These Are The 100 Safest Cities In America For 2017

We used the most recent FBI crime data to determine the 100 safest cities in America. You can also browse the safest cities in each state.

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How We Determined The Safest Cities In America for 2017

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the first release of 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report. This data set is perfect for this analysis since it only looks at cities with over 100,000 people.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We ranked each city from 1 to 214 for the two criteria with 1 being the safest score. We then averaged the two rankings into once “Safe City Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Safe City Index” with the lowest index being the safest big city in the country — Naperville. Read on for a bit more on why these cities are so safe.

Or you can compare these to the most dangerous cities in America.

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1. Naperville

Naperville, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 147,101
Violent Crime Per 100k: 25
Property Crime Per 100k: 473

2. Cary

Cary, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 160,291
Violent Crime Per 100k: 41
Property Crime Per 100k: 531

3. Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 152,443
Violent Crime Per 100k: 44
Property Crime Per 100k: 663

4. Gilbert

Gilbert, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 247,324
Violent Crime Per 100k: 43
Property Crime Per 100k: 684

5. Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 129,976
Violent Crime Per 100k: 63
Property Crime Per 100k: 585

6. Irvine

Irvine, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 258,198
Violent Crime Per 100k: 28
Property Crime Per 100k: 765

7. Simi Valley

Simi Valley, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 127,472
Violent Crime Per 100k: 69
Property Crime Per 100k: 611

8. Frisco

Frisco, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 152,678
Violent Crime Per 100k: 42
Property Crime Per 100k: 770

9. Mckinney


Population: 163,406
Violent Crime Per 100k: 71
Property Crime Per 100k: 674

10. Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 211,132
Violent Crime Per 100k: 73
Property Crime Per 100k: 699

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities In America For 2017

Rank City Population Violent Crime Per 100k Property Crime Per 100k
1 Naperville, IL 147,101 25 473
2 Cary, NC 160,291 41 531
3 Sunnyvale, CA 152,443 44 663
4 Gilbert, AZ 247,324 43 684
5 Thousand Oaks, CA 129,976 63 585
6 Irvine, CA 258,198 28 765
7 Simi Valley, CA 127,472 69 611
8 Frisco, TX 152,678 42 770
9 Mckinney, TX 163,406 71 674
10 Santa Clarita, CA 211,132 73 699
11 Port St. Lucie, FL 176,364 78 661
12 Cape Coral, FL 173,844 59 867
13 Glendale, CA 202,298 56 887
14 Olathe, KS 134,830 82 731
15 Plano, TX 282,968 62 974
16 Broken Arrow, OK 106,145 68 957
17 Elgin, IL 111,832 110 582
18 Orange, CA 140,572 73 911
19 Overland Park, KS 187,240 100 734
20 Ann Arbor, MI 118,730 89 779
21 Stamford, CT 129,682 117 656
22 Alexandria, VA 152,710 89 855
23 Pearland, TX 106,850 86 899
24 Coral Springs, FL 129,631 84 929
25 Santa Clara, CA 123,562 71 1,049
26 Carlsbad, CA 113,972 78 997
27 Daly City, CA 107,320 122 729
28 Fort Collins, CO 159,629 83 991
29 Fremont, CA 232,427 87 963
30 Aurora, IL 201,034 152 578
31 Torrance, CA 149,243 77 1,050
32 Virginia Beach, VA 452,797 75 1,059
33 Temecula, CA 111,673 55 1,108
34 Corona, CA 163,633 58 1,140
35 San Mateo, CA 104,306 104 976
36 Huntington Beach, CA 203,233 83 1,066
37 Richardson, TX 111,008 81 1,081
38 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 176,376 67 1,174
39 Chula Vista, CA 265,215 136 896
40 Henderson, NV 282,554 107 1,000
41 Sandy Springs, GA 103,898 49 1,247
42 Elk Grove, CA 166,183 167 763
43 Round Rock, TX 115,955 73 1,175
44 College Station, TX 105,855 111 1,021
45 Rochester, MN 112,542 112 1,053
46 Peoria, AZ 170,222 97 1,095
47 Provo, UT 115,294 71 1,256
48 Kenosha, WI 100,038 140 1,041
49 Pembroke Pines, FL 167,266 111 1,089
50 Scottsdale, AZ 233,872 84 1,241
51 Denton, TX 131,194 120 1,085
52 Chandler, AZ 258,875 105 1,153
53 Joliet, IL 147,991 175 931
54 Cambridge, MA 110,953 146 1,066
55 Yonkers, NY 201,753 229 489
56 Norwalk, CA 107,470 188 876
57 Arvada, CO 115,379 89 1,252
58 El Paso, TX 686,077 194 867
59 Lewisville, TX 104,741 86 1,273
60 Erie, PA 98,887 177 969
61 Lowell, MA 110,819 198 874
62 Miramar, FL 138,330 168 1,069
63 Jersey City, NJ 265,159 225 748
64 Santa Rosa, CA 175,738 189 975
65 Burbank, CA 105,865 98 1,282
66 Burbank, CA 105,865 98 1,282
67 Bellevue, WA 138,532 54 1,562
68 Palmdale, CA 159,613 219 791
69 Charleston, SC 132,585 150 1,149
70 Palm Bay, FL 106,469 235 735
71 Hialeah, FL 238,132 141 1,180
72 Escondido, CA 151,732 169 1,097
73 El Monte, CA 117,376 192 1,014
74 Davie, FL 100,612 96 1,422
75 San Diego, CA 1,400,467 188 1,061
76 Mcallen, TX 140,593 68 1,584
77 Grand Prairie, TX 187,901 162 1,179
78 Irving, TX 236,465 109 1,349
79 Garden Grove, CA 176,041 143 1,242
80 Green Bay, WI 105,119 232 907
81 Pasadena, CA 141,815 169 1,214
82 Rialto, CA 103,590 245 913
83 San Jose, CA 1,031,458 186 1,111
84 West Covina, CA 109,030 133 1,322
85 New York, NY 8,550,861 275 700
86 Oceanside, CA 176,319 174 1,220
87 Madison, WI 248,833 158 1,280
88 Thornton, CO 133,188 107 1,499
89 Fontana, CA 206,982 215 1,074
90 Clovis, CA 103,769 126 1,451
91 Hampton, VA 136,381 127 1,475
92 Chesapeake, VA 235,273 176 1,266
93 Downey, CA 114,754 164 1,395
94 Santa Ana, CA 337,304 257 1,016
95 El Cajon, CA 103,942 194 1,224
96 Ontario, CA 170,274 175 1,368
97 Mesa, AZ 471,034 226 1,171
98 Midland, TX 132,625 186 1,345
99 Lincoln, NE 276,585 171 1,483
100 Pasadena, TX 154,986 211 1,257

Safest Cities By State

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