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50 Safest Cities in Texas 2016

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

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

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#1 Colleyville

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

#2 Murphy

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

#3 Flower Mound

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

#4 Southlake

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

#5 Keller

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

#6 Highland Village

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

#7 Friendswood

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

#8 University Park

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

#9 Allen

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

#10 Alton

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

#11 Wylie

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

#12 Seabrook

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

#13 Fredericksburg

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

#14 Coppell

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

#15 Hewitt

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

#16 Frisco

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

#17 Robinson

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

#18 West University Place

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

#19 Lake Jackson

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

#20 Midlothian

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

#21 League City

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

#22 Little Elm

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

#23 Seagoville

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

#24 Portland

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

#25 Red Oak

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

#26 The Colony

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

#27 Prosper

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

#28 Hidalgo

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

#29 Gatesville

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

#30 Rockwall

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

#31 Sachse

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

#32 Lumberton

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

#33 Farmers Branch

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

#34 Missouri City

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

#35 Rowlett

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

#36 McAllen

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

#37 Pflugerville

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

#38 Canyon

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

#39 Mansfield

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

#40 Crowley

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

#41 Mission

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

#42 Pearland

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

#43 Plano

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

#44 Georgetown

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

#45 Sugar Land

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

#46 Bellaire

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

#47 Round Rock

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

#48 Hutto

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

#49 Weatherford

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

#50 Forney

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

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50 Safest Cities in California 2016

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The Golden State is the largest state in the country in terms of population.  With 39 million residents, many people dream of calling California home.  If you live here or are looking to make the move, we’ve ranked the safest towns in the state based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. The rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 402 for violent crime and 2,658 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.
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 While California may be home to eight of the nation’s 50 most populated cities, you may be better off looking at one of these locations to call home.

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#1 Hillsborough

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Known as one of the wealthiest communities in America, this town of 11,000 residents in the south San Francisco Bay area is also the safest in California and #2 on our list of “Safest American Small Towns.”  Homes in Hillsborough must be at least 2,500 square feet, so there are no apartments or condos here.  There’s almost no crime to speak of here either, with the violent crime rate being just 9 for every 100,000 residents.

#2 Los Altos

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Also in the San Francisco Bay area, Los Altos is a town of 29,000 residents at the southern tip of the peninsula.  Forbes puts this as one of the most expensive zip codes in the U.S., and it is also one of the safest in California.  The violent crime rate here is just 20.2, and you have a 1% chance of being the victim of a property crime in Los Altos.

#3 Laguna Woods

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Formerly known as Leisure World, Laguna Woods is a city that is encompassed almost entirely of a retirement community.  This community of 16,000 residents is located in Orange County, and the median age here is 77.0 years.  Laguna Woods is a pretty safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of just 24.1 and the chance of being the victim of a property crime less than 1%.

#4 Saratoga

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Another Bay Area treasure, Saratoga sits directly west of San Jose on the edge of the Silicon Valley.  This city of 30,000 residents was ranked in Bloomberg Business Week as one of America’s Top 20 most-educated small towns.  It is also quite safe, with a violent crime rate of just 29.3 and the chances of being affected by property crime well under 1%.

#5 Lincoln

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Lincoln is located in the northern Sacramento metropolitan area and, what was once a quiet small town has seen rapid growth in recent years.  This town of 45,000 residents saw growth of over 282% between 2000-2010, making it one of the fastest growing small towns in America. Despite the growth, it remains a safe place to call home with a violent crime rate of 31.5 and the chances of being affected by property crime just 1.14%.

#6 Sierra Madre

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Located in Los Angeles County, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley, Sierra Madre is a small town of just 11,000 residents with a rich history and a strong sense of community.  Living in Sierra Madre provides a safe existence, with a violent crime rate of 36 and just a 1% chance of being the victim of a property crime.

#7 Moraga

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The town of Moraga is located in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay area and is the combination of the former communities of Rheem, Rheem Valley, and Moraga Town.   This quaint town located in a valley is home to 16,000 residents who enjoy the surrounding hills, biking trails, and hiking paths.  Moraga is also very safe, with a violent crime rate of 36.6 and less than a 1% chance of property crime.

#8 Danville

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Another Contra Costa County town, Danville has a population of 42,000 residents and is considered one of the wealthiest suburbs of San Francisco and Oakland.  Danville also has popular hiking and biking trails, the Iron Horse Regional Trail being most notable.  Living in Danville is a safe bet with a 37.1 violent crime rate and the chance of being affected by property crime less than 1%.

#9 Orinda

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Living in Contra Costa County is probably a good choice as Orinda is another town in the top 10.  The 17,000 residents of Orinda enjoy proximity to Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco, as well as many parks and trails in its hills.   The violent crime rate here is just 38.7 and, if you live here, you’ll have just a 1.1% of being involved in a property crime.

#10 Ripon

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Known as “The Jewel of the Valley,” Ripon is a city located in central California in the San Joaquin Valley.  This is an agriculture-based community that is known for its almond production.  If you like wide open spaces and a safe environment, Ripon may be a good choice.  The violent crime rate here is low at 40.9, and the chance of being affected by a property crime in Ripon is 2%.

#11 Palos Verdes Estates

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An affluent coastal community in Los Angeles County, Palos Verdes Estates has just 13,400 residents.  Known for its high-performing schools, famous surf breaks, and scenic coastline, the town is also a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate here is 43.9, and the chances of being involved in a property crime are under 1%.

#12 Imperial

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The desert city of Imperial is located just 4 miles north of El Centro and has become a popular tourist destination.  The area has sand dunes for camping and popular dune buggy activities, several famous golf courses, and an abundance of bird species.  This city of 16,000 is also a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 46.3 and the lowest property crime rate in the state, at .48%.

