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50 Safest Cities in North Carolina 2016

North CarolinaHome to over 10 million residents, North Carolina is the 9th most populous state in the country and has one of the most diverse landscapes.  From its coastal areas along the Atlantic to the highest point in North America east of the Mississippi, those wishing to make the Tar Heel State their home are sure to find a desirable location.  To help out, we’re giving you the 50 safest cities in North Carolina for 2016.

Related: Check out our North Carolina 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 330 for violent crime and 2,873 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Holly Springs

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A fast-growing town in Wake County, Holly Springs is home to 24,600 residents.  Just 18 miles from the thriving Research Triangle Park, the town has attracted some large businesses and has been named by CNNMoney as one of the best small towns to live in.  It is also the safest place to live in North Carolina, with a violent crime rate of 54.4 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.1%.

#2 Morrisville

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Also located in Wake County, Morrisville is a town with a current population of 21,900 residents.  The town is considered a suburb of Raleigh-Durham and is a part of the Research Triangle Park with companies such as Lenovo (headquarters) and Oracle located there.  Morrisville is a safe place in North Carolina to call home, with a violent crime rate of 56.8 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.8%.

#3 Pinehurst

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A village in Moore County, Pinehurst is home to 13,100 residents.  Best known for its historic golf resort by the same name, the community also has a vibrant downtown district and an active equestrian community.  Living in Pinehurst is also a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 80 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just .07%.

#4 Cary

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Located in Wake and Chatham counties, Cary is a town that is home to 151,000 residents.  This community is considered one of the fastest-growing in the state and has been named by Money Magazine as a best place to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate in Cary is 81.6, and residents have a  1.3% chance of being affected by property crime here.

#5 Apex

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Another Wake County town, Apex is considered a suburb of Raleigh and is home to 43,900 residents.  Known for its top schools and thriving downtown, Apex was also rated #1 on Money’s list of best places to live in 2015.  It is also a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 84.4 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.4%.

#6 Concord

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A city in Cabarrus County, Concord is home to 83,500 residents.  The largest city in the county and the county seat, Concord is just 20 miles northeast of Charlotte and is the home of Charlotte Motor Speedway as well as several NASCAR driver headquarters.  Also a safe place to live, the violent crime rate in Concord is 104.4, and residents have a 3.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#7 Archdale

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Located in Guilford and Randolph counties, Archdale has a current population of 11,400 residents.  Originally a Quaker settlement, this quaint town in the heart of the state provides a scenic landscape and a safe environment.  The violent crime rate in Archdale is 112.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.4%.

#8 Waxhaw

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A town located in Union County, Waxhaw is home to 9,800 residents.  The town sits just north of the South Carolina state line and is considered a southern suburb of Charlotte.  Also known as the site of the first gold discovery in the U.S., this community is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate here is 137.7, and residents have a 2.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#9 Chapel Hill

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A city in Orange County, Chapel Hill has a current population of 57,200 residents.  Best known as the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the city also has a rich history, well-performing schools, and a vibrant culture.  The violent crime rate in Chapel Hill is 148.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.5%.

#10 Clayton

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Located in Johnson County, the town of Clayton is home to 16,100 residents.  Considered a satellite town of Raleigh, Clayton is close to the Research Triangle and is served by large local employers such as Caterpillar and Grifols.  Clayton is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 150.3 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 2.3%.

#11 Leland

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A town in Brunswick County, Leland is home to 13,500 residents.  Considered a suburb of Myrtle Beach, the town sits west of the Brunswick River and encompasses 19.9 square miles.  Living in Leland is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 155.5 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 3%.

#12 Wake Forest

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Located in Franklin and Wake counties, the town of Wake Forest is home to 34,700 residents.  The community was the original home of Wake Forest University until it relocated to Winston-Salem. Now the campus is the site of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the town has many historical locations.  The violent crime rate here is 156.1, and residents have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#13 Mint Hill

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A suburban town in Mecklenburg and Union counties, Mint Hill has a current population of 23,300 residents.  Considered a Charlotte suburb, the town encompasses 21.3 square miles and is served by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District.  Also a safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 165.5, and residents have a 1.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#14 Matthews

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Located in Mecklenburg County, the town of Matthews is home to 27,100 residents.  Also considered a suburb of Charlotte, the town has several companies that have chosen to headquarter there such as Family Dollar Stores, Harris Teeter, and Pokertek. The violent crime rate in Matthews is 166.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.1%.

#15 Huntersville

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Another town in Mecklenburg County, Huntersville is home to 26,700 residents.  Located just 12 miles north of downtown Charlotte, Huntersville is known as a lake community for its proximity to Lake Norman and as the headquarters of Joe Gibbs Racing.  The violent crime rate here is 175.2, and residents of Huntersville have a 2.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#16 Boone

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Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Watauga County, Boone has a current population of 17,100 residents.  The town is home to Appalachian State University and was listed by U.S. News as one of the top places in the U.S. to retire.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 195.9 and the chance of being affected by property crime in Boone is just 2.3%.

#17 Havelock

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A city in Craven County, Havelock is home to 20,700 residents.  The city has a rich history and is known as the site of the world’s largest Marine Corps air station at Cherry Point and home to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.  The violent crime rate in Havelock is 198.4, and residents have a 2.8% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#18 Newton

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A Catawba County city of 12,900 residents, Newton also serves as the county seat.  The city encompasses 13.8 square miles and has ten locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places including its downtown district and courthouse.  The violent crime rate here is 206.4, and residents have a 3.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#19 Knightdale

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Located in Wake County, the town of Knightdale is home to 13,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Raleigh, this fast-growing community is served by the Wake County Public School System and has several large parks.  The violent crime rate in Knightdale is 210.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3.8%.

#20 Jacksonville

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A city in Onslow County, Jacksonville has a current population of 70,100 residents.  Home to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station, Jacksonville has been named as one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities and one of the demographically youngest.  It is also very safe, with a violent crime rate of 212.6 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 2.4%.

#21 Cornelius

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A Mecklenburg County town of 24,800 residents, Cornelius is also considered a suburb of Charlotte.  The community sits on the shores of Lake Norman and encompasses just 12.1 square miles.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 228.7 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 2.3%.

#22 Garner

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Located in Wake County, the town of Garner is home to 27,800 residents.  Also considered a suburb of Raleigh, the community’s downtown district is listed as historic and the town is home to headquarters of Butterball.  The violent crime rate here is 242.1, and residents have a 4.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#23 Kannapolis

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A city in Cabarrus and Rowan counties, Kannapolis has a current population of 42,600 residents.  The city home to the North Carolina Research Campus, the Earnhardt racing family, and a Class-A minor league baseball team.  The violent crime rate in Kannapolis is 247.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.5%.

#24 Lenoir

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Located in Caldwell County, the city of Lenoir is home to 18,200 residents.  Also the county seat, Lenoir sits in the Blue Ridge foothills to the southwest of the Brushy Mountains.  The city has a history in the furniture business, but currently wholesale nurseries thrive here, and Google has built a data center in the town as well.  The violent crime rate in Lenoir is 279.1, and residents have a 5.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#25 Mooresville

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A town in Iredell County, Mooresville is home 32,700 residents.  The town sits on Lake Normal and is best known as the headquarters of Lowes and the home of several NASCAR and IndyCar racing teams and drivers.  Mooresville remains a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 290.4 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 4.3%.

#26 Asheboro

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Located in Randolph County, the city of Asheboro is home 21,600 residents.  Also the county seat, Asheboro is the site of the state-owned North Carolina Zoo and has many properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate here is 301.5, and residents have a 7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#27 Morganton

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A city in Burke County, Morganton has a current population of 16,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the city is home to the Joara archeological site and has a rich history.  This is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 304.4 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 3.2%.

#28 Sanford

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A Lee County city of 28,500 residents, Sanford also serves as the county seat.  At one point, the city was one of the major producers of bricks in the U.S. and was named “Brick Capital of the USA”. Today, larger employers are in the technology and textile industry.  The violent crime rate here is 305.5, and residents of Sanford have a 2.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#29 Carrboro

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Located in Orange County, the town of Carrboro is home to 19,500 residents.  The town sits just west of Chapel Hill and is considered one of the most progressive communities in the South.  The town has an active cultural scene and a vibrant historic district.  It is also a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 308.7 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 2.9%.

#30 Kings Mountain

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A city in Cleveland and Gaston counties, Kings Mountain is home to 10,200 residents.  Considered a suburb of Charlotte, the city encompasses 12.6 square miles and features the Kings Mountain National Military Park.  The violent crime rate here is 309.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime in the city is 4.2%.

#31 Belmont

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Also located in Gaston County, the city of Belmont has a population of 10,000 residents.  Located just 15 miles west of Charlotte, the city features Belmont Abbey College, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, and is flanked by two rivers.  The violent crime rate in Belmont is 313.1, and residents have a 4.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#32 Lexington

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A city in Davidson County, Lexington is home to 18,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the city serves as a bedroom community to Winston-Salem and Greensboro, and is known as the “Barbecue Capital of North Carolina.”  Living in Lexington is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 329.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 3.1%.

#33 Mount Holly

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A suburban city in Gaston County, Mount Holly is home to 13,600 residents.  Located just west of the Catawba River, the city is served by the Gaston County School District and has a historic downtown district.  The violent crime rate in Mount Holly is 346.4, and residents have a 2.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#34 Lincolnton

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Located in Lincoln County, the city of Lincolnton is home to 10,600 residents.  Considered a northwest suburb of Charlotte, the city sits on the south fork of the Catawba River and also serves as the county seat.  The violent crime rate in Lincolnton is 356, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 5.2%.

#35 Hope Mills

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A town in Cumberland County, Hope Mills is home to 15,100 residents.  The town with a rich history sits adjacent to Hope Mills Lake and features a variety of parks and recreation opportunities for its citizens.  The violent crime rate here is 359.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Hope Mills is  6.8%.

#36 Reidsville

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Located in Rockingham County, the city of Reidsville is home to 14,500 residents.  Originally a tobacco and textile economy, the city has seen growth and revitalization in recent years.  It is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 362.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 5.5%.

#37 Raleigh

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The largest city on our list, Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and is the 2nd largest city in the state.  Home to 439,800 residents, the city, also known as the “City of Oaks,” is an early example of a planned city in the U.S.   Home to numerous cultural, educational, and historic sites, Raleigh is a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate here is 423.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in the city is just 3.2%.

#38 Fuquay-Varina

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Located in Wake County, the town of Fuquay-Varina is home to 18,600 residents.  Formerly two towns, hence the hyphenated name, the town has seen a good deal of recent growth due to its proximity to the Research Triangle Park.  The violent crime rate here is 438.2, and residents have a 3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#39 Tarboro

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A city in Edgecombe County, Tarboro has a current population of 13,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the city now has a 45-block historic district that includes over 300 structures and many historic churches.  The violent crime rate in Tarboro is 446.3, and residents have a 3.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#40 Kernersville

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Located in Forsyth County, the town of Kernersville is home to 17,100 residents.  Considered a suburb of both Greensboro and Winston-Salem, the community has become the site of many housing developments and shopping centers as it has continued to expand.  The violent crime rate here is 461, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Kernersville is 4.8%.

#41 Asheville

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The largest city in Western North Carolina, Asheville is home to 83,300 residents.  Located in Buncombe County, this unique city shows up in a variety of national rankings such as “most romantic cities in the South”, “Hippest City in the South”, and “Most Beautiful Places in America”.  Living in this historic spot is also a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 495.9 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 5.7%.

#42 Graham

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Located in Alamance County, the city of Graham is home to 14,100 residents.  Also the county seat, Graham sits to the south of Burlington and has six locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including its Main Street.  The violent crime rate in Graham is 517.3, and residents have a 3.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#43 High Point

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A city in Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, and Forsyth counties, High Point has a current population of 108,600 residents.  Located in the Piedmont Triad region of the state, the city is home to three universities but is most known for its furniture manufacturing, giving it the name the “Furniture Capital of the World.”  The violent crime rate here is 520.6, and residents have a 4.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#44 Thomasville

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Located in Davidson County, the city of Thomasville is home to 26,700 residents.  Also noted for its furniture industry, the city is the site of the state’s oldest railroad depot, the state’s oldest festival, called “Everybody’s Day”, and a landmark called “The Big Chair.”  The violent crime rate here is 522.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Thomasville is 4.9%.

#45 Greenville

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The county seat of Pitt County, the city of Greenville is home to 89,100 residents.  The city is the site of East Carolina University and is home to many top BMX riders.  It was named by Forbes as one of the best small places for business and careers.  It is also a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 523.8 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 4.4%.

#46 Wilson

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Located in Wilson County, the city of Wilson has a current population of 49,600 residents.  Also the county seat, Wilson is about 40 miles east of Raleigh and seen significant growth in recent years with the diversification of its economy.  The violent crime rate here is 426.3, and residents have a 4.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#47 Albemarle

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A city in Stanly County, Albemarle is home to 15,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the city encompasses 15.8 square miles and administers five parks, with Morrow Mountain State Park nearby.  The violent crime rate in Albemarle is 535.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 5.8%.

