5 Safest Cities in Wyoming 2016

WyomingLocated in the Western region of the United States, Wyoming is home to over 580,000 residents.  The state is the least populous and second least densely populated U.S. state, with its largest city and capital being Cheyenne.   Nearly two-thirds of the state to the west is covered by the mountain ranges and foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and the eastern part of the state is known as the High Plains.  Major industries in Wyoming include mineral production, agriculture, and tourism.  A few of the state’s attractions are Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Independence Rock.  If you’re planning a move to the Equality State, here are the 5 safest cities in Wyoming.

Related: Check out our Wyoming 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 195 for violent crime and 1,965 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Evanston

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Located in Uinta County, the city of Evanston is home to 12,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the community lies along the banks of the Bear River, covers 10.3 square miles, and is served by the Uinta County School District.  Evanston is the safest place to live in Wyoming, with a violent crime rate of 40.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 2.3%.

#2 Laramie

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A city in Albany County, Laramie has a current population of 30,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is 50 miles west of Cheyenne, is home to the University of Wyoming, and has been included on Money’s list of best cities in which to retire.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate here is 107, and residents of Laramie have a 2.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#3 Gillette

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Located in Campbell County, the city of Gillette is home to 31,700 residents.  Also the county seat, this fast-growing community is in the middle of the region that is booming with methane gas, oil, and coal production.  The community is also close Keyhole State Park and Devil’s Tower National Monument.  The violent crime rate in Gillette is 127.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4%.

#4 Sheridan

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A city in Sheridan County, Sheridan is home to 29,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community was named after a Civil War Union General, is known for its well-performing schools, and is involved in such major industries as energy production, ranching, manufacturing, and logging.  The violent crime rate here is 146.3, and residents of Sheridan have a 2.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#5 Casper

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Located in Natrona County, the city of Casper is home to 55,300 residents.  Also the county seat, Casper is the second-largest city in the state, and the community lies along the North Platte River at the base of Casper Mountain. It is also known as “The Oil City” for its history in oil production and its proximity to the Salt Creek Oil Field.  The violent crime rate in Casper is 151.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3.4%.

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5 Safest Cities in Vermont 2016

Vermont Located in the New England region of the United States, Vermont is home to over 620,000 residents.  The state borders Canada to the north, and its Lake Champlain forms nearly half of its western border.  Vermont is the second least populous state, with Burlington as its largest city and Montpelier serving as the state capital.  The state’s landscape ranges from the fertile Champlain Valley to the Green Mountains and the banks of the Connecticut River.  Major industries in Vermont include tourism, healthcare, insurance, and agriculture, with the state being the leading producer of maple syrup.  If you’d like to make The Green Mountain State your next home, here are the 5 safest cities in Vermont.

Related: Check out our Vermont 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 100 for violent crime and 1,524 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Essex Junction

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Located in Chittenden County in the town of Essex, the village of Essex Junction is home to 9,200 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1892, covers 4.7 square miles, and is the site of Global Foundries, a large semiconductor plant.  Essex Junction is the safest place to live in Vermont, with a violent crime rate of 55.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 2.4%.

#2 Milton

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Another town in Chittenden County, Milton has a current population of 10,300 residents.  The community covers 60.9 square miles, was named after English poet John Milton, and is home to several large businesses including Husky Injection Molding Systems and Gardener’s Supply.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate here is 105.7, and residents of Milton have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#3 South Burlington

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Also located in Chittenden County, the city of South Burlington is home to 18,700 residents.  The state’s second largest city, the community is considered a suburb of Burlington, borders Lake Champlain, and is the site of both Burlington International Airport and the headquarters of Ben & Jerry’s.  The violent crime rate in South Burlington is 122.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.2%.

#4 Colchester

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Another Chittenden County town, Colchester is home to 17,000 residents.  Also a Burlington suburb, the community lies along the shores of Lake Champlain and the New York state line and is the site of both the Vermont National Guard and Saint Michael’s College, a private Catholic college.  The violent crime rate here is 122.4, and residents of Colchester have a 3.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#5 Bennington

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Located in Bennington County, the town of Bennington is home to 15,400 residents.  The community is the largest town in southern Vermont, is the site of the Bennington Battle Monument, and is known for its quality textiles, pottery, and iron.  The violent crime rate in Bennington is 172.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3.6%.