#13 Irvine

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Irvine, CA is one of the largest safe cities on our list.  Located in Orange County, Irvine is a planned city of 66 square miles and 250,000 residents that was chosen by CNNMoney as the fourth best place to live in the U.S. in 2008.  It continues to rank well in studies due to its quality schools, city government, industry, and low crime. The violent crime rate here is 50.6, and the chances of being affected by a property crime are just 1.5%.

#14 Rancho Santa Margarita

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Another Orange County community, Rancho Santa Margarita was just incorporated in 2000 and has a population of 47,800 residents.  The city is a combination of many master-planned neighborhoods and is considered very safe.  The violent crime rate here is 55.1, and the property crime rate is the 2nd lowest in the state at just .65%.

#15 Calabasas

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Known for its gated neighborhoods and wealthy residents, this small town in Los Angeles County is located in the Santa Monica Mountains.  There are 24,000 residents in Calabasas, where the schools are some of the highest-ranked in the state.  You’ll be pretty safe living here too, with a 55.5 violent crime rate and a 1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#16 Foster City

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Located in the San Francisco Bay area, Foster City has a population of 30,500 and has been ranked multiple times as one of the best places to live by both Forbes and Money magazine.  It’s proximity to Silicon Valley makes it a popular choice, and it’s a safe one as well.  The violent crime rate here is 57.6, and your chance of being affected by property crime is just 1.1%.

#17 Agoura Hills

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Agoura Hills is located about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, in the eastern Conejo Valley.  The city of 20,600 residents has worked hard in recent years to get its crime rate under control, obviously with much success as it is now considered a very safe place to live.  The violent crime rate here is 58.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in the city is just 1.1%.

#18 La Canada-Flintridge

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La Canada Flintridge is a Los Angeles County city that sits at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains.  This town of 20,200 residents is home to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and has some of the top-ranked schools in the state.  Living here is a safe choice as well, with a violent crime rate of 58.3 and the chance of being affected by property crime in the city just 1.5%.

#19 San Ramon

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Also known as “Tree City USA,” this suburban town in Contra Costa County has a population of 74,300 residents and is headquarters to some big names such as GE, Chevron, and 24-Hour Fitness.  Despite the corporate presence, the town borders wilderness preserves on many sides and has views of the Diablo Range.  San Ramon is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 60.8 and the chances of being involved in a property crime just 1.1%.

#20 Murrieta

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This growing city in southern California has a fitting motto: “The Future of Southern California”.  Located in Riverside County, this city of 103,400 residents is one of the fastest-growing in the state.  Murrieta is considered a commuter town as residents often work in nearby San Diego, Los Angeles, or Orange County.  It remains safe, however, with a violent crime rate of 65.5 and your chance of being affected by property crime just 1.6%.

#21 Pleasanton

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Pleasanton is a city of 70,200 residents located about 25 miles east of Oakland in the San Francisco Bay area.  Pleasanton has been ranked the wealthiest middle-sized city in the country, and among the top places to live by several sources in recent years.  It is also a safe place to live, considering its size.  The violent crime rate here is 68.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Pleasanton is 1.7%.

#22 Seal Beach

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Located in Orange County, Seal Beach has 24,600 residents.  Much of the city is taken up by the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach military base, and Boeing has a significant presence here as well.  The city is also home to the second longest wooden pier in California, which is used for sightseeing and fishing.  The violent crime rate here is 68.6, and your chance of being affected by property crime is 2.2%.

#23 Laguna Niguel

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A master-planned community located in southern Orange County, Laguna Niguel is close to the Pacific Ocean and is known for its green foliage and rolling hills.  The city has a population of 65,400 residents, which has settled after explosive growth in 1980’s and 1990’s.  The violent crime rate here is 72.8, and your chances of being involved in a property crime in Laguna Niguel are just 1.1%.

#24 Eastvale

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Located in the Inland Empire region of Southern California in Riverside County, Eastvale is a city of 53,600 residents.  Once a predominantly agricultural area, Eastvale was hit hard by the housing bubble in recent years as people moved there seeking affordable housing.  As the area continues to recover, the safety of the city isn’t a question.  The violent crime rate is 74, and your chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.8%.

#25 Mission Viejo

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An affluent community in Orange County’s Saddleback Valley, Mission Viejo is a city of 96,000 residents.  Mission Viejo has a large lake at its center and is known for its many tree-lined neighborhoods.  It has also received a reputation as a safe place to live, with the violent crime rate at 76.4 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 1.2%.

#26 Palo Alto

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Another relatively large city on this list is Palo Alto.  Located in Santa Clara County in the San Francisco Bay area, this city of 64,400 residents is home to Stanford University, and some popular tech companies like Hewlett-Packard, Tesla Motors, and Skype.  Palo Alto’s residents are considered among the most educated in the U.S., and they are safe as well.  The violent crime rate here is 80.3, and you’ll have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime in this city.

#27 Clayton

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Located at the foot of Mt. Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County, Clayton is part of the East San Francisco Bay area.    There are just 10,800 residents in Clayton and it is considered a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate here is 80.5, and your chance of being involved in a property crime in Clayton is less than 1%.

#28 Yorba Linda

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A suburban city located in Orange County, Yorba Linda has a population of 65,200 residents and is approximately 37 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.  Known as the birthplace of Richard Nixon, Yorba Linda also has a relatively new high school and low crime.  The violent crime rate here is 80.5 and your chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.2%.

#29 Rancho Palos Verdes

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Also sometimes referred to as RPV, Rancho Palos Verdes is a city in Los Angeles County that has a rich history and offers residents stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island.  The population of the city is 41,600, and the area is known for its open spaces and the Palos Verdes Hills.  The city is served by two public school districts, giving residents a choice, and it is a safe location.  The violent crime rate here is 82.7, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is 1.1%.