#48 New Bern

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Located in Craven County, New Bern is home to 30,200 residents.  Also the county seat, the city sits at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers near the coast.  New Bern is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola and has dozens of properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate here is 539.8, and residents of New Bern have a 6.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#49 Mount Airy

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A city in Surry County near the Virginia state line, Mount Airy is home to 10,300 residents.  Settled as a stagecoach stop in the 1750’s, the city was later thought to be the basis for Mayberry in the famous Andy Griffith Show and holds an annual “Mayberry Days” celebration each September.  The violent crime rate here is 542.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Mount Airy is 5%.

#50 Greensboro

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The 3rd largest city in the state, Greensboro is home 277,000 residents.  Located in Guildford County, the city has an active arts community and a diverse business economy.  The city is considered a part of the Piedmont Triad region of the state and is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 563.1 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 4.3%.

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25 Safest Cities in Arizona 2016

ArizonaLocated in the southwestern region of the country, Arizona is the 6th largest U.S. state.  Also the 14th most populous state, it is home to 6.8 million residents.  Arizona is known for its many climates, ranging from desert in the south to lush forests in the north.   If you’d like to make the Grand Canyon State your next home, we’re giving you the 25 safest cities in Arizona so that you can make an informed choice.

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 400 for violent crime and 3,198 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Sahuarita

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Located in Pima County, the town of Sahuarita is home to 25,200 residents.  Just 15 miles south of Tucson, the community sits to the south of Green Valley and is the site of a 70-acre artificial lake and the frequently-visited Titan II missile site. Sahuarita is the safest places to live in Arizona, with a violent crime rate of 42.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.4%.

#2 Oro Valley

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A suburban town in Pima County, Oro Valley is home to 41,100 residents.   The community sits in the western foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains and is home to over ten high-tech firms.  Oro Valley has been included on Money’s list of best places to live and on Fortune’s list of best places to live and launch a business.  Also a safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Oro Valley is 50.3, and residents have a 1.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Paradise Valley

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Located in Maricopa County, Paradise Valley is a town that is home to 12,800 residents.  Considered the wealthiest suburb of Phoenix, the community is home to eight full-service resorts and is served by the Scottsdale School District.  The violent crime rate here is 68.3, and residents of Paradise Valley have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#4 Gilbert

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Another town in Maricopa County, Gilbert is a part of the Phoenix metro area.  With a current population of 239,200 residents, the community is the most populous incorporated town in the country.  Recognized by GreatSchools as a top place to live and learn, it is also a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate in Gilbert is 95.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.5%.

#5 Marana

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Located in Pima County, the town of Marana is home to 34,900 residents.  This fast-growing community has a history in agriculture and ranching and has also hosted several PGA tournaments in past years.  The violent crime rate here is 98.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Marana is 3.2%.

#6 San Luis

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A city in Yuma County, San Luis is home to 25,500 residents.  The city sits in the southwest corner of the state and was initially established with the opening of a border-crossing station in 1930. The city is home to the Arizona State Prison Complex and benefits from tourism to outlying areas.  The violent crime rate in San Luis is 103, and residents have a 2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Buckeye

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Located in Maricopa County, the city of Buckeye has a current population of 50,800 residents.  Located just 30 miles west of Phoenix, the population here grew over 600% in just ten years, and the city is the site of several historic properties.  The violent crime rate here is 103.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Buckeye is just 2.6%.

#8 Lake Havasu

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A city in Mohave County, Lake Havasu is home to 52,500 residents.   Considered the southernmost community of greater Las Vegas, the city is a popular vacation destination, and there are many water-related recreational events held here each year.  The violent crime rate in Lake Havasu is 108.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2.5%.

#9 Florence

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Located in Pinal County, the town of Florence is home to 25,500 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits sixty miles southeast of Phoenix, is the site of nine different prisons, and has 25 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate here is 112.4, and residents have just a .08% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Somerton

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A city in Yuma County, Somerton is home to 14,200 residents.  The city’s economy is based primarily on agriculture and is known for its annual Tamale Festival that takes place in December.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Somerton is 122.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.5%.

#11 Surprise

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Located in Maricopa County, the city of Surprise has a current population of 117,500 residents.  This fast-growing Phoenix suburb is home to the Sun City Grand age-restricted community and is the spring training site of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers.  The violent crime rate here is 134.1, and residents of Surprise have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Scottsdale

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A city in eastern Maricopa County, Scottsdale is home to 230,500 residents.  Scottsdale is known for its high quality of life, upscale resorts, golf courses, and trendy nightlife scene.  Living in Scottsdale is a safe bet, with a violent crime rate of 147.2, and the chance of being involved a property crime here just 2.7%.

#13 Goodyear

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Also located in Maricopa County, the city of Goodyear is home to 74,700 residents.  Another fast-growing community and Phoenix suburb, Goodyear is named for the tire and rubber company and hosts two MLB teams (Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds) at spring training each year.  The violent crime rate here is 153.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Goodyear is 2.6%.

#14 Peoria

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Located in both Maricopa and Yavapai counties, the city of Peoria is home to 154,000 residents.  The city is the site of a new solar power plant and is a popular resort destination. It is also home to two spring training MLB teams (San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners).  The violent crime rate in Peoria is 186.9, and residents have a 2.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#15 Camp Verde

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A town in Yavapai County, Camp Verde has a current population of 10,800 residents. The town is home to several popular annual festivals as well as tourist attractions like Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Fort Verde State Historic Park, and Montezuma Castle National Monument.  The violent crime rate here is 190.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Camp Verde is 2.5%.

#16 Sedona

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Located in Yavapai County in the northern Verde Valley, Sedona is a city that is home to 10,000 residents.  The city is known for its red sandstone formations and as the site of such events as the Sedona International Film Festival and the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Festival.  The violent crime rate in Sedona is 196.6, and residents have a 2.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#17 Nogales

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A city in Santa Cruz County, Nogales is home to 20,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Tucson and is the state’s largest international border community.  Another safe place to live, the violent crime rate in Nogales is 212.5, and residents have a 2.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#18 Bullhead City

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Located in Mohave County, Bullhead City is home to 39,500 residents.  The community lies just 90 miles south of Las Vegas and sits on the bank of the Colorado River, directly across from the casinos of Laughlin, Nevada.  The violent crime rate here is 213.5, and residents of Bullhead City have a 4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#19 Prescott Valley

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A town in Yavapai County, Prescott Valley is home to 38,800 residents.  Located 85 miles north of Phoenix, the town is a popular destination for retirees and is the home of Northcentral University.  The violent crime rate in Prescott Valley is 225.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.9%.

#20 Chandler

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Located in Maricopa County, the city of Chandler has a current population of 254,200 residents.  This growing city sits between Tempe, Mesa, and Phoenix and has the benefits of several large tech companies in the area, including Intel and Ebay/Paypal.  The violent crime rate here is 258.7, and residents of Chandler have a 2.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#21 El Mirage

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Another city in Maricopa County, El Mirage is home to 31,700 residents.  The city encompasses 9.7 square miles and enjoys proximity to Luke Air Force Base, the largest fighter training base in NATO.  The violent crime rate in El Mirage is 263.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 2.8%.

#22 Sierra Vista

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Located in Cochise County, the city of Sierra Vista is home to 43,800 residents.  The city’s name is Spanish for “mountain range view” due to its view of the Huachuca Mountains, and the community is located 75 miles southeast of Tucson.  The violent crime rate here is 278.9, and residents of Sierra Vista have a 3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#23 Avondale

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A city in Maricopa County, Avondale is home to 76,200 residents.  Considered a suburb of Phoenix, the city has continued to expand as a growing bedroom community and is also the home to the Phoenix International Raceway, where several NASCAR events are held.  The violent crime rate in Avondale is 297.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 4.6%.

#24 Payson

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Located in Gila County, the town of Payson is home to 15,300 residents.  Often called “The Heart of Arizona,” the town sits near the center of the state and is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest. The violent crime rate here is 313, and residents of Payson have a 2.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#25 Kingman

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A city in Mohave County, Kingman is home to 28,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is the closest city to the Grand Canyon Skywalk and is a southern gateway to the gambling destinations of Laughlin and Las Vegas.  The violent crime rate in Kingman is 325.3, and residents have a 6.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

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50 Safest Cities in Michigan 2016

MichiganLocated in the Great Lakes region of the U.S., Michigan is the tenth most populous U.S. state and is home to 9.9 million people.  The only state to consist of two peninsulas, it has the longest freshwater coastline in the U.S. due to being bounded by five of the Great Lakes.   If living in The Wolverine State is on your agenda, you’ll find plenty of recreation and natural water sources to satisfy your needs.  Here is our list of the 50 safest cities in Michigan for 2016 to help you make your choice.

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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 427 for violent crime and 2,044 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Grosse Ile

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A township in Wayne County, Grosse Ile sits on several islands in the Detroit River.  Home to 10,300 residents, the community is connected to the mainland by a toll bridge and has been named by Money magazine as one of the top 100 places to live in the U.S.  It is also the safest place to live in Michigan, with a violent crime rate of 9.7 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .08%.

#2 Plymouth

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Located in Wayne County, the township of Plymouth is home to 27,500 residents.  The community is home to several large businesses such as Johnson Controls, Asin World Corp., and Metaldyne.  This is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of  29.3 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just .08%.

#3 Grosse Pointe Woods

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Also located in Wayne County, the city of Grosse Pointe Woods is home to 16,100 residents.  Just 10 miles northeast of downtown Detroit, the community is one of the five Pointes and is served by the Grosse Pointe Public School District.  Another safe place to live, the violent crime rate here is 31.3, and residents have a 1.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#4 South Lyon

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A city in Oakland County, South Lyon is home to 11,300 residents.  Just 19 miles north of Ann Arbor, the city is known for its historic village and its annual Pumpkinfest.  The violent crime rate in South Lyon is 35.1, and residents here have a 1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Milford

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Located in Oakland County, Milford is a township that is home to 15,700 residents.  Chartered in 1982, the community encompasses 35.2 square miles and shares its services with the town of Milford inside its borders.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 44.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Milford is .09%

#6 Hamburg

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A township in Livingston County, Hamburg has a current population of 21,100 residents.  The township is home to three communities: Hamburg, Lakeland, and Pettysville.  The community also features five miles of the Lakelands Trail and a section of the Brighton State Recreation Area.  The violent crime rate here is 47, and residents have a .05% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Bloomfield

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Located in Oakland County, Bloomfield is a township that is home to 41,000 residents.  The township is considered part of the Metro Detroit area, has several unincorporated communities, and was at one time ranked as the most expensive community in the state.  It is also a safe community, with a violent crime rate of 53.2 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1%.

#8 Lincoln

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A township in Berrien County, Lincoln is home to 14,600 residents.  The village of Stevensville is located within the township and the community sits just to the east of Lake Michigan.  The violent crime rate here is 54.4, and residents have a 1.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#9 West Bloomfield

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A township in Oakland County, West Bloomfield is home to 64,600 residents.  The area has many small and medium-sized lakes and is just 10 miles from the Detroit city limits.  The township is served by seven different school districts.  The violent crime rate in West Bloomfield is 55.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1%.

#10 Berkley

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Also located in Oakland County, Berkley has a current population of 14,900 residents.  Considered a suburb of Detroit, the city was ranked by Coldwell Banker as a best place to live and is known for its classic car parade along 12 Mile Road that runs through the city.  The violent crime rate here is 59.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Berkley is  .08%.

#11 Novi

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Another Oakland County gem, Novi is a city that is home to 55,200 residents.  Located just 25 miles northwest of Detroit, the city has several historic sites and was named by Money in their Top 100 Best Places to Live.  The violent crime rate in Novi is 66.5, and residents have a 1.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Rochester

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A city in Oakland County, Rochester is home to 12,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of Detroit, the community has several distinct neighborhoods, encompasses 3.8 square miles, and was recently included on Time’s list of “Best Places to Live of Small U.S. Cities.”  Also a safe place to live, the violent crime rate here is 70.3, and residents have a 1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#13 Troy

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Located in Oakland County, the city of Troy is has a current population of 80,900 residents.  Considered a part of the Detroit area, Troy is a major business and shopping destination and was named by CNN Money on its list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate in Troy is 73.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2%.

#14 Northville

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Located in Wayne County, Northville is a township that is home to 28,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Detroit, the city of Northville sits inside the township and the community is served by the Northville Public School District.  The violent crime rate here is 74.4, and residents have a 1.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#15 Grandville

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A city in Kent County, Grandville is home to 15,300 residents.  Part of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area, the city sits on the Grand River and is the site of the largest shopping center in the Grand Rapids Area.  The violent crime rate in Grandville is 77.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 4.1%.

#16 Beverly Hills

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A village in Southfield Township in Oakland County, Beverly Hills is home to 10,200 residents.  Considered a suburb of Detroit, it is the most populous village in the state and sits on the main branch of the Rouge River.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 77.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Beverly Hills is just 1%.

#17 White Lake

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Located in Oakland County, White Lake is a township that is home to 30,000 residents. Just 19 miles northwest of Detroit, the township contains three unincorporated communities and 21 lakes within its borders.  The violent crime rate in White Lake is 79.4, and residents have a 1.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#18 New Baltimore

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A city in Macomb County, New Baltimore is home to 12,000 residents.  Considered a coastal resort community, the city sits on the coast of Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay and is known for its beach and downtown shopping district.  New Baltimore is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 82.6 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just .04%.

