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50 Safest Cities in Massachusetts 2016

MassachusettsOfficially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the state of Massachusetts is the most populous state in New England and the 15th most populous in the U.S. Home to 6.7 million residents, 80% of the population lives in the greater Boston area. A state rich in history and known for its diverse commerce and institutes of higher learning, it’s no surprise that so many want to call The Bay State home. Here are the 50 safest cities in Massachusetts to help you make the most informed choice for you and your family.

Related: Check out our Massachusetts 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 391 for violent crime and 1,857 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 North Attleboro

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Officially North Attleborough, this town in Bristol County is home to 28,700 residents.  Located on the Rhode Island border and approximately 40 miles from Boston, the community has a strong history in button-making and jewelry over several centuries.  It is also the safest place to live in Massachusetts, with no violent crime at all and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.5%.

#2 Sudbury

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Located in Middlesex County, the town of Sudbury has a current population of 17,600 residents.  Considered a part of Boston’s MetroWest area, the community has a rich colonial history and is home to the Wayside Inn, the country’s oldest operating inn.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Sudbury is 5.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .04%.

#3 Needham

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A town in Norfolk County, Needham is home to 28,800 residents.  Considered a suburb of Boston, the community is the site of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering as well as several large businesses such as Coca-Cola, Trader Joes, Trip Advisor, and PTC.  The violent crime rate here is 6.8, and residents of Needham have a .09% chance of being affected by property crime.

#4 Weston

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Located in Middlesex County, the town of Weston is home to 11,200 residents.  Considered an affluent suburb of Boston, the community maintains over 60 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, and it is the only town in the area with private roads. The violent crime rate in Weston is 8.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .04%.

#5 Norfolk

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A town in Norfolk County, Norfolk is home to 11,200 residents.  Located approximately 20 miles southwest of Boston, the city encompasses 15.2 square miles and sits on the upper valley of the Charles River.  Another safe choice, the violent crime rate here is 8.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Norfolk is just .04%.

#6 Hopkinton

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Located in Middlesex County, the town of Hopkinton is home to 14,900 residents.   Just 30 miles west of Boston, the community is best known as the starting point of the Boston Marathon and as the site of the corporate headquarters of EMC Corporation.  The violent crime rate in Hopkinton is 13.1, and residents here have a  .06% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Shrewsbury

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A town in Worcester County, Shrewsbury is home to 12,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Worcester, the town is both an agricultural community and a resort destination thanks to its proximity to Lake Quinsigamond. The violent crime rate here is 16.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Shrewsbury is just .07%.

#8 Duxbury

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Located in Plymouth County, the town of Duxbury is home to 15,000 residents.  Just 35 miles southeast of Boston, this coastal community has a history in shipbuilding and is now known for its production of cranberry’s, oysters, and other shellfish.  The violent crime rate in Duxbury is 19.6, and residents here have a .06% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#9 Hanover

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Another town in Plymouth County, Hanover is home to 13,800 residents.  Just 20 miles southeast of Boston, the community encompasses 15.7 square miles and operates its own public school system. The violent crime rate here is 21.3, and residents of Hanover have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Franklin

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Located in Norfolk County, Franklin is a city that is home to 33,000 residents.  Named after Benjamin Franklin, the town is also home to the nation’s first public library, which began with Franklin’s donation of books in 1790.  The violent crime rate in Franklin is 34.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .04%.

#11 Ipswich

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A town in Essex County, Ipswich has a current population of 13,100 residents.  This coastal community includes the southern part of Plum Island and is known as the home of Sandy Point State Reservation, Crane Beach, and the popular annual Ipswich Chowderfest.  The violent crime rate here is 37.3, and residents of Ipswich have a .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Reading

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Located in Middlesex County, the town of Reading is home to 24,700 residents.  Just 10 miles north of Boston, the community is home to several historic landmarks, including The Parker Tavern, which was built in 1694.  The violent crime rate in Reading is 39.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .07%.

#13 Lexington

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Also located in Middlesex County, the town of Lexington is home to 31,300 residents.  Considered a wealthy suburb of Boston, the town is known as the site of the first shots of the American Revolutionary War, in the Battle of Lexington.  The violent crime rate here is 40.6, and residents of Lexington have a .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Hudson

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Another town in Middlesex County, Hudson has a current population of 19,000 residents. The community was once home to 17 shoe factories but is now the site of such high-tech companies as Digital Equipment Corporation.  The violent crime rate in Hudson is 41.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.2%.

#15 Wellesley

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Located in Norfolk County, the town Wellesley is home 27,900 residents.  Considered a suburb of Boston, the community is best known for being the site of Wellesley College, a women’s liberal arts college, and Babson College, a business college.  The violent crime rate here is 42.3, and residents of Wellesley have a .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#16 Holden

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A town in Worcester County, Holden is home to 17,300 residents.  Founded in 1741, the community encompasses 36.2 square miles and is served by the Wachusett Regional School District.  The violent crime rate in Holden is 45.6, and residents here have a .05% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#17 Dracut

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Located in Middlesex County, the town of Dracut is home to 31,000 residents.  The town is just south of the New Hampshire state line in the Merrimack Valley and is 30 miles northwest of Boston.  The violent crime rate here is  46.6, and residents of Dracut have a 1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#18 Norton

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A town in Bristol County, Norton has a current population of 19,000 residents.  The community is composed of several villages and is known as the home of Wheaton College as well as the TPC Boston golf club, the site of an annual PGA tournament.  The violent crime rate in Norton is 46.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .06%.

#19 Westford

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Located in Middlesex County, the town of Westford is home to 21,900 residents.  Incorporated in 1729, the town has a history in agriculture, but its present economy depends more on high-tech industry, with such companies as Seagate, Samsung, and Sonus Networks being located here.  Puma’s North American headquarters is also in Westford. The violent crime rate here is 49.2, and residents of Westford have a .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#20 Bedford

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Another town in Middlesex County, Bedford is home to 13,300 residents.  Located 15 miles northwest of Boston, the community has a rich history dating back to the Revolutionary War and is the site of several historic properties.  A portion of Hanscom Air Force Base also lies within the town.  The violent crime rate in Bedford is 51.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .05%.

#21 North Andover

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Located in Essex County, the town of North Andover is home to 28,300 residents.  Just 25 miles north of Boston, the town is considered a suburban bedroom community and has such recreation sites as Steven’s Pond, Weir Hill, and the Harold Parker State Forest.  The violent crime rate here is 52, and residents of North Andover have a 1.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Walpole

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A town in Norfolk County, Walpole is home to 24,000 residents. Located 13 miles south of downtown Boston, the town is served by the Walpole Public School District and has many parks, the largest of which is its Francis William Bird Park.  The violent crime rate in Walpole is 53.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.5%.

#23 Wrentham

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Also located in Norfolk County, the town of Wrentham is home to 10,900 residents.  Incorporated in 1673, the community borders Rhode Island to the south and is known as once being home to both Horace Mann and Helen Keller.  The violent crime rate here is 53.9, and residents of Wrentham have a .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#24 Winchester

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A town in Middlesex County, Winchester is home to 21,300 residents.  Just 8 miles north of downtown Boston, this suburban bedroom community sits near several bodies of water, including the Mystic Lakes and the Aberjona River.  The violent crime rate in Winchester is 55.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is less than 1%.

#25 Holliston

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Another town in Middlesex County, Holliston has a current population of 13,500 residents.  Considered a western suburb of Boston, the town is home to several historic districts as well as the famous “balancing rock” on Route 16.  The violent crime rate here is 57.9, and residents of Holliston have a .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#26 Lynnfield

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Located in Essex County, the town of Lynnfield is home to 11,500 residents.  Considered a part of the North Shore region of the state, the community is known for its well-performing schools and is the home of dairy company HP Hood.  The violent crime rate in Lynnfield is 59.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .08%.

#27 Wayland

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A town in Middlesex County, Wayland is home to 13,400 residents.  Incorporated in 1780, the community encompasses 15.9 square miles and has a public beach on Lake Cochituate.  The violent crime rate here is 60.4, and residents of Wayland have just a .03% chance of being affected by property crime.

#28 Groton

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Also located in Middlesex County, the town of Groton is home to 10,800 residents.  The community is drained by the Squannacook and Nashua Rivers, is served by the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, and is home to two prep schools.  The violent crime rate in Groton is 64.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is less than 1%.

#29 Clinton

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A town in Worcester County, Clinton is home to 13,600 residents.  The Nashua River runs through the town and the large Wachusett Reservoir is nearby.  The community has a large central park and is also the home of the Museum of Russian Icons.  The violent crime rate here is 65.3, and residents of Clinton have a .04% chance of being affected by property crime.

#30 Andover

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Located in Essex County, the town of Andover is home to 33,200 residents.  Considered a suburb of Boston, the community has several historic sites and is home to such companies as Raytheon and an IRS Service Center.  The violent crime rate in Andover is 68.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is .08%.

#31 Longmeadow

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A town in Hampden County, Longmeadow is home to 15,700 residents.  Bordered on the west by the Connecticut River, the community is just 20 miles north of Hartford and is known for its vast conservation areas and wide range of wildlife.  The violent crime rate here is 69, and residents of Longmeadow have a 1.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#32 Concord

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Located in Middlesex County, the town of Concord has a current population of 17,600 residents.  Just 19 miles west of Boston, the community is best known as the home of such famous authors as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.  The violent crime rate in Concord is 72.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is .09%.