#30 Rocklin

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Located in Placer County, approximately 22 miles east of Sacramento, Rocklin is a former gold rush town that has a current population of 57,000.  The community is diverse, and it is also considered very safe.  The violent crime rate in Rocklin is 83.2, and your chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.5%.

#31 Chino Hills

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Located in San Bernardino County in Southern California, Chino Hills has a population of 74,800.  The city is a part of the Chino Valley and has made such lists as Money’s “best places to live” and “America’s hottest towns.”  Adding to its desirability is the city’s relative safety.  The violent crime rate here is 83.5, and your chance of being involved in a property crime in Chino Hills is 1.2%.

#32 Mill Valley

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Located in Marin County, north of San Francisco, Mill Valley is a town of 14,300 residents that sits between the shores of Richardson Bay and the slopes of Mount Tamalpais.  Mill Valley has been inhabited for nearly 6,000 years, and the geography of the area is known for its diverse habitats and nature preserves.  Living here is a safe bet as the violent crime rate is 84.6 and chances of being involved in a property crime are just 1.2%.

#33 Lafayette

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Located in the San Francisco Bay area’s Contra Costa County, Lafayette has a population of just 24,200 residents.  This affluent city is known for its rolling hills, rich history, and excellent schools.  It is also a very safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 85.7 and the chances of being affected by property crime just 1.7%.

#34 Aliso Viejo

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Located in southern Orange County in the San Joaquin Hills, Aliso Viejo is a city of 47,800 residents.  Also, the last city in Orange County to be incorporated, it is bordered by Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, and Laguna Niguel.  The city is served by the Capistrano Unified School District and is considered a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate here is 87.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is well under 1%.

#35 Belmont

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Located in San Mateo County on the San Francisco Peninsula, Belmont is a city of just 25,800 residents.  The town is home to two Distinguished California Schools and to the high-tech company, Oracle.  The town has been ranked by Forbes as one of “America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well” and is a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate here is 90.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime is 1.5%.

#36 Camarillo

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Located in Ventura County in Southern California, Camarillo is a city of 66,000 residents that has shown steady population growth in recent years.  Camarillo gives residents easy access to the Ventura Freeway and provides an extensive parks and recreation system.  Crime here is well under control, with the violent crime rate at 91.7 and the chance of being involved in a property crime just 1.4%.

#37 Laguna Hills

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Laguna Hills is located in South Orange County in the western portion of the Saddleback Valley.  The city has a population of 30,800 residents, and its schools are considered high performing, with the high school being recognized on the state and national level multiple times.  Crime here is also low as the violent crime rate is 93.3 and the chance of being affected by property crime 1.9%.

#38 Temecula

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A city in southwestern Riverside County, Temecula is a part of the Inland Empire region and is bordered by the city of Murrieta to the north.  Temecula has become a tourist destination due to its wineries, old town, golf resorts, and annual festivals.  It is also a safe place to live with a violent crime rate of 93.8 and the chance of being involved in a property crime at 2.3%.

#39 Orange

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Located in Orange County, the city of Orange was founded in 1868 and has a current population of 139,400 residents.  The city is distinctive in that it has taken great pains to preserve much of the early 20th-century architecture in its Old Town District and has another city, called Villa Park, within its borders.  Orange is considered a safe place to live, with the violent crime rate at 96.6 and the chances of being affected by property crime just 2%.

#40 Cupertino

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Cupertino is an affluent city of 58,000 residents located just west of San Jose in Santa Clara County.  Also known as the home of Apple Inc.’s headquarters, the town has been ranked by Money as one of the “best places to live” as well as one of the “happiest” suburbs in the U.S.  It is also very safe, with a violent crime rate of 97 and your chance of being involved in a property crime just 1.3%.

#41 San Marino

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Located in the San Rafael Hills in Los Angeles County, San Marino is an affluent city of just 13,147 residents.  The city is known for its well-maintained streets, gardens, and expensive real estate, with the median list price of homes over $2 million.  You’ll be safe living here, though, will a violent crime rate of 97.3 and the chance of being affected by property crime 1.3%.

#42 Diamond Bar

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Located at the junction of the Orange and Pomona freeways in east Los Angeles County, Diamond Bar is a residential community of 56,700 residents.  Diamond Bar is home to Southern California’s first hydrogen fueling station and is considered a safe community.  The violent crime rate here is 97.4, and you’ll have a 1.6% chance of being involved in a property crime in Diamond Bar.

#43 Arcadia

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Arcadia is located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, approximately 13 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in Los Angele County. This city of 57,600 residents is home to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden and was named by Bloomberg Business as one of the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids.”  It is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 99.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime 2.4%.

#44 Canyon Lake

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Canyon Lake is one of only five gated incorporated cities in California.  Located in western Riverside County, this affluent city of 10,500 residents sits in the foothills of the Temescal Mountains and at the base of the Canyon Lake Reservoir, affording many recreational opportunities.  Crime here is low, with the violent crime rate at 100.9 and the chance of being involved in a property crime just 1.9%.

#45 San Anselmo

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An unincorporated town in Marin County, north of San Francisco, San Anselmo has just 12,000 residents.  The town is known for its views of Mount Tamalpais and as the former home George Lucas, who wrote the original Star Wars screenplay within its walls.  Living in San Anselmo is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 103.3 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 1.3%.

#46 Coronado

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Also known as Coronado Island, this is an affluent resort city in San Diego Bay that is home to 24,600 residents.  The island is connected to San Diego by the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, and the area is characterized by its beaches, resorts, and nearby Naval Air Station.  Living on Coronado is safe, with a violent crime rate of 103.4 and the chance of being involved in a property crime 2.6%.

#47 South Pasadena

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Located in Los Angeles County, South Pasadena is a city of 25,600 residents that sits adjacent to the larger city of Pasadena.  The city encompasses just 3.4 square miles of land and is the oldest city to still build its own floats for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade.  This is also a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 103.7 and the chance of being affect by property crime just 1.7%.