#19 Riverview

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Located in Wayne County, the city of Riverview is home to 12,400 residents.  A suburb of Detroit, the city sits adjacent to the Detroit River and is served by the Riverview Community School District. The violent crime rate here is 88.9, and residents of the city have a  .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#20 Midland

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Located in the Tri-Cities region in Midland County, the city of Midland has a current population of 41,800. Also the county seat, the city is home to the headquarters Dow Corning and Chemical Bank and was named by Forbes as a best small city to raise a family.  Also a safe place to live, the violent crime rate in Midland is 90.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1%.

#21 Farmington Hills

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The second largest city in Oakland County, Farmington Hills is home to 79,700 residents.  Considered an upscale suburb of Detroit, the city features many historical sites as well as a vibrant downtown, a vintage cinema, and many art galleries.  The violent crime rate here is 92.1, and residents of Farmington Hills have a 1.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Marquette

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Located in Marquette County, the city of Marquette has a current population of 21,300 residents.  Also the county seat and the most populated city in the Upper Peninsula, the community is home to Northern Michigan University and serves as a major port on Lake Superior.  The violent crime rate in Marquette is 97.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2%.

#23 Canton

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A township in Wayne County, Canton is home to 90,100 residents.  One of the state’s fastest-growing communities, it is located just 8 miles west of Detroit and has several historic locales and neighborhoods.  The violent crime rate here is 98.5, and residents of Canton have a 1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#24 Birmingham

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A city in Oakland County, Birmingham is home to 20,100 residents.  Considered a suburb of Detroit, the city has over twenty parks and a traditional street-side shopping district that is a popular destination for surrounding communities.  The violent crime rate in Birmingham is 98.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.6%.

#25 Green Oak

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Located in Livingston County, Green Oak is a township that is home to 17,400 residents.  The township contains several unincorporated communities and is served by three different school districts.  Twenty percent of the township is parkland and this is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 108.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.1%.

#26 Clawson

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A city in Oakland County, Clawson is home to 11,800 residents.  Part of the Detroit metro area, the city encompasses just 2.2 square miles and is served by the Clawson Public School District.  The violent crime rate in Clawson is 109.2, and residents have a .09% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#27 Trenton

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A part of the Downriver area south of Detroit, Trenton is located on the west bank of the Detroit River in Wayne County.  With a current population of 18,800 residents, the city is home to the Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant and the Trenton Channel Power Plant.  The violent crime rate here is 112.4, and residents of Trenton have a 1.2% of being affected by property crime.

#28 Shelby

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A township in Macomb County, Shelby is a northern suburb of Detroit that is home to 65,100 residents. One of the fastest-growing communities in the area, the township is the site of several major parks and historic locales.  The violent crime rate in Shelby is 116.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.4%.

#29 Thomas

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Located in Saginaw County, Thomas is a township that is home to 11,900 residents.  Encompassing 31.9 square miles, the unincorporated communities of Dice, Frost, and Shields are located within the township.  Thomas is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 117.4 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.8%.

#30 Royal Oak

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A city in Oakland County, Royal Oak has a current population of 57,200 residents.  A suburb of Detroit, the city is home the Detroit Zoo and many other entertainment destinations and nightlife venues.  The violent crime rate in Royal Oak is 124.9, and residents have a 1.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#31 Woodhaven

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Another Downriver community, Woodhaven is home to 12,800 residents.  Located in Wayne County, the city is the site of the Ford Stamping Plant and is served by two different school districts.  The violent crime rate here is 125.5, and residents of Woodhaven have a 1.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#32 Blackman

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A township in Jackson County, Blackman is home to 22,800 residents.  Settled in the early 1800’s, this primarily agricultural community is now the site of four of the Michigan Department of Corrections facilities.  Blackman is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 127 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 2.2%.

#33 Ionia

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Located in Ionia County, the city of Ionia is home to 11,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the city encompasses just 5.48 square miles and features the world’s largest free-admission fair every summer in July.  The violent crime rate in Ionia is 131.5, and residents have a 1.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#34 Wyandotte

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A city in Wayne County, Wyandotte is home to 25,800 residents.  Just 11 miles south of Detroit and situated on the Detroit River, the city is part of the Downriver area, and BASF Corporation has a large operation here.  The violent crime rate here is 140.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Wyandotte is 2.8%.

#35 Fenton

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A city in Genesee, Oakland, and Livingston counties, Fenton has a current population of 11,700 residents.  Home to the first aviation school in the state, the city has a renewed downtown district and is home to several historic properties.  The violent crime rate in Fenton is 145.8, and residents have a 2.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#36 St. Joseph

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Located in Berrien County, St. Joseph is a township that is home to 10,000 residents.  The community sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, and both the township and its village of Shoreham are considered bedroom communities to the nearby city of St. Joseph.  The violent crime rate here is 149.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in the township is just 1.4%.

#37 Livonia

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A city in northwestern Wayne County, Livonia has a current population of 96,900 residents.  Just 15 miles from downtown Detroit, the city is home to several large businesses, retail shopping areas, and the largest amateur hockey association in the state.  The violent crime rate in Livonia is 152, and residents have a 2.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#38 Farmington

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Located completely within Farmington Hills (#21), the city of Farmington is home to 10,300 residents.  Known for its historic district, well-performing schools, and Victorian-style homes, the city was named several times on CNNMoney’s Best Places to Live survey.  The violent crime rate here is 153.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Farmington is just 1.4%.

#39 Mundy

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A township in Genesee County, Mundy is home to 15,000 residents.  The township encompasses 36.1 square miles and includes the unincorporated communities of Rankin and Mundy.  Living in Mundy is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 153.7 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 2.2%.

#40 Pittsfield

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Located south of Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Pittsfield is a township that is home to 34,600 residents.  Settled in the early 1800’s, the community has seen significant growth in the past several decades and is served by two different school districts.  The violent crime rate here is 157.1, and residents of Pittsfield have a 2.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#41 Grosse Pointe Park

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A city in Wayne County, Grosse Pointe Park is home to 11,500 residents.  Often referred to as simply “The Park”, the community is a suburb of Detroit that fronts Lake Saint Clair, with many distinct neighborhoods and commercial districts.  The violent crime rate in Grosse Pointe Park is 157.3, and residents here have a 2.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#42 Huron

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Also located in Wayne County, Huron is a township that is home to 15,800 residents.  Its name was derived from the Huron River, which flows through the center of town, and Huron is home to three of the regional Metroparks that sit along the river.  The violent crime rate here is 159, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Huron is just 1.5%.

#43 Meridian

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A township in Ingham County, Meridian is home to 39,600 residents.  Considered a part of the East Lansing metro area, the township contains the communities of Haslett and Okemos.  With over 904 acres of parks, Meridian is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate here is 160.7, and residents have a 2.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#44 Allen Park

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Located in central Wayne County, the city of Allen Park has a current population of 28,200 residents.  Also a Detroit suburb, Allen Park is home to the Ford Motor Company, the headquarters and practice facilities of the Detroit Lions, and the world’s largest model tire.  The violent crime rate in Allen Park is 161.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2.5%.

#45 Portage

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A city in Kalamazoo County, Portage is home to 46,200 residents.  The city sits just south of the city of Kalamazoo and is the site of several large manufacturing facilities owned by Pfizer, Stryker, and FEMA.  Also known for its extensive network of parks and aviation history museum, this is a safe place live. The violent crime rate here is 162.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.5%.

#46 Grand Haven

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Located in Ottawa County, the city of Grand Haven is home to 10,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the city sits at the mouth of the Grand River and lies on the shores of Lake Michigan.  The city is an active beach resort community and was designated as “Coast Guard City, USA” by an act of Congress.  The violent crime rate in Grand Haven is 171.1, and residents have a 3.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#47 Sterling Heights

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A city in Macomb County and one of Detroit’s largest suburbs, Sterling Heights has a current population of 129,600 residents.  Named on Money’s list of best small cities to live in, Sterling Heights is known for its large Memorial Day parade and its annual Sterlingfest each summer.  The violent crime rate here is 178.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Sterling Heights is just 1.9%.

#48 Muskegon

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Located in Muskegon County, the city of Muskegon is home to 38,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the city features many large businesses, extensive outdoor recreation opportunities, museums and art galleries, and popular annual festivals.  The violent crime rate in Muskegon is 180.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in the city is 4.7%.

#49 Bath

A township in Clinton County, Bath sits just north of East Lansing and is home to 11,500 residents.  The township encompasses 35 square miles and includes the unincorporated community of Bath in its southwestern corner.  The violent crime rate here is 189.3, and residents of Bath have a .08% chance of being affected by property crime.

#50 Fraser

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Located in Macomb County, the city of Fraser is home 14,400 residents.  Part of Detroit metro area, the city was established in 1956 and is served by the Fraser Public School System.  Living in Fraser is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 192.9 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 2.6%.

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50 Safest Cities in New Jersey 2016

New JerseyLocated in the northeastern United States, New Jersey is the second wealthiest and the eleventh most populated U.S. state.  Part of both the New York City and the Philadelphia metropolitan statistical areas, The Garden State is home to 8.7 million residents, many of whom commute to these cities for work.  If you’d like to make New Jersey your next home, we’re giving you the 50 safest cities in the state.

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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 261 for violent crime and 1,734 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Warren

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Located in Somerset County, Warren is a township that is home to 15,300 residents.  The township contains several unincorporated communities, is the site of the U.S. headquarters of Chubb Insurance, and has been named by CNNMoney on its list of Best Places to Live.  Warren is the safest place to live in New Jersey, with a violent crime rate of 6.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .08%.

#2 Saddle Brook

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A township in Bergen County, Saddle Brook has a current population of 13,600 residents.  Within easy reach of Newark and New York City, the township has a rich history and is served by the Saddle Brook Public School District.  This is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 7.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here at 2.2%.

#3 Chatham

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Located in Morris County, Chatham is a township that is home to 10,400 residents.  This residential community is just 25 miles west of New York City, has well-performing schools, and wide open forested spaces.  Another safe place to live, Chatham’s violent crime rate is 9.5, and residents have a .02% chance of being affected by property crime.

#4 Woolwich

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A township in Gloucester County, Woolwich has a current population of 10,200 residents.  The township is home to several unincorporated communities, as well as two wineries and several historic sites.  The violent crime rate in Woolwich is 9.7, and residents have a  .06% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Sparta

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Located in Sussex County, Sparta is a township that is home to 19,700 residents.  A former mining community, many of the residents are now commuters and the township is served by its own school district and emergency services.  The violent crime rate here is 10.1, and residents of Sparta have a  .09% chance of being affected by property crime.

#6 Mahwah

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A township in Bergen County, Mahwah is home to 25,800 residents.  The name is derived from the Lenape word for “meeting place”.  The township is 30 miles from New York City and is the site of several state and county parks, as well as a portion of the Ramapo River.  The violent crime rate here is 11.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Mahwah is just .04%.

#7 Denville

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Located in Morris County, Denville is a township that is home to 16,600 residents.  Considered the hub of the county, there are several unincorporated communities here as well as eleven named bodies of water within the township.  Considered a safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Denville is 11.9, and residents have a .09% chance of being affected by property crime.

#8 Montgomery

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Montgomery is a township in Somerset County that is home to 22,200 residents.  Its proximity to Princeton has made it one of the fastest growing townships in the country and the community operates several large parks for its residents.  The violent crime rate in Montgomery is 13.4, and residents here have a .05% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#9 Raritan

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A township in Hunterdon County, Raritan is home to 22,100 residents.  Established in 1838, the community’s name is derived from a Lenape Native American tribe and the township holds over a dozen unincorporated communities. Another safe place to live, the violent crime rate here is 13.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Raritan is  .08%.

#10 Berkeley Heights

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Located in Union County, Berkeley Heights is a township with a current population of 13,100 residents.  The township is home to the unique community of Free Acres as well as the Murray Hill Bell Labs headquarters and L’Oreal USA’s headquarters.  The violent crime rate in Berkeley Heights is 15, and residents have a .07% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#11 Randolph

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A township in Morris County, Randolph is home 25,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of New York City, the community is within reach of four rivers and is a part of the New Jersey Highlands.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 15.4 and the chance of being affected by property crime in Randolph just .08%.

#12 Cedar Grove

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Located in north Essex County, Cedar Grove is a township that is home to 12,400 residents.  Named for the trees covering its valleys and hillsides, the community is home to a half-dozen parks and recreation areas for residents.  The violent crime rate in Cedar Grove is 16, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .07%.

#13 New Providence

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A borough in Union County, New Providence is home to 12,100 residents.  Located on the Passaic River, the community has some of the top schools in the state and remains a semi-dry town, with no bars or restaurants permitted to sell alcoholic beverages.  The violent crime rate here is 16.3, and residents of New Providence have a .06% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Wanaque

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Wanaque is a borough that is home to 11,100 residents.  Located in Passaic County, the community borders the Wanaque Reservoir and encompasses 9.2 square miles.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 17.9, and residents of Wanaque have a .09% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#15 New Milford

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Located in Bergen County, New Milford is a borough that is home to 16,300 residents.  The community encompasses just 2.3 square miles and is served by the New Milford School District and a well-known private fine arts school and gallery for adults and children.  The violent crime rate in New Milford is 18.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just .05%.