#33 Chelmsford

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Another town in Middlesex County, Chelmsford is home to 33,800 residents.  Located 24 miles northwest of Boston, the community sits adjacent to the city of Lowell and has been included on Money’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 72.5, and residents of Chelmsford have a 1.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#34 Belmont

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Also in Middlesex County, the town of Belmont is home to 24,700 residents.  The community sits adjacent to the city of Cambridge and is known for its distinct neighborhoods as well as its well-performing schools.  The violent crime rate in Belmont is 75.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.1%.

#35 Hingham

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Located in Plymouth County, the town of Hingham is home to 22,100 residents.  Considered a part of Boston’s South Shore area, the community sits along the southwest corner of Boston Harbor, known as Hingham Bay.  The headquarters of Talbots, Inc. is located here and is a major employer.  The violent crime rate in here is 75.6, and residents of Hingham have a 1.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#36 Dedham

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A town in Norfolk County, Dedham is home to 24,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is located on the southwest side of Boston and is made up of eight distinct neighborhoods.  The violent crime rate in Dedham is 75.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.4%.

#37 Braintree

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Located in Norfolk County, Braintree is a city that is home to 35,700 residents.  The community sits just south of Quincy and is home to several large companies, including TopSource LLC, Altra Industrial Motion, and Greater Media.  The violent crime rate here is 82.6, and residents of Braintree have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#38 Ashland

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A town in Middlesex County, Ashland is home to 16,500 residents.  Considered a part of the MetroWest region of the state, the community is known as the home of the electric clock and has been recognized nationally for its outstanding public schools.  The violent crime rate in Ashland is 82.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just .08%.

#39 Sharon

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Located in Norfolk County, Sharon is home to 17,600 residents.  Just 17 miles southwest of downtown Boston, the community includes Lake Massapoag, a popular boating and swimming destination, and has been included on CNNMoney’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 83.8, and residents of Sharon have a .06% chance of being affected by property crime.

#40 Newton

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A suburban city in Middlesex County, Newton is home to 85,100 residents.  Located just 7 miles west of downtown Boston, the city is comprised of thirteen villages, including Chestnut Hill, which is home to Boston College.  The violent crime rate in Newton is 87.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1%.

#41 Gloucester

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Located on Cape Anne in Essex County, the city of Gloucester is home to 28,700 residents.  Considered a part of the state’s North Shore, the community is a popular summer destination and a center for the local fishing industry.  The violent crime rate here is 92.2, and residents of Gloucester have a 1.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#42 Medway

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A town in Norfolk County, Medway is home to 13,000 residents.  Incorporated in 1713, the community sits along the banks of the Charles River, encompasses 11.5 square miles, and is served by the Medway Public School District.  The violent crime rate in Medway is 92.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is less than 1%.

#43 Norwood

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Also located in Norfolk County, the town of Norwood is home to 30,600 residents.  The community sits on the Neponset River and is home to such companies as Analog Devices, Inc. and MEDITECH.  The violent crime rate here is 96.4, and residents of Norwood have a 1.7% chance of being affected by property crime.

#44 Westborough

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A town in Worcester County, Westborough is home to 18,200 residents.  The community has many recreation areas for hiking, boating, and fishing, and has several properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate in Westborough is 97.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1%.

#45 North Reading

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Located in Middlesex County, the town of North Reading is home to 14,800 residents.  Considered a suburb of Boston, this growing community has historic buildings and a new state of the art high school.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 98.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in North Reading is just .09%.

#46 Milton

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A town in Norfolk County, Milton is home to 27,000 residents.  Considered an affluent suburb of Boston, the community has the highest percentage of residents claiming Irish heritage in the country and has been included on Money’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate in Milton is 102.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1%.

#47 Acton

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Located in Middlesex County, the town of Acton is home to 21,900 residents.  Just 21 miles northwest of Boston, this affluent community is known for its well-performing schools as has repeatedly been included on Money’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate here is 102.9, and residents of Acton have a 1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#48 Lakeville

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A town in Plymouth County, Lakeville is home to 10,600 residents.  The community encompasses 36.1 square miles and is known for its system of lakes as well as being the home to the headquarters of Ocean Spray.  The violent crime rate in Lakeville is 111.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2%.

#49 Northborough

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Located in Worcester County, the town of Northborough is home to 14,100 residents.  Incorporated in 1766, the community is part of Central Massachusetts, encompasses 18.8 square miles, and is served by the Northborough-Southborough School District.  The violent crime rate here is 111.7, and residents of Northborough have a 1.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#50 Tyngsborough

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A town in Middlesex County, Tyngsborough is home to 11,200 residents.  Just 28 miles north of Boston, the community sits on the New Hampshire state line adjacent to the Merrimack River.   The town is primarily a bedroom community to nearby Lowell and Nashua, NH.  The violent crime rate in Tyngsborough is 112.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.2%.

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25 Safest Cities in Tennessee 2016

TennesseeLocated in the southeastern United States, Tennessee is home to 6.6 million people. The state has two nearly equally large cities, Memphis and the state capital of Nashville. Tennessee is characterized by both its rich history and by its distinct landscape that is dominated by the Appalachian Mountains to the east. If you plan to make The Volunteer State your home, we’re serving up the 25 safest cities in Tennessee.

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 608 for violent crime and 3,061 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.
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#1 Brentwood

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Located in Williamson County, the city of Brentwood is home to 37,000 residents.  Considered a suburb of Nashville, the community is known for its rolling hills, lush parks, and is regarded as one of the wealthiest cities in the country.  Brentwood is also the safest place to live in Tennessee, with a violent crime rate of 44.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .08%.

#2 Germantown

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A city in Shelby County, Germantown is home to 38,800 residents.  Considered a suburb of Memphis, the community is known for its annual horse shows and competitions as well as for having a nationally accredited parks and recreation department.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Germantown is 78.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.5%.

#3 Franklin

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Located in Williamson County, the city of Franklin is home to 68,800 residents.  Just 21 miles south of Nashville, this fast-growing community is also the county seat and is the site of several health care related businesses.  The violent crime rate here is 143.4, and residents of Franklin have a 1.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#4 Collierville

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A town in Shelby County, Collierville has a current population of 43,900 residents.  Considered a suburb of Memphis, the town is home to an 800,000 square-foot shopping center, a large hospital, and a historic town square.  The violent crime rate in Collierville is 172.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.9%.

#5 Spring Hill

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Located in Maury and Williamson counties, the city of Spring Hill is home to 32,500 residents.  Just 30 miles south of Nashville, the economy is booming here with such companies as General Motors, Ryder, and Goodwill in operation.  The violent crime rate here is 196.8, and residents of Spring Hill have a 1.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#6 Maryville

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A city in Blount County, Maryville is home to 27,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Knoxville, the community enjoys commerce from popular nearby tourist destinations such as Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Dollywood.  The violent crime rate in Maryville is 211.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3%.

#7 Mt Juliet

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Located in Wilson County, Mt. Juliet is home to 28,100 residents.  Just 17 miles east of downtown Nashville, the city sits between Percy Priest Lake and Old Hickory Lake, which are both man-made reservoirs.  The violent crime rate here is 225.2, and residents of Mt. Juliet have a 1.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#8 Bartlett

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A city in Shelby County, Bartlett is home to 54,600 residents.  The city encompasses 23.4 square miles, is served by the Shelby County School District, and has been included on Money magazine’s list of best places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate in Bartlett is 237.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.4%.

#9 White House

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Located in Robertson and Sumner counties, the city of White House is home to 10,700 residents.  Just 22 miles north of downtown Nashville, the community was named for a two-story house built in 1829, a replica of which now sits in the center of town.  The violent crime rate here is 238, and residents of White House have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Hendersonville

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A city in Sumner County, Hendersonville is home to 51,300 residents.  Located 18 miles northeast of Nashville, the community is the site of the national headquarters of Rhoades Car, has strong ties to country music, and was included on Family Circle’s list of ten best cities for families.  The violent crime rate in Hendersonville is 240.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.7%.

#11 Elizabethton

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Located in Carter County, the city of Elizabethton is home to 14,000 residents.  Also the county seat, the community has a rich history and is the site of several rivers, making recreation opportunities in the area plentiful.  The violent crime rate here is 252.8, and residents of Elizabethton have a 5.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Smyrna

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A town in Rutherford County, Smyrna is home to 43,000 residents.  The town sits along the shores of Percy Priest Lake and is the site of a Nissan Motors plant, which employs around 6,000 workers.  The violent crime rate in Smyrna is 256.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.3%.

#13 Oak Ridge

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Located in Anderson and Roane counties, the city of Oak Ridge is home 29,300 residents.  Just 25 miles west of Knoxville, the community is also known as the Atomic City and the Secret City due to its participation in the Manhattan Project. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory still operates and plays a significant role in the area’s economy.  The violent crime rate here is 273.7, and residents of Oak Ridge have a 3.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Martin

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A city in Weakley County, Martin has a current population of 11,400 residents.  The city encompasses 12.4 square miles and is the home of the University of Tennessee at Martin as well as the site of the annual Tennessee Soybean Festival. The violent crime rate in Martin is 294.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.9%.