#48 Temple City

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Located in the west San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County, Temple City is a diverse community of 35,500 residents.  Temple City is both an affordable place to live, by Southern California standards, and a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate is 105.1, and the chances of being involved in a property crime are under 1%.

#49 Pacifica

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Located between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County, Pacifica is a coastal town of 37,200 residents.  The city boasts six miles of coastline and is known for its surfing, shopping, and dining.  It is also a safe place to make a home, with a violent crime rate of 110.4 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 1.5%.

#50 Simi Valley

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Located just 30 miles from Los Angeles in southeast Ventura County, Simi Valley is a city of 126,800 residents.  The city is considered a commuter bedroom community and is the home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.  It is also a well-known safe city to live in for its size, with a violent crime rate of 111.3 and just a 1.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

 

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Ohio Public Records

In the Midwestern United States, Ohio is the 7th most populous state in the country with over 11.5 million residents.  This 17th U.S. State is named for the Ohio River and was originally partitioned from the Northwest Territory.  The state capital and largest city is Columbus, and the state is the country’s largest producer of appliances, plastics, electrical equipment, and rubber.  Ohio has long made provisions for the sharing of its records with the public.

Ohio Public Records Laws

Ohio has been preserving records for sharing with the public since the early 1800s, before it was a U.S. State.  Common law access to public records was established in 1901, and state law made it official with the Open Records Law in 1963, which is found in Chapter 149.43 of Title 1 of the State Code.  The law allows “any person” to inspect or copy public records in Ohio.  The intent of the request isn’t relevant, and records may be employed for any reason once obtained.

Public records included under the law cover records from any public office in the state, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.  Records that are not subject to the Act, or are exempt, include:

  • Records made confidential by statute
  • Medical records
  • Inmate records
  • Trade secrets
  • Preliminary audit reports
  • Tax returns
  • Notes of judges
  • DNA records
  • Juvenile records

Ohio Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

Background checks in Ohio are conducted by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).   The BCI provides fingerprint-based checks through its electronic WebCheck system for licensing, pre-employment, and other public safety decisions.  WebCheck background services are available at approximately 100 deputy registrar locations in Ohio.  These reports return Ohio offenses only and require the consent of the person being checked.

Ohio Jail and Inmate Records

To discover information about the prison system in Ohio, search for an offender, or learn about services for victims, visit the Ohio Department of Corrections webpage.  If you are searching for an offender in the Ohio system, there is a search page that will allow you to enter search terms such as Name, County, Zip Code, Status, and DOC#.  You will be provided with a picture, if available, the offenders location, offense information, Admission Date, and Earliest Release Date.

Ohio Court Records

Information on Ohio courts and court records on cases in Ohio can be obtained from the administrator of the courts site.  Supreme Court cases can be searched through their online database.  There is another website called OhioCourtLinks.org that has links to many of the other courts in the state and records searches are available for some of those courts.  Copies of actual case files can be obtained by making a request from the clerk of the court in the original presiding courthouse.

Ohio Vital Records

Vital records in Ohio, such as birth certificates and death certificates, can be obtained from the Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics Office.  Birth certificates are accessible from December 20, 1908 to present and Death certificates from January 1, 1954 to present.  There are no relationship requirements to request these documents, but social security numbers are not provided on certificates.  There are several ways to request any of these records in Ohio:

  • By Mail:  Download the correct form, complete it and mail it back to:  Ohio Vital Records, P.O. Box 15098, Columbus, OH 43215.
  • In Person:  Any Local Vital Statistics Office or at the State Office at 225 Neilston St., Columbus, OH 43215 allows in-person orders.
  • Online:  You can order through Ohio.gov.

The Office of Vital Statistics does not maintain marriage or divorce records.  Marriage certificates should be requested from the County Probate Clerk where the marriage occurred, and divorce certificates need to be requested from the County Clerk of the Courts in the county where the divorce took place.  If you are not sure which county the marriage or divorce took place in, the Office of Vital Statistics may be able to search in the index from 1950 to present for marriages and 1954 to present for divorces to locate this for you.

50 Safest Colleges in America

When you go away to college or, better yet, send your child away for an advanced education, you want the peace of mind knowing that they are safe.  To that end, we’ve compiled a list of the 50 Safest Colleges in America.   The data to create this list was obtained from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, who keep statistics on campus crime.  Criteria for making this list were public and private 4-year universities in the U.S., with an enrollment of at least 5,000 students. Primarily online institutions were not included and most recent data available was for calendar years 2011-2013.

#1 Touro College

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Established in 1970, this independent university of over 19,000 students in New York City, NY was named after Jewish leaders Judah and Isaac Touro.  The school offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, and there were no on-campus crimes reported for Touro College.

#2 Northwest Florida State College

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With over 14,000 undergraduates enrolled, this state college in Niceville, FL is part of the Florida College System.  The 264-acre campus in the Ft. Walton Beach area of Florida’s Panhandle provides a variety of undergraduate degrees, and there were no on-campus crime incidents here.

#3 New York Institute of Technology

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A private research university founded in 1955, NYIT is located in New York City, NY and its main Old Westbury campus encompasses over 1,000 acres.  With over 12,000 students, there were no on-campus crime incidents reported at NYIT.

#4 Bellevue University

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Bellevue University is a private, non-profit university located in Bellevue, NE.  With an enrollment of over 10,000, the university has been operating since 1966 and is the 4th largest private college in Nebraska.  There were no on-campus crimes reported here.

#5 Saint Joseph’s College

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Established in 1916, this private liberal arts college offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level in more than 25 areas.  Recognized repeatedly as among  “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report, the Brooklyn campus of over 5,000 students has no on-campus crimes reported.

#6 Hawaii Pacific University

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Located in Honolulu, HI, this private co-ed university of over 7,000 students was established in 1965.  There was just one on-campus burglary reported during the study period.

