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5 Safest Cities in Nevada 2016

NevadaLocated in the Western region of the United States, Nevada is home to 2.8 million residents. The 7th largest and 9th least densely populated state, nearly 75% of the state’s residents live in the Las Vegas area. The state’s capital is Carson City, and much of Nevada is desert, located within the Great Basin. The tourism industry remains the state’s largest employer, and mining is a large concern here as well, as Nevada one of the world’s top producers of gold. If you’d like to settle in the Silver State, here are the 5 safest cities in Nevada.

Related: Check out our Nevada Public Records guide.
Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 636 for violent crime and 2,625 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Boulder City

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Located in Clark County, Boulder City is home to 15,000 residents.  The community is just 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas and is close to the Hoover Dam, is one of two cities in the state that prohibits gambling, and was included on Money magazine’s list of “Top 25 Places to Retire.”  Boulder City is the safest place to live in Nevada, with a violent crime rate of 78.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.4%.

#2 Mesquite

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Another city in Clark County, Mesquite is home to 15,200 residents.  The community is 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas and sits along the Arizona State line.  It is located on the banks of the Virgin River and is the site of growing retirement population.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 108.1, and residents of Mesquite have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#3 Henderson

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Also located in Clark County, the city of Henderson has a current population of 270,800 residents.  The second largest city in the state, the community is home to several casinos and resorts and was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as “One of the Best Cities to Live in America.”  The violent crime rate in Henderson is 168.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2%.

#4 Sparks

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A city in Washoe County, Sparks is home to 90,200 residents.  Located just east of Reno, the community was founded in 1904, has just one high-rise casino, and is the site of several historic properties.  The violent crime rate here is 253.3, and residents of Sparks have a 2.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#5 Reno

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Also located in Washoe County, the city of Reno has a current population of 233,200 residents.  Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World,”  the community is also the county seat and is home to the University of Reno and several large businesses that include International Game Technology, Peppermill Reno, and Atlantis Casino Resort.  The violent crime rate in Reno is 517.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3.2%.

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15 Safest Cities in Arkansas 2016

ArkansasLocated in the Southeastern region of the United States, Arkansas is home to 2.9 million residents. The state’s landscape stretches from the lowlands along the Mississippi River to the mountain regions of the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains. The state’s capital and largest city is Little Rock, and there are several smaller cities throughout the region. Arkansas remains heavily involved in agriculture and is the country’s largest producer of both turkeys and rice. The state is also rich in culture and has over 50 state parks. If you’d like to make The Natural State your next home, here are the 15 safest cities in Arkansas.

Related: Check out our Arkansas Public Records guide.

Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 480 for violent crime and 3,338 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Mountain Home

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Located in Baxter County, the city of Mountain Home has a current population of 12,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits south of the Missouri state line in the southern Ozark Mountains and is home to a 2-year campus of Arkansas State University.  Mountain Home is the safest place to live in Arkansas, with a violent crime rate of 56, and the chance of being affected by property crime here at 4.3%.

#2 Bryant

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A city in Saline County, Bryant is home to 16,600 residents.  Considered a suburb of Little Rock, the community encompasses 9.1 square miles and is served by the Bryant School District.  Another safe place to call home in this state, the violent crime rate in Bryant is 93.4, and residents here have a 5.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Maumelle

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Located in Pulaski County, the city of Maumelle is home to 17,100 residents.  Another Little Rock suburb, the community lies along the banks of the Arkansas River and is the site of two recreational lakes, Lake Valencia and Lake Willastein.   The violent crime rate here is 161, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Maumelle is just 2%.

#4 Bentonville

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A city in Benton County, Bentonville has a current population of 40,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community has over 300 acres of parks but is best known as the home of Walmart’s home office and the Walmart Visitor Center.  The violent crime rate in Bentonville is 225.1, and residents of the city have a 2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Magnolia

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Located in Columbia County, the city of Magnolia is home to 11,500 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is the site of Southern Arkansas University and is known for its popular Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cookoff.  The violent crime rate here is 223.7, and residents of Magnolia have a 4.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#6 Cabot

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A city in Lonoke County, Cabot is home to 23,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of Little Rock, this fast-growing community was founded in 1873, encompasses 19.2 square miles, and is known for its Cabotfest event held each October.  The violent crime rate in Cabot is 251.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.2%.

#7 Van Buren

Located in Crawford County, the city of Van Buren is home to 22,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community lies northeast of Fort Smith, is bordered to the south by the Arkansas River, and houses several large poultry processors such as Tyson Foods and Simmons.  The violent crime rate here is 306, and residents of Van Buren have a 3.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#8 Siloam Springs

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A city in Benton County, Siloam Springs is home to 15,000 residents.  The community lies just east of the Oklahoma state line and Cherokee Nation territory and is the site of John Brown University, a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts college.  The violent crime rate in Siloam Springs is 316.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.8%.

#9 Russellville

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Located in Pope County, the city of Russellville has a current population of 27,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the community borders the Arkansas River and is home to the state’s only nuclear power plant as well as Arkansas Tech University.  The violent crime rate here is 332.5, and residents of Russellville have a 3.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Paragould

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A city in Greene County, Paragould is home to 26,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits atop a geologic anomaly called Crowley’s Ridge, encompasses 31 square miles, and has several properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate in Paragould is 334.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 5.8%.

#11 Rogers

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Located in Benton County, the city of Rogers has a current population of 55,900 residents.  This fast-growing community has many parks, a revitalized historic district, and was included on CNN Money’s list of “100 Best Places to Live.”  The violent crime rate here is 349.7, and residents of Rogers have a 3.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Benton

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A city in Saline County, Benton is home to 30,600 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Little Rock, encompasses 47.8 square miles, and is served by three different school districts.  The violent crime rate in Benton is 368.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.3%.

#13 Sherwood

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Located in Pulaski County, the city of Sherwood is home to 29,500 residents.  Another Little Rock suburb, the community is served by the Pulaski County School District and major employers here include ABC Financial, FTD.com, and Cardinal Health.  The violent crime rate here is 407.8, and residents of Sherwood have a 3.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Conway

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A city in Faulkner County, Conway has a current population of 64,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Little Rock and is home to three colleges, the University of Central Arkansas, Central Baptist College, and Hendrix College.  The violent crime rate in Conway is 415.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.1%.