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5 Safest Cities in North Dakota 2016

North DakotaLocated in the Upper Midwestern region of the United States, North Dakota is home to over 750,000 residents.  The state borders Canada to the north and is both the 4th least populous and 4th least densely populated U.S. state.  North Dakota’s capital is Bismarck, and its largest city is Fargo.  While many areas suffered during the Great Recession, North Dakota experienced a boom as natural resources were discovered in its Bakken formation, located in the northwestern region of the state.  Other major industries here include agriculture, health care, and tourism.  If you’d like to live in the Peace Garden State, here are the 5 safest cities in North Dakota.

Related: Check out our North Dakota 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 265 for violent crime and 2,110 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Jamestown

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Located in Stutsman County, the city of Jamestown is home to 15,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits along the banks of the James River, hosts several large companies that include Cavendish Farms and UTC Aerospace Systems, and is known for having the world’s largest buffalo statue.  Jamestown is the safest place to live in North Dakota, with a violent crime rate of 203.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 2.6%.

#2 Dickinson

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A city in Stark County, Dickinson is home to 22,300 residents.  Also the county seat, this fast-growing community encompasses 10 square miles and is the site of Dickinson State University, a four-year public university.  The violent crime rate here is 216.7, and residents of Dickinson have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#3 West Fargo

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Located in Cass County, the city of West Fargo is home to 31,700 residents.  Another fast-growing city, the community is a suburb of Fargo, maintains 30 parks including the Red River Valley Speedway, and is the site of several large technology companies.  Major annual events here include Big Iron and Bonanzaville Pioneer Days.  The violent crime rate in West Fargo is 230.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.7%.

#4 Minot

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A city in Ward County, Minot has a current population of 40,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is the fourth largest in the state, is bisected by the Souris River, and is home to Minot State University.  The city is best known for its proximity to a nearby Air Force Base that bears its name, and that is a major area employer.  The violent crime rate here is 232.4, and residents of Minot have a 1.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#5 Mandan

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Located in Morton County, the city of Mandan is home to 18,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits across the Missouri River from the city of Bismarck, encompasses 11.1 square miles, and is home to both Bismarck State College and Tesoro, a successful oil refinery.  The violent crime rate in Mandan is 264.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.7%

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5 Safest Cities in South Dakota 2016

South DakotaLocated in the Midwestern region of the United States, South Dakota is home to over 850,000 residents. The fifth least densely populated U.S. state, its largest city is Sioux Falls, and its capital is Pierre.   South Dakota’s landscape is characterized by grasslands and the Black Hills Mountains in the southwest.  The state’s economy is driven by agriculture, ranching, defense spending, and tourism.  Popular tourist spots include Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park.  If you’d like to settle in The Mount Rushmore State, here are the 5 safest cities in South Dakota.

Related: Check out our South Dakota 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 327 for violent crime and 1,864 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Brookings

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Located in Brookings County, the city of Brookings has a current population of 22,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is home to South Dakota State University as well as several art museums and large business concerns.  Brookings is the safest place to live in South Dakota, with a violent crime rate of 35.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.7%.

#2 Spearfish

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A city in Lawrence County, Spearfish is home to 10,400 residents.  The community was founded in 1876, sits at the base of the Black Hills, and is the site of Black Hills State University, a four-year public university.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate here is 168.2, and residents of Spearfish have a 3.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#3 Aberdeen

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Located in Brown County, the city of Aberdeen is home to 26,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community lies 125 miles north of Pierre, hosts several large businesses, and is the site of both Northern State University and Presentation College.  The violent crime rate in Aberdeen is 259.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.9%.

#4 Vermillion

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A city in Clay County, Vermillion has a current population of 10,500 residents.  Also the county seat, the community lies on top of a bluff near the Missouri River and is home to the University of South Dakota, which houses the state’s only medical and law school.  The violent crime rate here is 277.1, and residents of Vermillion have a 2.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#5 Watertown

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Located in Codington County, the city of Watertown is home to 21,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits on the banks of the Big Sioux River, is close to two large lakes, and is the site of both the Redlin Art Center and the Bramble Park Zoo.  The violent crime rate in Watertown is 283.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.3%.