#7 Franklin University

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A private university in Columbus, OH, Franklin University was originally founded in 1902 through a sponsorship by the Columbus YMCA.  Now with almost 8,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs, its main campus had just one burglary reported during the study period.

#8 Governors State University

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Governors State University is a public university located in University Park, Ill, south of Chicago.  GSU was founded in 1969 and, as of 2014, went from just an upper-level university to one that offers undergraduate through doctorate level degrees. There was only one on-campus crime reported involving a vehicle.

#9 Saint Johns River State College

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St. Johns River State College is a member of the Florida College System and is located in Palatka, FL, on the state’s northeast coast.  The college has over 7,000 enrolled students and  is an accredited arts school.  There were just two on-campus crimes listed during the reporting period at this school.

#10 Colorado Christian University

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Colorado Christian University (CCU) is a private, interdenominational Christian liberal arts university of just over 5,000 students.  Located in Lakewood, CO, the school was founded in 1914 at the Denver Bible Institute and offers 45 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.  There were only two on-campus incidents during the reporting period.

#11 Wilmington University

Located in historic New Castle, Delaware, this private non-profit university has an enrollment of over 20,000 students.  Many degree programs are offered in its seven colleges at the undergraduate and graduate level.  There were just three on-campus crimes reported at this school.

#12 Regent University

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A private Christian university located in Virginia Beach, VA, Regent University was founded by Pat Robertson in 1977.  The university offers over 70 courses of study, including a School of Law and a School of Divinity.  There were three on-campus crimes reported at this university.

#13 University of Houston-Downtown

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UHD is a four-year state university in Houston, TX that is the second largest university in the Houston area.  The 14,000 students at UHD attend a 20 acre downtown campus, and UHD has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as No. 7 among top public universities.  Four on-campus crimes were reported at UHD during the reporting period.

#14 CUNY Brooklyn College

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With over 16,000 students, the senior college of the City University of New York in Brooklyn has been ranked multiple times by The Princeton Review as a top college for value.   This liberal arts college has five on-campus crimes reported during the period covered.

#15 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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A member of the University System of Wisconsin, UW-La Crosse was founded in 1909 and offers over 100 degree programs in its five schools.  The school as over 10,00 students enrolled and had five on-campus crimes to report.

#16 Metropolitan State University

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Also known as Metro State, this public university located in the Twin Cities of Minnesota has over 11,000 students enrolled.  There are over 70 degree programs at several academic levels. The school had six on-campus crimes reported.

#17 Indiana University-Southeast

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Located in New Albany, Indiana, the Indiana University Southeast is a part of the Indiana University system and is located in the Louisville, KY metropolitan area.  There are over 55 degree programs at this school of 6,800 enrolled students.  Six on-campus crimes were reported at this school.

#18 University of Michigan-Dearborn

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One of two satellite campuses of the University of Michigan, UM-Dearborn has over 9,000 students and offers over 100 degree programs.  In 2014, UM-D was ranked the 36th best university in the Midwest by U.S. News.  There were seven on-campus crimes reported here during the reporting period.

#19 College of Central Florida

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Located in Ocala, FL, this public state college is a member of the Florida College System and offers bachelor’s degrees in several areas.  With over 18,000 students enrolled, there were seven on-campus crimes reported here.

#20 University of California-Merced

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The tenth and newest of the University of California campuses, UC Merced, is located in Central California.  The campus owns over 7,000 acres of land and has a current enrollment of over 6,000 students pursuing a choice of 21 majors.  There were seven on-campus crimes reported here.

#21 Farmingdale State College

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Located on Long Island in East Farmingdale, NY, Farmingdale State College is part of the SUNY system and is a public college of the State University of New York. With over 8,000 enrolled students, the schools offers 29 baccalaureate degrees, and there were just eight on-campus reported at this school.

 

#22 CUNY New York City College of Technology

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Located in downtown Brooklyn’s City Triangle, City Tech has over 17,000 students enrolled in its 66 baccalaureate programs.  This public college had nine on-campus incidents reported.

#23 The New School

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The New School is a private, non-profit progressive university located in Greenwich Village, New York City.   With over 9,000 students enrolled, the school has a rich history in its open and intellectual teaching environment.  The New School had just nine on-campus crimes reported.

#24 Duquesne University

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Duquesne University is private Catholic university located in Pittsburgh, PA.  Founded in 1878, the school now has over 10,000 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs.  There were just nine on-campus incidents reported here.

#25 Biola University

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Originally founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Biola University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts school in southern California.  With just over 6,000 enrolled students, this university in La Mirada, CA had nine on-campus crimes reported.

#26 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

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The Baruch College of the City University of New York system is located in the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan in New York City.  With over 17,000 enrolled students, the school offers undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. programs.  There were ten on-campus crimes reported here during the reporting period.

#27 Savannah College of Art and Design

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Located in Savannah, GA this private, non-profit university was founded in 1978 and has over 11,000 students enrolled in its eight schools. The school is ranked Number 1 for Interior Design by DesignIntelligence, and there were ten on-campus crimes reported at SCAD.

#28 New Jersey City University

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A public university, NJCU is located in Jersey City, NJ and serves over 9,000 enrolled students in its three colleges, offering more than 65 degree programs.  Considered a liberal arts school, NJCU had eleven crimes reported on-campus.

#29 Lewis University

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A private Roman Catholic and Lasallian university located in Romeoville, Ill., Lewis University brings more than 80 undergraduate and 22 graduate programs to its 6,800 enrolled students.  There were eleven on-campus crimes reported here.

#30 Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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A private research university, WPI is located in Worcester, Mass and is an applied sciences and technical arts school.  Founded in 1865, WPI was one of the United States’ first engineering and technology universities.  Just eleven on-campus crimes were reported here.