#15 Dickson

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Located in Dickson County, the city of Dickson is home to 14,900 residents.  The city encompasses 20 square miles, was named after Congressman William Dickson, and sits on the Tennessee Valley Divide.  The violent crime rate here is 399.2, and residents of Dickson have a 5.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#16 Gallatin

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A city in Sumner County, Gallatin has a current population of 32,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits on the Cumberland River and is home to the headquarters of several companies such as Gap, Inc., Beretta, and Servpro Industries.  The violent crime rate in Gallatin is 427.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.7%.

#17 Soddy-Daisy

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Located in Hamilton County, the city of Soddy-Daisy is home to 12,700 residents.  Formed in 1969 when two cities merged, this community with a unique name has evolved into a bedroom community of nearby Chattanooga.  The violent crime rate in Soddy-Daisy is 431.1, and residents have a 3.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#18 La Vergne

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A city in Rutherford County, La Vergne is home to 34,000 residents.  Considered a suburb of Nashville, the community is the site of just one of the two U.S. printing plants for Lightning Source as well as the largest subdivision of homes in the state.  The violent crime rate here is 466.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in La Vergne is 1.6%.

#19 Cookeville

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Located in Putnam County, the city of Cookeville is home to 30,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits on the Highland Rim, is near three man-made lakes, has a strong economy, and is home to Tennessee Technological University. The violent crime rate in Cookeville is 471.8, and residents have a 4.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#20 Johnson City

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A city in Washington, Sullivan, and Carter counties, Johnson City is home to 63,100 residents.  The city is the site of East Tennessee State University and has been included on Forbes’ list of best small place for business and careers in the country as well as Kiplinger’s list of least expensive cities for living in the USA.  The violent crime rate here is 495.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Johnson City is 4.4%.

#21 Portland

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Located in Sumner and Robertson counties, the city of Portland is home to 11,900 residents.  A part of the Highland Rim in the northern region of the state, the city is considered a suburb of Nashville and has attracted such companies as Daido America, Kyowa America, and Unipres.  The violent crime rate in Portland is 508.4, and residents have a 2.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Sevierville

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A city in Sevier County, Sevierville is home to 14,800 residents.  Also the county seat, the community lies along the banks of the Little Pigeon River between the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Tennessee Valley.  The violent crime rate here is 527.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Sevierville is 5.5%.

#23 Bristol

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Located in Sullivan County, the city of Bristol has a current population of 26,700 residents.  The city sits on the state line, which runs down Main Street and is a sister city to Bristol, VA (also on our safe cities list).  It is also home to the Bristol Motor Speedway, a NASCAR short track.  The violent crime rate in Bristol is 529.2, and residents have a 4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#24 Tullahoma

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A city in Franklin and Coffee counties, Tullahoma is home to 18,800 residents.  The city is known for its promotion of performing arts as well as for being the site of the University of Tennessee Space Institute.  The violent crime rate in Tullahoma is 535, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.4%.

#25 Goodlettsville

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Located in Sumner and Davidson counties, the city of Goodlettsville has a current population of 15,900 residents.  Considered an outlying suburb of Nashville, the city is home to the headquarters of Dollar General as well as a Tyson Foods plant, which is considered the largest fresh meat packing plant in the world.  The violent crime rate here is 551.8, and residents of Goodlettsville have a 5.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

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50 Safest Cities in Pennsylvania 2016

PennsylvaniaThe Keystone State is both the 6th most populous and the 9th most densely populated in the U.S. One of the 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania is home to 12.8 million residents and over 100 miles of shoreline along Lake Erie and the Delaware Estuary. We’re giving you the 50 safest cities in Pennsylvania based on FBI violent crime stats and propriety BackgroundChecks.org research data.

Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 314 for violent crime and 1,932 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000. If you’d like to call this beautiful and historic state home, one of the following cities is sure to be a safe choice.

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#1 Upper Allen

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A township in Cumberland County, Upper Allen is home to 15,300 residents.  Incorporated in 1850, the township is home to seven unincorporated communities and is the site of the Messiah College campus.  This is the safest place to live in Pennsylvania.  Violent crime in Upper Allen is non-existent, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just .09%.

#2 Buckingham

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Located in Bucks County, Buckingham is a township of 20,000 residents.  Named after its namesake in England, Buckingham is home to several historic landmarks including a station on the Underground Railroad.  This is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 5 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just .06%.

#3 West Deer

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A township in Allegheny County, West Deer is home to 11,700 residents.  Formerly a farming and coal mining town, the community has grown and diversified in recent years.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 8.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime in West Deer just .09%.

#4 New Britain

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A township in Bucks County, New Britain is home to 11,000 residents.  Founded in 1723, the township encompasses 14.7 square miles and is the site of several historic covered bridges.  The violent crime rate in New Britain is 9, and residents have just a .08% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 New Hanover

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Located in Montgomery County, New Hanover Township has a current population of 10,900 residents.  The community consists of rolling hills and valleys and has several villages within its borders.  The violent crime rate here is 9.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime in New Hanover is just .06%.

#6 Silver Spring

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A township in Cumberland County and northwest of Mechanicsburg, Silver Spring is home to 13,600 residents. The community sits along both the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Carlisle Pike, giving it easy access to other parts of the state.  This is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 14.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime here 1.6%.

#7 Upper Uwchlan

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Located in Chester County, Upper Uwchlan is a township that is home to 11,200 residents.  The township covers 11.6 square miles and has several properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places including two historic districts and a covered bridge.  The violent crime rate in Upper Uwchlan is 17.6, and residents have just a .07% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#8 Patton

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A township in Centre County and part of the State College MSA, Patton is home to 15,300 residents.  Established in 1794, the community was named after Colonel John Patton and has a rich history in iron mining.  The violent crime rate in Patton is 19.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.1%.

#9 South Fayette

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Located in Allegheny County, South Fayette is a township that is home to 14,400 residents.  The community has seen a good deal of growth in recent years due to its proximity to Pittsburgh and its well-performing schools.  Living here is also a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 20.7 and the chance of being involved in a property crime just .06%.

#10 Amity

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A township in Berks County, Amity is home to 12,500 residents.  The community encompasses 18.4 square miles and is home to many properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate in Amity is 23.8, and residents have a .09% chance of being affected by property crime.

#11 Hampden

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A township in Cumberland County, Hampden is the largest municipality by population in the county with 28,000 residents.  The community maintains over 100 acres of parks and is also home to the state of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections headquarters.  The violent crime rate here is 25.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Hampden is just 1%.

#12 Manor

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Located in Lancaster County, Manor is a township that is home to 16,400 residents.  Also considered a suburb of the city of Lancaster, the community encompasses 48.6 square miles and has a rich history dating back nearly 200 years.  The violent crime rate in Manor is 25.2, and residents have a 1.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#13 Upper Southampton

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Located in Bucks County, Upper Southampton is a township with a current population of 15,100 residents.  First settled by Quakers in the 1600’s, the community continues to retain its small-town atmosphere and is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate here is 26.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is just 1.1%.

#14 Lower Salford

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A township in Montgomery County, Lower Salford is home to 15,300 residents.  The community has 12 parks as part of its “Open Space/Green Belt” program and is known for its Mennonite Heritage Center.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 26.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .04%.

#15 Tredyffrin

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Located in eastern Chester County, Tredyffrin is a township of 29,300 residents.  The community sits adjacent to the Valley Forge National Historic Park and is home to a long list of historic buildings and landmarks.  The violent crime rate in Tredyffrin Township is 27, and residents have a .09% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#16 Mount Joy

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A township in Lancaster County, Mount Joy is home to 9,800 residents.  Founded in 1735, the community encompasses 28 square miles and is served by two different public school districts.  Living in Mount Joy is safe, with a violent crime rate of 27.3 and the chance of being affected by property crime here less than 1%.

#17 Peters

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Located in Washington County, Peters Township is home to 21,200 residents.  The township was founded in 1781 and contains seven distinct communities within its borders.  Peters is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 28.2 and residents having just a  .06% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#18 Cranberry

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Classified as a Second Class Township, Cranberry is located in Butler County and is considered the fastest growing area in the Pittsburgh MSA.  Home to 30,100 residents, the community is home to a large mall, several business headquarters and the practice facility for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The violent crime rate here is 28.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Cranberry is 1.3%.

#19 South Park

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Located in south Allegheny County, South Park is a township that is home to 13,400 residents.  The community encompasses 9.2 square miles and a large portion of the town consists of a county park that includes a golf course, ice rink, tennis courts, trail system, concert pavilion, wave pool, and dog park. The violent crime rate in South Park is 29.7, and residents have just a .03% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#20 Richland

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A township in Cambria County, Richland is considered a part of the Johnstown MSA and is home to 12,800 residents.  The town is the site of the largest mall in the area, The Johnstown Galleria, as well as The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus, the first regional campus of a major university in the U.S.  The violent crime rate in Richland is 31, and residents have a 4.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#21 McCandless

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Classified as a Home Rule Municipality, McCandless is home to 28,400 residents.  The community has been included in Money’s list of “Best Places to Live” and is served by the North Allegheny School District.  Living in McCandless is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 31.5 and the chance of being involved in property crime here less than 1%.

#22 Cecil

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Located in Washington County, Cecil is township that is home to 11,200 residents.  The community encompasses 26.4 square miles, and its business park is the site of several large companies such as Ansys and Consul Energy.  The violent crime rate in Cecil is 35.4, and property crime is practically non-existent at just .01%.

