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10 Safest Cities in Louisiana 2016

LouisianaLocated in the Southern region of the United States, Louisiana is home to 4.6 million residents.  Ranked the 25th most populous of the U.S. states, its largest city is New Orleans, and the capital of the state is Baton Rouge.  Instead of counties, the political subdivisions of the state are called “parishes.”  Fifteen percent of Louisiana’s land mass is water, whether it be lakes, rivers, deltas, coastal marsh, or swamp, giving way to a diverse selection of animal life and vegetation.  If you’d like to make the Bayou State your home, here are the ten safest cities in Louisiana.

Related: Check out our Louisiana 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 515 for violent crime and 3,459 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Baker

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Located in East Baton Rouge Parish, the city of Baker is home to 13,800 residents.  Just five miles from the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, the community sits adjacent to the Baton Rouge Zoo and is known for its popular annual Baker Buffalo Festival in September.  Baker is the safest place to live in Louisiana, with a violent crime rate of 185.4 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 3.2%.

#2 Kenner

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A city in Jefferson Parish, Kenner is home to 66,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of New Orleans, this community that sits along the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain was founded in 1855 and is the site of both the New Orleans airport and its main convention center.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate in Kenner is 239.2, and residents have a 3.8% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Mandeville

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Located in St. Tammany Parish, the city of Mandeville is home to 11,500 residents.  The community sits on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, across the lake from New Orleans, and the city was awarded Google’s eCity award in 2013.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 265.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Mandeville is 3.2%.

#4 Jennings

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A city in Jefferson Parish, Jennings is home 11,400 residents.  Also the parish seat, the community sits halfway between Lake Charles and Lafayette and is known as the “Cradle of Louisiana Oil” due to its history in oil production.  The violent crime rate in Jennings is 391.3, and residents of the city have a 2.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Gonzales

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Located in Ascension Parish, the city of Gonzales is home to 9,700 residents.  Settled in the mid-1800’s, the community encompasses 8.5 square miles and is known as the “Jambalaya Capital of the World,” with a popular annual Jambalaya Festival.  The violent crime rate here is 435.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Gonzales is 7.2%.

#6 Morgan City

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A city in St. Mary Parish, Morgan City is home to 12,400 residents.  The community sits on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, was once named the “jumbo shrimp capital of the world”, and has a nineteen-block historic district.  The violent crime rate in Morgan City is 447.4, and residents here have a 3.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Slidell

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Located in St. Tammany Parish, the city of Slidell has a current population of 27,000 residents.  The community lies on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain and is home to the regional National Weather Service office as well as the headquarters of Vesco Tennis Courts and Textron Marine & Land Systems.  The violent crime rate here is 450.3, and residents of Slidell have a 5.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#8 Thibodaux

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A city in Lafourche Parish, Thibodaux is home 14,500 residents.  Also the parish seat, the community was incorporated in 1830, encompasses 5.5 square miles of land, and is the site of Nicholls State University, a public 287-acre university.  The violent crime rate in Thibodaux is 476.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4%.

#9 Zachary

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Located in East Baton Rouge Parish, the city of Zachary is home to 11,200 residents.  Just 16 miles north of the city of Baton Rouge, the community was incorporated in 1889, encompasses 23.9 square miles, and is served by the Zachary Community School Board.  The violent crime rate here is 582.9, and residents of Zachary have a 1.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Bossier City

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A city in Bossier Parish, Bossier City is home to 66,300 residents.  Considered a sister-city to Shreveport, the community sits on the eastern bank of the Red River, is home to four riverboat casino resorts as well as Barksdale Air Force Base and Louisiana Tech University.  The violent crime rate in Bossier City is 596.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3.8%.

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25 Safest Cities in Alabama 2016

alabamaAlabama is located in the Southern United States and is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the south. Home to 4.8 million residents, the state is 24th most populous in the country, and its largest city by population is Birmingham. Alabama offers residents a diverse landscape, with hundreds of indigenous animal species and unique flora and fauna. Once a largely agricultural region, the state has evolved to embrace such things as aerospace, manufacturing, and finance. If you’re looking to make the Heart of Dixie your next home, here are the 25 safest cities in Alabama.

Related: Check out our Alabama 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 427 for violent crime and 3,178 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Mountain Brook

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Located in southeastern Jefferson County, the city of Mountain Brook is home to 20,400 residents.  Considered an affluent suburb of Birmingham, the community was incorporated in 1942 and consists of three distinct villages.  Mountain Brook is the safest place to live in Alabama, with a violent crime rate of 39 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.4%.

#2 Vestavia Hills

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A city in Jefferson and Shelby counties, Vestavia Hills is home to 24,400 residents.  Also considered a Birmingham suburb, the community encompasses 19.4 square miles, has a vast system of parks, and is known for its high-quality public schools.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate in Vestavia Hills is 64.3, and residents have a 1.4% chance of being involved in a property crime here.

#3 Helena

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Also located in Shelby and Jefferson counties, the city of Helena is home to 16,700 residents.  Also a suburb of Birmingham, the community sits at the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains foothills, and was included in Money’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 64.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Helena is just 1%.

#4 Hoover

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Another city in Jefferson and Shelby counties, Hoover is home to 84,100 residents.  Considered Birmingham’s largest suburb, the community features a minor league baseball team as well as the Riverchase Galleria, one of the largest shopping centers in the Southeast.  The violent crime rate in Hoover is 104.5, and residents of the city have a 2.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Eufaula

Located in Barbour County, the city of Eufaula is home to 13,100 residents.  The community sits along the banks of both the Chattahoochee River and Lake Eufaula, which is known as the “Big Bass Capital of the World”, and there are also many historic properties here.  The violent crime rate here is 130.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Eufaula is 2.6%.

#6 Athens

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A city in Limestone County, Athens is home to 21,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is one of the oldest in the state and is the site of both Athens State University and the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant.  The violent crime rate in Athens is 136.7, and residents of the city have a 3.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Hartselle

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Located in Morgan County, the city of Hartselle is home to 14,200 residents.  Just 10 miles south of Decatur, the community was established in 1870 and encompasses 14.9 square miles of land.  The violent crime rate here is 146, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Hartselle is 2.7%.

#8 Moody

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A city in St. Clair County, Moody is home to 11,700 residents.  Incorporated in 1962, the community is just 15 miles east of Birmingham, encompasses 24 square miles and is served by the St. Clair County School District.  The violent crime rate in Moody is 151, and residents of the city have a 1.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#9 Fort Payne

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Located in DeKalb County, the city of Fort Payne is home to 14,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is near several attractions such as Lookout Mountain, DeSoto State Park, and Little River Canyon National Preserve.  It is also the headquarters for the music group Alabama.  The violent crime rate here is 154.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Fort Payne is 3.3%.

#10 Alabaster

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A city in Shelby County, Alabaster is home to 31.300 residents.  Considered a southern suburb of Birmingham, the community sits within the Opossum and Cahaba valleys and is served by its own school district.  The violent crime rate in Alabaster is 158.5, and residents of the city have a 2.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#11 Pelham

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Located in Shelby County, the city of Pelham is home to 21,300 residents.  The community encompasses 38.3 square miles and features Oak Mountain State Park, the state’s largest state park.  The violent crime rate here is 165.5, and residents of Pelham have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Pleasant Grove

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A city in western Jefferson County, Pleasant Grove is home to 10,300 residents.  Considered a suburb of Birmingham, the former coal mining community has a total area of 8.8 square miles and is served by the Jefferson County Board of Education.  The violent crime rate in Pleasant Grove is 167.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.4%.