#15 Jonesboro

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Located in Craighead County, the city of Jonesboro is home to 71,500 residents.  The community is the largest in the northeastern region of the state, lies in the Arkansas Delta, and is the site of the main campus of Arkansas State University.  The violent crime rate here is 428.7, and residents of Jonesboro have a 4.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

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15 Safest Cities in Mississippi 2016

MississippiLocated in the southern region of the United States, Mississippi is home to 2.9 million residents. Outside of the Mississippi Delta area, much of the land is still heavily forested, and the state’s largest city and capital is Jackson. This mostly rural state remains heavily dominated by industrial farms and a large catfish aquaculture industry. The state also has a growing tourism sector along the Mississippi River and Gulf Coast due to its legalized gambling and large casino resorts. If you’d like to live in The Magnolia State, here are the 15 safest cities in Mississippi so that you can make the best choice.
Related: Check out our Mississippi Public Records guide.
Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 278 for violent crime and 2,921 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Petal

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Located in Forrest County, the city of Petal is home 10,400 residents.  This community lies on the banks of the Leaf River, features a new 70-acre park with mountain bike trails, and has been named by Sports Illustrated as “Sports Illustrated Sportstown for Mississippi.”  Petal is the safest city in the state, with a violent crime rate of 18.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .06%.

#2 Brandon

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A city in Rankin County, Brandon is home to 21,700 residents.  Also the county seat and considered an eastern suburb of Jackson, the community is known for its Black Rose Theatre Company and is the site of several historic properties.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 27.2, and residents of Brandon have a 1% of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Long Beach

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Located in Harrison County, the city of Long Beach is home to 14,700 residents.  This coastal community lies just west of Gulfport on the Gulf Coast, was formerly known as the “Radish Capital of the World”, and is the site of the Gulf Coast campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.  The violent crime rate in Long Beach is 33, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.1%.

#4 Oxford

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A city in Lafayette County, Oxford has a current population of 20,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community was founded in 1837, is home to the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”), and was named by USA Today as one of the top six college towns in the country.  The violent crime rate here is 41.2, and residents of Oxford have a 1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Madison

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Located in Madison County, the city of Madison is home 24,800 residents.  Considered a suburb of Jackson, the community was named for James Madison, has the highest income of any city in the state, and is the site of several university satellite campuses.  The violent crime rate in Madison is 56.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is .08%.

#6 Byram

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A city in Hinds County, Byram is home to 7,300 residents.  Considered a southern suburb of Jackson, the community was incorporated for a second time in 2009, encompasses 20.1 square miles and is served by the Hinds County School District.  The violent crime rate here is 60.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Byram is 2.2%.

#7 Horn Lake

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Located in DeSoto County, the city of Horn Lake is home 26,000 residents.  This fast-growing community lies just south of the Tennessee state line, is considered a suburb of Memphis, and is the site of both the “Elvis Ranch” and a plant owned by Newly Weds Foods.  The violent crime rate here is 90.3, and residents of Horn Lake have a 2.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#8 Brookhaven

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A city in Lincoln County, Brookhaven is home to 12,500 residents.  Also the county seat, the community was founded in 1818, encompasses 7.3 square miles of land, and is served by the Brookhaven School District and a statewide magnet arts high school.  The violent crime rate in Brookhaven is 111.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.8%.

#9 Clinton

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Located in Hinds County, the city of Clinton is home to 25,200 residents.  The community is considered a suburb of Jackson and is the site of both Mississippi College, a private university, and the headquarters of Skytel, a wireless company.  The violent crime rate here is 117.3, and residents of Clinton have a 2.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Pearl

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A city in Rankin County, Pearl is home to 25,000 residents.  Another suburb of Jackson, the community lies on the eastern banks of the Pearl River, has several parks and walking trails, and has its own minor league baseball team called the Mississippi Braves.  The violent crime rate in Pearl is 129.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.4%.

#11 Ridgeland

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Located in Madison County, the city of Ridgeland is home to 24,000 residents.  The community is just north of Jackson, lies adjacent to the Ross Barnett Reservoir, and is the site of the headquarters of tech company Bomgar.  The violent crime rate here is 154.8, and residents of Ridgeland have a 2.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Gulfport

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The largest city on our list, Gulfport has a current population of 67,700 residents.  This Harrison County coastal community is a major tourist destination, with casinos, speedboat races, and fishing tournaments.  It is also home to the U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Seabees, which is its largest employer. The violent crime rate in Gulfport is 175.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.5%.

#13 Ocean Springs

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Located in Jackson County, the city of Ocean Springs is home to 17,400 residents.  The community is just 2 miles east of Biloxi, has a reputation as an arts community, and has a thriving seafood industry from the Gulf of Mexico.  The violent crime rate here is 194.2, and residents of Ocean Springs have a 3.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Olive Branch

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A city in DeSoto County, Olive Branch is home to 33,400 residents.  Just south of the Tennessee state line, the community is considered a suburb of Memphis, encompasses 36.9 square miles, and is served by the DeSoto County School District. The violent crime rate in Olive Branch is 205, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.9%.

#15 Hattiesburg

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Located in Forrest and Lamar counties, the city of Hattiesburg has a current population of 47,500 residents.  The county seat of Forrest County, the community is home to both the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University as well as the largest National Guard Training base in the eastern U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 252.5, and residents of Hattiesburg have a 5.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

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15 Safest Cities in Iowa 2016

IowaIowa is a Midwestern U.S. state that is bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Big Sioux and Missouri rivers to the west, making it the only state whose east and west borders are formed by rivers. Home to 3.1 million residents, Iowa is the 30th most populous U.S. state, with its capital and largest city being Des Moines. The state has a long history in agriculture, yet has made some transitions in the past century into such areas as energy production, manufacturing, high-tech, and financial services. Still, urban areas cover just 1% of this picturesque state. If you’d like to settle in the Hawkeye State, here are the 15 safest cities in Iowa to help you make a secure choice.

Related: Check out our Iowa Public Records guide.

Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 273 for violent crime and 2,094 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Spencer

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Located in Clay County, the city of Spencer is home to 11,200 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits at the confluence of the Ocheyedan and Little Sioux rivers, is the site of the headquarters of Arnold Motor Supply, and is known for its annual Clay County Fair each fall.  Spencer is the safest place to live in Iowa, with a violent crime rate of 17.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 2.2%.

#2 Waukee

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A city in Dallas County, Waukee is home to 13,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of Des Moines, the community was incorporated in 1878, encompasses nearly 13 square miles, and is served by the Waukee Community School District, one of the fastest-growing school districts in the state.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Waukee is 61.9, and residents here have a .09% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Ankeny

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Located in Polk County, the city of Ankeny is home to 45,500 residents.  Another Des Moines suburb, this fast-growing community is the site of many large businesses, has been included on Money’s list of top places to live, and is known for its annual events such as Ankeny Summer Fest and Ankeny Art in the Park.  The violent crime rate here is 73.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Ankeny is just 1.3%.

#4 Carroll

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A city in Carroll County, Carroll is home to 10,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community has an extensive parks and recreation system that includes Swan Lake, 13 parks, a skate park, Sauk Rail Trail, an aquatic center, and a stadium for a semi-pro baseball team.  The violent crime rate in Carroll is 78.7, and residents here have a 1.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Johnston

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Located in Polk County, the city of Johnston has a current population of 17,200 residents.  Considered a suburb of Des Moines, this fast-growing community is home to the headquarters of several businesses such as Iowa Public Television and Pioneer Hi-Bred, as well as a large military reservation.  The violent crime rate here is 102.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Johnston is just 1.1%.