#16 Hillsborough

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A township in Somerset County, Hillsborough is home to 38,300 residents.  The community is the site of Duke Gardens and Duke Farms, a 2,700-acre estate of the former energy magnate family and has been included on Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live list. The violent crime rate in Hillsborough is 18.1, and residents have a .07% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#17 West Windsor

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Located in Mercer County, West Windsor is a township that is home to 27,100 residents.  A portion of Princeton University is located within the township, and the community has been included on Forbes list of most affluent neighborhoods in the U.S.  Also a safe place to live, the violent crime rate here is 18.3, and residents of West Windsor have a 1.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#18 Bernards

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A township in Somerset County, Bernards is home to 26,600 residents.  There are nearly a dozen unincorporated communities here, and the township is the site of several major business headquarters such as Avaya, Fedders, Hitachi Power Systems USA, and Verizon Wireless.  The violent crime rate in Bernards is 18.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .03%.

#19 Hillsdale

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Located in Bergen County, Hillsdale is a borough that is home to 10,200 residents.  The community encompasses just 2.9 square miles, has its own emergency services, and is served by two different school districts.  Living in Hillsdale is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 19.3 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .07%.

#20 Westfield

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A town in Union County, Westfield is home 30,300 residents.  Known for its downtown area, which has over 200 retail establishments and 400 commercial businesses, Westfield is a thriving community and also a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate here is 19.6, and residents of Westfield have a .09% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#21 Tenafly

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A borough in Bergen County, Tenafly is home to 14,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of New York City, the community overlooks the Hudson River and is known for its 400-acre Tenafly Nature Center.  The violent crime rate in Tenafly is 20.5, and residents have a  .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Washington

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Located in Morris County, Washington is a township that is home to 18,500 residents.  The township encompasses 44.7 square miles and is served by both the Washington Township School District and the West Morris Regional High School District.  The violent crime rate in Washington is 21.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .04%.

#23 Plainsboro

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A township in Middlesex County, Plainsboro has a current population of 22,900 residents.  The township borders Princeton and is home to a vibrant historic village area, called Village Center, that features 75,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. The violent crime rate here is 21.5, and residents of Plainsboro have a .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#24 Montville

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Located in Morris County, Montville is a township that is home to 21,500 residents.  The township has been included on Money Magazine’s list of Best Places to Live several times, and it is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate in Montville is 23, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .07%.

#25 Jefferson

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A township in Morris County, Jefferson is home to 21,300 residents.  Named after Thomas Jefferson and established in 1804, the community is known for its annual “Jefferson Township Day” that takes place each July.  The violent crime rate here is 23.2, and residents of Jefferson have a 1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#26 Springfield

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Located in Union County, Springfield is a township that is home to 15,800 residents.  Named for the springs and brooks in the area, the township has been the site of several major golf championships and saw one of the last Revolutionary War battles.  The violent crime rate in Springfield is 25, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.2%.

#27 River Edge

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A borough in Bergen County, River Edge is home to 11,300 residents.  Located on the banks of the Hackensack River, the community is just eight miles west of Upper Manhattan and is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate here is 26.2, and residents of River Edge have a .08% chance of being affected by property crime.

#28 Middlesex

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Located in Middlesex County, Middlesex is a borough that is home to 13,600 residents.  The community encompasses just 3.5 square miles and is served by the Middlesex Board of Education.  Another safe place to live, the violent crime rate in Middlesex is 29 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .09%.

#29 Bridgewater

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A township in Somerset County, Bridgewater has a current population of 44,400 residents.  It is believed that the first official flag of the United States was unfurled here, and the township has developed into a growing suburban community in recent years.  The violent crime rate in Bridgewater is 29, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.4%.

#30 Ringwood

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Located in Passaic County, Ringwood is a borough that is home to 12,200 residents.  The borough includes several unincorporated communities as well as several private lake communities.  The violent crime rate in Ringwood is 32.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .07%.

#31 Hasbrouck Heights

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A borough in Bergen County, Hasbrouck Heights is home to 11,800 residents.  Located just 10 miles northwest of Midtown Manhattan, the community encompasses just 1.5 square miles and is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate here is 33.4, and residents of Hasbrouck Heights have just a .05% chance of being affected by property crime.

#32 Clark

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A township in southern Union County, Clark is home to 14,700 residents.  The community was named after Abraham Clark, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and includes several unincorporated communities.  The violent crime rate in Clark is 33.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1%.

#33 Wyckoff

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Located in Bergen County, Wyckoff is a township that is home to 16,600 residents.  The community encompasses 6.6 square miles and has more than a dozen sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Living in Wyckoff is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 35.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .07%.

#34 Princeton

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Located in Mercer County, Princeton is a former township that is now considered a municipality and borough.  Home to 28,500 residents, the community pre-dates the American Revolution and is best known as the location of Princeton University, one of the most prestigious private universities in the world.  The violent crime rate in Princeton is 36.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is less than 1%.

#35 West Caldwell

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A township in Essex County, West Caldwell is home to 10,700 residents.  Just 16 miles west of Manhattan, the township has several unincorporated communities and is served by the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public School District.  The violent crime rate here is 36.9, and residents have a .08% chance of being affected by property crime.

#36 Clinton

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Located in Hunterdon County, Clinton is a township that is home to 13,400 residents.  Encompassing 33.8 square miles, the township includes ten unincorporated communities and the Round Valley Reservoir, the second-deepest in the state.  The violent crime rate in Clinton is 37, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .05%.

#37 Readington

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Also located in Hunterdon County, Readington is a township with a current population of 16,100 residents.  The community is home to the global headquarters of Merck & Co. and a large annual hot air balloon festival.  The violent crime rate here is 37.1, and residents of Readington have a .09% chance of being affected by property crime.

#38 Franklin Lakes

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A borough in Bergen County, Franklin Lakes is home to 10,500 residents.  Considered an affluent community, it was named by Forbes as having one of the most expensive zip codes in the country.  It is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 37.3 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just .08%.

#39 Verona

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Located in Essex County, Verona is a township that is home to 13,300 residents.  The community lies between the first and second Watchung Mountains and has the Peckman River flowing through its center.  The violent crime rate in Verona is 37.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.1%.

#40 Pequannock

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A township in Morris County, Pequannock is home to 15,400 residents.  Established in 1798, the community has a rich history in both the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War.  There are many historic sites here, and this is a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate in Pequannock is 38.2, and residents have a .08% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#41 Mount Olive

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Also located in Morris County, Mount Olive is a township that is home to 28,100 residents.  The community encompasses 31 square miles and is served by the Mount Olive Township School District.  Also a safe place to live, the violent crime rate here is 38.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime in the community is just .09%.

#42 Millburn

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A township in Essex County, Millburn has a current population of 20,100 residents.  Located just 15 miles from Manhattan, the community is home to an upscale mall, a 2,100-acre nature preserve, and a popular regional theater.  The violent crime rate in Millburn is 39.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.7%.

#43 Marlboro

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Located in Monmouth County, Marlboro is a township that is home to 40,100 residents.  Known for its fossils, recreation opportunities, historic sites, and affluent neighborhoods, Marlboro is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate here is 42, and residents have a .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#44 Florham Park

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A borough in Morris County, Florham Park has a current population of 11,600 residents.  The community is home to the North American headquarters of BASF as well as the main headquarters of the New York Jets football team.  The violent crime rate in Florham Park is 42.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .06%.

#45 Hawthorne

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Located in Passaic County, Hawthorne is a borough that is home to 18,700 residents.  Named for novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, the borough encompasses 3.3 square miles and is served by the Hawthorne Public School District.  The violent crime rate here is 42.3, and residents of Hawthorne have a 1.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#46 Roxbury

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A township in Morris County, Roxbury is home to 23,300 residents.  Located 36 miles northwest of New York City, the community has a large regional shopping mall and extensive recreation facilities. Another safe place to live, the violent crime rate in Roxbury is 42.4 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.4%.

#47 Ridgewood

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Located in Bergen County, Ridgewood is a village that is home to 24,900 residents.  Just 20 miles northwest of Midtown Manhattan, Ridgewood is considered a suburban bedroom community and was included on Money’s list of Best Places to Live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 43.6, and residents of Ridgewood have a 1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#48 Madison

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A borough in Morris County, Madison is home to 15,800 residents.   Named for President James Madison, the community is known as The Rose City for its early, and booming, rose growing industry.  Madison remains a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 43.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just .06%.

#49 Rutherford

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Located in Bergen County, Rutherford is a borough that is home to 18,000 residents.  Named for the U.S. Senator whose homestead was along the Passaic River, the community has been nicknamed “Borough of Trees”.  Just 8 miles from Midtown Manhattan, Rutherford is another safe choice. The violent crime rate here is 43.8, and residents have a 1.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#50 Westwood

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Also in Bergen County, Westwood is a borough that is home to 10,900 residents.  Another community filled with New York City commuters, Westwood has a rich history and strong infrastructure to support its citizens.  It is also a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 45.3 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just .06%.

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50 Safest Cities in Illinois 2016

IllinoisThe Land of Lincoln is the 5th most populous state in the U.S., with over 12.8 million residents and its largest city, Chicago, is the third most populated in the country. While much of Illinois’ population is centered around Chicago, there are many places to live in this beautiful state and we’re going to tell you which ones are the safest. Here are the 50 safest cities in Illinois based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 370 for violent crime and 2,076 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000. No matter what part of The Prairie State you’d like to call home, you’ll be safe in one of these destinations.
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#1 Western Springs

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A village located in Cook County, Western Springs is a suburb of Chicago and is home to 12,900 residents.  Named by Business Week as one of the best places to raise children, the community is home to nearly a dozen parks and is the safest place to live in Illinois.  The violent crime rate here is just 7.7, and property crime is almost non-existent, with residents having a .03% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#2 Geneva

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Located in Kane County, Geneva is considered a western Chicago suburb and also serves as the county seat.  This city of 21,700 residents sits along the Fox River and is known for its extensive bike trail system on the Illinois Prairie Path and Fox River Trail.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 9.2 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 1.2%.

#3 Barrington

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An affluent village in both Lake and Cook Counties, Barrington is located approximately 32 miles northwest of Chicago. Home to 10,300 residents, the community is known for its country-suburban setting that features parks, horse trails, preserves, and wetlands.  Barrington is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 9.6 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.4%.

#4 Hinsdale

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Another western Chicago suburb, the Village of Hinsdale is located in both Cook and DuPage Counties.  Home to 16,800 residents, the town’s zip code is in the top 1% wealthiest in the state and is accessible to downtown Chicago via a 22-minute express train ride.  Living here is safe, with a violent crime rate of 11.8 and just a 1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#5 Buffalo Grove

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Considered a northern suburb of Chicago, Buffalo Grove is located in Cook and Lake Counties.  Home to 41,400 residents, the village has 50 parks and 45 miles of bike paths for residents.  The violent crime rate here is 12 and residents have just a .08% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#6 Channahon

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A village in both Grundy and Will counties, Channahon is home to 12,500 residents.  The village is positioned where the Des Plaines and Kankakee Rivers converge, forming the Illinois River and it is home to Channahon State Park.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 15.8 the chance of being affected by property crime just .06%.

#7 Deerfield

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Located approximately 25 miles north of Chicago in Cook and Lake Counties, Deerfield is a village of 18,200 residents.  The village is home to several corporate headquarters such as Walgreens and Baxter International and was included on Business Week’s list of best places to raise children. The violent crime rate here is 16.4, and residents have a 1.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#8 Morton Grove

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A village in Cook County, Morton Grove is home to 23,200 residents.  Nicknamed “The Grove”, the community was established in 1895 by early German settlers and is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate in Morton Grove is 17.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.7%.

#9 Burr Ridge

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Another suburb of Chicago, the Village of Burr Ridge is located in both Cook and DuPage Counties.  Home to 10,500 residents, the community’s proximity to Chicago make it both popular for development and the location of several large business parks. The violent crime rate here is 18.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Burr Ridge is 1.4%.

#10 Wheaton

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Located in Milton and Winfield Townships, Wheaton is a city of 53,400 residents.  Also the county seat of DuPage County, the city is home to Wheaton College, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and several private schools.  Living in Wheaton is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 22.5 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1%.

#11 Libertyville

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An affluent northern suburb of Chicago, Libertyville is a village located in Lake County.  Home to 20,300 residents, the community is just 5 miles west of Lake Michigan and was named by CNN Travel as one of America’s best small town comebacks.  The violent crime rate in Libertyville is 24.5, and residents have a 1.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Huntley

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Located in McHenry and Kane Counties, Huntley is a village of 24,200 residents.  This outer Chicago suburb is known for its Premium Outlets Mall and as being the home to the largest retirement community in the Midwest, called Sun City.  The violent crime rate in Huntley is 24.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .08%.

#13 Orland Park

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Another suburb of southwest Chicago, Orland Park is a village in Cook County.  Home to 56,700 residents, the community has a thriving retail/commercial sector as well as an extensive parks system for residents.  The violent crime rate here is 28, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Orland Park is 2.3%.