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20 Safest Cities in Rhode Island 2016

Rhode IslandLocated in the New England region of the United States, Rhode Island is home to just over 1 million residents.  The smallest and second most densely populated U.S. state, it also has the longest name, which is officially the “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”  The state is bordered to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, and its largest city and capital is Providence.  Rhode Island was the first of the original U.S. colonies, and its major industries include government, healthcare, and financial services.  If you’d like to make The Ocean State your next home, here are the 20 safest cities in Rhode Island.
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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 219 for violent crime and 2,174 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 East Greenwich

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Located in Kent County, the town of East Greenwich is home to 13,100 residents.  Also the county seat, this affluent community was founded in 1677 and is known for its waterfront and historic districts.  East Greenwich is the safest place to live in Rhode Island, with a violent crime rate of 7.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.2%.

#2 Portsmouth

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A town in Newport County, Portsmouth is home to 17,300 residents.  The community encompasses 59.3 square miles, over half of which is water as much of the town lies on Aquidneck Island.  Portsmouth is also home to a branch of Raytheon and the headquarters of U.S. Sailing.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate here is 28.9, and residents of Portsmouth have a 1.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#3 North Kingstown

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Located in Washington County, the town of North Kingston is home to 35,300 residents.  The community was founded in 1674, encompasses 58.3 square miles, and is the site of Casey Farm, one of the oldest operational farms in New England.  The violent crime rate in North Kingston is 34.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.6%.

#4 Barrington

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A town in Bristol County, Barrington is home to 16,300 residents.  This coastal community is 7 miles southeast of Providence, covers 15.4 square miles, and is served by the Barrington Public School District.  The violent crime rate here is 36.9, and residents of Barrington have a 1.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#5 Middletown

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Located in Newport County, the town of Middletown is home to 16,100 residents.  The community lies between Newport and Portsmouth on Aquidneck Island, and there are several beaches along its coastline.  The violent crime rate in Middletown is 37.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.6%.

#6 Narragansett

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A town in Washington County, Narragansett is home to 15,800 residents.    The community lies along the shores of Narragansett Bay, is bordered by the Pettaquamscutt River, and is a popular summer tourist destination.  The violent crime rate here is 38, and residents of Narragansett have a 1.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#7 Scituate

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Located in Providence County, the town of Scituate is home to 10,300 residents.  First settled in 1710, the community lies next to the Scituate Reservoir, the largest freshwater system in the state, and is known for its popular annual Scituate Art Festival each fall.  The violent crime rate in Scituate is 38.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .08%.

#8 Burrillville

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Another town in Providence County, Burrillville is home to 15,900 residents.  The community covers over 57 square miles, is divided into seven villages, and is a part of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, the nation’s newest national park.  The violent crime rate here is 50.2, and residents of Burrillville have a 1.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#9 Cumberland

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Also located in Providence County, the town of Cumberland is home to 33,500 residents.  The community was first settled in 1635, is known for its popular annual events such as Cumberlandfest and its 4th of July parade, and is the birthplace of the Cumberland Farms company.  The violent crime rate in Cumberland is 53.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.6%.

#10 Smithfield

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Another Providence County town, Smithfield has a current population of 21,400 residents.  The community was first settled in 1636, is home to Bryant University, and includes the historic villages of Greenville, Georgiaville, Stillwater, Hanton City, Esmond, and Mountaindale.  The violent crime rate here is 60.7, and residents of Smithfield have a 1.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#11 Bristol

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Located in Bristol County, the town of Bristol is home to 22,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the community was incorporated in 1746, shares a school system with nearby Warren, and operates in several major industries including tourism and boat building.  The violent crime rate in Bristol is 65.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.1%.

#12 Coventry

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A town in Kent County, Coventry is home to 35,000 residents.  This historic community was first settled in the 1700’s, is comprised of 15 villages, and has more than a dozen properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate here is 71.7, and residents of Coventry have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#13 Westerly

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Located in Washington County, the town of Westerly has a current population of 22,700 residents.  This coastal community is divided into several distinct villages, has miles of popular beaches, as well as salt ponds and a fresh water lake.  The violent crime rate in Westerly is 74.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.8%.

