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.

 

1. Ridgefield, CT

  • Population: 25,063
  • Safer than 95% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .08
  • Property Crime Rate: 2.87
  • Number of Crimes: 74

2. Bergenfield, NJ

  • Population: 27,647
  • Safer than 93% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .33
  • Property Crime Rate: 3.69
  • Number of Crimes: 111

3. Franklin, MA

  • Population: 33,150
  • Safer than 93% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .09
  • Property Crime Rate: 3.95
  • Number of Crimes: 134

4. Lexington, MA

  • Population: 33,410
  • Safer than 91% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .69
  • Property Crime Rate: 4.10
  • Number of Crimes: 160

5. Shrewsbury, MA

  • Population: 36,760
  • Safer than 90% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .11
  • Property Crime Rate: 4.79
  • Number of Crimes: 180

6. Zionsville, IN

  • Population: 26,784
  • Safer than 89% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.19
  • Property Crime Rate: 4.03
  • Number of Crimes: 140

7. Buffalo Grove, IL

  • Population: 41,346
  • Safer than 88% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .31
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.08
  • Number of Crimes: 223

8. Weston, FL

  • Population: 70,015
  • Safer than 87% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .56
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.23
  • Number of Crimes: 405

9. Lake in the Hills, IL

  • Population: 28,830
  • Safer than 87% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .83
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.06
  • Number of Crimes: 170

10. Billerica, MA

  • Population: 42,700
  • Safer than 87% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.01
  • Property Crime Rate: 4.89
  • Number of Crimes: 252

11. Colleyville, TX

  • Population: 26,152
  • Safer than 86% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .23
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.77
  • Number of Crimes: 157

12. Needham, MA

  • Population: 30,755
  • Safer than 86% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .20
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.82
  • Number of Crimes: 185

13. North Ridgeville, OH

  • Population: 32,983
  • Safer than 85% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .36
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.85
  • Number of Crimes: 205

14. Marshfield, MA

  • Population: 25,807
  • Safer than 85% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.24
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.04
  • Number of Crimes: 162

15. Parkland, FL

  • Population: 31,507
  • Safer than 85% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .60
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.74
  • Number of Crimes: 200

16. Keller, TX

  • Population: 46,646
  • Safer than 84% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .64
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.77
  • Number of Crimes: 299

17. Arlington, MA

  • Population: 45,052
  • Safer than 84% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.20
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.24
  • Number of Crimes: 290

18. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

  • Population: 48,969
  • Safer than 84% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .98
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.47
  • Number of Crimes: 318

19. Independence, KY

  • Population: 27,024
  • Safer than 84% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .74
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.74
  • Number of Crimes: 175

20. Harrison, NY

  • Population: 28,340
  • Safer than 84% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .14
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.42
  • Number of Crimes: 186

21. Greenwich, CT

  • Population: 62,359
  • Safer than 83% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .22
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.46
  • Number of Crimes: 417

22. Florence, AZ

  • Population: 25,779
  • Safer than 83% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .85
  • Property Crime Rate: 5.86
  • Number of Crimes: 173

23. Andover, MA

  • Population: 35,490
  • Safer than 83% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .65
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.11
  • Number of Crimes: 240

24. Pleasant Grove, UT

  • Population: 38,756
  • Safer than 82% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .31
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.50
  • Number of Crimes: 264

25. Wheaton, IL

  • Population: 53,389
  • Safer than 82% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .60
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.26
  • Number of Crimes: 366

26. Bartlett, IL

  • Population: 41,178
  • Safer than 82% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .78
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.12
  • Number of Crimes: 284

27. Rexburg, ID

  • Population: 28,222
  • Safer than 81% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .32
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.70
  • Number of Crimes: 198

28. Brunswick, OH

  • Population: 34,756
  • Safer than 81% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .72
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.44
  • Number of Crimes: 249

29. Ossining, NY

  • Population: 25,360
  • Safer than 80% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .71
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.59
  • Number of Crimes: 185

30. Sammamish, WA

  • Population: 63,773
  • Safer than 80% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .36
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.95
  • Number of Crimes: 466

31. Reading, MA

  • Population: 25,834
  • Safer than 79% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .43
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.97
  • Number of Crimes: 191

32. Belmont, MA

  • Population: 26,171
  • Safer than 79% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .53
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.92
  • Number of Crimes: 195

33. North Andover, MA

  • Population: 30,628
  • Safer than 79% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .46
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.12
  • Number of Crimes: 232