#6 Marion

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A city in Linn County, Marion is home to 34,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of Cedar Rapids, the community was incorporated in 1839, is served by two different school districts, and is known for its annual events such as The Marion Arts Festival and The Swamp Fox Festival and Parade.  The violent crime rate in Marion is 104.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.7%.

#7 Cedar Falls

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Located in Black Hawk County, the city of Cedar Falls has a current population of 39,200 residents.  The community was founded in 1845 and is home to both the University of Northern Iowa and the Hartman Reserve Nature Center.  The violent crime rate here is 118.9, and residents of Cedar Falls have a 1.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#8 Ames

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A city in Story County, Ames is home to 58,900 residents.  Just 30 miles north of Des Moines, the community is the site of Iowa State University of Science and Technology as well as the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service’s National Animal Disease Center (NADC) and the state’s Department of Transportation.  The violent crime rate in Ames is 131.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.4%.

#9 Urbandale

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Located in Polk and Dallas counties, the city of Urbandale is home to 39,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Des Moines, the community encompasses 21.9 square miles, and top employers here include Marsh & McLennan Companies and Citigroup.  The violent crime rate here is 140.9, and residents of Urbandale have a 1.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Mason City

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A city in Cerro Gordo County, Mason City is home to 28,000 residents. Also the county seat, the community lies on the banks of the Winnebago River, is known for its Prairie School architecture, and is famous as the birthplace of Meredith Wilson, who created the famous musical “The Music Man.”  The violent crime rate in Mason City is 142.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.9%.

#11 Altoona

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Located in Polk County, the city of Altoona has a current population of 14,500 residents.  Considered a suburb of Des Moines, the community is home to a popular casino, a horse racing track called Prairie Meadows, and an Amusement Park called Adventureland.  The violent crime rate here is 161.8, and residents of Altoona have a 3.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 West Des Moines

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A city in Polk, Warren, and Dallas counties, West Des Moines is home to 56,600 residents.  The community lies in the Raccoon River Valley, is the site of several large businesses such as Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Hy-Vee, and was included on Money’s list of 100 best places to live.  The violent crime rate in West Des Moines is 163.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3.1%.

#13 Coralville

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Located in Johnson County, the city of Coralville is home to 18,900 residents.  Considered a suburb of Iowa City, the community lies on the banks of the Iowa River and was named for coral fossils found in the area in the 1800’s.  There is still an active archeological site here called Edgewater Park Site. The violent crime rate here is 165.9, and residents of Coralville have a 2.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Clive

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A city in Polk and Dallas counties, Clive is home to 15,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Des Moines, the community encompasses 7.7 square miles and is known for its Greenbelt Park and trail system, an 11.3-mile urban recreational trail that runs through the entire area.  The violent crime rate in Clive is 169.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.1%.

#15 Dubuque

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Located in Dubuque County, the city of Dubuque has a current population of 58,200 residents.  Also the county seat, the community lies on the eastern state line, is home to many large businesses as well as several universities and a long list of historic properties.  The violent crime rate here is 219, and residents of Dubuque have a 3.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

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50 Safest Cities in Connecticut 2016

ConnecticutLocated in the southern part of the New England region of the U.S., Connecticut is home to 3.5 million people. The state is named after the Connecticut River that runs through it, and it is bordered by Long Island Sound to the south. Connecticut is the third smallest and fourth most densely populated U.S. state, with its most populous city being Bridgeport and its capital being Hartford. Part of the Tri-State area that also includes New York and New Jersey, the state is a center for large business and has many bedroom communities that serve New York City. If you’d like to make The Constitution State your home, here are the 50 safest cities in Connecticut to help you make the best choice.
Related: Check out our Connecticut Public Records guide.
Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 237 for violent crime and 1,920 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Ridgefield

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Located in Fairfield County, the town of Ridgefield is home to 24,600 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1709, is the site of many historic properties, and has an active arts program with several orchestra groups.  Ridgefield is the safest place to live in Connecticut, with a violent crime rate of 4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just .03%.

#2 Darien

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Another town in Fairfield County, Darien is home to 20,700 residents.  This affluent community serves as a distant suburb to Manhattan and is the site of several yacht clubs, public beaches on Long Island Sound, and four country clubs.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate in Darien is 9.5, and residents here have a .04% chance of being affected by property crime.

#3 Canton

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Located in Hartford County, the town of Canton is home to 10,200 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1806, sits on the banks of the Farmington River, and was named among the “Ten Coolest Small Towns in America” by Budget Travel.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 9.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Canton is just .08%.

#4 Wilton

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A town in Fairfield County, Wilton has a current population of 18,000 residents.  Due to its location, many residents commute to New York City but the community is also home to several large companies and start-ups such as Deloitte & Touche, Cannondale Bicycle Corp., and Breitling USA.  The violent crime rate in Wilton is 10.9, and residents here have a .05% chance of being affected by property crime.

#5 Madison

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Located in New Haven County, the town of Madison is home to 18,200 residents.  The community was first settled in 1641 and is best known for its miles of public beaches along Long Island Sound, which includes Hammonasset Beach State Park and Surf Club Beach.  The violent crime rate here is 10.9, and residents of Madison have a .06% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#6 Brookfield

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A town in northern Fairfield County, Brookfield is home to 16,400 residents.  The community lies in the southern foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, sits on the shores of Candlewood Lake, and has a designated historic district.  The violent crime rate in Brookfield is 12, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.1%.

#7 Cheshire

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Located in New Haven County, the town of Cheshire is home to 29,200 residents. The community sits in the Central Quinnipiac Valley, is the site of the state’s largest waterfall, and was included on Money’s list of “100 Best Places to Live.”  The violent crime rate here is 13.7, and residents of Cheshire have a .09% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#8 Monroe

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A town in Fairfield County, Monroe is home to 19,400 residents.  Considered a bedroom community to New York City, the community has several distinct neighborhoods, many historic properties, and over 1,300 acres of preserved open space.  The violent crime rate in Monroe is 15.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just .08%.

#9 Rocky Hill

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Located in Hartford County, the town of Rocky Hill has a current population of 19,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of both Hartford and New Haven, the community is home to Dinosaur State Park and was included on Money’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 15.2, and residents of Rocky Hill have a 1.3% chance of being involved in a  property crime.

#10 Coventry

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A town in Tolland County, Coventry is home to 12,400 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1712, sits adjacent to the 373-acre Wangumbaug Lake, and is the site of many historic properties.  The violent crime rate in Coventry is 16.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.3%.

#11 Granby

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Located in Hartford County, the town of Granby is home to 11,200 residents.  The community lies in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in the Litchfield Hills and has eight listings on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate here is 17.7, and residents of Granby have a .08% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#12 Newtown

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A town in Fairfield County, Newtown is home 27,500 residents.  Founded in 1705, the community is considered a suburb of Danbury, is just 42 miles northeast of New York City, and has several distinct neighborhoods within its borders.  The violent crime rate in Newtown is 25.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just .06%.