#23 North Middleton

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A township in north-central Cumberland County, North Middleton is home to 11,100 residents. The area has strong roots in agriculture and became well-known for its signature “Pennsylvania Barn”, some of which are still in existence today.  The violent crime rate in North Middleton is 35.6, and residents have a 1.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#24 Upper St Clair

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Located in Allegheny County, Upper St. Clair is a township that is home to 19,200 residents.  Considered an affluent suburb of Pittsburgh, the community is just 10 miles south of the city and is also known for its nationally-recognized schools.  The violent crime rate here is 36.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Upper St. Clair is just .05%.

#25 Upper Moreland

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A township in Montgomery County, Upper Moreland is home to 24,000 residents.  The community is considered a part of the Philadelphia MSA and contains several distinctive neighborhoods and business districts.  The violent crime rate here is 37.2, and residents have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#26 Marple

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Located in Delaware County, Marple is a township that is home to 23,400 residents.  First settled by Quakers in the late 1600’s, the town now has a system of eleven parks and is home to a public two-year community college.  The violent crime rate in Marple is 38.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.5%.

#27 West Lampeter

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Located in Lancaster County, West Lampeter is a township with a current population of 13,100 residents.  The community encompasses 16.4 square miles and has multiple listings on the National Register of Historic Places including two covered bridges.  This is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 39.1 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.1%.

#28 Plumstead

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A township in Bucks County, Plumstead is home to 12,400 residents.  Founded by English Quakers in the 1700’s, the town still has many working farms that have been passed down through generations.  Plumstead is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 40 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.1%.

#29 Northampton

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Located in Bucks County, Northampton is a township with a current population of 39,700 residents.  The community is just 12 miles northeast of Philadelphia and contains four distinct unincorporated communities.  The violent crime rate here is 40.1, and residents have just a  .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#30 Newtown

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The oldest township in Delaware County, Newtown is home to 12,200 residents.  Originally settled by Welsh Quakers, the town has evolved into a suburban community with some historic homes and is also the home to the Aronimink Golf Club, which has hosted several PGA events.  The violent crime rate in Newtown is 40.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is less than 1%.

#31 Shaler

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Located in Allegheny County, Shaler is a township that is home to 28,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of Pittsburgh, the community is a part of the North Hills Region and is primarily a residential area.  Living in Shaler is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 41.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.2%.

#32 Limerick

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A township in Montgomery County, Limerick is home to 18,000 residents.  Founded in the 1700’s by a settler from Limerick, Ireland, the town is just 34 miles northwest of Philadelphia.  The community is home to a Premium Outlet Mall and a nuclear power plant.  The violent crime rate in Limerick is 43.9, and residents have a 2.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#33 Franklin Park

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Located in Allegheny County, Franklin Park is a borough that is home to 13,400 residents.  Encompassing 13.6 square miles of land, Franklin Park is considered a growing suburb of Pittsburgh.  The violent crime rate here is 44.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime is incredibly low, at just .03%.

#34 North Strabane

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A township in Washington County, North Strabane has a current population of 13,400 residents.  Named after a town in Ireland, the community has several listings on the National Register of Historic Places and is served by the Canon-McMillan School District.  The violent crime rate in North Strabane is 44.6, and residents have a 1% of being involved in a property crime.

#35 Mt Lebanon

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Classified as a Home Rule Municipality, Mt. Lebanon is located in Allegheny County and is home to 33,100 residents.  Known as an affluent suburb of Pittsburgh, the community is noted for its well-performing school district and thriving central business district.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 45.1 and the chance of being affected by property crime just .06%.

#36 Springfield

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Located in Delaware County, Springfield is a township that is home to 24,200 residents.  Philadelphia is just 10 miles to the east and the community consists of many developments of single-family homes.  There is also an extensive parks system here for residents.  The violent crime rate in Springfield is 45.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.8%.

#37 East Whiteland

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A township in Chester County, East Whiteland has a current population of 10,600 residents.  Founded by Welsh settlers in 1704, the community is located approximately 25 miles west of Philadelphia near the walls of the Great Valley.  Living in East Whiteland is safe, with a violent crime rate of 46.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .06%.

#38 Willistown

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Located in Chester County, Willistown is a township that is home to 10,400 residents.  The community is part of the western Philadelphia suburb known as the Main Line and has three separate designated historic districts.  The violent crime rate in Willistown is 47.1, and residents have a 1.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#39 Montgomery

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A township in Montgomery County, Montgomery has a current population of 24,700 residents.  Considered a suburban community, it is the location of a regional shopping mall and is served by the North Penn School District.  The violent crime rate in Montgomery is 48, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.6%.

#40 Lower Makefield

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Located in Bucks County, Lower Makefield is a township that is home to 32,500 residents.  This suburb of Philadelphia was ranked by CNNMoney as one of the best places to live for the Eastern region of the U.S.  Some residents also commute as far as New York City.  The violent crime rate here is 49, and residents have a 1.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#41 Upper Providence

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A township in Delaware County, Upper Providence is located approximately 15 miles west of Philadelphia.  Home to 10,100 residents, the community is mostly residential and includes parts of Ridley Creek State Park, a 2,606-acre park that offers hiking, biking, and fishing.  This is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 49.2 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .05%.

#42 Washington

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Located in Franklin County, Washington is a township that is home to 11,500 residents.  The community encompasses 38.9 square miles of land and has numerous listings on the National Register of Historic Places including a bridge, an armory, and its historic district.  The violent crime rate in Washington is 49.5, and residents have a 1.8% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#43 North Fayette

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A township in Allegheny County, North Fayette is considered a suburb of Pittsburgh and has a current population of 13,600 residents.  The township is home to several business and shopping destinations as well as the campuses of Pittsburgh Technical Institute and the Community College of Allegheny County.  The violent crime rate in North Fayette is 50, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 1.7%.

#44 Haverford

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Located in Delaware County, Haverford is considered a home rule township and has a population of 48,400 residents.  The community is considered an inner ring suburb of Philadelphia and its Merion Golf Club has hosted two major PGA championship tournaments.  Haverford is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 51.4 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.1%.

#45 West Whiteland

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A township in Chester County, West Whiteland is home to 18,200 residents.  The community just celebrated its 250th anniversary.  They have an extensive parks system of over 100 acres and another site of over 700 acres soon to be developed.  The violent crime rate in West Whiteland is 54.2, and residents have a 2.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#46 Spring

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Located in Berks County, Spring is a township that is home to 27,100 residents.  The township has a total area of 18.3 square miles and includes over 25 distinct unincorporated communities.  There are a number of commercial parks here, and the area is served by the Wilson School District. The violent crime rate in Spring is 55.1, and residents have a 1.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#47 Ferguson

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Considered a home rule municipality, Ferguson is located in Centre County and is home to 17,600 residents. Ferguson sits adjacent to the borough of State College, which is the home of Penn State.  The community of Ferguson is the site of Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Research Center, where much of the school’s agricultural research is conducted.  Living in Ferguson is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 56.3 and the chance of being affected by property crime just .07%.

#48 East Cocalico

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Located in northeastern Lancaster County, East Cocalico is a township that is home to 9,900 residents. The community was founded in 1838 and encompasses 20.6 square miles.  Its Bucher Thal Historic District has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate in East Cocalico is  57.6, and residents have a 1.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#49 East Norriton

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A township in Montgomery County, East Norriton is located just 8 miles north of Philadelphia and is home to 13,500 residents.  Genuardi’s, a division of Safeway, has its national headquarters here, and the township was named in the past by Business Week as one of the nation’s top five Best Affordable Suburbs.  The violent crime rate in East Norriton is 58.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.3%.

#50 Scott

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Located in Allegheny County, Scott is a township that is home to 17,000 residents.  The community has a land area of just 3.86 square miles and is surrounded by green spaces.  Residents are served by the Chartiers Valley School District, and this is considered a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate in Scott is 58.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.1%.

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50 Safest Cities in Georgia 2016

GeorgiaThe Peach State was the last of the original thirteen colonies and is the eighth most populous state in the country in terms of population. It’s state capital, Atlanta, is considered an “alpha” or “world city” and this diverse state brings in business and commerce from all over the globe. If living in the Empire State of the South is on your agenda, you’ll want to check out our list of the 50 safest cities in Georgia for 2016.

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 377 for violent crime and 3,281 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.
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#1 Peachtree City

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The largest city in Fayette County, Peachtree City is located in the South Metro Atlanta area and is home to 34,300 residents.  Golf carts are a principal means of transportation in this community, and more than 9,000 residents here use them. The city has been named on the list of best places to live and best places to raise kids.  It is also the safest place to live in the state of Georgia, with a violent crime rate of 42.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.3%.

#2 Acworth

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Located in Cobb County, Acworth is a city with a current population of 20,400 residents.  Nicknamed “The Lake City”, it sits in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains adjacent to Lake Altoona and Lake Acworth.  Living in Acworth is also a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 52.6 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 1.9%.

#3 Grovetown

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Part of the Augusta metropolitan area, Grovetown is located in Columbia County.  A city of 12,300 residents, one its biggest employers is John Deere Commercial Products.  This is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 59.8 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 2.1%.