#13 Prattville

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Located in Autauga and Elmore counties, the city of Prattville is home to 33,900 residents.  Considered a suburb of Montgomery, the community is nicknamed “The Fountain City” because of the abundance of artesian wells in the area and it is also a popular golf destination.  The violent crime rate here is 173.8, and residents of Prattville have a 3.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Gardendale

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A city in Jefferson County, Gardendale is home to 13,800 residents.  Considered a northern suburb of Birmingham, the community encompasses 17.9 square miles and is now home to more than 400 businesses and four schools. The violent crime rate in Gardendale is 193.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.5%.

#15 Madison

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Located in Madison and Limestone counties, the city of Madison is home to 42,900 residents.  Considered a suburb of Huntsville, the community was the site of a Civil War battle, and its largest employer is Intergraph, a computer software company.  The violent crime rate here is 205.2, and residents of Madison have a 2.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#16 Auburn

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A city in Lee County, Auburn has a current population of 60,200 residents.  Best known as the home of Auburn University, this fast-growing city was named by U.S. News in its top ten places to live in the U.S. and has a growing list of high-tech and research firms within its borders.  The violent crime rate in Auburn is 240.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3.5%.

#17 Sylacauga

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Located in Talladega County, the city of Sylacauga is home to 12,700 residents.  The community has a long history in the marble industry, with its white marble bed stretching over 32 miles.  Such famous buildings as the U.S. Supreme Court, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial were created with Sylacauga marble.  The violent crime rate here is 259.3, and residents of Sylacauga have a  5% chance of being affected by property crime

#18 Saraland

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A city in Mobile County, Saraland is home to 13,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Mobile, the community encompasses 22 square miles, is served by the Saraland Board of Education, and is home to Shell Saraland Refinery operated by Shell. The violent crime rate in Saraland is 259.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4%.

#19 Hueytown

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Located in western Jefferson County, the city of Hueytown is home to 16,100 residents.  Considered a suburb of Birmingham, the community has a history in agriculture, steel, and coal mining, and was home to the dominant NASCAR racing group the Alabama Gang.  The violent crime rate here is 265.7, and residents of Hueytown have a 3.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#20 Fairhope

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A city in Baldwin County, Fairhope is home to 15,300 residents.  The community sits along the cliffs and shoreline of Mobile Bay, was named by Southern Living as the second best small town in the South, and is known for its fishing and resorts.  The violent crime rate in Fairhope is 272.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.1%.

#21 Jacksonville

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Located in Calhoun County, the city of Jacksonville has a current population of 12,500 residents.  This fast-growing community encompasses 9.8 square miles and is home to Jacksonville State University, a public university with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students.  The violent crime rate here is 343.1, and residents of Jacksonville have a 3.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Oxford

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A city in Calhoun and Talladega counties, Oxford is home to 21,300 residents.  The community sits at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has two lakes, and share a border with the Talladega National Forest.  The violent crime rate in Oxford is 356.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 5.8%.

#23 Foley

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Located in Baldwin County, the city of Foley is home to 14,600 residents.  Incorporated in 1915, the community encompasses 25.9 square miles, is served by the Baldwin County School District, and features its popular City of Foley Antique Rose Trail.  The violent crime rate here is 358.8, and residents of Foley have a 4.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#24 Montgomery

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The largest city on our list, Montgomery is home to 374,500 residents.  Both the state capital and the county seat of Montgomery County, the city sits along the Alabama River, was named by USA Today as the “Best Historic City”, and is home to many large businesses and several universities.  The violent crime rate in Montgomery is 395.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 5.7%.

#25 Enterprise

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Located in southeastern Coffee County, the city of Enterprise is home to 26,500 residents.  Founded in 1896, the community originally relied on cotton but switched to peanuts and became a leading national producer.  Enterprise features the famous Boll Weevil Monument and is home to the annual BamaJam music festival.  The violent crime rate here is 407.8, and residents of Enterprise have a 3.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

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15 Safest Cities in South Carolina 2016

South CarolinaSouth Carolina is located in the southeastern United States and is an Atlantic coastal state. Home to 4.8 million residents, it is the 23rd largest state in terms of population and the 40th by size. The state’s capital is Columbia, which is also its largest city and the region is still largely run by agriculture, followed by industrial outputs and tourism. South Carolina has beautiful landscape, with nearly 700 square miles of lakes, and an incredibly rich history. If you’d like to settle in The Palmetto State, here are the 15 safest cities in South Carolina.

Related: Check out our South 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 498 for violent crime and 3,460 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Hanahan

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Located in Berkeley County, the city of Hanahan has a current population of 12,900 residents.  The community has direct access to Charleston Harbor and is home to a portion of the Naval Weapons Station Charleston, which covers 27 square miles and supports 53 Military Commands and Federal Agencies.  Hanahan is the safest place to live in South Carolina, with a violent crime rate of 144, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.8%.

#2 Summerville

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A town in Dorchester, Berkeley, and Charleston counties, Summerville is home to 43,300 residents.  The community encompasses 18.1 square miles, has a history dating back to the Revolutionary War, and is known for its Flowertown Festival, the largest arts and crafts festival in the state.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate here is 183.6, and residents of Summerville have a 2.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Mauldin

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Located in Greenville County, the city of Mauldin is home to 15,200 residents.  Incorporated for a second time in 1960, the community is served by the Greenville County School District and is the site of supermarket chain BI-LO’s headquarters.  The violent crime rate in Mauldin is 203.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime in the city is 1.9%.

#4 North Augusta

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A city in Aiken County, North Augusta is home to 21,300 residents.  The community sits on the north bank of the Savannah River, is a popular tourist destination, and is the site of the annual Nike premier summer events for high school basketball.  The violent crime rate here is 212.6, and residents of North Augusta have a 4% of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Mount Pleasant

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Located in Charleston County, the town of Mount Pleasant is home to 67,800 residents.  Considered a fast-growing suburb of Charleston, the community lies on the east side of Charleston Harbor and features a popular naval and maritime museum, where the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier is permanently docked. The violent crime rate in Mount Pleasant is 218.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.7%.

#6 Fort Mill

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Also known as Fort Mill Township, this town in York County is home to 10,800 residents.  Situated on the North Carolina state line, the community is also considered a suburb of Charlotte (NC) and is home to several large businesses such as Mood Media, Continental Tire the Americas, and Spring Industries.  The violent crime rate here is 224.6, and residents of Fort Mill have a 2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Charleston

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The largest city on our list, Charleston has a current population of 130,100 residents.  The city lies at the center of the state’s coastline on what is known as Charleston Harbor and is home to a busy port, a community rich in culture, a vibrant tourist industry, a strong education system, and a thriving economy. Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Charleston is 239, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.7%.

#8 Clemson

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Located in Pickens and Anderson counties, the city of Clemson is home to 13,900 residents.  Considered a suburb of Greenville, the community is best known as the home of Clemson University, and is just 30 miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The violent crime rate here is 298.3, and residents of Clemson have a 3.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#9 Simpsonville

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A city in Greenville County, Simpsonville is home to 18,200 residents.  The community encompasses 8.8 square miles and is the site many diverse industries including Para-Chem, Kemet, Milliken, and Sealed Air.  The violent crime rate in Simpsonville is 302.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.4%.

#10 Bluffton

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Located in Beaufort County, the town of Bluffton is home to 12,800 residents.  Considered a part of the Lowcountry near Hilton Head, the community lies along the May River and is best known for its eclectic Old Town district.  The violent crime rate here is 303.4, and residents of Bluffton have a 3.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#11 Lexington

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A town in Lexington County, Lexington is home to 20,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is just 12 miles from the state capital of Columbia, is close to Lake Murray, and has more than twenty buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate in Lexington is 310.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 4.1%.