#14 North Smithfield

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A town in Providence County, North Smithfield is home to 11,900 residents.  Originally settled in 1666, the community is comprised of seven historic villages and has many sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate here is 83.6, and residents of North Smithfield have a 2.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#15 South Kingstown

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Located in Washington County, the town of South Kingstown is home to 30,600 residents.  The community includes eleven villages and encompasses 79.8 square miles, making it the largest town by land mass in the state.  The violent crime rate in South Kingstown is 85.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .08%.

#16 Lincoln

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A town in Providence County, Lincoln is home to 21,100 residents.  This historic community was named after Abraham Lincoln, is a part of the lower Blackstone Valley, and is the site of the Lincoln Woods State Park as well as some large businesses including Amica Mutual Insurance and the Quality Assurance Review Center.  The violent crime rate here is 85.4, and residents of Lincoln have a 2.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#17 Warwick

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Located in Kent County, the city of Warwick is home to 82,600 residents.  The community is just 12 miles south of downtown Providence, is comprised of three dozen villages, and is the site of several major businesses that include Citizens Bank and MetLife.  The violent crime rate in Warwick is 124, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.5%.

#18 Johnston

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A town in Providence County, Johnston is home to 28,700 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1759, is served by the Johnston Public School System, and is the site of the headquarters of FM Global, an insurance company.  The violent crime rate here is 132.2, and residents of Johnston have a 1.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#19 Tiverton

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Located in Newport County, the town of Tiverton is home to 15,700 residents.  The community is located across the Sakonnet River from Aquidneck Island and sits along the shores of Narragansett Bay.  The community also has two beaches and several historic properties.  The violent crime rate in Tiverton is 139.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.5%.

#20 East Providence

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A town in Providence County, East Providence has a current population of 47,000 residents.  The community covers 16.6 square miles, is comprised of three villages, and has fourteen miles of coastline along the Seekonk River.  The violent crime rate here is 151.1, and residents of East Providence have a 1.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

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10 Safest Cities in Maine 2016

MaineLocated in the northern New England region of the United States, Maine is home to 1.3 million residents.   The state is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and shares a border with Canada to the north.  The state is known for its jagged coastline, forested interior, and picturesque mountains, with its major industries being fishing, agriculture, and tourism.  Maine’s largest city is Portland on the coast and its capital is Augusta.  If you’d like to settle in The Pine Tree State, here are the 10 safest cities in Maine.

Related: Check out our Maine 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 128 for violent crime and 1,986 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 York

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Located in York County, the town of York is home to 12,500 residents.  The community lies along the southern tip of the state on the Atlantic coast, is a popular summer resort destination, and has some of the highest real estate values in the region.  York is the safest place to live in Maine, with a violent crime rate of 15.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.9%.

#2 Falmouth

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A town in Cumberland County, Falmouth is home to 11,100 residents.  Considered a suburb of Portland, the community covers 36.3 square miles, and is the site of the Portland Yacht Club adjacent to one of the largest anchorages in the state.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 26.7, and residents of Falmouth have a 1.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#3 Orono

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Located in Penobscot County, the town of Orono has a current population of 10,300 residents.  The community was settled in 1774, lies along the banks of the Penobscot River, and is home to the University of Maine.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate in Orono is 28.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.9%.

#4 Scarborough

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A town in Cumberland County, Scarborough is home to 18,900 residents.  This coastal community is just 7 miles south of Portland, encompasses over 70 square miles, and is the site of the headquarters of Hannaford supermarkets.  The violent crime rate here is 52.7, and residents of Scarborough have a 2.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#5 Kennebunk

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Located in York County, the town of Kennebunk is home to 10,700 residents.  Also a coastal town, the community was settled in 1621 and is the site of several beaches as well as the Blueberry Barrens, which as 1,500 acres of nature trails.  The violent crime rate in Kennebunk is 92, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.4%.