#4 Alpharetta

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Considered an affluent suburb of Atlanta, Alpharetta is located in north Fulton County.  Home to 57,500 residents, the city has many ongoing events, festivals, and is the headquarters for several large corporations including Verizon Wireless South and McKesson.  The violent crime rate in Alpharetta is 70, and residents have just a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#5 Canton

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The county seat of Cherokee County, Canton is home to 22,900 residents.  A fast-growing city that has tripled in size as the suburbs of Atlanta have expanded north, Canton is served by the Cherokee County School District and has many ongoing improvement projects underway.  Canton is another safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 76.2 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.7%.

#6 Kennesaw

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A city in Cobb County, Kennesaw is a part of the greater Atlanta area.  Home to 29,700 residents, the city has a unique history and has been named as both one of the nation’s “10 best towns for families” and among the top 25 “most uniquely American cities and towns.”  The violent crime rate in Kennesaw is 98.3, and residents have a 1.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#7 Duluth

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Located in Gwinnett County and considered a suburb of Atlanta, Duluth is home to 26,600 residents.  Duluth has been ranked by Forbes as one of the best places to move and is known as the site of the Infinite Energy Arena and the popular Duluth Fall Festival.  Another safe choice in Georgia, the violent crime rate here is 127, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Duluth is 2%.

#8 Pooler

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Located northwest of Savannah, Pooler is a city in Chatham County that is home to 19,100 residents. One of Georgia’s fastest-growing cities, Pooler has been expanding its retail outlets and has become a center for commercial development in the area, attracting several large businesses. The violent crime rate in Pooler is 136, and residents have a 2.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#9 Suwanee

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A city in Gwinnett County, Suwanee is home to 17,600 residents.  Rated by Kiplinger as the 3rd best place to live in the country for raising families and by Family Circle as among the nation’s 10 best towns for families, this is a desirable and safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate here is 138.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Suwanee is 2.1%.

#10 Loganville

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Located in Walton and Gwinnett counties, the city of Loganville has a current population of 10,400 residents.  The city encompasses just 6 square miles, is served by two different school districts, and is the site of a popular botanical gardens.  Living in Loganville is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 140 and the chance of being affected by property crime in the city just 2.7%.

#11 Roswell

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A city in north Fulton County, Roswell is home to 94,000 residents.  The state’s seventh largest city, Roswell has 800 acres of parks, over 5,000 registered businesses, and was named by CNN as one of the top places to live in the U.S.  The violent crime rate in Roswell is 143.3, and residents have a 1.8% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#12 Fayetteville

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Just 22 miles south of downtown Atlanta, Fayetteville is a city in central Fayette County.  Home to 15,900 residents, Fayetteville is the county seat and the site of the popular Fun Junction USA amusement park.   This city continues to be a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 153.4 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 2.4%.

#13 Woodstock

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Located in Cherokee County, Woodstock is a fast-growing city that is considered a southern suburb of Atlanta. Home to 23,800 residents, the city is divided into three main sections: Towne Lake, Historic Downtown, and The Ridgewalk.  The violent crime rate here is 170.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Woodstock is 2.4%.

#14 Dallas

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Located in Paulding County, Dallas is a city with a current population of 12,600 residents.  Also serving as the county seat, the city is served by the Paulding County School District and has a trailhead on the popular Silver Comet Trail adjacent to the city’s Chamber of Commerce.  The violent crime rate in Dallas is 178.5, and residents have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#15 Snellville

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An affluent city in Gwinnett County, Snellville is home to 18,200 residents.  The city has been working to develop a new central Towne Center and is known for its annual Snellville Days Festival that draws crowds from all over the Southeast.  The violent crime rate here is 180, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Snellville is 4.5%.

#16 Decatur

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Located in DeKalb County, Decatur serves as the county seat and is home to 19,300 residents.  Considered an intown suburb of Atlanta, the city is served by MARTA rail stations and has the reputation as a progressive city with involved citizens.  Another safe choice in Georgia, the violent crime rate in Decatur is 197.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.2%.

#17 Villa Rica

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A city in Carroll and Douglas counties, Villa Rica is home to 13,900 residents.  This fast-growing city is 32 miles west of Atlanta and has many properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  This is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 218.4 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 3.8%.

#18 Calhoun

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Located in Gordon County, Calhoun is a city that is home to 15,600 residents.  It also serves as the county seat and sits between the major cities of Atlanta, GA and Chattanooga, TN.  There are several museums and historic sites in this safe community, with a violent crime rate of 219.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here at 4.7%.

#19 Lawrenceville

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The county seat of Gwinnett County, Lawrenceville is home to 28,500 residents.  Considered a northeast suburb of Atlanta, the city is served by the Gwinnett County Public School District and has a AAA minor league baseball team.  The violent crime rate in Lawrenceville is 236.8, and residents have a 3.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#20 Cartersville

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A city in Bartow County, Cartersville is home to 19,700 residents.  Also serving as the county seat, the city is a distant northwest Atlanta suburb and is the site of several arts and science museums.  Living in Cartersville is a safe bet, with a violent crime rate of 255.1 and a 4.6% chance of being affected by property crime in the city.

#21 Dalton

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Located in Whitfield County, Dalton is the county seat and main city in the Dalton, Georgia MSA.  The second largest city in northwest Georgia, Dalton is home to 33,100 residents and to many of the nation’s floorcovering manufacturers. This city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 261.4 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 3.7%.

#22 McDonough

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A city in Henry County, McDonough is home to 22,000 residents.  Also the county seat, McDonough is served by the Henry County School District and is known for its annual Geranium Festival each May.  The violent crime rate here is 264.5, and residents have a 3.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#23 Statesboro

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The largest city in and county seat of Bulloch County, Statesboro is home to 28,400 residents.  Originally a small trading community, the city is now known primarily as a college town as it is home to Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral Research University with over 20,000 students.  The violent crime rate in Statesboro is 289.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.3%.

#24 Milledgeville

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Located in Baldwin County, Milledgeville is a city with a current population of 18,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the city served as the state capital during the Civil War and has a revitalized downtown historic district.  Living in Milledgeville is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 294 and the chance of being affected by property crime here at 4.1%.

#25 Chamblee

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A city in northern DeKalb County, Chamblee is home to 9,800 residents.  A northeastern Atlanta suburb, Chamblee has developed into a diverse multicultural community of many distinct neighborhoods.  Chamblee is home to Atlanta’s Chinatown Mall and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Atlanta field office.  The violent crime rate here is 303, and residents have a 3.8% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#26 Smyrna

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Just 10 miles from downtown Atlanta, Smyrna is a city that is home to 53,400 residents.  Located in Cobb County and considered one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, Smyrna is known as the “Jonquil City” for the thousands of flowers that grow there during the spring.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 306.5, and the chance of being affected by property crime in the city is just 2.6%.

#27 Winder

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A city in Barrow County, Winder has a current population of 14,000 residents. Also the county seat, the city has a new commercial development called The Gateway that provides residents with retail, eating, and entertainment options.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 320.3 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 3.8%.

#28 Gainesville

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The county seat of Hall County, Gainesville is a city that is home to 33,800 residents. Often called the “Poultry Capital of the World” because of its many poultry processing plants, the city is also home to the University of North Georgia and Brenau University.  The violent crime rate in Gainesville is 324.8, and residents have a 4.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#29 Perry

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Located in Houston County, Perry has a current population of 9,600 residents.  Also the county seat, the city is the site of the annual Georgia National Fair and its popular Dogwood Festival in the spring.  Perry is considered a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 327.1 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 2.2%.

#30 Newnan

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A city in Metro Atlanta in Coweta County, Newnan is home to 33,000 residents.  Also serving as the county seat, this fast-growing city is served by the Coweta County School District and has several regional campuses from the state university system.  The violent crime rate in Newnan is 366.7, and residents have a 3.3% of being affected by property crime in the city.

#31 Savannah

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The second largest city on our list and the fourth largest in the state, Savannah is home to 142,000 residents.  Located in Chatham County, the city is also the oldest in the state and serves as an important seaport and one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the U.S.  The violent crime rate in Savannah is 379.6, and residents have just a 3.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#32 Lilburn

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Located in Gwinnett County, Lilburn is home to 11,500 residents.  Considered a suburb of Atlanta, the city is served by the Gwinnett County School District and is known for its Lilburn Daze festival each fall.  The violent crime rate here is 380.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Lilburn is 6.5%.

#33 Waycross

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The county seat of Ware County, Waycross has a current population of 14,700 residents.  This city in southern Georgia is home to two designated historic districts and is the birthplace of the popular Bubba Burger.  The violent crime rate in Waycross is 410.1, and residents have a 6.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#34 Thomasville

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The second largest city in southwest Georgia, Thomasville is home to 18,400 residents.  The county seat of Thomas County, the city features a large farmer’s market, a  historic downtown, and is known for its annual Rose Festival.  The violent crime rate here is 413.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Thomasville is 6.4%.

#35 LaGrange

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Located in Troup County in west Georgia, LaGrange is a city with a current population of 30,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the city is home to LaGrange College, the oldest private college in the state, and its West Point Lake is a popular bass fishing destination.  The violent crime rate in LaGrange is 416.9, and residents have a 5.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#36 Conyers

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The one and only city in Rockdale County, Conyers is home to 13,900 residents.  Also the county seat, Conyers is served by the Rockdale County School District and features a semi-professional soccer team called the Georgia Revolution.  The violent crime rate here is 427, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Conyers is 6.5%.