#12 Goose Creek

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Located in Berkeley County, the city of Goose Creek has a current population of 35,900 residents.  Considered a suburb of Charleston, the community was established in 1961 and is home to a portion of the Naval Weapons Station Charleston.  The violent crime rate here is 312.9, and residents of Goose Creek have a 2.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#13 Port Royal

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A town on Port Royal Island in Beaufort County, Port Royal is home to 10,600 residents.  A part of the Hilton Head area, the community now includes the Naval Hospital Beaufort and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, that trains approximately 17,000 new Marines annually.  The violent crime rate in Port Royal is 330.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.2%.

#14 Irmo

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Located in Richland and Lexington counties, the town of Irmo is home to 11,000 residents.  Just 12 miles northwest of downtown Columbia, the community was founded in 1890, is nicknamed the “Gateway to Lake Murray”, and is known for its annual Okra Strut festival and parade.  The violent crime rate here is 360, and residents of Irmo have a 2.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#15 Aiken

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A city in Aiken County, Aiken has a current population of 29,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is a part of the Central Savannah River area and is home to the University of South Carolina at Aiken.  The violent crime rate in Aiken is 374.5, and residents of the city have a 5.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

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5 Safest Cities in Maryland 2016

MarylandLocated in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, Maryland is home to just over 6 million residents. It is one of the smallest and most densely populated states in the country, with its largest city being Baltimore and its capital being Annapolis in the north. One of the original thirteen colonies, Maryland is known as the birthplace of religious freedom and the state benefits from its proximity to the nation’s capital, with the highest median household income of any U.S. state. If you’d like to make the Old Line State your next home, we’re giving you the five safest cities in Maryland for 2016.

Related: Check out our Maryland 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 446 for violent crime and 2,508 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Ocean Pines

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Located in Worcester County, the town of Ocean Pines is home to 11,700 residents.  This is a residential community located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with over 9 miles of waterfront property and 3,000 acres of wooded areas.  Community amenities include beaches, a yacht club, golf course, community center, and dedicated police force.  Ocean Pines is the safest place to live in Maryland, with a violent crime rate of 117.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .06%.

#2 Havre de Grace

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A city in Harford County, Havre de Grace has a current population of 12,900 residents.  Situated at the head of the Chesapeake Bay on the Susquehanna River, the community is home to the Concord Point Lighthouse and the popular Havre de Grace Historic District, which is the site of many businesses and museums. Another safe place in Maryland to call home, the violent crime rate here is 235.5, and residents of Havre de Grace have a 2.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Easton

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Located in Talbot County, the town of Easton is home to 16,600 residents.  Also the county seat, the community has several distinct neighborhoods and is the site of the Third Haven Meeting House, the oldest Quaker meeting house in the country.  The violent crime rate in Easton is 345.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 2.7%.

#4 Takoma Park

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A city in Montgomery County, Takoma Park is home to 16,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of Washington D.C., the community borders the D.C. neighborhood of Takoma.   Takoma Park is known for its arts and music culture and is also home to Washington Adventist University, a private liberal arts college.  The violent crime rate here is 372.4, and residents of Takoma Park have a 2.8% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Bel Air

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Located in Harford County, the town of Bel Air is home to 10,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community was founded in 1780, encompasses just 2.9 square miles, and has over twenty properties and locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Another safe choice in Maryland, the violent crime rate in Bel Air is 388.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.5%.

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25 Safest Cities in Colorado 2016

ColoradoLocated in the western United States, Colorado is the 22nd most populous U.S. state. Home to 5.4 million residents, this scenic state sits on the western edge of the Great Plains and encompasses most of the southern Rocky Mountains. The state was named for the Colorado River and has several large cities, including the capital of Denver. If you’d like to make The Centennial State your next home, we’re giving you the 50 safest cities in Colorado so that you can make the best 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 309 for violent crime and 2,530 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Windsor

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Located in Larimer and Weld counties, the town of Windsor is home to 18,600 residents.  Just 59 miles north of Denver, the community was incorporated in 1890, has an active arts and culture program, and is known for its well-performing schools and athletics. Windsor is the safest place to live in Colorado, with a violent crime rate of 10.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.1%.

#2 Firestone

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A town in Weld County, Firestone is home to 10,100 residents.  Also north of Denver, the community encompasses 10.4 square miles and has over thirty-five parks and twelve miles of scenic trails.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Firestone is 38, and residents here have a .09% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Erie

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Located in Weld and Boulder counties, the town of Erie is home to 18,100 residents.  The community sits just 25 minutes from Denver and 20 minutes from Boulder and is served by the St. Vrain Valley School District.  Living in Erie is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 48, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .05%.

#4 Lone Tree

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A home rule municipality in Douglas County, Lone Tree is home to 10,200 residents.  Located just 18 miles from downtown Denver, the community encompasses 9.6 square miles and has several distinct residential neighborhoods.  The violent crime rate in Long Tree is 52.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 5.1%.

#5 Johnstown

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Located in Weld and Larimer counties, the town of Johnstown is home to 9,800 residents.  The community was incorporated in 1907, encompasses 13.5 square miles, and is served by two different school districts.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate in Johnstown is 68.2, and residents have a .08% chance of being affected by property crime.

#6 Castle Rock

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A home rule municipality in Douglas County, Castle Rock is home to 55,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits midway between Colorado Springs and Denver.  It is named for castle-shaped butte in the center of town, and 27% of the community’s area is parkland.  The violent crime rate here is 89.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Castle Rock is 1.3%.

#7 Fort Morgan

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Located in Morgan County, Fort Morgan is a home rule municipality that is home to 10,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits along the Overland Trail and remains a primarily agricultural community, with Cargill having a meatpacking plant in the area.  The violent crime rate in Fort Morgan is 120.8, and residents have a 2.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#8 Parker

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A home rule municipality in Douglas County, Parker is home to 49,800 residents.  Considered a southeastern suburb of Denver, the community has a portion of the Cherry Creek Trail as well as the Rueter-Hess Reservoir that will soon be open for use.  The violent crime rate here is 125.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Parker is just .09%.

#9 Littleton

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Located in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties, the city of Littleton is home to 41,700 residents.  The county seat of Arapahoe County, the community dates back to the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush and is served by two public school districts.  The violent crime rate in Littleton is 129.5, and residents of the city have a 2.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Fruita

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A city in western Mesa County, Fruita is home to 12,600 residents.  Originally a fruit-producing region, the area has many historic properties and is now known for its arts, culture, recreation, and parks.  The violent crime rate here is 132.3, and residents of Fruita have a 1.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#11 Arvada

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Located in Jefferson and Adams counties, the city of Arvada is home to 111,700 residents.  The community’s historic district is just 7 miles northwest of Denver, and the city is primarily commuter-based but was once known as the “Celery Capital of the World.”  The violent crime rate here is 144.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Arvada is 2.3%.

#12 Centennial

A home rule municipality in Arapahoe County, the city of Centennial has a current population of 100,300 residents.  Considered a suburb of Denver, the community encompasses 27.9 square miles and is home to the headquarters of both National CineMedia and United Launch Alliance.  The violent crime rate in Centennial is 150.9, and residents of the city have a 1.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#13 Golden

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Located in Jefferson County, Golden is home to 18,800 residents.  The community sits just to the west of Denver and is the site of the Colorado School of Mines, as well as the Coors Brewing Company, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Colorado Railroad Museum.  The violent crime rate here is 160.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Golden is 2.4%.

