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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
This gem of a place boasts the 3rd best property crime rate and 9th best violent crime rate for 2019.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|4||Port St. Lucie, FL||188,652.0||98||1,126|
|8||Thousand Oaks, CA||129,240.0||133||1,305|
|10||League City, TX||105,351.0||92||1,630|
|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|
|16||Santa Clarita, CA||216,350.0||162||1,424|
|27||Virginia Beach, VA||454,353.0||137||1,934|
|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|
|37||Broken Arrow, OK||108,823.0||124||2,181|
|38||Elk Grove, CA||172,620.0||324||1,300|
|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|
|46||College Station, TX||115,357.0||199||1,997|
|52||Pembroke Pines, FL||170,923.0||187||2,179|
|55||San Mateo, CA||105,090.0||255||2,022|
|57||Huntington Beach, CA||202,244.0||227||2,118|
|60||Rancho Cucamonga, CA||178,308.0||184||2,344|
|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|
|76||Santa Clara, CA||127,538.0||167||2,836|
|78||West Covina, CA||108,128.0||254||2,527|
|79||Santa Rosa, CA||176,361.0||409||1,839|
|85||Jurupa Valley, CA||104,922.0||259||2,536|
|87||Grand Prairie, TX||193,249.0||296||2,435|
|88||New York, NY||8,616,333.0||538||1,448|
|93||Garden Grove, CA||175,466.0||343||2,477|
|95||Jersey City, NJ||267,906.0||509||1,806|
|97||Palm Bay, FL||111,275.0||504||1,905|
|98||Green Bay, WI||105,331.0||472||2,038|
|100||El Cajon, CA||104,447.0||410||2,230|
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