#6 Brunswick

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A town in Cumberland County, Brunswick has a current population of 20,200 residents.  The community sits on the north end of Casco Bay, has several historic districts and historic properties, and is home to Bowdoin College, a private liberal arts college.  The violent crime rate here is 98.3, and residents of Brunswick have a 2.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#7 Windham

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Also located in Cumberland County, the town of Windham is home to 17,000 residents.  Considered a suburb of Portland, the community was incorporated in 1762, covers over 50 square miles, and sits adjacent to Sebago Lake.  The violent crime rate in Windham is 99.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.9%.

#8 Saco

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A town in York County, Saco is home to 18,400 residents.  Also considered a suburb of Portland, this coastal community is a popular summer tourist destination, as well as being the site of an amusement park and several large businesses.  The violent crime rate here is 129.1, and residents of Saco have a 2.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#9 Gorham

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Located in Cumberland County, the town of Gorham has a current population of 16,300 residents.  Considered a bedroom community of nearby Portland, the town has several distinct villages and hamlets and is the site of one of the campuses of the University of Southern Maine.  The violent crime rate in Gorham is 133.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.2%.

#10 Westbrook

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Another town in Cumberland County, Westbrook is home 17,400 residents.  Also a Portland suburb, the community lies along the banks of the Presumpscot River, has several distinct neighborhoods, and hosts several large businesses including IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., Sappi Ltd., and Sebago-Moc.  The violent crime rate here is 188, and residents of Westbrook have a 3.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

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15 Safest Cities in New Hampshire 2016

New HampshireLocated in the New England region of the United States, New Hampshire is home to 1.3 million residents.  The state is the 5th smallest and 9th least populated U.S. state, with its largest city being Manchester and its capital being Concord.  New Hampshire has neither a general sales tax nor a state or local income tax and it is noted for its extensive granite formations.   The state has many large ski resorts in the White Mountains, hosts a portion of the Appalachian Trail, and is known for its many quality educational institutions.  If you’d like to make The Granite State your next home, here are the 15 safest cities in New Hampshire 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 196 for violent crime and 1,963 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Merrimack

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Located in Hillsborough County, the town of Merrimack is home to 25,400 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1746, consists of four villages, and has several major employers that include PC Connection, Brookstone, Fidelity Investments, and Anheuser-Busch.  Merrimack is the safest place to live in New Hampshire, with a violent crime rate of 23.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just .08%.

#2 Amherst

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Another town in Hillsborough County, Amherst is home to 11,200 residents.  The community began as a land grant to soldiers in the early 1700’s, has several historic properties, and is the site of Hodgman State Forest and the Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 35.6, and residents of Amherst have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#3 Bedford

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Also located in Hillsborough County, the town of Bedford is home to 21,200 residents.  Considered a suburb of Manchester, the community encompasses 33.1 square miles and is the site of Segway as well as several thriving retail centers.  The violent crime rate in Bedford is 37.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.8%.

#4 Goffstown

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Goffstown is another Hillsborough County town that has a current population of 17,600 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1761, covers 37.5 square miles, and is home to both Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire State Prison for Women.  The violent crime rate here is 45.1, and residents of Goffstown have a 1.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#5 Pelham

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Located in Hillsborough County, the town of Pelham is home to 12,800 residents.  The community was settled in 1722, sits between Salem and Nashua, and is the site of the Abbott Bridge, the state’s oldest double-arched stone bridge.  The violent crime rate in Pelham is 84.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is 1.6%.

#6 Hanover

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A town in Grafton County, Hanover is home to 11,200 residents.  The community sits along the banks of the Connecticut River, hosts a section of the Appalachian Trail, and is the site of both Dartmouth College and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers laboratory.  The violent crime rate here is 97.6, and residents of Hanover have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#7 Londonderry

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Located in Rockingham County, the town of Londonderry is home to 24,100 residents. Considered a southern suburb of Manchester, the community is known for its many apple orchards and is the site of the headquarters of both Stoneyfield Farm and Blue Seal Feeds.  The violent crime rate in Londonderry is 103.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.6%.