#31 University of Maryland-Baltimore

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Founded in 1807, UMB is the original campus of the University System of Maryland has some of the oldest professional schools of dentistry, law, pharmacy, social work and nursing in the nation.  With over 6,000 enrolled students, there were eleven on-campus crimes reported here.

#32 Truman State University

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Located in Kirksville, Missouri Truman State University is a public liberal arts and sciences university with an enrollment of over 6,000 students.  The school offers 48 undergraduate and 9 graduate programs, and there eleven crimes reported on-campus.

#33 Colorado School of Mines

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Located in Golden, CO, CSM a public teaching and research university devoted to engineering and applied sciences.  With an enrollment of 5,600 students, CSM was ranked 75th in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best National Universities” ranking. There were eleven on-campus crimes reported here.

#34 Indiana Wesleyan University

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Headquartered in Marion, Indiana, IWU is a private, evangelical Christian liberal arts university that is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church denomination. The largest private university in Indiana, there are over 15,000 students enrolled here and twelve on-campus crimes were reported at IWU.

#35 Michigan Technological University

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Also referred to as MTU or Michigan Tech, this is a public research university located in Houghton, Michigan.  Rated among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review, there are over 7,000 students enrolled here, and just twelve on-campus crimes were reported.

#36 Worcester State University

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Since 2010, this liberal arts and sciences school in Worcester, Mass has been a part of the state university system.   Now with an enrollment of over 6,000 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs, the school continues to grow and reported just twelve crimes on-campus.

#37 Chicago State University

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Located in Chicago, Ill., this state university was founded in 1867 and has an enrollment of over 7,000 students.  Its five colleges offer over 60 degree programs, and there were twelve crimes on-campus reported here.

#38 Missouri Baptist University

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Located in western St. Louis County in Creve Coeur, Missouri, Missouri Baptist University is a private evangelical university with an enrollment of just over 5,000 students.  Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in eight areas, and there were twelve on-campus crimes reported during the reporting period.

#39 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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This public university in Steven Point, Wisconsin is part of the University of Wisconsin system and has an enrollment of over 9,000 students.  The school offers baccalaureate and master’s degrees in several areas and reported thirteen on-campus crimes.

#40 Indiana University-Northwest

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IU Northwest is located in Gary, Indiana and is a regional university campus in the Indiana University system.  Established in 1963, the school has over 6,300 enrolled students and reported thirteen crimes on-campus.

#41 College of Staten Island CUNY

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With over 14,000, CSI is a four-year senior college in the City University of New York System, located on Staten Island, NY.   The school offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in liberal arts and sciences, and there were just fourteen on-campus crimes reported here.

#42 Winona State University

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The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, WSU is a public university located in Winona, Minnesota.  With an enrollment of over 9,000 students, the school offers over 80 programs of study.  There were fourteen on-campus crimes reported at WSU.

#43 University of the Incarnate Word

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A private co-ed Catholic university located in San Antonio, TX, UIW was founded in 1881 and sits on a 154-acre campus.   There are over 9,900 students enrolled in this school that offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees.  There were fourteen crimes reported on-campus at UIW.

#44 Suffolk University

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A private, non-sectarian university located in downtown Boston, Mass. Suffolk University has an enrollment of over 10,000 students, and some of its MBA programs are ranked among the top in the country.  Suffolk University had fourteen on-campus crimes during the reporting period.

#45 Dixie State University

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A public university located in St. George, Utah, DSU has over 8.500 enrolled students and offers more than 150 academic programs.   There were just fourteen on-campus crimes reported at DSU.

#46 Northern Kentucky University

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Located in Highland Heights, KY, just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati, NKU is a public, co-ed university that is primarily a liberal arts school.  With an enrollment of over 15,000 students, there were just fifteen on-campus crimes reported at NKU.

#47 The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

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A public university in the New Jersey state system, Stockton University is located in Galloway Township, New Jersey and has an enrollment of over 8,500 students.  Stockton University had fifteen on-campus crime incidents during the reporting period.

#48 Adelphi University

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Located in Garden City, New York, Adelphi University is a private, nonsectarian university that is the oldest higher education institute on Long Island. With over 7,800 enrolled students, the school was ranked #153 among National Universities by U.S. News and World Report.  There were fifteen crimes reported on-campus at Adelphi University.

#49 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

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Also known as UAFS, this is a public university located in Fort Smith, Arkansas that is part of the University of Arkansas System.  UAFS is the fifth largest university in the state, with over 7,500 enrolled students and had fifteen on-campus crimes reported.

#50 University of New England

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Located in Biddeford, Maine, UNE is an independent, non-profit university that was founded in 1831 and has over 8,000 enrolled students. UNE has the only medical school in the state of Maine and there were just fifteen crimes reported on campus here.

 

 

US Virgin Islands (USVI) Public Records

Officially the Virgin Islands of the United States, the USVI are a group of islands in the Caribbean that are classified as an organized, unincorporated U.S. territory.  The islands are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles of the Virgin Islands archipelago, and the USVI consists of the main islands of Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, and Saint John.  Tourism and rum manufacturing are the primary economic activities here, and the territory has a population of approximately 106,00 residents.  While U.S. citizens, those who reside here cannot vote in U.S. elections as the USVI is not a state.  The USVI does make provisions for the sharing of its records with the public.

US Virgin Islands (USVI)  Public Records Laws

Laws covering the sharing of public records in the U.S. Virgin Islands are covered under Title 3 of the Virgin Island Code (V.I.C.)  § 881.  The law states that “every citizen of the territory” has a right to examine and copy all public records.  The purpose of the request does not need to be disclosed, and there are no limitations placed on the use of the records once obtained.