#37 Covington

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Located in Newton County, Covington is a city that is home to 13,300 residents.  Just 35 miles southeast of Atlanta, the city also serves as the county seat and has several districts that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate in Covington is 433.9, and residents have a 6.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#38 Valdosta

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A city in Lowndes County, Valdosta is known as the Azalea City for its abundance of these plants. The city has a population of 54,500 residents and is home to Valdosta State University, and its Valdosta High School has the most winning football program in the U.S.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 438, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 4.1%.

#39 Hinesville

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Located in Liberty County, the city of Hinesville is home to 33,400 residents.  Also the county seat, Hinesville sits adjacent to the Atlantic coast and features many coastal streams and waterways, including the Cay Creek Wetlands area.  The violent crime rate in Hinesville is 438.6, and residents have a 4.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#40 St. Marys

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A city in Camden County, St. Marys is home to 17,100 residents.  The city serves as the gateway to the Cumberland Island National Seashore and is the site of the popular annual St. Marys Rock Shrimp Festival.  Living in St. Marys is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 439.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime in the city just 3%.

#41 Kingsland

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Located in Camden County, Kingsland is a city with a population of 15,900 residents.  This fast-growing city sits just north of the Florida state line and features a historic downtown district.  It is also known for its annual Catfish Festival each Labor Day.  The violent crime rate in Kingsland is 497.4, and residents have a 3.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#42 Columbus

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The largest city on our list, Columbus is home to 202,800 residents.  Located in west Georgia in Muscogee County, the city serves as the county seat and sits directly across the Chattahoochee River and the Alabama state line.  Columbus is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 406.7 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here at 5.7%.

#43 Rome

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A city in the Appalachian Mountain foothills, Rome is located in Floyd County and serves as its county seat.  Home to 36,300 residents, the city is the largest in northwest Georgia and features an active culture, diverse economy, and quality schools.  The violent crime rate in Rome is 519.6, and residents have a 6.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#44 Vidalia

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Located in Toombs and Montgomery counties, Vidalia has a current population of 10,400 residents.  Vidalia is still primarily an agricultural town and is known for its Vidalia onions, which have been grown there since 1931.  The city also holds its much-anticipated Onion Festival each spring.  The violent crime rate here is 525.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Vidalia is 6.6%.

#45 Warner Robins

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A city in Houston County south of Atlanta, Warner Robins is home to 66,500 residents.  Named after an Air Force General, the city sits adjacent to Robins Air Force Base and has been named by Business Week as a best place in the state to raise a family.  The violent crime rate in Warner Robins is 528.7, and residents have a 5.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#46 Powder Springs

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A city in Cobb County, Power Springs is home to 13,900 residents.  Incorporated in 1838, the name comes from the seven springs inside the city, which contain 26 minerals and turn sand “black as gunpowder”.  Downtown Atlanta is just 22 miles to the east, and this is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 539.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 2.8%.

#47 Moultrie

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Located in Colquitt County, the city of Moultrie is home to 14,200 residents.  Also the county seat, the city is primarily an agricultural community that is also well-known for its antique shops, giving it the name “The Antique Capital of South Georgia.”  The violent crime rate here is 587, and residents have a 7.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#48 Douglasville

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The county seat of Douglas County, the city of Douglasville has a current population of 30,900 residents.  Located about 20 miles west of Atlanta, Douglasville’s central business district is a registered historic place and the city has an extensive parks and recreation system.  The violent crime rate here is 603.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Douglasville is 6.3%.

#49 Macon

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A city in Bibb County, Macon is home to 153,600 residents.  Known as “the Heart of Georgia” due to its central location, the city is the site of Mercer University and Middle Georgia State University.  Macon has a strong musical heritage and features many popular festivals throughout the year. The violent crime rate in Macon is 628, and residents have a 7.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#50 Carrollton

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Located in the Appalachian Mountain foothills in Carroll County, the city of Carrollton has a population of 24,300 residents.  Also the county seat, Carrollton is home to the University of West Georgia and has an active downtown area called Adamson Square.  The violent crime rate in Carrollton is 629.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 4.4%.

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50 Safest Cities in Ohio 2016

OhioThe Buckeye State is the 7th largest state in the U.S. in terms of population. Home to 11.6 million residents, Ohio is considered a midwestern state and gets its name from the Ohio River that runs along its southern border. Several major cities are located in Ohio, including Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. If you’d like to make this thriving state your home, we’re detailing the 50 safest cities in Ohio.

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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 285 for violent crime and 2,799 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Powell

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An affluent city in Delaware County, Powell is home to 11,500 residents. Powell is just fourteen miles north of the state capital of Columbus and has been named on Money Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.  Powell is the safest place to live in Ohio, with no violent crime at all and the chances of being affected by property crime here just .06%.

#2 Clear Creek

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A township located in Warren County, Clear Creek is home to 20,900 residents.  Named after its principal stream, the township was organized in 1815 and sits between the cities of Dayton and Cincinnati.  This is the second safest place to live in the state, with a violent crime rate of just 7 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here .07%.

#3 Lyndhurst

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Located in Cuyahoga County, the city of Lyndhurst has a current population of 14,000 residents.  Considered an eastern suburb of Cleveland, the city is served by the South Euclid-Lyndhurst City School District and is best known for its annual Eggshelland display, a 55-year tradition.  Living in Lyndhurst is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 7.2 and no reported property crimes.

#4 Seven Hills

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Also located in Cuyahoga County, Seven Hills is home to 11,800 residents. The city encompasses 4.92 square miles and was named for the seven hills in the area.  This is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 8.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .03%.

#5 Genoa

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A township in Delaware County, Genoa is home to 20,000 residents.  Considered one of the fastest growing areas around the city of Columbus, the township is served by three different school districts and its own full-time police and fire departments.  This is also a top pick for safety in Ohio, with a violent crime rate of 8.5 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just .08%.

#6 Hudson

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Located in Summit County, Hudson is a city that has a current population of 22,200 residents.  Considered an affluent suburb of Akron, the city oversees more than a thousand acres of parkland including a large lake.  The violent crime rate in Hudson is 9, and residents have just a  .06% chance of being affected by property crime.

#7 Montgomery

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Known as an affluent bedroom community of Cincinnati, Montgomery is a city of 10,200 residents.  Located in Hamilton County, the city was settled in 1796 and retains a historic downtown and other 19th-century properties.  Montgomery is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 9.8 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here 1.6%.

#8 Olmsted

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A township in Cuyahoga County, Olmsted is home to 13,500 residents.  Considered a western suburb of Cleveland, the community covers exactly 10 square miles and is served by the Olmstead Falls School District.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 14.9 and the chance of being affected by property crime just .02%.

#9 Perkins

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Located in Erie County, Perkins is a township that is home to 12,500 residents.  Considered a suburb of Sandusky, the community is home to several recreation and tourist-related businesses such as Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari Resorts, and Sandusky Speedway.  The violent crime rate in Perkins is 16.5, and residents have a 2.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#10 Loveland

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A city in Warren, Hamilton, and Clermont counties, Loveland is located in southwestern Ohio and is home to 12,000 residents.  The city sits along the Little Miami River and now serves as a major stop along the Little Miami Scenic Trail.  Loveland is considered a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 16.6 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1%.

#11 Sagamore Hills

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Located in Summit County, Sagamore Hills is a township that is home to 9,300 residents.  The community encompasses 11.3 square miles and is served by the Nordonia Hills School System.  The violent crime rate in Sagamore Hills is 18.3, and residents have just a .04% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#12 Pataskala

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A city in Licking County, Pataskala is located in central Ohio and has a current population of 14,900 residents.  First settled in 1851, the community has had the same working post office since 1852 and is served by two different school districts.  Living in Pataskala is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 20 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.5%.

#13 Broadview Heights

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Located in Cuyahoga County, Broadview Heights is a city that is home to 19,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Cleveland, the community has highly-rated schools, an extensive parks and recreation program, and several thriving corporations.  The violent crime rate here is 20.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is almost non-existent at just .01%

#14 Franklin

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Franklin is located in Warren County and is home to 11,700 residents.  The Great Miami River flows through the center of the city, and Franklin citizens are served by the Franklin City School District.  Franklin is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 21.2 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .05%.

#15 New Philadelphia

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A city in Tuscarawas County, New Philadelphia has a current population of 17,200 residents.  Both the county seat and largest city in the county, the community sits between the cities of Columbus and Cleveland on the banks of the Tuscarawas River.  The violent crime rate here is 23.2, and residents have a 1.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#16 Upper Arlington

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An affluent suburban city of Columbus, Upper Arlington is located in Franklin County.  Home to 33,700 residents, the community has many historic properties, including its historic downtown district.  Its annual 4th of July parade and fireworks display is the 2nd largest in the state, and this is a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate here is 26.3, and residents have a 1.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#17 Springboro

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Located in Warren and Montgomery counties, Springboro is considered a part of the Miami Valley in Ohio.  Home to 17,400 residents, the city was ranked as a best place to live by Money Magazine and as one of the best suburbs in America by Business Insider.  The violent crime rate in Springboro is 28.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1%.

#18 Worthington

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A city in Franklin County, Worthington is considered a northern suburb of Columbus.  Home to 13,500 residents, population growth has picked up here in recent years, and the city is served by the Worthington City School District.  The violent crime rate here is 29.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime in the city is 2.8%.