#14 La Grange Park

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Another village in Cook County, La Grange Park is home to 13,500 residents.  The village is known for its historic homes, award-winning schools, and ample parks and recreation system.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 29.3 and the chance of being involved in a property crime just .07%.

#15 Northbrook

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Located in Cook County, Northbrook is a village on Chicago’s affluent North Shore.  Home to 33,100 residents, several corporate headquarters are located here such as Underwriters Laboratories and Crate & Barrel.  The violent crime rate in Northbrook is 30, and residents have just a 1.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#16 Winnetka

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Located 16 miles north of downtown Chicago, Winnetka is a village in northern Cook County.  Home to 12,100 residents, the community was named the richest town in the state and the second richest in the country.  It is certainly a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 32.7 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.3%.

#17 Palos Hills

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A southwest Chicago suburb, Palos Hills is located in Cook County and is home to 17,400 residents.  Established in 1969, the city covers just 4.29 square miles and is served by the North Palos School District.  The violent crime rate here is 34.2, and residents have just a  .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#18 Minooka

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A village in Grundy, Kendall, and Will Counties, Minooka is home to 10,900 residents.  This growing community is considered a thriving spot for residential, commercial, and industrial activity as well as being a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate in Minooka is 36.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.3%.

#19 Warrenville

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Located in DuPage County, Warrenville is a city of 13,100 residents.  The city encompasses 5.62 square miles and is considered a part of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor.  Living in Warrenville is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 37.8 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.1%.

#20 Wilmette

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A village in the New Trier Township, Wilmette is located in Cook County and is just 14 miles north of downtown Chicago.  Home to 27,000 residents, this bedroom community was ranked the best place to live in Illinois in 2015.  The violent crime rate here is 40.4, and residents have a 1.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#21 Lake Zurich

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A village in Lake County in a northwest suburb of Chicago, Lake Zurich is named for the body of water that resides completely within the community.  Home to 19,600 residents, the community was named by U.S. News as a top affordable place to live in the U.S. and by Nerdwallet.com as number one for families in the state.  The violent crime rate here is 40.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Lake Zurich is 1.4%.

#22 Lindenhurst

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A village within the Lake Villa Township in Lake County, Lindenhurst is home to 14,400 residents.  The village is known for its selective land annexation and tight restrictions, that have allowed it to maintain its small-town atmosphere.  The violent crime rate here is 41.3 and residents have just a .06% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#23 Palatine

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Located in Cook County, the village of Palatine is a northwestern suburb of Chicago.  Home to 69,300 residents, the village is known for its popular annual celebrations such as its summer Streetfest and its Fourth of July Celebration.  The violent crime rate in Palatine is 42.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.2%.

#24 Wood Dale

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A city in Addison Township in DuPage County, Wood Dale is home to 13,700 residents.  Originally known as Lester’s Station after an early settler, the city encompasses 4.84 square miles and is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate in Wood Dale is 43.3, and residents have a 1.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#25 Cary

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Located in Algonquin Township in McHenry County, Cary is a village with a population of 18,200 residents. The village was founded in 1841 and is served by several different public school districts.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 43.7 and the chance of being affected by property crime in the village just 1.1%.

#26 Plano

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Located in Kendall County near Aurora, Plano is a city of 10,800 residents.  A longtime agricultural community, the town was used as a setting for the 2011 Superman movie, Man of Steel, and now holds an annual celebration called “Smallville Superfest” each August.  The violent crime rate in Plano is 45.3, and residents have a 1.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#27 Worth

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A village in Cook County, Worth is considered a suburb of Chicago.  Home to 10,700 residents, the village encompasses just 2.38 square miles and is considered a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate in Worth is 46.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.1%.

#28 Palos Heights

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Also located in Cook County, Palos Heights is a city of 12,500 residents.  The city is made of up nine distinct neighborhoods and is served by four different school districts.  The violent crime rate here is 47.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Palos Heights is less than 1%.

#29 Oswego

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A village in Kendall County, Oswego is home to 30,300 residents.  Part of the village sits adjacent to the Fox River, and the community was named by CNNMoney in its top 100 best towns to live.  The violent crime rate in Oswego is 51.8, and residents have a 1.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#30 Roselle

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A village in DuPage and Cook Counties, Roselle is home to 22,700 residents.  Considered a western suburb of Chicago, the village is home to the Lynfred Winery and is undergoing a downtown redevelopment project.  The violent crime rate here is 52.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is 1.3%.

#31 St. Charles

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Another Chicago suburb, St. Charles is a city in Kane County that is home to 33,300 residents.  The city’s motto is “Pride of the Fox” as the Fox River runs through the center of town.  The downtown district has been ranked in the region’s top 10 by the Chicago Tribune, and this is a safe place to live. The violent crime rate in St. Charles is 54.1, and residents have a 1.5% chance of being affected by property crime here.

#32 Arlington Heights

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Located in Cook County, the village of Arlington Heights is approximately 25 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.  Home to 75,100 residents, it is the most populous “village” in the U.S. and is known for its Arlington Park Race Track where an annual Breeders’ Cup qualifying event is held.  The violent crime rate here is 54.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is just 1.5%.

#33 Frankfort

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A village in Will and Cook Counties, Frankfort is home to 17,700 residents.  At one time it was named one of the fastest growing communities in the U.S., and it encompasses just under 15 square miles of land.  The violent crime rate in Frankfort is 55.9, and residents have a 1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#34 Shorewood

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Located in Will County, Shorewood is a village of 15,600 residents.  The village sits along the DuPage River and had its start as a fishing and resort community.  With a developed town center and many parks, this is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate in Shorewood is 57.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.2%.

#35 Glen Ellyn

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A village in DuPage County, Glen Ellyn is home to 27,400 residents.  The village sits about 25 miles west of Chicago and is home to its Lake Ellyn and the main campus of College of DuPage.  The violent crime rate here is 57.8, and residents have a 1.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#36 Mokena

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A village in Will County, Mokena has a current population of 18,700 residents. The town’s name is derived from a Native American word meaning “turtle.”  It is also home to Joliet Junior College, the nation’s first public community college.  The violent crime rate in Mokena is 58.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.1%.

#37 Park Ridge

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A northwest Chicago suburb, Park Ridge is located in Cook County and is home to 37,400 residents.  This town actually sits on a ridge and is the hometown to such notable figures as Harrison Ford and Hilary Rodham Clinton.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 58.4 and your chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.2%.

#38 Darien

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Located in DuPage County, Darien is a city of 22,000 residents.  Named after the Connecticut town by New England settlers, the town’s motto is “A nice place to live.”  It is also a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 58.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.3%.

#39 Streator

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Located in north-central Illinois in LaSalle and Livingston Counties, Streator is home to 13,700 residents.  The city sits along the Vermilion River in a region known as Streatorland. With a history in coal, much of the local economy is still tied to natural resources. The violent crime rate here is 58.5, and residents have a 3.1% of being affected by property crime.

#40 Bloomingdale

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A village in DuPage County, Bloomingdale is located approximately 25 miles west of Chicago.  Home to 22,000 residents, this is one of the earliest settled villages in the county, and there are many current shopping and recreational opportunities here.  The violent crime rate in Bloomingdale is 58.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is 2.9%.

#41 Mount Prospect

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Located approximately 22 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Mount Prospect is a village in Cook County.  Home to 54,100 residents, the village was named by Business Week as the best city in which to raise children.  The violent crime rate here is 58.8, and residents have a 1.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#42 Lockport

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A city in Will County, Lockport is home to 25,000 residents. Nicknamed “City of Historic Pride”, Lockport is known for its role along the Illinois and Michigan Canal, which originally linked these two rivers to the Great Lakes.  This is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 60 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.2%.

#43 Downers Grove

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A village in southern DuPage County, Downers Grove is considered a western suburb of Chicago and is home to 49,700 residents.  The village is home to several national headquarters such as Advocate Health Care and Dover Corporation as well as the regional offices of Microsoft, MetLife, and State Farm. The violent crime rate here is 60.2, and residents have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#44 Glen Carbon

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Located 19 miles northeast of St. Louis, Glen Carbon is a village in Madison County.  Home to 12,900 residents, the community is served by one of the top-rated school districts in the state and has three large parks for residents.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 62 and the chance of being involved in a property crime just .05%.

#45 Elk Grove Village

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Located in both Cook and DuPage Counties, Elk Grove Village is a village of 33,100 residents.  The village sits adjacent to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and is home to the largest industrial park in the country.  The violent crime rate here is 63.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Elk Grove Village is just 2%.

#46 Vernon Hills

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An affluent northern suburb of Chicago, Vernon Hills is a village located in Lake County.  Home to 20,100 residents, many of the village’s top employers are corporate headquarters. These include Zebra Technologies, CDW, and American Hotel Register.  The violent crime rate in Vernon Hills is 71.4, and residents have a 2.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#47 Lake Forest

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Located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Lake County, Lake Forest is a city in Chicago’s North Shore area.  Home to 19,300 residents, the area is noted for its history of polo and has been named a Tree City USA for 26 years.  The violent crime rate here is 72, and there is almost no chance of being affected by property crime in Lake Forest at just .02%.

#48 Elmhurst

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A city in DuPage and Cook Counties, Elmhurst is considered a western Chicago suburb and is home to 45,100 residents.  The city is home to Elmhurst College and an annual Memorial Day Parade that has been running since 1918.  The violent crime rate in Elmhurst is 72, and residents have a 1.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#49 Wauconda

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Located in Lake County, Wauconda is a village of 13,600 residents.  The community is home to the Wauconda Bog Nature Preserve, a National Natural Landmark, and this is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate in Wauconda is 73.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.1%.

#50 Sycamore

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A city in DeKalb County, Sycamore is home to 17,500 residents.  The city serves as the county seat and is the site of the popular and long-running Sycamore Pumpkin Festival each fall.  The violent crime rate in Sycamore is 74.5, and residents have a 1.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

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50 Safest Cities in New York 2016

New York

The Empire State is home to 8.5 million people and is the fourth most populous state in the country. When most people think of New York, they think New York City, which happens to be the most populated city in the United States. Living in New York is a dream for some and a necessity for others due to work. We’re giving you the 50 safest cities in the state based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 382 for violent crime and 1,718 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000. If living in the great state of New York is in your future, you’ll be safe in one of these cities.
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#1 Kent

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Named after an early settler’s family, the town of Kent is located in northern Putnam County.  This town of 13,500 residents is home to a number of lakes and reservoirs that also serve as a water supply for New York City.  Kent is the safest place to live in New York, with no violent crime and the chance of being affected by property crime just .06%.

#2 Port Washington

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Port Washington is considered a hamlet within and governed by the town of North Hempstead.  Located on the North Shore of Long Island, this community of 15,800 residents is known for its golf courses, marinas, parks, and yacht clubs.  It is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of just 10.5 and a .06% chance of being involved in a property crime here.

#3 Scarsdale

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Located in the northern suburbs of New York City, Scarsdale is considered both a town and a village. Home to 17,100 residents, Scarsdale has been named on CNN Money’s list of “top earning towns” with a median family income of almost $300,000.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 11.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime just .08%.

#4 East Aurora

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Also both a village and town, East Aurora is located in Erie County southeast of Buffalo and has a population of 6,200 residents.  The town is known as the birthplace and headquarters of Fisher-Price and was named by Niche as one of the best towns to raise a family in New York. The violent crime rate here is 14.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is 1.1%.

#5 Tarrytown

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A village of 11,200 residents, Tarrytown is located in the town of Greenburgh in Westchester County, approximately 25 miles north of midtown Manhattan.  The village was on the underground railroad route during the Civil War and was once a favorite residence of John D. Rockefeller. Tarrytown is certainly a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 17.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime just .08%.

#6 Floral Park

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Located on Long Island in Nassau County, Floral Park is an incorporated village of 15,800 residents.  Once a part of Queens, the village incorporated in 1908 and consists of Cape Cod-style homes.  Floral Park is a safe place to live in the city, with a violent crime rate of 18.7 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just .03%.

#7 Eastchester

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Located in southern Westchester County, Eastchester is a town of 32,300 residents.  Within the town are the villages of Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and Eastchester.  This historic town is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 20.2 and a 1.1% chance of being affected by property crime here.

#8 Shawangunk

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A town in southwestern Ulster County, Shawangunk was first settled by Europeans around 1670.  Home to 14,300 residents, the town sits at the base of the Shawangunk Mountains and the nearby Catskills.  The violent crime rate here is 20.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is just .08%.

#9 Garden City

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Located in central Nassau County, Garden City is a village in the town of Hempstead with 22,300 residents.  The village was the site of the start of Charles Lindbergh’s landmark transatlantic flight and is home to Adelphi University’s main campus.  The violent crime rate in Garden City is 22.2, and residents have a 1.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Mamaroneck

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A town in Westchester County, Mamaroneck was listed by Movoto as one of the top 10 places to live in the New York.  Home to 29,100 residents, the town contains the villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck and is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate here is 24.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is 1.2%.