34. Hanover Park, IL

  • Population: 38,044
  • Safer than 78% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.03
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.78
  • Number of Crimes: 297

35. Saratoga Springs, UT

  • Population: 26,887
  • Safer than 77% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .48
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.40
  • Number of Crimes: 212

36. Fort Lee, NJ

  • Population: 37,577
  • Safer than 77% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.01
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.00
  • Number of Crimes: 301

37. Plymouth, MA

  • Population: 59,303
  • Safer than 76% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.59
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.46
  • Number of Crimes: 477

38. Madison, MS

  • Population: 26,031
  • Safer than 76% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .54
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.61
  • Number of Crimes: 212

39. Ballwin, MO

  • Population: 30,313
  • Safer than 76% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .36
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.79
  • Number of Crimes: 247

40. Huntley, IL

  • Population: 26,611
  • Safer than 75% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .26
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.04
  • Number of Crimes: 221

41. Newton, MA

  • Population: 89,045
  • Safer than 75% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .65
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.67
  • Number of Crimes: 741

42. Wellesley, MA

  • Population: 29,215
  • Safer than 75% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .79
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.60
  • Number of Crimes: 245

43. Friendswood, TX

  • Population: 39,396
  • Safer than 75% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .69
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.74
  • Number of Crimes: 332

44. Ridgewood, NJ

  • Population: 25,533
  • Safer than 74% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .31
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.15
  • Number of Crimes: 216

45. Cheshire, CT

  • Population: 29,282
  • Safer than 74% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .14
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.33
  • Number of Crimes: 248

46. Melrose, MA

  • Population: 27,928
  • Safer than 74% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .68
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.81
  • Number of Crimes: 237

47. Lockport, IL

  • Population: 25,231
  • Safer than 74% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .87
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.65
  • Number of Crimes: 215

48. Rochester Hills, MI

  • Population: 73,422
  • Safer than 74% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .84
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.68
  • Number of Crimes: 626

49. Plainfield, IL

  • Population: 42,933
  • Safer than 74% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .86
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.69
  • Number of Crimes: 367

50. Milton, MA

  • Population: 27,351
  • Safer than 74% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .33
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.23
  • Number of Crimes: 234

51. Carol Stream, IL

  • Population: 40,069
  • Safer than 74% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .90
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.66
  • Number of Crimes: 343

52. Aliso Viejo, CA

  • Population: 51,424
  • Safer than 74% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .56
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.01
  • Number of Crimes: 441

53. Londonderry, NH

  • Population: 25,850
  • Safer than 74% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .85
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.74
  • Number of Crimes: 222

54. Flower Mound, TX

  • Population: 73,547
  • Safer than 74% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .45
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.17
  • Number of Crimes: 634

55. Westfield, NJ

  • Population: 30,206
  • Safer than 73% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .23
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.54
  • Number of Crimes: 265

56. Sayreville, NJ

  • Population: 44,905
  • Safer than 72% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .67
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.35
  • Number of Crimes: 405

57. Long Beach, NY

  • Population: 33,717
  • Safer than 72% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .68
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.36
  • Number of Crimes: 305

58. South Kingstown, RI

  • Population: 30,791
  • Safer than 72% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .42
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.64
  • Number of Crimes: 279

59. Carmel, IN

  • Population: 91,065
  • Safer than 71% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .27
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.82
  • Number of Crimes: 828

60. Bella Vista, AR

  • Population: 28,406
  • Safer than 71% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 2.32
  • Property Crime Rate: 6.79
  • Number of Crimes: 259

61. Westport, CT

  • Population: 27,840
  • Safer than 71% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .25
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.91
  • Number of Crimes: 255

62. Johns Creek, GA

  • Population: 83,873
  • Safer than 71% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .55
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.67
  • Number of Crimes: 773

63. Holly Springs, NC

  • Population: 33,260
  • Safer than 70% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .30
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.93
  • Number of Crimes: 307

64. Kaysville, UT

  • Population: 31,243
  • Safer than 70% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .58
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.74
  • Number of Crimes: 291

65. Palatine, IL

  • Population: 68,766
  • Safer than 70% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .54
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.80
  • Number of Crimes: 642

66. Moorpark, CA

  • Population: 36,481
  • Safer than 70% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.01
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.42
  • Number of Crimes: 344

67. Hoffman Estates, IL

  • Population: 51,738
  • Safer than 70% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.06
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.37
  • Number of Crimes: 488

68. Beverly, MA

  • Population: 41,365
  • Safer than 69% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.57
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.00
  • Number of Crimes: 396