#13 Suffield

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Located in Hartford County, the town of Suffield is home to 15,700 residents.  The community sits in the Connecticut River Valley between the cities of Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts, and is served by the Suffield Public School District as well a private prep school, Suffield Academy.  The violent crime rate here is 25.3, and residents of Suffield have a .08% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#14 Avon

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Another town in Hartford County, Avon is home to 18,000 residents.  Considered a suburb of Hartford, the community was settled in 1645, is a part of the Metacomet Ridge near Talcott Mountain, and is the site of Hartford Avon Old Farms School, a prestigious boarding school.  The violent crime rate in Avon is 27.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is less than 1%.

#15 Weston

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Located in Fairfield County, the town of Weston has a current population of 10,100 residents.  This affluent community is just 45 miles from New York City, has little commercial development, and is home to Devil’s Den Preserve, a 1,746-acre nature reserve.  The violent crime rate here is 29.1, and residents of Weston have just a .03% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#16 Simsbury

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A town in Hartford County, Simsbury is home to 23,500 residents. Top employers in the community include several major insurance companies, but the town is best known for its quality education system, where public schools are highly ranked and where there are also several private schools.  The violent crime rate in Simsbury is 29.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just .07%.

#17 New Canaan

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Located in Fairfield County, the town of New Canaan is home to 19,700 residents.  This affluent community is just 36 miles west of New Haven, 48 miles northeast of New York City, and is also known for its quality education system.  The violent crime rate here is 30, and residents of New Canaan have a .06% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#18 Bethel

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Another town in Fairfield County, Bethel is home to 18,500 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1855, encompasses 16.9 square miles, and is the site of the headquarters of Duracell.  The violent crime rate in Bethel is 31.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.7%.

#19 Wallingford

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Located in New Haven County, the town of Wallingford is home 45,100 residents.  The community was established in 1667, sits along the banks of the Quinnipiac River, and has many sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate here is 33.2, and residents of Wallingford have a 2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#20 North Branford

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Another town in New Haven County, North Branford is home to 14,400 residents.  The community is part of the Metacomet Ridge adjacent to Totoket Mountain, was originally a mill and farming community, and encompasses 26.7 square miles of land.  The violent crime rate in North Branford is 34.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.3%.

#21 South Windsor

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Located in Hartford County, the town of South Windsor is home to 25,700 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1845, sits along the banks of the Scantic River, and is the site of several historic districts.  The violent crime rate here is 34.9, and residents of South Windsor have a 1.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#22 Wolcott

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A town in New Haven County, Wolcott is home to 16,600 residents. This community in the Naugatuck River Valley was incorporated in 1796 and remains densely populated, with approximately 56% of the land being undeveloped or used for open spaces.  The violent crime rate in Wolcott is 35.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.9%.

#23 Greenwich

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Located in Fairfield County, the town of Greenwich has a current population of 62,200 residents.  The community is just a 38-minute train ride into Manhattan, is home to many financial services companies, and was included on Money’s list of best places to live in the United States.  The violent crime rate here is 37.1, and residents of Greenwich have a .05% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#24 East Hampton

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A town in Middlesex County, East Hampton is home to 12,900 residents.  The community is the site of several popular parks and historic properties, sits adjacent to Lake Pocotopaug, and is known as “Belltown, USA” due to its history in the manufacturing of bells.  The violent crime rate in East Hampton is 38.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.1%.

#25 Trumbull

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Located in Fairfield County, the town of Trumbull is home to 36,000 residents.  The community was settled in 1639, lies along the banks of the Pequonnock River, and has over 870 acres of parkland.  The violent crime rate here is 38.4, and residents of Trumbull have a 1.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#26 Westport

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Another town in Fairfield County, Westport is home to 26,300 residents.  The community lies on the coast of Long Island Sound, is just 47 miles northeast of New York City, and is the site of several financial services and technical companies  The violent crime rate in Westport is 41.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.1%.

#27 North Haven

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Located in New Haven County, North Haven is home to 24,000 residents.  The community is just 10 miles from New Haven and Yale University and is the site of both Sleeping Giant State Park and Quinnipiac University.  The violent crime rate here is 49.8, and residents of North Haven have a 2.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#28 Orange

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Another town in New Haven County, Orange is home to 13,900 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1822 and is the site of several business headquarters, such as Pez Candies, Southern Connecticut Gas, and The United Illuminating Company.  The violent crime rate in Orange is 50.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.6%.

#29 Windsor

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Located in Hartford County, the town of Windsor is home to 29,000 residents.  Considered a suburb of Hartford, both the Connecticut and Farmington rivers run through the community and there are many historic properties located here.  The violent crime rate in the town is 51.5, and residents of Windsor have a 1.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#30 Shelton

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A town in Fairfield County, Shelton is home to 39,500 residents.  The community has over 15 miles of hiking trails and is the site of several prominent companies such as Pitney Bowes, NEC, Tetley USA, and Hubbell Inc.  The violent crime rate in Shelton is 54.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1%.

#31 Fairfield

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Also located in Fairfield County, the town of Fairfield is home to 59,400 residents.  The community lies on the Gold Coast of Connecticut on Long Island Sound and is the site of several large companies such as General Electric Co., Bigelow Tea Company, and Fairfield University.  The violent crime rate here is 54.9, and residents of Fairfield have a 2.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#32 Stonington

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A town in New London County, Stonington is home to 18,500 residents.  The community is comprised of the borough of Stonington and the villages of Wequetequock, Lords Point, and Pawcatuck, as well as many historic properties.  The violent crime rate in Stonington is 59.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.7%.

#33 Seymour

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Located in New Haven County, the town of Seymour is home to 16,500 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1850, encompasses 15 square miles, and is known for its annual events such as Seymour Pink Day, Founder’s Day, and Smoke in the Valley.  The violent crime rate here is 60.4, and residents of Seymour have a .09% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#34 Glastonbury

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A town in Hartford County, Glastonbury is home to 34,400 residents.  The community sits on the banks of Connecticut River, is just 7 miles southeast of Hartford, and is known for its annual Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce Apple Harvest Festival each fall.  The violent crime rate in Glastonbury is 63.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is less than 1%.

#35 Southington

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Also located in Hartford County, the town of Southington is home to 43,000 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1779, includes the villages of Milldale, Plantsville, and Marion, and has over 40 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate here is 64.8, and residents of Southington have a 1.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#36 Plymouth

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A town in Litchfield County, Plymouth is home to 12,200 residents.  Named after the town in Massachusetts, the community was incorporated in 1795, became known for its manufacture of clocks, and is separated into nine principal communities.  The violent crime rate in Plymouth is 65.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.7%.