#14 Greenwood Village

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A city in Arapahoe County, Greenwood Village is home to 13,900 residents.  Named for the Greenwood Ranch, the community is home to the headquarters of several businesses including Red Robin, CoBank, and Newmont Mining.  The violent crime rate in Greenwood Village is 194, and residents have a 3.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#15 Englewood

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Located in Arapahoe County, the city of Englewood is home to 30,200 residents.  Considered a southern suburb of Denver, the community is the site of several large regional hospitals as well as the popular Pirate’s Cove water park.  The violent crime rate here is 194.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Englewood is 5.7%.

#16 Sterling

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A city in Logan County in northeast Colorado, Sterling is home to 18,200 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is the regional hub for shopping, healthcare, recreation and is known for its well-performing schools.  The violent crime rate in Sterling is 207.6, and residents have a 2.8% chance of being involved a property crime.

#17 Loveland

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Located in Larimer County, the city of Loveland is home to 72,600 residents.  Just 46 miles north of Denver, the community is south of Fort Collins and is known for its large population of artists as well as its popular annual Valentine re-mailing program.  The violent crime rate here is 209.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Loveland is 2.6%.

#18 Longmont

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A city in Boulder and Weld counties, Longmont is home to 86,200 residents.  The community lies just northeast of Boulder and has several hi-tech employers such as Seagate Technology, DigitalGlobe, and Intrado.  The violent crime rate in Longmont is 211.4, and residents of the city have a 2.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#19 Lafayette

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Located in Boulder County, the city of Lafayette is home to 24,400 residents.  Originally a coal-mining town, the community’s focus shifted with the growth of Boulder and Denver. Lafayette is served by the Boulder School District and hosts a variety of unique annual events. The violent crime rate here is 214.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Lafayette is just 1.5%.

#20 Montrose

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A city in Montrose County, Montrose is home to 19,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community’s regional airport serves Telluride seasonally, and the area is known for its rich recreational opportunities. The violent crime rate in Montrose is 217.9, and residents of the city have a 3.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#21 Boulder

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Located in Boulder County, the city of Boulder has a current population of 97,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is 25 miles northwest of Denver, is home to the main campus of the University of Colorado, and was named a top city for business and careers by Forbes.  The violent crime rate here is 248.4, and residents of Boulder have a 2.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Fountain

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A city in El Paso County, Fountain is home to 25,800 residents.  Located just 10 miles south of downtown Colorado Springs, the community is the site of the Pike’s Peak International Raceway and was chosen as “America’s Millennium City” by the New York Times.  The violent crime rate in Fountain is 253.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.6%.

#23 Westminster

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Located in Adams and Jefferson counties, the city of Westminster is home to 106,100 residents.  Considered a suburb of Denver, the community is the site of the historic Westminster Castle and has been included on Money’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 259.5, and residents of Westminster have a 2.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#24 Fort Collins

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A city in Larimer County, Fort Collins has a current population of 156,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is home to a campus of Colorado State University as well as such hi-tech companies as Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and AMD.  The violent crime rate in Fort Collins is 262.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.7%.

#25 Thornton

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Located in Adams and Weld counties, the city of Thornton is home to 82,300 residents.  Just ten miles northeast of downtown Denver, this fast-growing community has nearly 2,000 acres of parkland and is served by three different school districts.  The violent crime rate in Thornton is 269.7, and residents of the city have a 2.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

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50 Safest Cities in Wisconsin 2016

WisconsinLocated in the north-central United States, Wisconsin is home to 5.7 million residents. Considered a part of both the Midwest and Great Lakes regions, the state is bordered by Lake Superior to the north and its largest city, Milwaukee, sits on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Second only to Michigan for its length of Great Lakes coastline, residents of Wisconsin have no shortage of recreational opportunities. If you’d like to live in the Badger State, we’re giving you the 50 safest cities in Wisconsin so that you can make the right 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 290 for violent crime and 2,088 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Muskego

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Located in Waukesha County, the city of Muskego is home to 24,100 residents.  Considered a bedroom community of nearby Milwaukee, the city has three lakes and is served by the Muskego-Norway School District.  Muskego is the safest place to live in Wisconsin, with a violent crime rate of 16.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1%.

#2 Cedarburg

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A city in Ozaukee County, Cedarburg is home to 11,400 residents.  Located just 20 miles north of Milwaukee, the community draws some tourists to its historic district, with several art galleries and many properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Cedarburg is 17.4, and residents of the city have a 1.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Waunakee

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Located in Dane County, Waunakee is a village that is home to 12,000 residents.  Considered a suburb of Madison, the community encompasses just 6.3 square miles and has been included on CNN Money’s list of best places to live for small towns.  The violent crime rate here is 24.3, and residents of Waunakee have a .09% chance of being affected by property crime.

#4 Oconomowoc

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A city in Waukesha County, Oconomowoc is home to 15,700 residents.  Located in the Lake County, the community sits adjacent to several lakes, the largest being Lake Oconomowoc and Lac La Belle.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate in Oconomowoc is 31.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.8%.

#5 Menomonee Falls

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Also located in Waukesha County, the village of Menomonee Falls is home to 35,600 residents.  Considered the most populous village in the state, the community is named after the river and waterfall that are located in the center of the village.  The violent crime rate here is 39.1, and residents of Menomonee Falls have a 1.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#6 Grafton

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A village in Ozaukee County, Grafton is home to 11,400 residents.  Established in 1844, the village encompasses 5.1 square miles, is served by two school districts, and has portions of the Milwaukee River within its borders.  The violent crime rate in Grafton is 43.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.4%.

#7 Franklin

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Located in Milwaukee County, the city of Franklin is home to 36,300 residents.  Just nine miles from downtown Milwaukee, the community was included on CNN Money’s list of best places to live and a top employer here is Northwestern Mutual.  The violent crime rate here is 44.8, and residents of Franklin have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#8 Verona

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A city in Dane County, Verona is home to 10,600 residents.  Located just ten miles southwest of downtown Madison, the community is served by the Verona Area School District and is the site of the headquarters of Epic Systems, a medical information systems company.  The violent crime rate in Verona is 46.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.5%.

#9 Hudson

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Located in St. Croix County, the city of Hudson is home to 12,700 residents.  Settled in 1840, the community has many historic properties and businesses that have made it a popular tourist destination.  It is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 46.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here at 3.8%.

#10 Beaver Dam

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A city in Dodge County, Beaver Dam has a current population of 16,300 residents.  Incorporated in 1856, the community is home to the Williams Free Library, the Beaver Dam Lake and River, and is host to several popular annual events.  The violent crime rate in Beaver Dam is 49.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3%.

#11 Brookfield

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Located in Waukesha County, the city of Brookfield is home to 37,900 residents.  The city is west of Milwaukee and includes the Fox River, where there is a community park and beach at Fox Brook Park.  The violent crime rate here is 49.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Brookfield is 2.9%.

#12 Platteville

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A city in Grant County, Platteville is home to 11,200 residents.  Originally a farming and fur trading community along the Platte River, the city is now the site of the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, a public university that specializes in engineering.  The violent crime rate in Platteville is 53.3, and residents here have a 3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#13 Germantown

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Located in Washington County, the village of Germantown is home to 19,700 residents.  Incorporated in 1924, the village now encompasses over 35 square miles and has been included on Money’s list of most appealing places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 55.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Germantown is just 1.9%.

#14 Pleasant Prairie

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A village in Kenosha County in southeast Wisconsin, Pleasant Prairie is home to 19,700 residents.  Located between Chicago and Milwaukee, the community has several distinct neighborhoods and is the site of the large Pleasant Prairie Power Plant.  The violent crime in Pleasant Prairie is 55.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.5%.