#19 Strongsville

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Considered a suburb of Cleveland, Strongsville is a city in Cuyahoga County that is home to 44,700 residents.  The city is the site of Strongsville Business & Technology Park, the largest industrial park in Northeast Ohio, and has several historic properties.  The violent crime rate in Strongsville is 29.3, and residents have just a 1.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#20 Brecksville

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Also located in Cuyahoga County, Brecksville is a city and suburb of Cleveland that is home to 13,600 residents.  Known for its wooded bluffs and ravines, the community is home to the #1 rated public golf course in the state and has an active art and culinary scene.  Brecksville is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 29.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .06%.

#21 Solon

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Another Cuyahoga County city, Solon has a current population of 23,100 residents.  The city has received multiple recognitions for its safe schools, low crime, and business environment. It was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the best places to raise kids and by Google as having a strong online business community.  The violent crime rate here is 30.2, and residents have a  .08% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#22 Streetsboro

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Located in Portage County, Streetsboro is a city that is home to 12,300 residents.  Considered a suburb of Akron, this former farming community has developed into a retail hub for many of the surrounding townships.  Streetsboro is considered a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 31.2 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .05%.

#23 Poland

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A township in Mahoning County, Poland is home to 14,900 residents.  The township encompasses 21.2 square miles and is home to the three villages of Lowellville, Poland, and Struthers.  The violent crime rate in Poland is 32.4, and residents have a .09% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#24 Salem

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A city in Columbiana and Mahoning counties, Salem has a current population of 12.300 residents.  Settled by Quakers in the early 1800’s, Salem acted as a hub for the Underground Railroad and has several historic properties and districts.  The violent crime rate in Salem is 32.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.1%.

#25 Amherst

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Located in Lorain County, Amherst is a city that is home to 12,000 residents.  Originally known as the Sandstone Capital of the World because of its nine sandstone quarries, the community has diversified into other businesses in recent years and has an active historic district.  The violent crime rate here is 33.3, and residents have a 1.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#26 Miami

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A township in Clermont County, Miami is home to 40,800 residents.  Situated on the banks of the East Fork and Little Miami Rivers, the community is known as one of the fastest-growing in the Cincinnati area.  The community is served by four school districts and is considered a safe place to live. The violent crime rate here is 34, and the chance of being affected by property crime is 1.9%.

#27 Dublin

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Located in Franklin, Delaware, and Union counties, Dublin is a city that is home to 41,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of Columbus, the city is a popular golf community, and its annual Dublin Irish Festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors to the area.  The violent crime rate in Dublin is 35.4, and residents have a 1.2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#28 Mason

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A city in southwestern Warren County, Mason is located just 22 miles from downtown Cincinnati.  Home to 30,700 residents, the community was named by Money Magazine as a best place to live and is known for having one of the largest tennis stadiums in the world.  Mason is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 35.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.9%.

#29 Westerville

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Located in Delaware and Franklin counties, Westerville is a city that is home to 36,100 residents.  This northeastern Columbus suburb has been included on Money Magazine’s list of best places to live and is home to Otterbein University, a private liberal arts college.  The violent crime rate in Westerville is 35.5, and residents have a 2.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#30 Berea

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A city in Cuyahoga County and a western suburb of Cleveland, Berea has a current population of 19,000 residents.  The city is home to the county fairgrounds, Baldwin Wallace University, and the training facility for the Cleveland Browns.  The violent crime rate here is 36.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Berea is 1.7%.

#31 Goshen

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Located in Clermont County, Goshen is a township with a population of 15,500 residents.  Founded by German and English settlers in 1799, the community offers residents shopping, recreation, and employment opportunities as well as easy access to Cincinnati, just 30 miles to the west.  The violent crime rate in Goshen is 38.4, and residents have a 2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#32 Wickliffe

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A city in Lake County in northern Ohio, Wickliffe is home to 12,700 residents.  The city is served by the Wickliffe County School District and has an extensive parks and recreation program.  The city’s Coulby Mansion, which serves as city hall, is listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places. The violent crime rate here is 39.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Wickliffe is 1.6%.

#33 Delhi

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Located in Hamilton County, Delhi is a township that is home to 29,500 residents.  The community sits on the southern edge of the state along the Ohio River and operates over 100 acres of park property.  The violent crime rate in Delhi is 44.2, and residents have a 2.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#34 Montville

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A township in Medina County, Montville has a population of 12,000 residents.  The community has well-planned neighborhoods, good schools, and easy access to both Akron and Cleveland.  Living in Montville is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 44.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .07%.

#35 Aurora

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Located in Portage County, Aurora is a city that is home to 15,500 residents.  The city’s golf and country club has hosted the Cleveland Open three times and its high school was ranked as one of the top in the state by U.S. News and World Report.  Aurora is also a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 45 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.1%.

#36 Wadsworth

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A city in Medina County, Wadsworth is home to 21,500 residents.  Named after a Revolutionary War hero, the community is known for its well-performing schools and its annual Blue Tip Festival.  The violent crime rate here is 50.7, and residents have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#37 Brook Park

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Located in Cuyahoga County, Brook Park is a city with a population of 19,200 residents.  Just 14 minutes from downtown Cleveland, the city is served by the Berea City School District and operates a dozen parks within the community.  Living in Brook Park is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 52.5 and the chance of being involved in a property crime just .06%.

#38 Twinsburg

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A city in Summit County, Twinsburg is home to 18,700 residents.  Located approximately halfway between Cleveland and Akron, the city was named as one of the best places to live in the U.S. by CNN Money Magazine.  The violent crime rate in Twinsburg is 53.4, and residents have just a .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#39 North Ridgeville

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A city of 29,400 residents, North Ridgeville is located in Lorain County in northern Ohio.  Just 18 miles west of downtown Cleveland, the city is served by the North Ridgeville City School District and is known for its annual Corn Festival.  The violent crime rate here is 54.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime is 1.1%.

#40 Beavercreek

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The largest city in Greene County, Beavercreek is home to 45,100 residents.  Considered a suburb of Dayton, the city is a bedroom community for many who work at nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and has a long list of amenities.  Beavercreek is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 54.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 2.3%.

#41 Troy

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A city in Miami County, Troy has a current population of 25,000 residents.  Both the county seat and the largest city in the county, Troy is known for its annual Strawberry Festival and has several historic properties.  The violent crime rate in Troy is 55.7, and residents have a 3.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#42 Hamilton

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Located in Warren County, Hamilton is a township that is home to 9,600 residents.  The community encompasses 35.5 square miles and is considered the fastest-growing area in the county.  Cincy Magazine consistently rates Hamilton high due to schools, home values, and low crime. The violent crime rate here is 57.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Hamilton is 1.1%.

#43 Blue Ash

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A city in Hamilton County, Blue Ash has a current population of 12,100 residents.  It is said that some of the first settlers in the area built a church from blue ash log, giving the area its name. The city is known for its quality schools and its well-attended summer festivals.  The violent crime rate in Blue Ash is 57.9, and residents have a 3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#44 Pierce

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A township in Clermont County, Pierce is home to 14,300 residents.  Just 20 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, residents have access to the city while enjoying country recreation such as boating on the Ohio River and hiking in the nature park.  Pierce is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 61.9 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.4%.

#45 Athens

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Located in Athens County, Athens is the county seat and has a population of 23,800 residents.   The city is a historic college town and is home to Ohio University, which is now the town’s largest employer.  There are many museums, festivals, and annual events in Athens that makes this a vibrant place to live.  It’s also safe, with a violent crime rate of 62.9 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.9%.

#46 Mayfield Heights

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A city in Cuyahoga County, Mayfield Heights is home to 18,800 residents.  Considered an eastern suburb of Cleveland, the community is served by the Mayfield City School District.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 63.1 and the chance of being affected by property crime in the city just 1.8%.

#47 Marietta

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Located in Washington County, the city of Marietta is the county seat and is home to 14,000 residents.  The community lies at the mouth of the Muskingum River where it meets the Ohio River, and the waters are the site of several annual events such as the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival and The Riverfront Roar.  The violent crime rate here is 63.9, and residents have a 1.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#48 Wilmington

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A city and the county seat of Clinton County, Wilmington is home to 12,500 residents.  Wilmington College is located here, and the city was named by Time Magazine among small towns that are attractive to suburban families.  The violent crime rate in Wilmington is 64.1, and residents have a 5.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

#49 Gahanna

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Located in Franklin County, Gahanna is a city that is home to 33,200 residents.  Considered a suburb of Columbus, the city has a thriving food scene and downtown sector.  Gahanna has been named by Money Magazine in its Top 100 Best Places to Live.  The violent crime rate here is 65.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Gahanna is 2.4%.

#50 Englewood

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A city located in Montgomery County, Englewood has a current population of 13,400 residents.  Considered a northern suburb of Dayton, the city is served by the Northmount City School District and has a satellite community college campus.  The violent crime rate in Englewood is 66.5, and residents have a 2.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

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50 Safest Cities in Washington 2016

WashingtonNamed after our nation’s first president, Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest just south of the Canadian province of British Columbia. The thirteenth most populous state, it is home to 7.1 million people, with approximately 60 percent of those living in the Seattle area. Known for its beautiful coastlines, green forests, and growing tech industry, Washington is fast becoming a popular place to live in the U.S. If you’d like to make the Evergreen State your home, we’re providing you with the 50 safest cities in Washington to help you 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 285 for violent crime and 3,706 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Snoqualmie

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Located in King County, Snoqualmie is a city that is home to 10,600 residents.  The city sits next to Snoqualmie Falls and is the site of the Northwest Railway Museum.  Once a logging and milling town, tourism is now popular here, and many residents also commute to employers closer to Seattle. Snoqualmie is the safest place to live in Washington, with a violent crime rate of 18.2 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.2%.