#37 Enfield

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Located in Hartford County, the town of Enfield is home to 44,600 resident.  Originally a part of Massachusetts, the community was incorporated in 1683 and annexed by Connecticut in 1749.  Major sections of the town are Enfield Village, Sherwood Village, Thompsonville, Scitico, and Hazardville. The violent crime rate here is 67, and residents of Enfield have a 1.8% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#38 West Hartford

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Another town in Hartford County, West Hartford has a current population of 63,200 residents.  The community is just 5 miles from downtown Hartford, is home to the University of Hartford, as well as a vibrant downtown district called West Hartford Center.  The violent crime rate in West Hartford is 72.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.6%.

#39 New Milford

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Located in Litchfield County, the town of New Milford is home to 28,600 residents.  The community lies on the banks of the Housatonic River and encompasses 62 square miles, making it the largest town in the state in terms of area.  The violent crime rate here is 74.9, and residents of New Milford have a 1.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#40 Branford

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A town in New Haven County, Branford is home to 28,000 residents.  The community sits on the shores of Long Island Sound, is 8 miles east of New Haven, and is the site of several hiking trails, beaches, and marinas.  The violent crime rate in Branford is 74.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.4%.

#41 Cromwell

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Located in Middlesex County, the town of Cromwell is home to 14,000 residents.  The community sits along the banks of the Connecticut River, encompasses 13.5 square miles, and is the site of several historic districts.  The violent crime rate here is 78.2, and residents of Cromwell have a 2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#42 Windsor Locks

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A town in Hartford County, Windsor Locks has a current population of 12,500 residents.  The community was named for a set of locks on the nearby Connecticut River and is home to both the New England Air Museum and Bradley International Airport.  The violent crime rate in Windsor Locks is 79.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.7%.

#43 Wethersfield

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Also located in Hartford County, the town of Wethersfield is home to 26,600 residents.  Considered a southern suburb of Hartford, the community was settled in 1634 and is the site of the state’s oldest historic district called “Old Wethersfield.”  The violent crime rate here is 85.9, and residents of Wethersfield have a 1.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#44 Milford

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A town in New Haven County, Milford is home to 52,700 residents.  The community lies along the coast of Long Island Sound, is the site of Subway’s headquarters, and is known for its popular annual Oyster Festival each summer.  The violent crime rate in Milford is 87.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3%.

#45 Old Saybrook

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Located in Middlesex County, the town of Old Saybrook is home to 10,200 residents.  The community sits where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound, has many historic properties, and includes the borough of Fenwick.  The violent crime rate here is 87.4, and residents of Old Saybrook have a 1.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#46 Plainfield

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A town in Windham County, Plainfield is home to 15,400 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1699, has a history as a mill town, and lies adjacent to both the Quinebaug and Moosup rivers.  The violent crime rate in Plainfield is 90.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just .07%.

#47 Newington

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Located in Hartford County, the town of Newington is home to 30,500 residents.  The community is just 8 miles south of downtown Hartford, is the site of Mill Pond Falls, and is home to the headquarters of Northeast Utilities.  The violent crime rate here is 91.3, and residents of Newington have a 2.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#48 Naugatuck

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Considered both a borough and a town in New Haven County, Naugatuck is home to 31,800 residents.  The community sits on both sides of the Naugatuck River, encompasses 16.5 square miles, and includes several historic properties.  The violent crime rate in Naugatuck is 94.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.9%.

#49 Farmington

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Located in Hartford County, the town of Farmington has a current population of 25,300 residents.  Considered a suburb of Hartford, the community is home to the headquarters of several large companies including Carvel, Carrier Corp, and Otis Elevator Company.  The violent crime rate here is 94.4, and residents of Farmington have a 2.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#50 Berlin

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Another town in Hartford County, Berlin is home to 19,800 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1785, includes the two hamlets of East Berlin and Kensington, and it lies along the border of the Metacomet Ridge.  The violent crime rate in Berlin is 105.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.5%.

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30 Safest Cities in Utah 2016

UtahLocated in the western region of the country, the state of Utah is home to 2.9 million residents. Utah is the 31st most populated U.S. state, with 80% of its population living along the Wasatch Front, which is centered by the state capital of Salt Lake City. Much of the region’s culture is influenced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) as approximately 62% of those living in the state are members. Commerce here centers around education, mining, research and high-tech, tourism, and outdoor recreation. If you’d like to make Utah your next home, here are the 30 safest cities in the state.
Related: Check out our Utah Public Records guide.
Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 216 for violent crime and 2,878 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Santaquin

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Located in Utah and Juab counties, the city of Santaquin is home to 9,100 residents.  The community sits southeast of Utah Lake on the summit between the Utah and Juab valleys, encompasses just 2.6 square miles, and is a gateway to the Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.  Santaquin is the safest place to live in Utah, with no violent crime at all and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.3%.

#2 Heber City

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A city in Wasatch County, Heber City is home to 12,900 residents.  Now considered a bedroom community for both Salt Lake City and Provo, the city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state and supports nearby Park City winter recreation areas as well.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Heber City is 8.4, and residents here have a .06% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Alpine

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Located in Utah County, the city of Alpine is home to 9,500 residents.  Situated on the slopes of the Wasatch Range, the community is known for its mountain biking trails as well as its opportunities for back-trail hiking.  Also a safe choice, the violent crime rate here is 26.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Alpine is just .07%.

#4 Pleasant Grove

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Another city in Utah County, Pleasant Grove is home to 33,500 residents.  Known as “Utah’s City of Trees,” the community sits adjacent to Utah Lake and its annual Strawberry Days is longest running community celebration in the state.  The violent crime rate in Pleasant Grove is 28.7, and residents here have a 1.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Centerville

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Located in Davis County, the city of Centerville is home to 15,300 residents.  The community sits on the eastern shores of the Great Salt Lake, encompasses 6.0 square miles of land, and has several historic properties.  The violent crime rate here is 31.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Centerville is 3%.

#6 Farmington

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A city in Davis County, Farmington is home to 22,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Ogden, has a popular amusement park, and was included on Money’s list of best places to live.  The violent crime rate in Farmington is 31.9, and residents have a 1.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Lehi

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Located in Utah County, the city of Lehi is home to 47,400 residents.  Named after a prophet from the Book of Mormon, the community has several historic properties as well as a few tech companies such as Micron Technology and Adobe Systems.  The violent crime rate here is 36.5, and residents of Lehi have a 1.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#8 Spanish Fork

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A city in Utah County, Spanish Fork is home to 36,900 residents.  Settled by Mormon pioneers in 1851, the community now has several alternative energy projects and is known for its large-scale annual events such as its Icelandic Days, Festival of Colors, Fiesta Days, and Harvest Moon Hurrah.  The violent crime rate in Spanish Fork is 38.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.3%.