#8 Windham

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Another town in Rockingham County, Windham is home to 13,500 residents.  The community lies between Manchester and Boston, covers 27.9 square miles, and is known for its historic properties including the Searles Castle.  The violent crime here is 109.8, and residents of Windham have a 1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#9 Exeter

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Also located in Rockingham County, the town of Exeter has a current population of 14,300 residents.  The community sits at the confluence of the Exeter and Squamscott rivers and is home to both SIG Sauer Inc. as well as Phillips Exeter Academy, a private university prep school.  The violent crime rate in Exeter is 111.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1%.

#10 Dover

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A city in Strafford County, Dover is home to 30,600 residents.  Also the county seat, the community was settled in 1623, covers 29 square miles, and is the site of a large hospital as well as the Woodman Institute Museum and the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.  The violent crime rate here is 119.1, and residents of Dover have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#11 Hudson

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Located in Hillsborough County, the town of Hudson is home to 24,400 residents.  The community sits opposite the city of Nashua along the banks of the Merrimack River, and its largest employers include the Hudson School District, Benchmark Electronics, and BAE Systems.  The violent crime rate in Hudson is 122.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.7%.

#12 Salem

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A city in Rockingham County, Salem has a current population of 28,700 residents.  First settled in 1652, the community covers 25.9 square miles and is home to a large mall as well as Canobie Lake Park and the America’s Stonehenge attraction.  The violent crime rate here is 131.4, and residents of Salem have a 3.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#13 Durham

Located in Strafford County, the town of Durham is home to 14,600 residents.  The community sits at the mouth of the Oyster River, has several historic properties, and is the site of the University of New Hampshire.  The violent crime rate in Durham is 142.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .07%.

#14 Hampton

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A town in Rockingham County, Hampton is home to 14,900 residents.  This coastal community is the site of a popular beach destination called Hampton Beach, and the town is drained by both the Drakes and Hampton rivers.  The violent crime rate here is 161.2, and residents of Hampton have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#15 Portsmouth

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Also located in Rockingham County, the city of Portsmouth is home to 21,200 residents.  Considered a historic seaport, the community is a popular tourist destination in the warmer months, and major employers here include Hospital Corporation of America, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and the National Passport Center.  The violent crime rate in Portsmouth is  163.1, and residents here have a 3.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

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5 Safest Cities in Idaho 2016

IdahoLocated in the northwestern region of the United States, Idaho is home to 1.6 million residents.    The state is the 14th largest and 7th least densely populated U.S. state, with Boise being both its capital and largest city.  The state shares a 45-mile international border with Canada and has a diverse landscape of mountains, farmland, and many rivers.  Every known type of gemstone has also been found within its borders.  The state has a strong agriculture industry, producing more than a third of the country’s supply of potatoes, but also participates in lumber, food processing, and technology.   If you’d like to settle in the Gem State, here are the 5 safest cities in Idaho.

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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 212 for violent crime and 1,855 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Rexburg

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Located in Madison County, the city of Rexburg has a current population of 25,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the community was incorporated in 1883, is close to the western entrance of Yellowstone National Park, and is home to Brigham Young University – Idaho.  Rexburg is the safest place to live in Idaho, with a violent crime rate of 34.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just .08%.

#2 Meridian

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A city in Ada County, Meridian is home to 85,000 residents.  Now the state’s third largest city, the community sits between the Boise and Snake rivers and major employers here include Blue Cross of Idaho and Scentsy.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 119.1, and residents of Meridian have a 1.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#3 Moscow

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Located in Latah County, the city of Moscow is home to 23,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is in the northern part of the state and is the site of two colleges, the University of Idaho and New Saint Andrews College.  The violent crime rate in Moscow is 132, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.7%.

#4 Lewiston

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A city in Nez Pierce County, Lewiston has a current population of 31,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers, is home to Lewis-Clark State College, and its Port of Lewiston is known as the farthest inland seaport in the Western United States.  The violent crime rate here is 170.1, and residents of Lewiston have a 3.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#5 Post Falls

Located in Kootenai County, the city of Post Falls is home to 27,500 residents.  The community sits along the banks of the Spokane River, is just 20 miles east of Spokane, Washington, and has several major employers that include Ground Force and the Post Falls School District.  The violent crime rate in Post Falls is 183.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.4%.

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