Public records covered under the Code include those of all public agencies in the territory, including the executive and legislative branches.  The courts are not covered by this Code.  Records that are not included, or are exempt, are:

  • Records made confidential by courts or statute
  • Student records
  • Medical records
  • Trade secrets
  • Attorney work product
  • Investigatory reports
  • Property appraisals
  • Elderly and disabled adult abuse records
  • Security-related records


US Virgin Islands (USVI)  Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

Background checks are administered by the USVI Police Department Records Bureau.  A police record check can be requested by filling out the proper form.  This is a name-based search and does not require the signed consent of the person being searched.


US Virgin Islands (USVI)  Jail and Inmate Records

The USVI Police Department runs corrections in the territory, and there are two Detention Facilities – one St. Thomas that is classified as medium security and one on St. Croix.  There is not a way to do an online search for offenders in the system, but you can call (340) 778-2211 for information.


US Virgin Islands (USVI) Court Records

There are two separate court websites in the USVI, one for the District Court and another for the Superior Court.  Most individuals will be interested in superior court cases as these are the civil, criminal, family, probate, small claims, and traffic cases.  There are not really any online court records searches available, but you can turn in a Request for Records Search with the Acting Clerk of the Court for any desired court records.


US Virgin Islands (USVI)  Vital Records

Obtaining vital records in the U.S. Virgin Islands is going to depend on the type of record that you need and the particular island where the event took place.  In all instances, you must prove eligibility to obtain the record, such as being a party listed on the certificate, a parent or legal guardian, or other legal representative.

St. Thomas and St. John

  • Birth Certificates – Birth certificates are available from July 1906 to present.  You can send your completed application and payment to: Department of Health, Vital Statistics, Knud Hansen Complex, St. Thomas, VI  00802.
  • Death Certificates – Death certificates are available from January 1906 to present.  You can send your completed application and payment to: Department of Health, Vital Statistics in St. Thomas.
  • Marriage Certificates – Marriage certificates are available for a $2 fee (money order) from the courts.  There is no available form for this.  You can send your request to:  Clerk of the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands, Family Division, P.O. Box 70, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, VI 00801.
  • Divorce Certificates – Divorce records are available for a $5 fee (money order) from the courts.  There is no available form for this.  You can send your request to:  Clerk of the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands.

St. Croix

  • Birth Certificates – Birth certificates are available from 1840 to present.  You can send your completed application and payment to: Department of Health, Vital Statistics, Charles Harwood Memorial Hospital, St. Croix, VI 00820.
  • Death Certificates – Death certificates are available from 1840 to present.  You can send your completed application and payment to: Department of Health, Vital Statistics in St. Croix.
  • Marriage Certificates – Marriage certificates are available for a $2 fee (money order) from the courts.  There is no available form for this.  You can send your request to:  Chief Deputy Clerk, Family Division, Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands, P.O. Box 929, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI  00820.
  • Divorce Certificates – Divorce records are available for a $5 fee (money order) from the courts.  There is no available form for this.  You can send your request to:  Chief Deputy Clerk, Family Division, Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands in St. Croix.

Puerto Rico Public Records

Located in the northeastern Caribbean, Puerto Rico is a United States territory that consists of the main island and several smaller islands.  Officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, this tropical locale is populated by 3.6 million people and is a popular tourist destination.  First claimed by Christopher Columbus and the Spanish in 1493, the island was ceded to the United States in 1898 following the Spanish-American War.  Puerto Rico is classified as an unincorporated U.S. territory under the Puerto Rico Federal Relations Act of 1950.  The territory has a local constitution and its residents are U.S. citizens, but cannot vote in major U.S. elections.  Puerto Rico does make provisions for sharing its records with the public.

Puerto Rico Public Records Laws

 

The main public records act in Puerto Rico is called the Public Documents Administration Act, first passed in 1955 and amended in 2000, which is covered in Laws of Puerto Rico Annotated Title 3 Chapter 41 § 1001.   There are other provisions under Title 3 that also deal with the preservation and supply of public records.  There is also a short statement in Title 32 of the code that states that “every citizen” has a right to take a copy of public records.

Records subject to the Act are any public documents produced in the Commonwealth, and this applies to the executive, legislative and judicial branches.  There is no information on exemptions or exclusions with regards to public documents in this territory.

Puerto Rico Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

 

Background checks in Puerto Rico are administered by the Puerto Rico Police Department.  The criminal records checks are name-based checks, and Puerto Rico is now doing these online.   You do need to have an ID issued by the territory, such as a driver’s license, in order to use the system.  In the alternative, you can order a background check in person at the Puerto Rico Police Department, Ave F.D. Roosevelt 601, Cuartel General, San Juan, PR 00936-8166.

Puerto Rico Jail and Inmate Records

 

To learn about the correctional facilities in Puerto Rico, find information about inmates in the system, or get services for victims, visit the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections website.  There is no online search page to locate a specific offender in the system.  For assistance, you can call the Office of Control and Management of the correctional population at (787) 273-6464.

Puerto Rico Court Records

 

Any information on courts in the territory of Puerto Rico can be found on its administrator of the courts website.  The only online search that can be done is to the court calendar.   Specific case files and records requests will need to be made with the clerk of the court in the courthouse where the case was heard.

Puerto Rico Vital Records

Vital records, such as birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates, in Puerto Rico are administered by the Department of Health, Demographic Registry.  Birth, death, and marriage certificates are available from June 22, 1931 to present.  Divorce certificates are available from 1941 to present.  You must submit a complete application and show that you are an “interested party” in order to receive a certificate.  This means that you are either listed on the certificate or are an immediate family member, legal guardian, or legal representative.  There are several ways to obtain these documents:

  • In Person:  You can order in person at the Department of Health, Demographic Registry, 141 Barbosa Avenue, Lincoln Building, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00925.
  • By Mail:  Simply download and complete the proper form and return it with copies of required documentation to:  Department of Health, Demographic Registry, P.O. Box 11854, Fernandez Juncos Station, San Juan, PR 00910.
  • Online:  Place your order and payment through VitalCheck.com.