#15 Onalaska

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Located in La Crosse County, the city of Onalaska is home to 17,700 residents.  Known as “The Sunfish Capital of the World,” the community sits adjacent to the Black River and Lake Onalaska, a large man-made reservoir.  The violent crime rate here is 55.7, and residents of Onalaska have a 2.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#16 Hartford

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A city in Washington and Dodge counties, Hartford is home to 14,200 residents.  The community is located on portions of the Rubicon River and Pike Lake, and has a history as the site of the historic Kissel Motor Car Company.  The violent crime rate in Hartford is 55.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.2%.

#17 Hobart-Lawrence

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Located in Brown County, the village of Hobart and the town of Lawrence have a co-operative arrangement for police protection services.  The total population of the two communities is 10,300 residents.  The violent crime rate here is 56.5, and residents of these communities have a .06% chance of being affected by property crime.

#18 Elkhorn

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A city in Walworth County, Elkhorn is home to 10,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is located between the cities of Milwaukee and Chicago and the community has the nickname of “The Christmas Card Town”.  The violent crime rate in Elkhorn is 59.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.1%.

#19 Marshfield

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Located in Wood and Marathon counties, the city of Marshfield has a current population of 19,100 residents. The community is home to a large medical center, the world’s largest round barn, and the University of Wisconsin at Marshfield/Wood County.  The violent crime rate here is 67.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Marshfield is 2.9%.

#20 Mequon

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A city in Ozaukee County, Mequon is home to 23,100 residents.  Incorporated in 1957, the community is home to many parks, several colleges, and was included on CNN Money’s list of best small cities in the U.S.  The violent crime rate in Mequon is 68.9, and residents of the city have a .08% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#21 Mount Pleasant

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Located in Racine County, the village of Mount Pleasant is home to 26,100 residents.  Just 30 miles south of Milwaukee and 60 miles north of Chicago, the community is the second most populous village in the state.  The violent crime rate here is 72.3, and residents of Mount Pleasant have a 3.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Whitefish Bay

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A village in Milwaukee County, Whitefish Bay is home to 14,100 residents.  The community encompasses 2.1 square miles, is served by the Whitefish Bay School District, and is the site of the headquarters of the artisan bread company, Breadsmith.  The violent crime rate in Whitefish Bay is 77.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.3%.

#23 Greendale

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Also located in Milwaukee County, the village of Greendale is home to 14,000 residents.  The community encompasses 5.5 square miles, is known for its top-rated schools, and sits on the banks of the Root River.  The violent crime rate here is 77.7, and residents of Greendale have a 3.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#24 Waupun

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A city in Dodge and Fond du Lac counties, Waupun is home to 11,300 residents.  Founded in 1839, the community sits along the Rock River, is home to three correctional institutions, and is noted for its outdoor sculptures by artist Clarence Addison Shaler.  The violent crime rate in Waupun is 79.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.4%.

#25 Wisconsin Rapids

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Located in Wood County, the city of Wisconsin Rapids is home to 18,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is divided by the Wisconsin River and is known for its paper mills, its cranberry industry, and as the home of Renaissance Learning, Inc.  The violent crime rate here is 81.4, and residents of Wisconsin Rapids have a 4.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#26 De Pere

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A city in Brown County, De Pere is home to 23,800 residents.  Considered a suburb of Green Bay, the community sits along the Fox River, has two public school districts, and is home to St. Norbert College, a private Roman Catholic liberal arts college.  The violent crime rate in De Pere is 82.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.1%.

#27 Port Washington

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Located in Ozaukee County, the city of Port Washington is home 11,200 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is just 25 miles north of Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan and has one of the largest commercial fishing fleets in the Great Lakes.  The violent crime rate here is 88.5, and residents of Port Washington have a 1.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#28 West Bend

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A city in Washington County, West Bend is home to 31,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits on the banks of the Milwaukee River, has over 1,200 acres of parks, and is known for its prosperous businesses that date back to the 1800’s.  The violent crime rate in West Bend is 92.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.5%.

#29 Everest

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Located in Marathon County, the DC Everest district is a joint police force that serves the city of Schofield and the village and town of Weston.  The combined populations of these communities is 18,000 residents, with the largest being the village of Weston.  The violent crime rate in this district is 93.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2%.

#30 Middleton

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A city in Dane County, Middleton is home 17,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of the state capital of Madison, the community has been included on CNN Money’s list of best small towns in the U.S., and is the site of several business headquarters.  The violent crime rate in Middleton is 95.6, and residents of the city have a 2.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#31 Marinette

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Located in Marinette County, the city of Marinette is home to 16,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits on the south bank of the Menominee River, at the mouth of Green Bay and is known for its shipbuilding industry.  The violent crime rate here is 100.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Marinette is 4%.

#32 Stoughton

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A city in Dane County, Stoughton is home to 12,600 residents.  Located just 20 miles southeast of Madison, the community sits on the banks of the Yahara River and is known for its strong Norwegian heritage.  The violent crime rate in Stoughton is 108.9, and residents here have a 2.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#33 Kaukauna

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Located in Outagamie County, the city of Kaukauna is home to 15,400 residents.  The community is approximately 100 miles north of Milwaukee, is near the Fox River, and is known for its Thilmany paper mill.  The violent crime rate here is 109, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Kaukauna is just 1.1%.

#34 Monroe

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A city in Green County, Monroe is home 10,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is located in the southern part of the state and is known as the “Swiss Cheese Capital of the USA,” where it is also the headquarters to Colony Brands, Inc.  The violent crime rate in Monroe is 110.4, and residents here have a 2.8% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#35 Whitewater

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Located in Walworth and Jefferson counties, the city of Whitewater has a current population of 14,300 residents.  The community was originally a mill town but is now home to the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater as well as a part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.  The violent crime rate here is 114.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Whitewater is 1.7%.

#36 Brown Deer

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A village in Milwaukee County, Brown Deer is home to 11,900 residents.  Considered a suburb of Milwaukee, the community encompasses 4.4 square miles and has been included on CNN Money’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate in Brown Deer is 115.8, and residents of the community have a 2.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#37 Two Rivers

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Located in Manitowoc County, the city of Two Rivers is home to 11,700 residents.  The community is located on Lake Michigan at the confluence of the Neshota and Mishicott rivers and is the site of several historic properties.  The violent crime rate here is 128.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Two Rivers is 2.3%.

#38 Fort Atkinson

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A city in Jefferson County, Fort Atkinson is home 12,300 residents.  The community sits along the banks of the Rock River, is the site of several large businesses, and has a popular dinner theater at the location of the original fort.  The violent crime rate in Fort Atkinson is 128.6, and residents of the city have a 2.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#39 Neenah

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Located in Winnebago County, the city of Neenah has a current population of 25,500 residents.  The community sits on the banks of the Fox River, Lake Winnebago, and Little Lake Butte des Morts and is known for its significant steel and paper industries, which includes Kimberly-Clark. The violent crime rate here is 136.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Neenah is just 1.9%.

#40 Sun Prairie

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A city in Duane County, Sun Prairie is home to 29,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Madison, the community is a part of the Yahara River Valley and hosts a popular annual Groundhog Day celebration.  The violent crime rate in Sun Prairie is 137, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.4%.

#41 Grand Chute

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Located in Outagamie County, the town of Grand Chute is home to 20,900 residents.  Settled in 1849, the community is the site of the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve and is known as the home of the John Birch Society.  The violent crime rate here is 137.4, and residents of Grand Chute have a 3.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#42 Greenfield

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A city in Milwaukee County, Greenfield is home to 36,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of Milwaukee, the community sits on the banks of the Root River and is served by the Greenfield School District.  The violent crime rate here is 143.3, and residents of Greenfield have a 3.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#43 Menasha

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Located in Calumet and Winnebago counties, the city of Menasha has a current population of 17,300 residents.  The community encompasses 7.5 square miles and is home to the University of Wisconsin at Fox Valley, where there is a planetarium and earth science museum.  The violent crime rate in Menasha is 150.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.4%.