#11 North Castle

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Also located in Westchester County, the town of North Castle is home to 11,800 residents.  North Castle is home to three hamlets: North White Plains, Banksville, and Armonk, which is also known as the home of IBM’s world headquarters. The violent crime rate here is 25, and residents have just a .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Stony Point

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Considered a part of the New York City area, Stony Point is located in Rockland County, west of the Hudson River.  This town of 15,000 residents is home to nine hamlets as well as the historic Stony Point Light lighthouse.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 26.1 and the chance of being involved in a property crime just .05%.

#13 Suffern

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A village in the town Ramapo in Rockland County, Suffern is home to 10,700 residents.  The area has a rich history dating back to the Revolutionary War and is currently home to Avon’s Global R&D facility.  The violent crime rate here is 27.5, and residents of Suffern have just a .05% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Lloyd

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Located in Ulster County, the town of Lloyd sits on the opposite side of the Hudson River from the city of Poughkeepsie.  Home to 10,800 residents, Lloyd has several hamlets and is home to Franny Reese State Park.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 27.5 and the chance of being involved in a property crime just 1.2%.

#15 Fishkill

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Considered a suburb of New York City, Fishkill is both a town and a village in Dutchess County.  Home to 22,100 residents, the town’s name is derived from the Dutch phrase vis kill, which means “fish creek.” This is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 29.9 and the chance of being affected by property crime here at 1.4%.

#16 Carmel

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Located in southern Putnam County, the town of Carmel is home to 34,300 residents.  The town is home to several hamlets as well as the second oldest working courthouse in the state.  The violent crime rate in Carmel is 34.7, and residents have just a .08% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#17 Yorktown Heights

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Located in Westchester County, Yorktown Heights is home to just 1,700 residents and is located within the town of Yorktown.  Just 45 miles from New York City, the area is a popular hiking destination with its Turkey Mountain and surrounding land.  The violent crime rate here is 35.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime is just 1%.

#18 Lewiston

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Both a town and a village, Lewiston is located in Niagara County and is home to 16,200 residents.  The town was formed in 1818 and shares an international border with Canada.  The violent crime rate in Lewiston is 36.8, and you’ll have just a .09% chance of being involved in a property crime here.

#19 Harrison

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Located in Westchester County, Harrison is both a village and town that is home to 27,400 residents.  Located about 22 miles northeast of Manhattan, Harrison is home to many corporate headquarters such as Mastercard, Pepsico, and Polar Air Cargo.  The violent crime rate here is 39.6, and your chance of being affected by property crime is just .07%.

#20 Orchard Park

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Located east of Buffalo in Erie County, Orchard Park is a growing town of 29,000 residents.  The town has a total area of 38.5 square miles, and its Ralph Wilson Stadium is home to the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. The violent crime rate here is 41.1 and residents have a 1.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#21 Lancaster

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Also located east of Buffalo in Erie County, the town of Lancaster was incorporated in 1833 and has 41,600 residents.  The town has experienced rapid growth in recent years and has the largest high school in the county.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 41.9 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 1.4%.

#22 Bethlehem

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Located south of Albany in Albany County, Bethlehem is named after its biblical namesake and has a population of 33,600 residents. The town contains over a dozen hamlets, and its eastern border is aligned with the Hudson River.  The violent crime rate here is 47.4, and your chance of being involved in a property crime in Bethlehem is just 1.3%.

#23 Blooming Grove

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Located in Orange County, the town of Blooming Grove is home to 18,000 residents.  The Brotherhood Winery in the town’s Washingtonville Village is known as the oldest continuously operating winery in the U.S.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 48.9 and residents have less than a 1% chance of being affected by property crime here.

#24 Ogden

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A town in Monroe County, Ogden is home to 19,800 residents.  The town encompasses 36.8 square miles and is the site to a portion of the Erie Canal.  Ogden is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 50 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.1%.

#25 East Fishkill

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Sitting to the east of the town of Fishkill, East Fishkill is also located in Dutchess County in the state’s Hudson Valley.  This town of 29,000 residents is home to the Hudson Valley Research Park, which is where IBM and other tech companies fabricate silicon chips for their products.  The violent crime rate here is 51.3, and residents have just a .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#26 Mount Pleasant

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Located in Westchester County, Mount Pleasant is a town of six villages and numerous hamlets.  Home to 43,700 residents, the town is also the location of the John D. Rockefeller estate, which has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.  The violent crime rate in Mount Pleasant is 52.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is less than 1%.

#27 Woodbury

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Woodbury is both a town and a village in Orange County with a population of 11,400 residents.  The town is most known for being home to the Woodbury Premium Outlets, one of the largest outlet malls in the world.  The violent crime rate here is 55.5, and residents have a 3.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#28 Geddes

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Located in Onondaga County in a western suburb of Syracuse, the town of Geddes is home to 17,100 residents.  The town was established in the mid-19th-century and was prominent in the salt, iron, and pottery business.  The violent crime rate in Geddes is 56.7, and your chance of being affected by property crime here is 2%.

#29 Vestal

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Located in Broome County between the Pennsylvania border and the Susquehanna River, Vestal is home to 28,000 residents.  The town is also home to Binghamton University and an extensive system of 21 town-operated parks.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 57.1 and a 2.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#30 Colonie

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Located in Albany County, the town of Colonie is considered the largest suburb of Albany, with 81,500 residents.  Founded in 1895, the area was once the location of many Shaker community farms. The violent crime rate in Colonie is 59.1, and your chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.7%.

#31 Webster

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Named after orator and statesman Daniel Webster, Webster is located in the northeast corner of Monroe County.  This town of 42,600 residents is bordered on the north by Lake Ontario and has been named as the “Number 1 Sportstown in New York” by Sports Illustrated.  The violent crime rate here is 60.6 and residents have a 1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#32 Lynbrook

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An incorporated village located inside the town of Hempstead in Nassau County, Lynbrook is home to 19,400 residents.  The town’s name was derived by taking the name Brooklyn, dividing it and then re-arranging it and was a tribute to many of its original residents.  The violent crime rate here is 61.2, and your chance of being affected by property crime is just .08%.

#33 Bedford

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Located in Westchester County, Bedford is a town of 17,300 residents.  The town contains three hamlets and several locations that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 62.7 and the chance of being involved in a property crime less than 1%.

#34 Niskayuna

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Located in southeastern Schenectady County, Niskayuna has a population of 21,700 residents.  The town is home to the world headquarters of the four GE Global Research Centers.  This is considered a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 68.3 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.6%.

#35 Guilderland

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Named for the Gelderland province of the Netherlands, the town of Guilderland is located in Albany County west of the city of Albany.  Home to 35,300 residents, the town covers 58.7 square miles and has ten hamlets.  The violent crime rate here is 68.3, and residents have a 1.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#36 Schodack

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Located in Rensselaer County, the town of Schodack is southeast of Albany.  Home to 12,700 residents, the town is bordered on the west by the Hudson River and is served by its own central school district.  The violent crime rate in Schodack is 70.7, the chance of being affected by property crime here is less than 1%.

#37 Saugerties

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A town in Ulster County, Saugerties is home to 19,400 residents and over twenty hamlets.  The town sits on the western bank of the Hudson River, and part of the town lies inside Catskill Park, a protected Forest Preserve in the Catskill Mountains. The violent crime rate here is 71.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is 1.7%.

#38 East Hampton

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Located in Suffolk County at the eastern end of Long Island, East Hampton is home to 21,400 residents.  The town has 70 miles of shoreline and eight state parks, with its Gardiners Island being one of the largest privately owned islands in the U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 71.5, and residents have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#39 Amherst

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A town in Erie County near Buffalo, Amherst is home to 122,300 residents.  Considered the largest suburb of Buffalo, the town is home to four colleges including the north campus of the University of Buffalo.  The violent crime rate in Amherst is 74.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.9%.

#40 Brighton

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Located in Monroe County southeast of the city of Rochester, Brighton is home to 36,600 residents.  Portions of the Erie Canal pass through the town as does the Erie Canal Heritage Trail, known as one of the longest continuous off-road trails in the country. The violent crime rate here is 76, and residents have a 2.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#41 Hamburg

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Named after the city in Germany, the town of Hamburg is located in Erie County and is home to 56,900 residents.  The town has sixteen different hamlets and its western border sits adjacent to the shores of Lake Erie.  The violent crime rate in Hamburg is 77.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.8%.

#42 Glenville

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Located in Schenectady County north of the Mohawk River, the town of Glenville has a population of 29,400 residents.  The town is regarded as a bedroom community to nearby Schenectady and Albany, and it is split among three public school districts.  The violent crime rate here is 77.6, and residents have a 1.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#43 Rotterdam

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Founded by Dutch settlers and named after the Netherlands port, the town of Rotterdam is located in Schenectady County.  Home to 29,000 residents, the town has several hamlets and sits on the southwestern bank of the Mohawk River.  The violent crime rate here is 78.5, and residents have a 3.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#44 Ulster

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Located in Ulster County, the town of Ulster is home to 12,300 residents. The town encompasses 28.9 square miles and is bordered to the east by the Hudson River, with portions of the town sitting inside Catskill Park.  The violent crime rate in Ulster is 80.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 4%.

#45 Camillus

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Located in central New York in Onondaga County, Camillus is a town of 24,100 residents.  Considered a suburb of Syracuse, the town has several hamlets and many planned residential neighborhoods. Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 82.3 and the chance of being involved in a property crime just 1.2%.

#46 East Greenbush

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A town in Rensselaer County and a suburb of Albany, East Greenbush is home to 16,400 residents. The town has several hamlets and has recently developed the Papscanee Preserve, dedicated to the Mohican natives of the area.  The violent crime rate here is 84.6, and residents have a 2.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#47 Wallkill

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Located in Orange County, Wallkill is a town of 27,400 residents that was established in 1772.  Wallkill supported the American Revolution through its manufacture of gunpowder and was one of the towns to reject the Woodstock festival as a host in the 1960’s.  Living in Wallkill is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 86.5 and the chance of being involve in a property crime here just 2.3%.

#48 North Greenbush

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A town in the western part of Rensselaer County, North Greenbush is home to 12,000 residents. The town has three distinct hamlets and is served by four different school districts. The town also hosts a minor league baseball team and is a safe place to live. The violent crime rate here is 90.6, and residents have a 1.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#49 Warwick

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An affluent town located in southwest Orange County, Warwick is home to 32,000 residents.  The town has three villages and eight hamlets, and is known for its popular annual festivals such as the Summer Arts Festival, The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, and Applefest.  The violent crime rate in Warwick is 92, and your chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.1%.

#50 New Hartford

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Located in Oneida County in Central New York, New Hartford is the largest suburb of Utica.  First settled in the 1700’s, the area became known as a pioneer of manufacturing for such things as carpeting, textiles, and nails.  The violent crime rate here is 92.4, and residents have a 4.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

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50 Safest Cities in Florida 2016

Florida

The Sunshine State is the third largest in the U.S. in terms of population. People come from all over the world to vacation in Florida and from all over the U.S. to live there. A popular retirement destination, Florida is known for its warm climate and miles of sandy beaches. We’ve ranked the 50 safest cities in the state based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 540 for violent crime and 3,415 for property crimes. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000. If you’d like to make this unique state your home, here are the safest cities in Florida to add to your list.

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#1 Village Of Key Biscayne

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An island town in the Miami-Dade area, Key Biscayne is located south of Miami Beach and has a population of just 12,300 residents. The village is connected to the city of Miami by the Rickenbacker Causeway and is bordered on all sides by state and national parks. This is considered the safest spot in the state to reside, with a violent crime rate of just 23.4 and your chance of being involved in a property crime just 2.2%.

#2 Punta Gorda

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Located in Charlotte County on Florida’s west coast, Punta Gorda is the only incorporated municipality in the county. The city is a small historic town of 16,600 residents that is known for its boating and fishing opportunities. It is also a very safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 65 your chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.6%.

#3 Marco Island

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An affluent coastal community in Collier County in South Naples, Marco Island has a population of 16,400 residents. This Southwest Florida city is the largest barrier island in the Ten Thousand Islands area of the region, and this is a safe place to call home. The violent crime rate here is 70.7, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is just 1.2%.

#4 Parkland

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True to its name, the city of Parkland is known for its fierce protection of its parks, wildlife, and multi-use trails. The city of 28,100 residents is located in Broward County between West Boca Raton and the Everglades. Living in Parkland is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 80.9 and your chance of being affected by property crime less than 1%.

#5 Weston

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The most western city in Broward County, Weston is home to 65,300 residents and shares its western border with the Florida Everglades. Weston has been ranked in CNNMoney’s “Best Places to Live in America” and Family Circle’s “Ten Best Places for Families”. This is a safe choice to make a home, with a violent crime rate of 91.9 and the chance of being involved in a property crime less than 1%.

#6 Niceville

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Located in Okaloosa County in Florida’s Panhandle, the city of Niceville is a part of the Fort Walton Beach area. This city of 12,700 residents was originally known as Boggy as it sits on a bayou that opens onto to Choctawhatchee Bay. Niceville is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 106.7 and just a 1.5% chance of being affected by property crime here.

#7 Port Orange

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Port Orange is a city on Florida’s east coast in Volusia County. This city of 57,200 residents is a part of the Daytona Beach area, and one of its high schools has consistently been ranked as one of the top in the nation. The violent crime rate here is 108.2, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is just 2.4%.

