcallen, TX 142,227 151 3,142
81 Grand Prairie, TX 190,270 308 2,379
82 Midland, TX 137,780 299 2,432
83 West Covina, CA 108,950 243 2,580
84 Jersey City, NJ 266,179 479 1,684
85 El Monte, CA 117,354 381 2,131
86 Garden Grove, CA 176,230 309 2,452
87 Charleston, SC 135,153 301 2,485
88 Davie, FL 102,692 222 2,893
89 Fontana, CA 209,531 415 2,098
90 Pasadena, CA 143,288 332 2,404
91 Clovis, CA 105,865 240 2,808
92 New York, NY 8,566,917 573 1,462
93 Boulder, CO 109,189 236 2,999
94 El Cajon, CA 104,483 378 2,341
95 Oceanside, CA 177,340 360 2,460
96 Santa Ana, CA 337,419 477 2,068
97 San Jose, CA 1,041,844 373 2,375
98 Madison, WI 252,136 329 2,749
99 Anaheim, CA 353,504 342 2,720
100 Ontario, CA 172,606 348 2,733

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