69. Glen Ellyn, IL

  • Population: 28,042
  • Safer than 69% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .93
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.74
  • Number of Crimes: 271

70. Wylie, TX

  • Population: 47,701
  • Safer than 69% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.05
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.62
  • Number of Crimes: 461

71. Highland Park, IL

  • Population: 29,641
  • Safer than 69% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .71
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.01
  • Number of Crimes: 288

72. Milton, GA

  • Population: 38,411
  • Safer than 69% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .49
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.24
  • Number of Crimes: 374

73. Brentwood, TN

  • Population: 42,517
  • Safer than 68% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .59
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.34
  • Number of Crimes: 422

74. Danville, CA

  • Population: 44,631
  • Safer than 67% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .27
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.79
  • Number of Crimes: 449

75. Des Plaines, IL

  • Population: 58,141
  • Safer than 67% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .77
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.30
  • Number of Crimes: 58

76. Mundelein, IL

  • Population: 31,475
  • Safer than 67% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .76
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.34
  • Number of Crimes: 318

77. Gloucester, MA

  • Population: 29,798
  • Safer than 67% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 2.45
  • Property Crime Rate: 7.72
  • Number of Crimes: 303

78. Mason, OH

  • Population: 33,037
  • Safer than 67% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .18
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.99
  • Number of Crimes: 336

79. Spring Hill, TN

  • Population: 37,731
  • Safer than 67% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.91
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.30
  • Number of Crimes: 385

80. Wakefield, MA

  • Population: 26,753
  • Safer than 66% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 2.24
  • Property Crime Rate: 8.00
  • Number of Crimes: 274

81. Lake Forest, CA

  • Population: 83,240
  • Safer than 66% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.26
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.01
  • Number of Crimes: 855

82. Little Elm, TX

  • Population: 42,504
  • Safer than 66% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .96
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.34
  • Number of Crimes: 438

83. Arlington Heights, IL

  • Population: 75,525
  • Safer than 66% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .77
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.63
  • Number of Crimes: 785

84. Saratoga, CA

  • Population: 30,767
  • Safer than 66% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .94
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.46
  • Number of Crimes: 320

85. Park Ridge, IL

  • Population: 37,496
  • Safer than 66% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .32
  • Property Crime Rate: 10.08
  • Number of Crimes: 390

86. Lakeville, MN

  • Population: 61,938
  • Safer than 65% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .68
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.91
  • Number of Crimes: 656

87. Cumberland, RI

  • Population: 31,911
  • Safer than 65% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.01
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.63
  • Number of Crimes: 369

88. Bethel Park, PA

  • Population: 31,911
  • Safer than 65% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .78
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.87
  • Number of Crimes: 340

89. Fishers, IN

  • Population: 90,127
  • Safer than 64% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .28
  • Property Crime Rate: 10.43
  • Number of Crimes: 965

90. Poway, CA

  • Population: 50,077
  • Safer than 64% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.32
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.41
  • Number of Crimes: 537

91. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

  • Population: 42,435
  • Safer than 64% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .71
  • Property Crime Rate: 10.04
  • Number of Crimes: 456

92. Hilliard, OH

  • Population: 34,905
  • Safer than 64% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .95
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.86
  • Number of Crimes: 377

93. New Berlin, WI

  • Population: 39,803
  • Safer than 64% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .30
  • Property Crime Rate: 10.55
  • Number of Crimes: 432

94. Mount Prospect, IL

  • Population: 54,171
  • Safer than 63% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .48
  • Property Crime Rate: 10.20
  • Number of Crimes: 595

95. Mission Viejo, CA

  • Population: 96,396
  • Safer than 63% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .78
  • Property Crime Rate: 10.24
  • Number of Crimes: 1,062

96. New Milford, CT

  • Population: 27,151
  • Safer than 63% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.07
  • Property Crime Rate: 10.02
  • Number of Crimes: 301

97. Oviedo, FL

  • Population: 39,337
  • Safer than 62% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.98
  • Property Crime Rate: 9.18
  • Number of Crimes: 439

98. Foster City, CA

  • Population: 34,175
  • Safer than 62% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .94
  • Property Crime Rate: 10.24
  • Number of Crimes: 382

99. Syracuse, UT

  • Population: 28,407
  • Safer than 62% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .42
  • Property Crime Rate: 10.77
  • Number of Crimes: 318

100. Shelton, CT

  • Population: 41,334
  • Safer than 62% of U.S. Cities
  • Violent Crime Rate: .68
  • Property Crime Rate: 10.52
  • Number of Crimes: 463