#44 Waukesha

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A city in Waukesha County, Waukesha is home to 70,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Milwaukee, is the site of several universities, and has been included on Money’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 150.6, and residents of Waukesha have a 1.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#45 Burlington

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Located in Racine and Walworth counties, the city of Burlington is home to 10,400 residents.  Incorporated in 1900, the community has several breweries and is nicknamed “Chocolate City, U.S.A.” because of a Nestle factory built there in the 1960’s.  The violent crime rate in Burlington is 152.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.7%.

#46 Oak Creek

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A city in Milwaukee County, Oak Creek is home to 35,400 residents.  The community is served by the Oak Creek Franklin School District and is home to a new location of Bucyrus International, as well as a large power plant.  The violent crime rate here is 164.2, and residents of Oak Creek have a 3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#47 Eau Claire

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Located in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties, the city of Eau Claire is home to 65,800 residents.  The community’s name is derived from the French term for “clear waters” as the city sits along the Eau Claire River.  It is also home to such companies as Menards, Midwest Manufacturing, and Silver Spring Foods.  The violent crime rate in Eau Claire is 164.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.5%.

#48 Shorewood

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A village in Milwaukee County, Shorewood is home to 13,100 residents.  Founded in 1900, the community encompasses just 1.5 square miles, sits between Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River, and has several historic properties.  The violent crime rate here is 165.9, and residents of Shorewood have a 2.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#49 Wauwatosa

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Also located in Milwaukee County, the city of Wauwatosa is home to 46,300 residents.  The community sits just west of the city of Milwaukee, is served by the Wauwatosa School District, and has several properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The violent crime rate in Wauwatosa is 166.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.1%.

#50 South Milwaukee

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A city in Milwaukee County, South Milwaukee is home to 21,100 residents.  First incorporated as a village in 1892, the community encompasses just 4.8 square miles and is the site of the headquarters of Bucyrus International, which is now owned by Caterpillar.  The violent crime rate here is 173.6, and residents of South Milwaukee have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

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25 Safest Cities in Indiana 2016

IndianaLocated in the midwestern and Great Lakes regions of the U.S., Indiana is the 16th most populous state in the country. Home to 6.6 million residents, the state’s largest city and capital is Indianapolis, which has been nicknamed the “Crossroads of America”. With its diverse economy and fertile landscape, Indiana is a popular midwestern state to call home. If you’d like to live in The Hoosier State, we’re serving up the 25 safest cities in Indiana for 2016.

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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 365 for violent crime and 2,649 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Zionsville

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A suburban town in Boone County, Zionsville is home to 14,100 residents.  Just 18 miles northwest of Indianapolis, the town is a part of Eagle Township and is known for its village-style downtown district, with brick-paved Main Street.  Zionsville is the safest place to live in Indiana, with no violent crime at all and the chance of being affected by property crime here also very small, at just .01%.

#2 Carmel

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Located in Hamilton County, the city of Carmel is home to 85,900 residents.  This fast-growing city sits just north of Indianapolis, has a growing arts and design district, and has been included on CNN Money’s list of best places to live.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate here is 13.4, and residents of Carmel have a .09% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Fishers

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Another city in Hamilton County, Fishers is home to 76,700 residents.  Located in both Fall Creek and Delaware Townships, the community is the site of Geist Reservoir and has been included on Money’s list of best places to live and Forbes’ list of America’s best affordable suburbs.  The violent crime rate in Fishers is 17.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1%.

#4 Shelbyville

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Located in Shelby County, the city of Shelbyville is home to 19,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is 26 miles southeast of Indianapolis and lies along the fork of the Little Blue and Big Blue rivers.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 20.8, and residents of Shelbyville have a 4.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Crown Point

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A city in Lake County, Crown Point is home to 27,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is located just 40 miles southeast of the Chicago Loop and the city is also known as the “Hub of Lake County.”  The violent crime rate here is 25.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Crown Point is just 1.8%.

#6 Jasper

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Located in Dubois County, the city of Jasper is home to 15,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits along the Patoka River and is known for its large number of furniture companies, earning it the name the “Wood Capital of the World.”  The violent crime rate in Jasper is 39.5, and residents of the city have a 1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Dyer

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A town in Lake County, Dyer is home to 16,300 residents.  A part of St. John Township, the town is considered a bedroom community to nearby Chicago and has been included on CNN Money’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 42.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Dyer is just 1.7%.

#8 St. John

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Also located in Lake County, the town of St. John is home to 14,800 residents.  Founded in 1837, the community is a part of both St. John and Hanover Townships and is served by both the Lake Central School Corporation and the Hanover Community School Corporation. The violent crime rate in St. John is 53.7, and residents here have a .09% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#9 New Castle

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A city in Henry County, New Castle is home to 18,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is just 44 miles northeast of Indianapolis, and its New Castle Fieldhouse is known as being the largest high school gymnasium in the world.  The violent crime rate here is 60.8, and residents of New Castle have a 7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Logansport

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Located in Cass County, the city of Logansport is home to 18,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits at the junction of the Eel and Wabash rivers and is served by the Logansport Community School Corporation.  The largest employer here is Tyson Foods.  The violent crime rate in Logansport is 65.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 5.3%.

#11 Valparaiso

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A city in Ported County, Valparaiso has a current population of 31,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is home to several colleges and universities, including Purdue University North Central and Valparaiso University.  The violent crime rate here is 87.4, and residents of Valparaiso have a 2.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Westfield

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Located in Hamilton County, the city of Westfield is home to 30,000 residents.  Considered a suburb of Indianapolis, the community has seen steady growth and is the site of the popular Grand Park, a 400-acre sports campus for residents.  The violent crime rate in Westfield is 90.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.6%.

#13 Greenfield

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A city in Hancock County, Greenfield is home to 20,600 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Indianapolis and lies within Center Township.  It is also home to the headquarters of Avery Dennison.  The violent crime rate here is 91.3, and residents of Greenfield have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Auburn

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Located in DeKalb County, the city of Auburn is home to 13,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community’s nickname is “Home of the Classics” in reference to the many classic automobiles that were once manufactured there.  Now, there are festivals and museums to commemorate these throughout the year.  The violent crime rate in Auburn is 101.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3.1%.

#15 Highland

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A town in Lake County, Highland is home to 23,700 residents.  Just 25 miles from Chicago, the community consists of several distinct neighborhoods and is served by the School Town of Highland public school system.  The violent crime rate here is 105.1, and residents of Highland have a 2.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#16 Brownsburg

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Located in Hendricks County, the town of Brownsburg is home to 14,500 residents.  First settled in 1824, the community encompasses 11.1 square miles, and is served by the Brownsburg Community School Corporation.  The violent crime rate in Brownsburg is 105.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.5%.

#17 Chesterton

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A town in Porter County, Chesterton is home to 13,000 residents.  The community sits just south of the Indiana Dunes State Park and is also the site of the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve.  The violent crime rate here is 106, and residents of Chesterton have a 1.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#18 LaPorte

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Located in LaPorte County, the city of LaPorte is home to 22,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community has nine lakes and is known for its recreational opportunities and various city events.  The violent crime rate in LaPorte is 126.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in the city is 4.8%.

#19 Munster

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A town in Lake County, Munster is home 23,600 residents.  A part of the North Township, the community is just 30 miles southeast of the Chicago Loop and is bordered on the north by the Little Calumet River.  The violent crime rate here is 126.8, and residents of Munster have a 1.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#20 Cedar Lake

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Also located in Lake County, the town of Cedar Lake is home to 11,500 residents.  The community is a part of both Hanover and Center townships and sits on the shores of Cedar Lake, the largest natural lake in northwest Indiana.  The violent crime rate in Cedar Lake is 129.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2.5%.