#9 North Ogden

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Located in Weber County, the city of North Ogden is home to 17,300 residents.  Just 3 miles north of the city of Ogden, the community sits at the base of Ben Lomond Peak and encompasses 6.5 square miles of land.  The violent crime rate here is 39.2, and residents of North Ogden have a 1.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Syracuse

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A city in Davis County, Syracuse is home to 24,300 residents.  This fast-growing community is just 30 miles north of Salt Lake City and is bordered to the east by the Great Salt Lake.  The violent crime rate in Syracuse is 39.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is less than 1%.

#11 Kaysville

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Also located in Davis County, the city of Kaysville is home to 29,400 residents.  Originally known as Kay’s Creek, the community was settled in 1849, encompasses 10.5 square miles, and is the site of Cherry Hill amusement park, which has been open since 1967.  The violent crime rate here is 42.6, and residents of Kaysville have a 1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 South Jordan

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A city in Salt Lake County, South Jordan has a current population of 50,400 residents.  The community lies in the Salt Lake Valley near the Jordan River, is a Salt Lake City suburb, and is home to 27 parks, including a 120-acre equestrian park.  The violent crime rate in South Jordan is 44.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.9%.

#13 Orem

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Located in Utah County, the city of Orem is home to 84,300 residents.  Just 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, the community has a minor league baseball team, is the site of Utah Valley University, and was included on Forbes list of best places to raise a family.  The violent crime rate here is 44.6, and residents of Orem have a 2.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Clinton

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A city in Davis County, Clinton is home to 20,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Ogden, the community was incorporated in 1936, encompasses 5.8 square miles, and continues to have a strong agricultural base.  The violent crime rate in Clinton is 57, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.5%.

#15 Logan

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Located in Cache County, the city of Logan has a current population of 48,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is just south of the Idaho state line and is the home of the main campus of Utah State University as well as the Utah Festival Opera.  The violent crime rate here is 64.4, and residents of Logan have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#16 South Ogden

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A city in Weber County, South Ogden is home to 14,300 residents (North Ogden was #9 on our list).  Settled in 1848, the community encompasses just 3.7 square miles and built a new city hall in 1983.  The violent crime rate in South Ogden is 76.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.8%.

#17 Payson

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Located in Utah County, the city of Payson is home to 18,900 residents.  The community was founded in 1850, has several historic properties, and is the site of the popular annual Scottish Heritage Festival and the Onion Days Festival.  The violent crime rate here is 84, and residents of Payson have a 3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#18 Bountiful

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A city in Davis County, Bountiful is home to 42,500 residents.  Considered a bedroom community to Salt Lake City, Bountiful is known for its mountain biking trails as well as annual festivals such as Handcart Days.  The violent crime rate in Bountiful is 84.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.1%.

#19 North Logan

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Located in Cache County, the city of North Logan is home to 8,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of Logan, the community was settled in 1890, sits on the east side of the Mt. Naomi Wilderness, and encompasses 6.9 square miles.  The violent crime rate here is 88, and residents of North Logan have a 2.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#20 American Fork

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A city in Utah County, American Fork is home to 26,200 residents.  Sometimes referred to A.F., the community lies north of Utah Lake at the foot of Mount Timpanogos, and is served by the Alpine School District.  The violent crime rate in American Fork is 90.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.1%.

#21 Draper

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Located in Salt Lake and Utah counties, the city of Draper is home to 42,200 residents.  This fast-growing community is 20 miles south of Salt Lake City and is the site of several large corporate call centers as well as the Utah State Prison.  The violent crime rate here is 98.6, and residents of Draper have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Roy

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A city in Weber County, Roy is home to 36,800 residents.  Settled in 1873, this fast-growing community is just 6 miles southwest of Ogden and sits adjacent to Hill Air Force Base. The violent crime rate in Roy is 113.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2%.

#23 Springville

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Located in Utah County, the city of Springville is home to 29,400 residents.  Considered a southern suburb of Provo, the community is nicknamed the “Art City” and is known for its museums and annual events such as Art City Days and Springville World Folkfest.  The violent crime rate in Springville is 114, and residents here have a 2.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#24 Layton

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A city in Davis County, Layton is home to 72,200 residents.   The community is close to Ogden and Salt Lake City, sits adjacent to Hill Air Force Base, and has many large businesses including a historic downtown district.  The violent crime rate here is 121, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Layton is 2.7%.

#25 Provo

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The largest city on our list, Provo is in Utah County and has a current population of 112,400 residents.  The community is home to Brigham Young University, several tech companies such as Novell, Ancestry.com, and Qualtrics, and was included on Forbes’ list of best places for business and careers.  The violent crime rate in Provo is 127.5, and residents here have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#26 Woods Cross

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A city in Davis County, Woods Cross is home to 11,000 residents.  Considered a suburb of Ogden, the community was settled in 1865, encompasses 3.9 square miles, and is served by the Davis School District.  The violent crime rate here is 129.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Woods Cross is 2.4%.

#27 North Salt Lake

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Also located in Davis County, the city of North Salt Lake is home to 19,100 residents.  Situated between Ogden and Salt Lake City, the community was incorporated in 1946 and encompasses 8.5 square miles of land.  The violent crime rate in North Salt Lake is 142.6, and residents here have a 2.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#28 Hurricane

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A city in Washington County, Hurricane is home to 13,700 residents.  Settled in the mid-1800’s, the community encompasses 31.5 square miles, is served by the Washington County School District, and is known for its parks and trail system.  The violent crime rate here is 147, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Hurricane is just 1.9%.

#29 Sandy

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Located in Salt Lake County, the city of Sandy is home to 87,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Salt Lake City, the community sits at the base of the Wasatch Mountains and is the site of a large shopping mall as well as a popular soccer stadium.  The violent crime rate in Sandy is 162.6, and residents of the city have a 2.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#30 Clearfield

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A city in Davis County, Clearfield is home to 30,100 residents.  Considered a suburb of Ogden, the community is close to Hill Air Force Base, and some other large area employers include The Freeport Center, Lifetime Products, and Alliant Techsystems.  The violent crime rate here is 164.3, and residents of Clearfield have a 2.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

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25 Safest Cities in Oklahoma 2016

OklahomaLocated in the South Central region of the country, Oklahoma is home to 3.9 million residents. The state is a major producer of agricultural products, natural gas, and oil as well as such things as telecommunications and aviation. The primary cities in the state are Oklahoma City and Tulsa, with nearly two-thirds of residents living in these areas. The state’s landscape ranges from forests to plains, and small mountain ranges to mesas. If living in the Sooner State sounds appealing, here are 25 safest cities in Oklahoma to help you make a sound choice.
Related: Check out our Oklahoma Public Records guide.
Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 232 for violent crime and 2,879 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Edmond

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Located in Oklahoma County, the city of Edmond is home to 81,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Oklahoma City, the community is the site of the University of Central Oklahoma as well as the home office of Homeland supermarkets, and was included on CNBC’s list of “10 Perfect Suburbs.”  Edmond is the safest place to live in Oklahoma, with a violent crime rate of 101.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 2%.

