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 283 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
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Population: 166,986
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.

Review Of Cary by HomeSnacks User

I grew up in Cary and lived there until I moved away for college. It is a town that I would recommend to anyone for any reason. Cary is a place for everyone, great for seniors, great for raising kids, and great for young adults and professionals. The schools are fantastic, there is a great selection of food, activities, and experiences. It was a wonderful place for me to grow up and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for their forever home.

The schools in Cary were excellent, providing high quality education and service to the community. There are also various restaurants catering to different national cuisine. The only issue I've had as a young adult going back to Cary is that there is very little nightlife and the young adult population is on the lower end, mostly being kids coming home from college while on breaks. This is not unmanageable, as a city with a bustling nightlife is nearby, about 15 minutes away.

Irvine, CA
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Population: 276,115
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.

Review Of Irvine by HomeSnacks User

Irvine is an extremely safe city with regular, active, and diligent police patrols on all major roads. It has a reputation for being one of, if not the safest city in America, and is also a beautiful city due to the planned nature of its housing communities and nature. While this does make Irvine feel like a bubble, it also ensures that it is a safe and secure environment for those living in it and especially for children, as they are guaranteed an education that is held to a higher standard than other cities. Schools are consistently excellent, and there are very few schools that are riddled with disciplinary or financial problems due to Irvine Company's excellent management of the city's allocated funding.

Irvine's food is mostly chains, and there are few private businesses due to the high cost of retail spaces. As a result, your experiences in Irvine when it comes to food and shopping will always be consistently safe, but also expensive and somewhat vanilla in terms of variety. The city also begins to feel quite sterile after living there for a few years because of how safe and well-maintained it is. Transportation without a vehicle can also be difficult due to the long intervals between buses, as well as the distance from houses to retail plazas.

Naperville, IL
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Population: 147,934
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
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Population: 188,652
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.

Review Of Port St. Lucie by HomeSnacks User

There is crime everywhere you go but Port St. Lucie seemed to be low to moderate. The schools were awful. There are plenty of beaches, restaurants and some fun places to visit nearby.

The schools in Port St. Lucie are terrible. Coming from the north, I am used to schools being extremely helpful when my kids were struggling. Whether it was putting in place an IEP or just extra help. In Port St. Lucie their IEP options are limited. They believe that "pushing a child into their grade level" will help more than pulling them out and slowing down the learning. Pushing in means that a child who struggles to work on grade level work is kept in their grade level instead of working up to their grade level. This way of teaching causes added pressure and stress on a child. It does not help their confidence at all. I actually had to move back up to Pennsylvania because they were unable to help my child.

Allen, TX
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Population: 101,779
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
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Population: 242,090
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
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Population: 113,016
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
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Population: 129,240
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
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Population: 172,804
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.

Review Of Frisco by HomeSnacks User

I love Frisco, specifically Frisco Square, with its cozy vibe. It's a small area, but it has great restaurants, a library, movie theater, and senior center to keep it alive. In the winter, the whole place is alive with lights that create a very picturesque scene.

The people and restaurants stand out. The people are nice wherever you go, and there is a diversity of delicious restaurants, whether you're looking for casual or formal dining.