#21 Martinsville

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A city in Morgan County, Martinsville is home to 12,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community was once home to many fisheries, earning it the name the “Goldfish Capital of the World”. The city is served by the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville.  The violent crime rate here is 142.1, and residents of Martinsville have an 8.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Goshen

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Located in Elkhart County, the city of Goshen is home to 31,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits near the Michigan border, is a center for several RV manufacturing companies, and is home to Goshen College.  The violent crime rate in Goshen is 146.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3.5%.

#23 Hobart

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A city in Lake County, Hobart is home to 29,000 residents.  Just 31 miles southeast of Chicago, the community is the site of Lake George, which is a popular spot for recreation.  Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are also nearby.  The violent crime rate here is 175.1, and residents of Hobart have a 4.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#24 Huntington

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Located in Huntington County, the city of Huntington is home to 17,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits in both the Union and Huntington townships and is the site of a section of the Wabash and Erie Canal, the shipping canal that links the Ohio River to the Great Lakes.  The violent crime rate in Huntington is 177.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.6%.

#25 Columbus

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A city in Bartholomew County, Columbus is home 44,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is just 40 miles south of Indianapolis and is well-known for its modern architectural landmarks and historic buildings.  The violent crime rate here is 185.2, and residents of Columbus have a 4.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

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50 Safest Cities in Missouri 2016

MissouriLocated in the midwestern United States, Missouri is home to just over 6 million residents. The state’s largest city is St. Louis and its capital is Jefferson City. Missouri has a varied geography and is known for being home to parts of the Ozark Mountains as well as the point of intersection of the three greatest rivers in the country, the Mississippi, the Ohio, and the Missouri Rivers. If you’d like to make The Show Me State your next home, we’re giving you the 50 safest cities in Missouri to help you choose wisely.

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 443 for violent crime and 2,906 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Town & Country

 

Located in St. Louis County, Town and Country is a city that is home to 10,800 residents.  This affluent suburb of St. Louis is known as the home of Bellerive Country Club and Maryville University.  Major companies headquartered here include Charter Communications and Energizer Holdings.  Town and Country is the safest place to live in Missouri, with a violent crime rate of 27.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .08%.

#2 Chesterfield

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Another city in St. Louis County, Chesterfield has a current population of 47,400 residents.  Just 25 miles west of St. Louis, the city has several historic neighborhoods and his home to the headquarters of Reinsurance Group of America.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate in Chesterfield is 48.4, and residents have a 1.5% chance of being involved in a property crime here.

#3 Manchester

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Also in St. Louis County, the city of Manchester is home to 18,000 residents.  Named after the city in England, the community encompasses just 5 square miles and is served by the Parkway School District.  Living in Manchester is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 49.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.8%.

#4 Ballwin

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Located in St. Louis County, the town of Ballwin is home to 30,400 residents.  The community encompasses 8.9 square miles and has repeatedly been included on Money Magazine’s list of 100 best places to live in America.  The violent crime rate in Ballwin is 59.1, and residents here have a .07% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Webster Groves

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A city in St. Louis County, Webster Groves has a current population of 22,900 residents.  Considered an affluent suburb of St. Louis, the community is home to Webster University and has been included on Family Circle’s list of best cities for families in America.  The violent crime rate here is 91.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Webster Groves is just 1.1%.

#6 O’Fallon

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Located in St. Charles County, the city of O’Fallon is home to 79,300 residents.  The community is the site of Mastercard’s Global Technology and Operations Center and has been included on Money’s list of 100 best places to live.  The violent crime rate in O’Fallon is 91.7, and residents here have a 1.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Crestwood

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A city in St. Louis County, Crestwood is home to 11,900 residents.  Considered a suburb of St. Louis, the community encompasses just 3.6 square miles and is the site of several large parks and historic properties.  The violent crime rate here is 92.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Crestwood is just 2.3%.

#8 Creve Coeur

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Located in west St. Louis County, the city of Creve Coeur has a current population of 17,800 residents.   The community is home to Missouri Baptist University as well as the world headquarters of both Monsanto Corporation and Isle of Capri Casinos.  The violent crime rate in Creve Coeur is 95.2, and residents here have a 1.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#9 Raymore

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A city in Cass County, Raymore is home to 19,200 residents.  This fast-growing city in the western part of the state encompasses 17.7 square miles and is served by the Raymore-Peculiar School District.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 98.2, and residents of Raymore have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Webb City

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Located in Jasper County, Webb City is home to 10,900 residents.  Founded in 1876, the city has a long history in mining and later in the manufacturing of explosives.  Its downtown district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate in Webb City is 99, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 5.2%.

#11 Maryville

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A city in Nodaway County, Maryville has a current population of 11,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is home to Northwest Missouri State University as well as the Missouri State Arboretum.  The violent crime rate here is 99.7, and residents of Maryville have a 1.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Lake St Louis

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Located in St. Charles County, the city of Lake St. Louis is home to 14,500 residents.  Considered a planned community on two private lakes, this fast-growing city is characterized by its recreational opportunities and expanding retail developments.  The violent crime rate in Lake St. Louis is 101.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2.1%.

#13 Eureka

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A city in St. Louis County, Eureka is home to 10,100 residents.  The community encompasses 10.4 square miles and is the site of the popular amusement park Six Flags St. Louis.  The violent crime rate here is 107.8, and residents of Eureka have a 2.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Lee’s Summit

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Located in Jackson and Cass counties, the city of Lee’s Summit is home to 91,300 residents.  Originally settled in the mid-1800’s, the community has been included on CNN Money’s list of 100 best cities to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate in Lee’s Summit is 118.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2.3%.

#15 Nixa

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A city in Christian County, Nixa is home to 19,000 residents. Incorporated in 1902, the community is popular to many who commute to nearby Springfield.  Another safe choice in Missouri, the violent crime rate in Nixa is 118.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.8%.

#16 Kirkwood

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Located in St. Louis County, the city of Kirkwood is home to 27,500 residents.  Founded in 1853, this was the first planned suburb west of the Mississippi River and is also the site of the popular St. Louis Children’s Museum, called The Magic House.  The violent crime rate here is 123.3, and residents of Kirkwood have a 1.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#17 Troy

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A city in Lincoln County, Troy is home to 10,500 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is the gateway to Cuivre River State Park, one of the largest of Missouri’s state parks.  The violent crime rate in Troy is 131.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.4%.

#18 Washington

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Located in Franklin County, the city of Washington is home to 13,900 residents.  The community is named after George Washington, sits on the Missouri River, and is known as the corncob pipe capital of the world.  The violent crime rate here is 135, and residents of Washington have a 3.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#19 Arnold

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A city in Jefferson County, Arnold is home to 20,800 residents.  The city encompasses 11.9 square miles, is served by the Fox C-6 School District, and has a large Anheuser-Busch can manufacturing facility.  The violent crime rate in Arnold is 143.4, and residents of the city have a 3.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#20 Clayton

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Located in St. Louis County, the city of Clayton is home to 15,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the city is noted for its imposing buildings in its business district, where the headquarters of such companies as Enterprise Holdings, Centene, and Brown Shoe Company are located.  The violent crime rate here is 150.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Clayton is just 1.6%.

#21 Florissant

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Also located in St. Louis County, the city of Florissant is home to 52,100 residents.  Considered one of the oldest settlements in the state, the community is home to two theological colleges and has been included on Money’s list of best places to live.  The violent crime rate in Florissant is 151.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.2%.

