NeighborhoodScout’s Safest Cities in America – 2018

Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S.

Our research reveals the 100 safest cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Data used for this research are 1) the number of total crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and 2) the population of each city.

Crime data we use are the most recent data the FBI classifies as ‘Final, non-preliminary.’  It is the most up-to-date and fully vetted data with complete national coverage that is available.  We insist on using Final, Non-Preliminary data for our analyses and analytics, rather than basing our research on preliminary data that may need to be updated or have errors in it.

The FBI releases these data approximately 10 months after the close of a calendar year. For example, our 2018 list is based on the 2016 year total data which was released in Final, Non-Preliminary form in September, 2017. The 2017 year total crime data is not complete.  The FBI is still working through data issues and reporting issues before that data can be considered Final, and Non-Preliminary.

For more information, see our FAQ on how we rank the safest cities in America.

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Rank City
100 Shelton, CT
99 Syracuse, UT
98 Foster City, CA
97 Oviedo, FL
96 New Milford, CT
95 Mission Viejo, CA
94 Mount Prospect, IL
93 New Berlin, WI
92 Hilliard, OH
91 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
90 Poway, CA
89 Fishers, IN
88 Bethel Park, PA
87 Cumberland, RI
86 Lakeville, MN
85 Park Ridge, IL
84 Saratoga, CA
83 Arlington Heights, IL
82 Little Elm, TX
81 Lake Forest, CA
80 Wakefield, MA
79 Spring Hill, TN
78 Mason, OH
77 Gloucester, MA
76 Mundelein, IL
75 Des Plaines, IL
74 Danville, CA
73 Brentwood, TN
72 Milton, GA
71 Highland Park, IL
70 Wylie, TX
69 Glen Ellyn, IL
68 Beverly, MA
67 Hoffman Estates, IL
66 Moorpark, CA
65 Palatine, IL
64 Kaysville, UT
63 Holly Springs, NC
62 Johns Creek, GA
61 Westport, CT
60 Bella Vista, AR
59 Carmel, IN
58 South Kingstown, RI
57 Long Beach, NY
56 Sayreville, NJ
55 Westfield, NJ
54 Flower Mound, TX
53 Londonderry, NH
52 Aliso Viejo, CA
51 Carol Stream, IL
50 Milton, MA
49 Plainfield, IL
48 Rochester Hills, MI
47 Lockport, IL
46 Melrose, MA
45 Cheshire, CT
44 Ridgewood, NJ
43 Friendswood, TX
42 Wellesley, MA
41 Newton, MA
40 Huntley, IL
39 Ballwin, MO
38 Madison, MS
37 Plymouth, MA
36 Fort Lee, NJ
35 Saratoga Springs, UT
34 Hanover Park, IL
33 North Andover, MA
32 Belmont, MA
31 Reading, MA
30 Sammamish, WA
29 Ossining, NY
28 Brunswick, OH
27 Rexburg, ID
26 Bartlett, IL
25 Wheaton, IL
24 Pleasant Grove, UT
23 Andover, MA
22 Florence, AZ
21 Greenwich, CT
20 Harrison, NY
19 Independence, KY
18 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
17 Arlington, MA
16 Keller, TX
15 Parkland, FL
14 Marshfield, MA
13 North Ridgeville, OH
12 Needham, MA
11 Colleyville, TX
10 Billerica, MA
9 Lake in the Hills, IL
8 Weston, FL
7 Buffalo Grove, IL
6 Zionsville, IN
5 Shrewsbury, MA
4 Lexington, MA
3 Franklin, MA
2 Bergenfield, NJ
1 Ridgefield, CT