League City, TX
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Population: 105,351
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 283 of the biggest cities in America to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 283 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? 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 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. St. Louis
  2. Memphis
  3. Little Rock
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Safest Cities In America For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Cary, NC 166,986 64 1,074
2 Irvine, CA 276,115 61 1,316
3 Naperville, IL 147,934 91 1,159
4 Port St. Lucie, FL 188,652 98 1,126
5 Allen, TX 101,779 98 1,245
6 Gilbert, AZ 242,090 85 1,385
7 Murrieta, CA 113,016 70 1,399
8 Thousand Oaks, CA 129,240 133 1,305
9 Frisco, TX 172,804 101 1,487
10 League City, TX 105,351 92 1,630
11 Mckinney, TX 179,934 148 1,343
12 Sterling Heights, MI 132,882 184 1,131
13 Cape Coral, FL 184,346 127 1,566
14 Simi Valley, CA 126,635 145 1,440
15 Glendale, CA 202,381 135 1,540
16 Santa Clarita, CA 216,350 162 1,424
17 Surprise, AZ 135,345 88 1,788
18 Sunnyvale, CA 154,919 117 1,731
19 Provo, UT 117,540 125 1,732
20 Carrollton, TX 135,823 122 1,752
21 Olathe, KS 137,070 186 1,428
22 Alexandria, VA 158,256 165 1,568
23 Elgin, IL 112,767 198 1,400
24 Plano, TX 290,413 149 1,733
25 Orange, CA 141,130 154 1,830
26 Corona, CA 169,164 131 1,948
27 Virginia Beach, VA 454,353 137 1,934
28 Aurora, IL 201,599 258 1,321
29 Stamford, CT 130,189 224 1,525
30 Overland Park, KS 191,566 208 1,686
31 Daly City, CA 107,355 246 1,454
32 Ann Arbor, MI 121,930 212 1,728
33 Sandy Springs, GA 107,740 116 2,100
34 Henderson, NV 299,285 185 1,833
35 Richardson, TX 115,824 166 1,981
36 Rochester, MN 115,228 194 1,859
37 Broken Arrow, OK 108,823 124 2,181
38 Round Rock, TX 124,617 135 2,167
39 Temecula, CA 115,220 101 2,268
40 Elk Grove, CA 172,620 324 1,300
41 Chula Vista, CA 271,109 298 1,432
42 Coral Springs, FL 131,558 189 1,983
43 Carlsbad, CA 115,344 214 1,915
44 Scottsdale, AZ 251,840 157 2,172
45 Miramar, FL 141,328 288 1,589
46 College Station, TX 115,357 199 1,997
47 Fremont, CA 236,368 182 2,150
48 Torrance, CA 147,482 181 2,173
49 Cambridge, MA 111,707 280 1,818
50 Yonkers, NY 201,554 401 1,003
51 Pembroke Pines, FL 170,923 187 2,179
52 Hillsboro, OR 107,433 249 1,995
53 Vista, CA 103,004 359 1,450
54 Midland, TX 138,954 271 1,926
55 Peoria, AZ 165,889 249 2,040
56 San Mateo, CA 105,090 255 2,022
57 Hialeah, FL 238,260 198 2,213
58 Huntington Beach, CA 202,244 227 2,118
59 Fontana, CA 211,782 337 1,764
60 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 178,308 184 2,344
61 Lewisville, TX 106,199 263 2,009
62 Roseville, CA 135,028 175 2,460
63 Lowell, MA 111,294 289 1,974
64 Rialto, CA 103,980 383 1,619
65 Escondido, CA 152,845 376 1,704
66 Bellevue, WA 143,703 100 2,905
67 Joliet, IL 148,342 364 1,769
68 Mcallen, TX 144,162 144 2,779
69 Arvada, CO 119,346 161 2,766
70 San Diego, CA 1,424,116 366 1,842
71 El Paso, TX 688,667 378 1,818
72 Fort Collins, CO 167,633 220 2,535
73 Chandler, AZ 249,355 259 2,329
74 Palmdale, CA 158,094 430 1,681
75 Irving, TX 242,062 226 2,539
76 Santa Clara, CA 127,538 167 2,836
77 Charleston, SC 136,845 283 2,297
78 West Covina, CA 108,128 254 2,527
79 Santa Rosa, CA 176,361 409 1,839
80 Denton, TX 136,836 304 2,258
81 Clovis, CA 108,419 224 2,670
82 Davie, FL 103,555 235 2,628
83 Boise City, ID 225,677 279 2,444
84 Fullerton, CA 141,637 206 2,790
85 Norwalk, CA 106,278 411 1,840
86 Tampa, FL 384,360 464 1,743
87 Jurupa Valley, CA 104,922 259 2,536
88 Grand Prairie, TX 193,249 296 2,435
89 New York, NY 8,616,333 538 1,448
90 Pasadena, CA 142,891 401 2,061
91 Burbank, CA 104,622 241 2,813
92 Laredo, TX 260,669 321 2,483
93 Brownsville, TX 185,216 256 2,794
94 Garden Grove, CA 175,466 343 2,477
95 Norman, OK 124,074 282 2,712
96 Jersey City, NJ 267,906 509 1,806
97 Mesa, AZ 492,268 415 2,171
98 Palm Bay, FL 111,275 504 1,905
99 Green Bay, WI 105,331 472 2,038
100 Oceanside, CA 176,815 392 2,312

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