#2 Choctaw

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Another city in Oklahoma County, Choctaw is home to 15,200 residents.  Located just 10 miles from Oklahoma City, the community is the oldest chartered town in the state and is known for its popular eight-day Oktoberfest sponsored by the city each year.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Choctaw is 122.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.8%.

#3 Moore

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Located in Cleveland County, the city of Moore is home to 55,000 residents.  The community sits between Oklahoma City and Norman and is the site of a large Veterans Memorial, which was destroyed by a 2013 tornado but then rebuilt.  The violent crime rate in Moore is 135.9, and residents have a 4.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#4 Yukon

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A city in Canadian County, Yukon is home to 22,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of Oklahoma City, the community was named after the Yukon Territory in Canada and was historically a mill town.  The violent crime rate here is 139.6, and residents of Yukon have a 2.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Norman

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Located in Cleveland County, the city of Norman has a current population of 118,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is just 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, is home to the University of Oklahoma, and was included on CNN Money’s list of best small cities in the U.S.  The violent crime rate in Norman is 151.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 2.6%.

#6 Guthrie

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A city in Logan County, Guthrie is home to 10,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community has many historic properties, is a popular rodeo event location, and is known for its annual Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival.  The violent crime rate here is 153.7, and residents of Guthrie have a 3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Broken Arrow

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Located primarily in Tulsa County, the city of Broken Arrow is home to 98,800 residents.  Considered the largest suburb of Tulsa, the community was originally agriculture-based but now hosts some large companies such as FlightSafety International and Blue Bell Creameries.  The violent crime rate in Broken Arrow is 153.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.1%.

#8 Mustang

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A city in southeastern Canadian County, Mustang is home to 17,300 residents.  Considered a suburb of Oklahoma City, the community encompasses 12 square miles and is served by the Mustang Public School District.  The violent crime rate here is 160.1, and residents of Mustang have a 2.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#9 Jenks

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Located in Tulsa County, the city of Jenks is home to 16,900 residents.  This fast-growing community is considered a suburb of Tulsa, is situated along the Arkansas River, and is the site of the Oklahoma Aquarium.  The violent crime rate in Jenks is 179.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.6%.

#10 Sand Springs

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A city in Osage and Tulsa counties, Sand Springs is home to 18,900 residents.  Another Tulsa suburb, this community was an early leader in glass manufacturing and is served by the Sand Springs School District.  The violent crime rate here is 181.7, and residents of Sand Springs have a 4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#11 Elk City

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Located in Beckham County, Elk City is home to 11,600 residents.  The community is over 100 miles west of Oklahoma City and serves as a center of commerce for the western part of the state.  Energy production is dominant here, and the city has a large regional medical center.  The violent crime rate in Elk City is 185.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.7%.

#12 Owasso

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A city in Rogers and Tulsa counties, Owasso is home to 28,900 residents.  Considered a northern suburb of Tulsa, the community’s area is known as “Green Country” for its hills, lakes, and green vegetation. Major employers in the city include Whirlpool, Nordham Group, and American Airlines.  The violent crime rate here is 186.4, and residents of Owasso have a 2.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#13 Sapulpa

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Located in Creek and Tulsa counties, the city of Sapulpa is home to 20,500 residents.  Also the county seat of Creek County, the community has a history in the production of walnuts, bricks, and glass, earning the nickname “The Crystal City of the Southwest.”  The violent crime rate in Sapulpa is 235.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 2.3%.

#14 Guymon

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A city in Texas County, Guymon is home to 11,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the community’s economy is diverse and dominated by such things as energy production, cattle feedlots, and corporate pork farms.  The city is also known for its Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo each May.  The violent crime rate here is 243.8, and residents of Guymon have a 2.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#15 Stillwater

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Located in Payne County, the city of Stillwater has a current population of 46,500 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is home to Oklahoma State University, several high-tech businesses, and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum.  The violent crime rate in Stillwater is 261.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.1%.

#16 Claremore

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A city in Rogers County, Claremore is home to 18,500 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Tulsa, is the site of Rogers State University, and is noted as the home of entertainer Will Rogers.  The violent crime rate here is 265.1, and residents of Claremore have a 2.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#17 El Reno

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Located in Canadian County, the city of El Reno is home to 16,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is 25 miles west of Oklahoma City and is best known for its fried onion burger, upon which an entire festival is centered each May.  The violent crime rate in El Reno is 270.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.9%.

#18 Bartlesville

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A city primarily in Washington County, Bartlesville has a current population of 36,200 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is 18 miles from the Kansas state line and is noted as the longtime home of the Phillips Petroleum Company.  The violent crime rate here is 272.6, and residents of Bartlesville have a 2.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#19 Tahlequah

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Located in Cherokee County, the city of Tahlequah is home to 15,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community lies at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, is the capital of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and is the site of the main campus of Northeastern State University.  The violent crime rate in Tahlequah is 291.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 4.2%.

#20 McAlester

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A city in Pittsburgh County, McAlester is home to 17,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is the largest city in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and is the site of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.  The violent crime rate here is 309.5, and residents of McAlester have a 5.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#21 Altus

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Located in Jackson County, the city of Altus is home to 19,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is home to Altus Air Force Base, as well as two colleges: Southwest Technology Center and Western Oklahoma State College.  The violent crime rate in Altus is 316, and the chance of being affected by a property crime here is 3.4%.

#22 Enid

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A city in Garfield County, Enid is home to 49,300 residents.  The community has the third largest grain storage capacity in the world, and its economy is based on both energy and agriculture.  Enid is home to the Tri-State Music Festival and major companies in the area include Atwood Distributing and Johnston Enterprises.  The violent crime rate here is 329.6, and residents of Enid have a 3.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#23 Bethany

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Located in Oklahoma County, the city of Bethany is home to 19,000 residents.  Considered a suburb of Oklahoma City, the community was founded by the Church of the Nazarene and is the site of Southern Nazarene University and Southwestern Christian University.  The violent crime rate in Bethany is 363.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.6%.

#24 Weatherford

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A city in Custer County, Weatherford is home to 10,800 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1898, is the site of Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Kodak manufacturing plant, and is known for its popular Stafford Air & Space Museum.  The violent crime rate here is 399.8, and residents of Weatherford have a 2.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#25 Okmulgee

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Located in Okmulgee County, the city of Okmulgee is home to 12,300 residents.  The community is the capital of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and has a diverse economy based on retail, healthcare, and construction.  The violent crime rate in Okmulgee is 420.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.7%.

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25 Safest Cities in Virginia 2016

VirginiaOfficially the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia is a state that is both varied in geography and has a strong story to tell.  Nicknamed the “Old Dominion” due to its status as the first colonial possession in mainland British America, the state has the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World.  The 12th most populous state in the U.S., it is home to 8.3 million residents who enjoy its lands from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay.  If you’d like to make Virginia your home, we’re giving you the 25 safest cities in the state to choose from.

Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data.  Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 196 for violent crime and 1,930 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.
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#1 Salem

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A city in Roanoke County, Salem is has a current population of 24,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the city is home to Roanoke College and has a minor league baseball team called the Salem Red Sox.  This is the safest place to live in the state of Virginia, with a violent crime rate of 31.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 2.2%.

#2 Vienna

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Located in Fairfax County, Vienna is a town that is home to 15,600 residents.  Known for its well-performing schools, vibrant downtown, and proximity to the D.C. area, the town was included on CNNMoney’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  It is also a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 37.2 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.1%.

#3 Poquoson

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An independent city outside of York County, Poquoson is home to 12,100 residents.  Named for the Native American word which translates to “great marsh”, the city continues to have large areas of undeveloped and protected wetlands.  It is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 82.4 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .02%.

#4 Fairfax

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Located in Fairfax County, the city of Fairfax has a current population of 24,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the city is just 16 miles southwest of Washington D.C. and is home to both George Mason University and Virginia International University.  The violent crime rate in Fairfax is 83.3, and residents have a 1.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Falls Church

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An independent city within Fairfax County, Falls Church is home to 12,300 residents.  The city encompasses just 2 square miles, is a part of the D.C. metro area, and is known for its good schools and affluent neighborhoods.  Another safe place to live, the violent crime rate in Falls Church is 90.6 and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.1%.

#6 Blacksburg

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Located in Montgomery County, Blacksburg is a town that has a current population of 42,600 residents.  Best known as the home of Virginia Tech, the town was named by Business Week as one of the best places in the U.S. to raise kids and by Southern Living as the Best College Town in the South.  The violent crime rate here is 90.6, and residents of Blacksburg have a 1.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Herndon

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A town in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, Herndon is home to 23,200 residents.  A part of the Washington D.C. metro area, Herndon lies within the Dulles Technology Corridor, which features such companies as AOL and Network Solutions. Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 116.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Herndon is 1.5%.

#8 Front Royal

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Located in Warren County, Front Royal is home to 14,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the community has over a dozen buildings and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate in Front Royal is 129.1, and residents have a 3.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#9 Manassas Park

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An independent city in Prince William County, Manassas Park is home to 14,200 residents.  Located approximately 30 miles southwest of Washington D.C., the community is primarily residential and is known for its rich history and well-performing schools.  The violent crime rate here is 135.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Manassas Park is 1.5%.

#10 Williamsburg

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Located on the Virginia Peninsula near James City and York counties, Williamsburg has a current population of 14,600 residents.  Due to its history, the city has a tourism-based economy and is a college town because of its proximity to The College of William and Mary.  The violent crime rate in Williamsburg is 137, and residents here have a 1.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#11 Christiansburg

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A town in Montgomery County, Christiansburg is home to 21,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community was a stagecoach stop in the 1850’s and was the residence of such legends as Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and Booker T. Washington.  The violent crime rate here is 141.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Christiansburg is 3.1%.

#12 Leesburg

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A historic town in Loudon County, Leesburg has a current population of 42,600 residents.  Just 33 miles northwest of Washington D.C., the town has grown into a thriving bedroom community that is also home to The FAA’s Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center.  The violent crime rate in Leesburg is 160.4, and residents have a 2.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#13 Alexandria

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Located in Northern Virginia on the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is an independent city that is home to 139,900 residents.  Just 7 miles south of Washington D.C., the city is home to many who commute into the nation’s capital as well as some large government employers, such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Institute for Defense Analyses.  The violent crime rate here is 166.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Alexandria is 2%.

#14 Virginia Beach

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An independent city on the Atlantic Coast, Virginia Beach is home to 437,900 residents.  The most populous city in the state, it is considered a resort community due to its miles of beaches, resorts, and annual related events.  It is also known as having the longest pleasure beach in the world and the longest bridge-tunnel complex in the world.  Virginia Beach is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 169.4 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here at 2.6%.

#15 Staunton

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Located in Augusta County, Staunton is an independent city that is home to 23,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the city sits in the Shenandoah Valley and is the site of the Western State Hospital and Mary Baldwin College, a private women’s liberal arts college.  The violent crime rate in Staunton is 174.8, and residents have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#16 Harrisonburg

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An independent city in the Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg has a current population of 48,900 residents.  Also the county seat of Rockingham County, the city is home to Eastern Mennonite University and James Madison University as well as a vibrant arts and historic district.  The violent crime rate in Harrisonburg is 217.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.1%.

#17 Winchester

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Located in Frederick County, Winchester is an independent city that is home to 26,200 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits in the Shenandoah Valley and is the site of Shenandoah University and the popular annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in the spring.  The violent crime rate here is 219.5, and residents of Winchester have a 4.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#18 Colonial Heights

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An independent city in Dinwiddie County, Colonial Heights is home to 17,400 residents.  Located just north of the Appomattox River, the community encompasses 7.8 square miles and has several locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate in Colonia Heights is 226.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 5.5%.

#19 Hampton

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Located on the southeastern end of the Virginia Peninsula, Hampton is an independent city with a current population of 137,400 residents.  Considered a part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, the city is home to the Virginia Air and Space Center, Langley Air Force Base, and NASA Langley Research Center, as well as seemingly endless miles of beaches and resorts.  The violent crime rate in Hampton is 227.7, and residents have a 3.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#20 Culpeper

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An unincorporated town in Culpeper County, Culpeper is home to 16,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the town is known for its fascinating history, quaint small town atmosphere, and as consistently being named as one of the best small towns in the country.  The violent crime rate here is 267.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Culpeper is 3.4%.

#21 Martinsville

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Located in Henry County, Martinsville is an independent city that has a current population of 13,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the city is home to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR’s shortest track as well as one of its oldest.  The violent crime rate in Martinsville is 284.5, and residents have a 3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Danville

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An independent city between Virginia and Caswell counties, Danville is home to 43,000 residents.  Nicknamed the “River City”, the community sits on the Dan River near the state’s southern border.  The region has worked to restructure its economy, both bringing in new businesses as well as revitalizing its downtown district.  The violent crime rate here is 311.6, and residents of Danville have a 4.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#23 Suffolk

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Located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, Suffolk is an independent city that is home to 86,600 residents.  The largest city in the state by area, it encompasses 429 square miles and includes part of the Great Dismal Swamp.  The economy here is based around defense contractors and peanut processing. The violent crime rate in Suffolk is 315.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 2.6%.

#24 Waynesboro

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An independent city in Augusta County, Waynesboro is home to 21,000 residents.  Located in the Shenandoah Valley, the city features portions of Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The city is a popular tourist destination and is also the site of the P. Buckley Moss Museum.  The violent crime rate here is 324.9, and residents of Waynesboro have a 3.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#25 Bristol

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Located in Washington County on the southern Virginia state line, Bristol is an independent city that is home to 17,800 residents.  Considered a twin city to Bristol, Tennessee, which sits on the opposite end of its main street, the city is known as the “Birthplace of Country Music.”  The violent crime rate in Bristol is 334.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.6%.

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