#22 St. Charles

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A city in St. Charles County, St. Charles is home to 65,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community lies on the banks of the Missouri River and serves as the base for the St. Louis National Weather Service office.  The violent crime rate in St. Charles is 151.4, and residents have a 2.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#23 Warrensburg

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Located in Johnson County, the city of Warrensburg has a current population of 18,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the town is served by the Warrensburg R-VI School District, and is home to the University of Central Missouri.  The violent crime rate here is 172.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Warrensburg is 3.2%.

#24 Carthage

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A city in Jasper County, Carthage is home to 14,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is the site of the first official engagement in the Civil War at the Battle of Carthage and is known for its popular Precious Moments Park and Chapel tourist attraction.  The violent crime rate in Carthage is 179, and residents have a 3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#25 Moberly

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Located in Randolph County, the city of Moberly is home to 13,900 residents.  A part of the Little Dixie region of the state, the community was founded in 1866, is the site of a railroad museum, and is home to two colleges.  The violent crime rate here is 186.2, and residents of Moberly have a 4.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#26 Liberty

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A city in Clay County, Liberty is home to 29,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Kansas City and is the site of William Jewell College.  The violent crime rate in Liberty is 192.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.9%.

#27 Wentzville

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Located in St. Charles County, the city of Wentzville is home to 29,000 residents.  Considered a suburb of St. Louis, the city is known for its annual pirate festival and a large renaissance fair.  General Motors Wentzville Assembly is the major employer in the area, with its full-size van assembly plant.  The violent crime rate here is 193.2, and residents of Wentzville have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#28 Jackson

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A city in Cape Girardeau County, Jackson is home to 13,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community maintains over 200 acres of parks for residents and has a historic uptown district.  The violent crime rate in Jackson is 193.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2.4%.

#29 Maryland Heights

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A city in St. Louis County, Maryland Heights is home to 27,400 residents.  Incorporated in 1985, the community is home to the county’s first casino and hosts other large businesses, such as Edward Jones Investments and Equifax Workforce Solutions.  The violent crime rate here is 210.8, and residents of Maryland Heights have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#30 Marshall

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Located in Saline County, the city of Marshall is home to 13,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community encompasses 10.2 square miles, is served by the Marshall Public School District, and is the site of Missouri Valley College.  The violent crime rate in Marshall is 214.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2.5%.

#31 St. Peters

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A city in St. Charles County, St. Peters is home to 52,500 residents.  Incorporated in 1910 and named for a Jesuit mission, the community has an award-winning recreation complex for residents and has been included on Money’s list of best places to live.  The violent crime rate here is 223, and residents of St. Peters have a 2.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#32 Grain Valley

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Located in Jackson County, the city of Grain Valley is home to 12,800 residents.  Just 23 miles east of Kansas City, the community is served by the Grain Valley R-V School District.  The violent crime rate in Grain Valley is 232.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime in the city is just 1.7%.

#33 Kennett

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A city in Dunklin County, Kennett is home to 10,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is located in the Bootheel section of the state just 20 miles from the Mississippi River, which is mostly an agricultural area.  The violent crime rate here is 237.2, and residents of Kennett have a 5.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#34 Harrisonville

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Located in Cass County, the city of Harrisonville is home to 10,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community was founded in 1837 and has a historic courthouse square district that consists of 37 buildings.  The violent crime rate in Harrisonville is 237.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 4.5%.

#35 Blue Springs

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A city in Jackson County, Blue Springs is home to 52,500 residents.  Named after a spring from the Little Blue River, the community has a rich history with several historic properties.  It has also been included on CNN Money’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 242.2, and residents of Blue Springs have a 3.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#36 Ozark

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Located in Christian County, the city of Ozark is home to 17,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Springfield and is the site of the tech company, Simclar Interconnect Technologies.  The violent crime rate in Ozark is 242.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.4%.

#37 Excelsior Springs

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A city in Clay and Ray counties, Excelsior Springs has a current population of 11,000 residents.  Just 30 miles northeast of Kansas City, the community sits along the East Fork Fishing River and is home to several popular community theaters.  The violent crime rate here is 257.7, and residents of Excelsior Springs have a 4.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#38 Neosho

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Located in Newton County, the city of Neosho is home to 11,800 residents.  The Native American name for the city refers to the local freshwater springs, and the community is known as the home of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, the oldest in the system.  The violent crime rate in Neosho is 276.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 4.3%.

#39 Fulton

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A city in Callaway County, Fulton is home to 12,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community was founded in 1825 and is the site of two universities, Westminster College and William Woods University.  The violent crime rate here is 280.5, and residents of Fulton have a 3.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#40 Rolla

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Located in Phelps County, the city of Rolla is home to 19,500 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits between Springfield and St. Louis and is the site of the headquarters of the Mark Twain National Forest as well as the home of the Missouri University of Science and Technology.  The violent crime rate in Rolla is 281.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.9%.

#41 Gladstone

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A city in Clay County, Gladstone is home to 26,300 residents.  Just a 10-minute drive from downtown Kansas City, the community has a rich history as well as an active arts and entertainment program for residents.  The violent crime rate here is 282.6, and residents of Gladstone have a 2.8% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#42 Kirksville

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Located in Adair County in the Benton Township, the city of Kirksville has a current population of 17,500 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is home to two colleges, Truman State University and A.T. Still University.  The violent crime rate in Kirksville is 285.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 2.8%.

#43 Belton

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A city in Cass County, Belton is home to 23,100 residents.  Located just 17 miles south of Kansas City, the community is served by the Belton School District and is the site of the Department of Energy’s new National Nuclear Security Administration building.  The violent crime rate here is 304.8, and residents of Belton have a 2.8% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#44 Farmington

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Located in St. Francois County, the city of Farmington is home to 16,200 residents.  Just 60 miles south of St. Louis in the Lead Belt region of the state, the community is also the county seat and home to the headquarters of airline Multi-Aero.  The violent crime rate in Farmington is 318.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 4.8%.

#45 Mexico

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A city in Audrain County, Mexico is home to 11,500 residents.  Also the county seat, the community was incorporated in 1855 and is home to the Missouri Military Academy prep school.  The violent crime rate here is 328.1, and residents of Mexico have a 2.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#46 Hannibal

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Located in Marion and Ralls counties, the city of Hannibal has a current population of 17,600 residents.  The city sits adjacent to the Mississippi River and is best known as the boyhood home of Mark Twain, serving as the setting for several of his novels.  The violent crime rate in Hannibal is 329.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 6.1%.

#47 Overland

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A city in St. Louis County, Overland is home to 16,000 residents.  Considered a suburb of St. Louis, the community is the site of several business headquarters such as Build-A-Bear Workshop and the U.S. Government’s National Personnel Records Center.  The violent crime rate here is 335.6, and residents of Overland have a 4.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#48 Hazelwood

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Also located in St. Louis County, the city of Hazelwood is home to 25,700 residents.  Another St. Louis suburb, the community is served by the Hazelwood School District and is home to the headquarters of the United Pentecostal Church International.  The violent crime rate in Hazelwood is 341.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.8%.

#49 Festus

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A city in Jefferson County, Festus is home to 11,600 residents.  Incorporated in 1887, the community encompasses just 5.7 square miles, is known for its annual festivals, and is served by the Festus R-VI School District.  The violent crime rate here is 342.9, and residents of Festus have a 2.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#50 Union

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Located in Franklin County, the city of Union is home to 10,200 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is just 50 miles southwest of St. Louis on the banks of the Bourbeuse River and is served by the Union R-XI School District.  The violent crime rate in Union is 350.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 5.2%.

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