#8 Lighthouse Point

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Located in Broward County on Florida’s east coast, Lighthouse Point was named for the nearby Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. This city of 10,300 residents encompasses just 2.4 square miles and lies adjacent to Pompano Beach. Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 112.4 a 3% chance of being affected by property crime in the city.

#9 Sunny Isles Beach

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A barrier island city in Miami-Dade County, Sunny Isles Beach has a population of 20,800 residents. The city is nicknamed “Little Moscow” for its large population of Russian residents and has sister cities in Israel, Italy, and Taiwan. Living here is safe, with a violent crime rate of 120.3 and the chance of being involved in a property crime just 2.1%.

#10 Hialeah Gardens

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Located on the far western outskirts of Miami-Dade County, the city of Hialeah Gardens is home to 21,700 residents. What began as a tourist camp in the early 20th-century has evolved into a growing bedroom community in the Miami area. The violent crime rate here is 124.1 you’ll have a 4.1% chance of being affected by property crime in this city.

#11 Aventura

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Named from the Spanish word for “adventure”, the city of Aventura is a planned suburban city in northeastern Miami-Dade County. The city of 35,700 residents is known as home to the 5th largest shopping mall in the U.S. The violent crime rate here is 137.4, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is 5.6%.

#12 Village Of Pinecrest

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Considered a suburban village, Pinecrest is located in Miami-Dade County. This affluent town of 18,200 residents has been consistently ranked one of the most expensive in the U.S. and has an extensive parks system. The violent crime rate in Pinecrest is 137.5, and you have a 3.9% chance of being affected by property crime here.

#13 Winter Springs

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Located in the Orlando area in Seminole County, Winter Springs is home to 33,800 residents. The city was ranked by Money Magazine in the past as one of the best places to live in the U.S., and it is also a safe choice. The violent crime rate here is 138.5, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is just 1%.

#14 Cape Coral

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Located in Lee County on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Cape Coral was founded and developed as a master-planned community. This city encompasses 120 square miles and is home to 181,200 residents, making it the largest city between Tampa and Miami. Cape Coral is a safe choice in Florida, with a violent crime rate of 143.5 and just a 2.2% chance of being affected by property crime here.

#15 Maitland

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A part of the Orlando area in Orange County, Maitland is a city of 15,700 residents. The city is known for its many 19th-century historic residences and its proximity to the area’s popular theme parks. The violent crime rate in Maitland is 147.3, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is just 2.7%.

#16 Lake Mary

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Another Orlando-area community, Lake Mary is located in Seminole County and is home to 13,800 residents. The town has been rated by Money Magazine as a “best place to live in America” as is home to AAA’s National Office. The violent crime rate here is 149, and residents have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#17 Pembroke Pines

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Located in Broward County, Pembroke Pines is the 11th most populous city in the state with 154,700 residents. This diverse city is served by the Broward County School District and also operates its own charter school system. The violent crime rate here is 149, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2.6%.

#18 North Palm Beach

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An unincorporated village in Palm Beach County, North Palm Beach is home to just 12,000 residents. What was former mangrove swamps and farmland were turned into a planned community complete with a public Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. The violent crime rate here is 154.2, and residents have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#19 Naples

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Located in Collier County in southwest Florida, Naples is a city of 20,600 residents. Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., with the second highest proportion of millionaires and the sixth highest per capita earning in the country. Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 158.3 and a 2.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#20 Cooper City

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A city in Broward County, Cooper City is home to 28,500 residents. The city has A-rated public schools and was named by Family Circle as one of the “top 10 towns for families”. The violent crime rate in Cooper City is 162.9, and residents have a 2.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#21 Coral Gables

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Also known as “The Gables,” Coral Gables is a part of Miami-Dade County and is located southwest of downtown Miami. The city has a population of 49,600 residents and is home to the University of Miami. The violent crime rate here is 163.1, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is 4.7%.

#22 Miami Lakes

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An incorporated town and suburb of Miami, Miami Lakes has a population of 30,700 residents. This land that was once dairy farms has been considered a master-planned community from the start and is a safe place to call home. The violent crime rate here is 177.2, and residents have a 2.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#23 Coral Springs

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Located in Broward County, Coral Springs has 121,000 residents and no natural springs in its vicinity. The city was initially developed by WCI Communities and is now known for its strict building codes, livability, family-friendliness, and low crime. The violent crime rate here is 183.2, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is 2.2%.

#24 Venice

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Located in southern Sarasota County, the city of Venice has a population of 20,700 residents. Venice is known for its snowbird population and as being the “Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World.” The violent crime rate in Venice is 188.8, and residents have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#25 Boca Raton

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The southernmost city in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton is home to 91,300 residents. The city is considered one of the wealthiest communities in South Florida and is the home to the corporate headquarters of Office Depot and ADT, as well as the main campus of Florida Atlantic University. The violent crime rate here is 189.6, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is 2.9%.

#26 Edgewater

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Located in Volusia County in the Daytona Beach area, Edgewater sits adjacent to the Indian River and the Mosquito Lagoon. This city of 20,700 residents that was originally called Hawks Park is both an affordable and safe place to live. The violent crime rate here is 190.1, and residents have a 2.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#27 Coconut Creek

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Named for the coconut trees planted in the area by early developers, Coconut Creek is located in Broward County and is home to 55,000 residents. Also the site of Butterfly World, the city has earned the nickname as “The Butterfly Capital of the World.” The violent crime rate here is 195.8, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is 2.9%.

#28 Lady Lake

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Located in Central Florida in Lake County, Lady Lake is considered a part of the Orlando area. This city of 13,200 residents has seven golf courses and is a safe choice to call home. The violent crime rate here is 202.7, and you’ll have just a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime in Lady Lake.

#29 Jupiter

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Rated by Coastal Living as the 9th Happiest Seaside Town in America, Jupiter is located in northern Palm Beach County. This city of 60,600 residents is also known for its landmark Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. The violent crime rate in Jupiter is 202.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is 2.1%.

#30 Sebastian

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Located in Indian River County on Florida’s east coast, Sebastian is north of Vero Beach and is home to 21,900 residents. This seaside town on the Treasure Coast is also home to a prime surfing spot in the state at Sebastian Inlet State Park. The violent crime rate here is 214.6 and residents have a 2.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#31 North Port

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Originally called North Port Charlotte, the city of North Port was developed by General Development Corporation and is located in southern Sarasota County. North Port has 57,300 residents and is known for its sprawling residential neighborhoods. The violent crime rate in North Port is 222, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is 1.8%.

#32 Palmetto Bay

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Located in Miami-Dade County, Palmetto Bay is an incorporated village of 23,400 residents. The village was severely damaged by 1992’s Hurricane Andrew and has been slowly rebuilt in the subsequent years. The violent crime rate in Palmetto Bay is 222.3, and residents have a 3.7% of being affected by property crime.

#33 Oviedo

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Located in the Orlando area in Seminole County, Oviedo is a fast-growing city of 33,300 residents. The city has two rivers running through it and sits adjacent to the University of Central Florida, one of the largest universities in the nation. The violent crime rate here is 223.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is just 1.5%.

#34 Rockledge

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The oldest city in Brevard County, Rockledge is part of the Melbourne area on Florida’s Space Coast. A city of 24,900 residents, there is an extensive parks system here as well as a vibrant economy. The violent crime rate in Rockledge is 225.5 and residents have a 2.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#35 Port St Lucie

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Located in St. Lucie County on Florida’s east coast, Port St. Lucie has a current population of 171,000 residents. The city began as a fishing camp and is another product of General Development Corporation in the state. Now a vibrant and economically thriving community, Port St. Lucie is also a safe place to live. The violent crime rate here is 234.5 and residents have a 1.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#36 Fort Walton Beach

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Located in Florida’s Panhandle in Okaloosa County, Fort Walton Beach is home to 19,500 residents. The city is a beach and resort community that sees its population increase during summer and spring break each year. The violent crime rate here is 239.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime is 3.8%.

#37 Wellington

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A city in Palm Beach County, Wellington has a current population of 61,400 residents. Wellington was named by Money Magazine as one of its best places to live and is known as “The Winter Equestrian Capital of the World.” The violent crime rate in Wellington is 248.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2.4%.

#38 Sweetwater

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Located in Miami-Dade County, Sweetwater is a suburban city of 13,400 residents. Also known as “Little Managua,” Sweetwater is home to the largest concentration of Nicaraguan Americans in the United States. The violent crime rate here is 260.8 and residents have a 4.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#39 Margate

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Located in Broward County, the city of Margate has been built up from former Everglades marsh and farmlands. The city of 53,200 residents is home to three golf courses and a popular water park, called Calypso Cove. The violent crime rate in Margate is 261.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2%.

#40 Eustis

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Located in Lake County, Eustis is a city of 19,100 residents that is considered a part of the Orlando area. The city’s motto is “America’s Hometown” and its annual GeorgeFest is known as the second longest ongoing event to honor George Washington. The violent crime rate in Eustis is 262.3, and residents have a 3.3%. chance of being affected by property crime.

#41 Seminole

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Named after the Seminole Indians who once inhabited the area, the city of Seminole is located in Pinellas County on Florida’s Gulf Coast. This city of 17,200 residents is known for its landmark mural-painted water tower and is a safe place to live. The violent crime rate in Seminole is 263.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3%.

#42 Sunrise

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Located in the Miami area in Broward County, the city of Sunrise has a current population of 88,800 residents. Originally known as Sunrise Golf Village, the city was renamed in 1971 and is now home to several shopping, sports, and entertainment destinations in the region. The violent crime rate her is 263.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime is 3.7%.

#43 Miami Springs

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Founded during Florida’s famous “land boom” of the 1920’s, Miami Springs is located in Dade County and has a current population of 14,300 residents. Originally called Country Club Estates, the city was one of the first planned communities in the state. Living here remains a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 265.3 and a 3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#44 Winter Park

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Located in Orange County in the Orlando area, Winter Park was originally founded as a resort community in the 19th century by northern business magnates. This city of 29,200 residents is a scenic area and is also known internationally for its annual Winter Park Sidewalk and Arts Festival. The violent crime rate here is 288.3, and residents have a 4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#45 Clermont

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Also in the Orlando area, Clermont is located in Lake County and is home to 30,200 residents. Clermont’s historic downtown hasn’t changed much in appearance since the 1960’s, and its distinctive Florida Citrus Tower is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The violent crime rate in Clermont is 298.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.4%.

#46 Lynn Haven

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Located in Florida’s Panhandle in Bay County, the city of Lynn Haven is part of the Panama City area. The city is home to 18,400 residents and the only civil war monument in the South that is dedicated to Union soldiers. Living in Lynn Haven is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 312.8 and a 2.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#47 Lake Wales

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Located in Central Florida in Polk County, Lake Wales is home to 15,100 residents. The city is home to a 185-acre scrub land preserve and to Bok Tower Gardens, which is a National Historic Landmark. The violent crime rate in Lake Wales is 315.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3.2%.

#48 Ormond Beach

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A city in the Daytona Beach area in Volusia County, Ormond Beach is home to 38,100 residents. The city encompasses 39 square miles and includes the Tomoka State Park, a 1,800-acre park along the Tomoka River. Living in Ormond Beach is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 315.5 and a 3.3% chance of being affected by property crime in the city.

#49 Plantation

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Located in Broward County, the city of Plantation was named after the prior owner of the land, the Everglades Plantation Company. This city of 87,400 residents suffered extensive damage from 2005’s Hurricane Wilma and is home to many corporate headquarters, such as DHL America and the University of Phoenix. The violent crime rate here is 317, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is 3.9%.

#50 West Melbourne

A city in Brevard County on Florida’s Space Coast, West Melbourne is the fastest-growing city in the county. West Melbourne has 18,300 residents and is served by the Brevard County School District. It is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 322.4 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 2.9%.

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While you don’t want to mess with Texas, there are plenty of people who’d like to live there.  Both the second most populous and the second largest state in the U.S., The Lone Star State provides its 27.5 million residents with a high quality of life and a diverse landscape.

Our figures are based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. The rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 406 for violent crime and 3,019 for property crimes.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.  If you’re looking to live a carefree life in this great state, living in one of these cities may be a wise choice.

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#1 Colleyville

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An affluent suburb of Fort Worth, just over 3 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Colleyville has a population of 22,800 residents.  This town, named after Dr. Lilburn Howard Colley, a legendary country doctor at the turn of the last century, is the safest place to live in Texas. The violent crime rate in Colleyville is 21.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is  just .07%.

#2 Murphy

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The city of Murphy, TX is located in Collin County between Plano and Wylie.  Just 2 miles south of the famous Southfork Ranch, Murphy promotes a country-living atmosphere with its minimum 9,000 square foot lot size for homes.  Living in this community of 17,700 residents is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 26.8 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .06%.

#3 Flower Mound

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An unincorporated town located northwest of Dallas and adjacent to Grapevine Lake, Flower Mound has seen rapid growth in recent years and now has over 64,000 residents.  The town has tried to use a smart growth system for urban planning, and crime here isn’t a problem.  The violent crime rate in Flower Mound is 30.9, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is .08%.