You may also be able to get some divorce records in Puerto Rico from the local courthouse where the original divorce was granted.

Pennsylvania Public Records

Pennsylvania Public Records Laws

Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law (RTKL) grants individuals the statutory right to inspect and copy the public records of Pennsylvania. Individuals requesting access to Pennsylvania public records do not need to divulge their reasons for requesting the information, as the request cannot be denied based on these grounds.

Public records from all commonwealth, legislative, local and judicial agencies can be requested, as well as records from state boards, authorities, schools and offices. Documents considered to be public records consist of any map, book, tape, photograph, sound recording, film or electronic media created, retained or received in connection with a business activity or transaction of a state agency.

A request for public record may be denied, however, if an exemption prohibits the public disclosure of the information held within. For instance, any record that would result in an agency losing state or federal funds cannot be delivered upon request, as well as any information that would reasonably result in the risk of physical harm.

For more information regarding Pennsylvania’s public records law, examine Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law in its entirety.

Pennsylvania Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

The Pennsylvania State Police oversee and process requests for criminal history checks. The Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History (PATCH) tool, a database maintained by the Pennsylvania State Police, is searchable by registered and non-registered users. There is a non-refundable fee associated with every search, regardless of the outcome of the search, even if no record is found. Customers of the website will be charged for misspellings, user errors or duplicate submissions.

If a record is found, it will include all past convictions, all charges that are less than three years from the date of arrest and all charges with a current pending warrant issued. The database can be found on The Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History tool webpage of the Pennsylvania State Police website.

The Pennsylvania State Police are also responsible for overseeing and delivering all state issued background checks. More information regarding requesting a background check and criminal history record can be found on the Pennsylvania State Police website.

Pennsylvania Jail and Inmate Records

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections collects jail and inmate records and makes them available to the public through a searchable online database. This database contains information regarding inmates currently under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The database can be searched by last name, first name, sex, inmate number, location, date of birth and race. If a record is found, it will state the inmate’s race, date of birth, housing location, height, citizenship and complexion. The database can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections website.

More information regarding Pennsylvania’s jail and inmate records can be found within Pennsylvania’s Victim Notification Service (VINE) Profile.

Pennsylvania Court Records

Pennsylvania Court Records are overseen and distributed by the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania. Individual court case information can be searched for online with no fee. These searches contain information regarding civil cases, criminal cases, traffic cases, non-traffic cases and landlord-tenant cases. In order to search for Pennsylvania court records, visit the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania’s web portal.

More information regarding Pennsylvania courts can be found on the District Court Administrators page of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania’s website.

Pennsylvania Vital Records

The Pennsylvania Department of Health maintains and distributes Pennsylvania Vital Records. These records include birth and death records dating back to 1906. Birth certificates can be requested by the person named on the certificate, as long as they are 18 years of age or older, or by a close family member or legal guardian. Death certificates may be requested by a legal representative of the decedent’s estate, immediate family members and those with Power of Attorney.

More information regarding how to request a Pennsylvania Vital Records can be found on the certificates page of the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.

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Michigan Public Records

Michigan Public Records Laws

Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) grants anyone the statutory right to inspect and copy public records unless the requester is incarcerated in a local or state correctional facility. The governmental bodies that are included under the Freedom of Information act include any Michigan agency, division, department, or commission in the executive and legislative branches of the state government. Additionally, the records of all bodies created or funded by primarily by the state or local authorities can be accessed as well.

Public records are defined rather narrowly in Michigan, consisting of any writing that has been used, owned, retained or possessed by a public body during the performance of an official function. This includes computerized data, but it does not include software.

There are also multiple exemptions that can be levied by the government officer who controls the access to public records in order to deny a request. Although these exemptions vary widely, they include not disclosing any medical, psychological or counseling information that would reveal a person’s identity, as well as not giving out the academic records of anyone that is delinquent on student loan payments.

For more information regarding Michigan’s public records law, examine Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act in its entirety.

Michigan Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

The Michigan State Police are responsible for storing and providing access to criminal history checks in the state of Michigan. They utilize The Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT), which allows for searches of public criminal history by name or by fingerprint. All felonies and serious misdemeanors are required to be reported to the state, and they are therefore searchable within the database.

The Internet Criminal History Access Tool does not supply information about federal records, juvenile records, tribal records, traffic records or criminal history from other states. In addition, a fee for each search will be charged upon request.

The Michigan State Police, Criminal Justice Information Center is responsible for overseeing state issued background checks. More information regarding criminal history records searches, name-based background checks and fingerprint-based background checks can be found on the Michigan State Police website.

Michigan Jail and Inmate Records

The Michigan Department of Corrections and the Michigan Sheriff’s office in each county manage the Michigan inmate and jail records. An online searchable database has been provided by the Department of Corrections, and it contains information regarding an inmate such as sex, name, race, age, identifying marks, scars, and DOC number. A name-based search will include release date, parole date and location of the inmate as well. The searchable database for Michigan inmates can be found on the Michigan Free Public Records Directory website.

More information regarding Michigan’s jail and inmate records can be found within Michigan’s Victim Notification Service (VINE) Profile.

Michigan Court Records

The distribution and processing of requests for Michigan Court Records are responsibilities of the Michigan Courts. A searchable online database has been provided by the Michigan Courts, and it allows individuals to search for case records by either party name, docket number or attorney name. The online database can be found on the Michigan Courts Case Search webpage.

The Michigan State Court Administrative Office can be contacted for further clarification regarding accessing court records or other court focused concerns.

Michigan Vital Records

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for maintaining, overseeing and issuing Michigan Vital Health Records. These records include birth, death, marriage and divorce records, with records dating back to 1867.

Records can be ordered online using a credit or debit card. Applications may also be sent by mail as long as they are accompanied by a payment. Information regarding the procurement of Michigan Vital Records can be found on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website.

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