#4 Southlake

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This city of 26,500 residents is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and was named by Forbes in 2008 as one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the U.S.  Southlake is known for its superior public schools, its championship high school football team, and its safety.  The violent crime rate here is 36.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime in the city is 1.7%.

#5 Keller

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Keller is another city in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that is considered a safe choice.  Located in Tarrant County, this city of 42,900 residents is mostly residential and has an extensive system of parks, including 19 miles of hiking and biking trails.  The violent crime rate in Keller is 36.5, and your chance of being involved in a property crime here is less than 1%.

#6 Highland Village

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Highland Village is a suburb town of Dallas that sits on the western edge of Lewisville Lake.  The city has a population of 15,000 and is known for its annual hot air balloon festival and unique shopping district.  The violent crime rate here is 37.9, and the chance of being affected by a property crime is just 1.1%.

#7 Friendswood

Founded in 1895 by members of the Religious Society of Friends, the city of Friendswood has grown to include over 35,800 residents today.  Located just outside of Houston, Friendswood was named by CNNMoney as one of “America’s Best Places to Live”.  It is a safe choice as well, with a violent crime rate of 40.6 and the chance of being involved in a property crime less than 1%.

#8 University Park

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University Park is a northern suburb of Dallas that is the home to 23,000 residents.  Southern Methodist University is located here, and the town is served by the Highland Park Independent School District. This is considered a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 37.9 and the chance of being affected by property crime here at 1.8%.

#9 Allen

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An affluent city located in a northern suburb of Dallas, the city of Allen has grown to a population of over 94,000 residents.  High school sports rule in Allen, with the recent opening of a new $60 million high school stadium.  Safety is important here as well, with a violent crime rate of 61.9 and your chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.6%.

#10 Alton

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Located n Hidalgo County in the southern part of the state, Alton is a diverse city of just 15,000 residents.  The city encompasses just 2.1 square miles of land and is considered a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 63.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime 2.3%.

#11 Wylie

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Located 20 miles northeast of central Dallas, the city of Wylie has grown to intersect the three counties of Collin, Rockwell, and Dallas in recent years.  Now with a population of over 41,400 residents, this former town built on onion crops is considered a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate here is 64.2, and you have a 1.4% chance of being involved in a property crime in Wylie.

#12 Seabrook

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This coastal town in southeastern Texas is home to 11,900 residents.  The city of Seabrook is known for its waterfront district, where fish markets, antique shops, and bed breakfasts border Galveston Bay.  This unique city is also considered a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 64.5 and a 1.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#13 Fredericksburg

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Located in Gillespie County in central Texas, the city of Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 by German immigrants and still holds onto much of its German heritage.  There are 10,500 residents here, and the historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.  The violent crime rate here is 64.8, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is 2%.

#14 Coppell

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Located in the northwest corner of Dallas County, Coppell is a bedroom community of 38,600 residents.  Its proximity to the DFW International Airport has provided the town with quite a bit of growth over the years, and it is considered a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate in Coppell is 67.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime is 1.6%.

#15 Hewitt

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Located in on the outskirts of Waco in McLennan County, Hewitt is a city of 13,300 residents.  In 2015, the city was rated by MSN Money as the 20th best place to live in the U.S.  You’ll be safe here too, with a violent crime rate of 78.7 and the chance of being involved in a property crime just 1%.

#16 Frisco

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This city of 151,900 residents is located in northeast Texas, approximately 25 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.  Frisco is considered a bedroom community for many professionals who commute to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and it is also a safe place to call home. The violent crime rate here is 79.5, and your chance of being affected by property crime in Frisco is 2%.

#17 Robinson

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Robinson is located in McLennan County and is considered a suburb of Waco.  This city of 10,600 residents is served by the Robinson Independent School District and has a safe record.  The violent crime rate here is 83, and you have just a 1.7% chance of being involved in a property crime in this town.

#18 West University Place

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Also called West U or West University, this city located in Harris County is a part of the Houston area and currently has a population of 14,700 residents.  The city is nicknamed “The Neighborhood City” and nearly all streets reference colleges, universities, or famous poets.  The violent crime rate here is 84.8 your chance of being affected by property crime is just 1.3%.

#19 Lake Jackson

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Located in the Houston area in Brazoria County, Lake Jackson is a city of 26,800 residents.  Dow Chemical originally developed the city in the 1940’s to house its workers, and the company remains a major employer in the area today. The crime rate in Lake Jackson is 86.1 you have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime here.

#20 Midlothian

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Located in Ellis County, just 25 miles southwest of Dallas, Midlothian is a fast-growing town of 32,400 residents.  The population in Midlothian has seen a growth rate of 142% since 2000, and the city serves as a hub for the North Texas cement industry. The violent crime rate here is 90.9, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is just 1.6%.

#21 League City

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Located in Galveston County in the Houston area, League City is a resort city that is now its county’s largest in terms of population.  This city of 83,500 residents is home to several waterside resorts and was named by Nerdwallet as the best city in Texas for people looking for jobs.  The violent crime rate here is 91.7 and residents have just a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Little Elm

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Little Elm has been determined to be one of the fastest growing cities in Texas.  This city of 35,400 residents located in Denton County saw a 610% population increase from 2000-2010.  Little Elm has an extensive parks and recreation system, and it is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 91.8 and the chance of being involved in a property crime less than 1%.

#23 Seagoville

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Located in Dallas County, Seagoville is a city of 14,800 residents.  The town was founded in 1876 and was a thriving rail center.  Much of Seagoville is served by the Dallas Independent School District, and this is a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate is 97.9, and your chance of being affected by property crime here is 4.1%.

#24 Portland

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A suburb of Corpus Christi, Portland is located in both Nueces and San Patricio Counties.  This city of 19,400 residents is known for its many parks and waterfront attractions.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 98 and your chance of being affected by property crime just 3.2%.

#25 Red Oak

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Located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in Ellis County, Red Oak is a city of 11,500 residents that is expecting explosive growth over the next few decades.  The city encompasses 7.8 square miles, and the state estimates that its population will hit 63,300 by the year 2030.  Despite its growth, living here is safe, with a violent crime rate of 98.6 and just a 2.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#26 The Colony

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Located in Denton County, The Colony is a city of 41,300 residents and is considered a suburb of Dallas.  The city completed its Five Star Athletic Complex in 2003 and was named “Sports Town of the United States” by Sports Illustrated the same year.  Living here is also a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 99.4 and just a 1.4% chance of being affected by property crime in The Colony.

#27 Prosper

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An affluent suburban town in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Prosper has a current population of 17,400 residents.  The town was named by D Magazine as one of the Dallas Metropolitan area’s best suburbs, and it is also a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate in Prosper is 99.6, and your chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.9%.

#28 Hidalgo

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Located in Hidalgo County, this city of 11,100 residents is situated on the south Texas border along the Rio Grande.  Hidalgo was first settled by Spanish colonists and is now known as the home of the NBA Development League called the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The violent crime rate here is 102.5, and your chance of being affected by property crime is just 1.6%.

#29 Gatesville

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Located in central Texas in Coryell County, Gatesville has a population of 15,700 residents.  Interestingly, this city is home to five of the eight prisons and jails for women operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  Despite this, it remains a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 104.8 and just a 1.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#30 Rockwall

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A suburb of Dallas, Rockwall is the county seat of Rockwall County.  This town of 37,400 residents was established in 1854 and named after large underground rock walls found in the area.  Rockwall sits adjacent to Lake Ray Hubbard and is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 106 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 2.1%.

#31 Sachse

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A northeastern suburb of Dallas, Sachse is located in both Collin and Dallas Counties.  This city of 20,300 residents is located just 1 mile from the President George Bush Turnpike and has been undergoing a historical revivalist movement in its commercial district.  Sachse is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 108.6 and a less than 1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#32 Lumberton

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Located in Hardin County and close to the city of Beaumont, Lumberton is home to 11,900 residents.  Considered a bedroom community, the Village Creek State Park is also located in the city, and this is a safe choice to make a home.  The violent crime rate here is 114.2, and your chance of being affected by a property crime is 1.8%.

#33 Farmers Branch

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Located in Dallas County, Farmers Branch is also known as “The City in a Park.”  This city of 28,600 residents is home to Dallas Christian College and is considered a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate in Farmers Branch is 118.1, and you’ll have a 3.7% chance of being involved in a property crime here.

#34 Missouri City

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Located in Fort Bend County in the Houston area, Missouri City has a current population of 67,300 residents.  The city’s history dates back to the 19th-century railroad expansion in Texas and the area now includes several upscale master-planned communities.  This is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 121.4 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.2%.

#35 Rowlett

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Considered a suburb of Dallas, Rowlett is located in both Rockwall and Dallas counties.  This upscale bedroom community has a population of 56,200 and portions of the city front Lake Ray Hubbard.  Rowlett is also a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 121.7 and a 1.7% chance of being involved in a property crime here.

#36 McAllen

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The largest city in Hidalgo County, McAllen is located at the southern tip of the state in the Rio Grande Valley. This city of 140,700 residents enjoys brisk international trade thanks to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its proximity to the Mexican border.  This is also a safe place to live considering its relative size, with a violent crime rate of 122.3 and a 4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#37 Pflugerville

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A suburb of Austin, Pflugerville is located in Travis County and is home to 46,900 residents.  The city is slated to become home to one of the nation’s largest solar farms and has many parks and recreational facilities.  This is also a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 123.3 and a 1.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#38 Canyon

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The county seat of Randall County, Canyon is a city of 13,300 residents in northern Texas, near Amarillo.  The city is home to West Texas A&M University and the famous outdoor music drama, Texas.  Despite being a college town, Canyon is a safe place to make a home, with a violent crime rate of 123.4 and .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#39 Mansfield

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Located mostly in Tarrant County, Mansfield is an affluent suburb of Dallas with 56,300 residents.  The city has been listed four times on CNNMoney’s list of “Best Places to Live” and is a safe choice. The violent crime rate here is 126.5 your chance of being involved in a property crime is 1.5%.

#40 Crowley

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Also located in Tarrant County, Crowley is a smaller city of just 12,800 residents.  Settlers first arrived in the area in the 1840’s and the town was established with the arrival of several railroad lines to the area later in the century.  Crowley remains a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 127.6 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 2.2%.

#41 Mission

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Mission is located in the tip of the state in Hidalgo County, near the city of McAllen.  This city of 80,400 residents has been known as the “Home of the Ruby Red Grapefruit” since 1921 and is also home to the Texas Citrus Exchange.  The violent crime rate in Mission is 129.1, and your chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.9%.

#42 Pearland

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Pearland’s motto is “Where Town Meets Country”.  This city of 108,700 residents is located in the Houston area and is one of the fastest growing cities in the state.  The city is home to many master-planned communities and has its own independent school district. Living in Pearland is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 129.9 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 1.8%.

#43 Plano

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The largest Texas city on our list, Plano is located 20 miles northeast of downtown Dallas and has a population of 269,700 residents.  Plano is the 9th largest city in the state of Texas and is the corporate base for such names as Frito-Lay, J.C. Penney, Pizza Hut, and Ericsson.  The city of Plano has safety under control, with a violent crime rate of 130.7 and a 2.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#44 Georgetown

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Located in central Texas in Williamson County, Georgetown has a population of 47,400 residents.  The city is home to the oldest university in the state, Southwestern University, and is known for its historic Victorian architecture.  More than one-third of the town’s residents live in an age-restricted development and Georgetown is a safe place to call home. The violent crime rate here is 131.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime is just 1.8%.

#45 Sugar Land

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Located in the Houston area, in Fort Bend County, Sugar Land is an affluent city of 86,700 residents.  Sugar Land is home to several corporate headquarters, a large number of master-planned communities, and has a popular minor league baseball team.  The violent crime rate here is 131.4, and you have just a 1.8% chance of being involved in a property crime in the city.

#46 Bellaire

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Also located in the Houston area, Bellaire is in Harris County and is known as the “City of Homes.”  This mostly residential city has a population of 17,800 residents and is surrounded by the cities of West University Place and Houston.  Living in Bellaire is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 131.6 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 1.8%.

#47 Round Rock

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Located in Williamson County in the Austin area, Round Rock is a city of 109,800 residents.  The city has been named by Money magazine as one of the best American small cities in which to live and is known as the home of Dell, which is a major employer in the area.  The public education system is strong here as well, and this is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 132.7 the chance of being involved in a property crime just 2.4%.

#48 Hutto

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Also located in the Austin area in Williamson County, Hutto is a city of just 14,600 residents.  The town is known for its mascot, the hippo. The legend behind its origins comes from an escaped circus hippo passing through town in the early 1900’s.  Legends aside, Hutto is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 134.3 just a 1.2% chance of being affected by property crime here.

#49 Weatherford

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Located west of Fort Worth, Weatherford is the county seat of Parker County, Texas.  This city of 25,200 residents is known as the “Peach Capital of Texas” and celebrates every year with its Peach Festival that is one of the most attended festivals in the state.  The violent crime rate here is 134.9, and you’ll have a 2.8% chance of being involved in a property crime in this city.

#50 Forney

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A city in Kaufman County, Forney is a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is home to 14,600 residents.  The city was named by the Texas legislature as the “Antique Capital of Texas” and has its own independent school district.  The violent crime rate in Forney is 138.4 and residents have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

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