#2 Sammamish

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Another city in King County, Sammamish is home to 45,700 residents.  The city wasn’t incorporated until 1999 and sits on the shores of Lake Sammamish.  The city was included on CNN Money’s list of best places to live in the U.S. and Forbes’ list of friendliest towns.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 33.9, and residents have a .07% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Enumclaw

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Also in King County, Enumclaw has a current population of 10,600 residents.  The city sits on the Enumclaw Plateau and is the home of the annual King County Fair and the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games.  The violent crime rate in Enumclaw is 44.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2.7%.

#4 Mercer Island

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Located on an island in the southern portion of Lake Washington, Mercer Island is a city that is home to 22,700 residents.  Also part of King County, the city sits between Seattle and Bellevue and is the most populated lake island in the country.  The violent crime rate here is 47, and residents of Mercer Island have a 1.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Bainbridge Island

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A city in Kitsap County, Bainbridge Island is home to 23,000 residents.  Located in Puget Sound, the city is reachable by ferry and is the second largest city in the county.  It was included on CNNMoney’s list of best places to live in the U.S. as well as awarded Google’s eCity Award for its strong online business community. The violent crime rate in Bainbridge Island is 51.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.2%.

#6 Issaquah

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Located in King County, Issaquah is a city that is home to 30,400 residents.   Considered one of the fastest-growing suburbs in the state, the city enjoys proximity to large campuses of both Boeing Corporation and Microsoft.  The violent crime rate here is 57.4, and residents of Issaquah have a 2.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Camas

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A city in Clark County, Camas has a current population of 19,300 residents.  Located about 20 miles east of Portland, Oregon, the city sits on Prune Hill, which is an extinct volcano.  Residents of Camas enjoy access to the high-tech firms in the area, such as Hewlett-Packard and Linear Technology.  The violent crime rate in Camas is 60.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 2%.

#8 Lake Forest Park

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Located in King County, Lake Forest Park is home to 12,500 residents.  Located just north of Seattle, the city is mainly a bedroom community that sits along the shore of Lake Washington.  Residents have access to parks, trails, natural preserves, and several annual events.  The violent crime rate here is 61.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Lake Forest Park is 2.2%.

#9 Redmond

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Another city in King County, Redmond has a current population of 54,100 residents.  Located just 16 miles east of Seattle, the city is best known as the home of both Microsoft and Nintendo of America.  Redmond is also the site of the state’s only velodrome and has earned the nickname of the “bicycle capital of the Northwest”.  Living in Redmond is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 64.6 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 2.1%.

#10 Lynden

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Located in Whatcom County, the city of Lynden is home to 13,100 residents.  Just 5 miles south of the Canadian border, Lynden is a traditional town that, at one time, held the world record for the most churches per square mile and per capita.   The city is also a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 65.5 and the chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.4%.

#11 Newcastle

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A city in King County, Newcastle is home to 10,300 residents.  One of the earliest coal mining communities in the region, the city played an important role in the development of Seattle and was included on CNNMoney’s list of best places to live in the U.S..  The violent crime rate in Newcastle is 74.8, and residents here have a 2.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Kenmore

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Also located in King County, Kenmore has a current population of 20,400 residents.  Located on the northern shore of Lake Washington, the city is home to the nation’s largest seaplane-only commercial air facility, several waterside parks, and Bastyr University.  The violent crime rate here is 80.7, and residents of Kenmore have a 1.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#13 Mukilteo

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Located in Snohomish County, the city of Mukilteo is home to 20,200 residents.  Considered an affluent suburb of Seattle, the community has some of the most expensive high schools ever built in the country and has been included on Money’s list of top small towns in America to live in.  The violent crime rate in Mukilteo is 82.1, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 1.8%.

#14 Pullman

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A city in Whitman County, Pullman has a current population of 29,700 residents.  Named after industrialist George Pullman and close to the Idaho state line, the city is home Washington State University and the international headquarters of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.  The violent crime rate here is 96, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Pullman is just .07%.

#15 Anacortes

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Located in Skagit County, the city of Anacortes is home to 15,700 residents.  The city encompasses 15.7 square miles and is the site of the Washington State Ferries dock and terminal that serves several islands as well as Victoria, British Columbia.  The violent crime rate in Anacortes is 99.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.5%.

#16 Bothell

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A city in King and Snohomish counties, Bothell is home to 36,500 residents.  Considered a part of the “Eastside” because it sits on the eastern shore of Lake Washington, the University of Washington has a campus here and the Seattle Times has its production facility here.  The violent crime rate in Bothell is  101.8, and residents have a 2.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#17 Maple Valley

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Located in King County, the city of Maple Valley is home to 25,100 residents.  Officially incorporated in 1997, the city is the site of two historical museums and several parks.  Family Circle magazine named Maple Valley in its top ten family oriented cities in the country.  Also a safe place to live, the violent crime rate here is 107, and the chance of being affected by property crime in the city is 1.5%.

#18 Bonney Lake

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A city in Pierce County, Bonney Lake is home to 17,300 residents.  First settled in the 1860’s, the town was incorporated in 1949 and is now home to more than 500 licensed businesses.  The violent crime rate in Bonney Lake is 107, and residents have a 2.9% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#19 Sedro Woolley

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Located in Skagit County, the city of Sedro-Woolley is home to 10,500 residents.  Just 65 miles north of Seattle, the city is nicknamed the “Gateway to the North Cascades” and is served by the Sedro-Woolley School District.  The violent crime rate here is 110.9, and residents have a 4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#20 West Richland

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A city in Benton County, West Richland is home to 11,800 residents.  The community encompasses 22.1 square miles and lies to the west of the city of Richland.  It is also the home of SSC North America, formerly Shelby SuperCars, the maker of the SSC Aero.  The violent crime rate in West Richland is 113.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.1%.

#21 Washougal

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Located in Clark County, Washougal is a city that is home to 14,000 residents.  The community sits on the Washington side of the Columbia River, and the city has several recreational areas and parks within its 6.3 square mile boundaries.  The violent crime rate here is 117.3, and residents of Washougal have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Bellevue

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A city in the Eastside region of King County, Bellevue has a current population of 122,300 residents.  Also Seattle’s largest suburb, the city has an ever-expanding skyline and is home to the headquarters of many businesses such as Expedia, Eddie Bauer, Drugstore.com, and T-Mobile USA.  The violent crime rate in Bellevue is 127.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.7%.

#23 East Wenatchee

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Located in Douglas County, East Wenatchee is a city that is home to 13,300 residents.  Originally an agricultural community, the economy has evolved in recent years to include other industries as well as year-round tourism.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate here is 133.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime in East Wenatchee is 2.7%.

#24 Ferndale

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A city in Whatcom County, Ferndale is home to 11,400 residents.  Originally called Jam because the community was located next to a logjam on the Nooksack River, it is known for its popular annual events including its Old Settlers Picnic and Muds to Suds Race.  The violent crime rate in Ferndale is 137, and residents have a 3.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#25 Edmonds

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Located in Snohomish County, Edmonds is a city with a current population of 40,800 residents.  The community has a view of both the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound and is home to one of the ports in the Washington State Ferry system.  The violent crime rate here is 140.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Edmonds is 2.4%.

#26 Sunnyside

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A city in Yakima County, Sunnyside is home to 15,800 residents.  Still a primarily agricultural community, the city is known for its distinctive Darigold Cheese Factory and annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade in December, named one of the best of its kind in the country.  The violent crime rate in Sunnyside is 141.4, and residents have a 3.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#27 Battle Ground

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Located in Clark County, the city of Battle Ground is home to 17,500 residents.  Ironically named for its absence of battle, the city is known for its annual festivals and as the center of the growing wine industry in the area, with three wineries and one tasting room.  The violent crime rate here is 155, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Battle Ground is 1.9%.

#28 Ellensburg

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A city in Kittitas County, Ellensburg has a current population of 18,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the city is home to Central Washington University, and the area is internationally known for its production of timothy-hay.  The violent crime rate in Ellensburg is 160.9, and residents have a 4.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#29 Lake Stevens

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Located in Snohomish County, the city of Lake Stevens is home to 28,000 residents.  Named for the lake that the city is built around, the community is served by over a dozen parks and recreation areas and remains a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate here is 163.7, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Lake Stevens is 2.3%.

#30 Richland

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A city in Benton County, Richland is home to 51,100 residents. Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima rivers, major industry in the area relates to technology and agriculture.  A top employer here for decades has been the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  The violent crime rate in Richland is 163.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 2.5%.

#31 Woodinville

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Located in King County, the city of Woodinville has a current population of 10,900 residents.  Considered an affluent suburb of Seattle, the city is home to several wineries, residential areas, and waterfront parks on the Sammamish River.  The violent crime rate her is 168.6, and residents of Woodinville have a 3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#32 Oak Harbor

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A city on Whidbey Island in Island County, Oak Harbor is home to 22,000 residents.  The city encompasses 9.4 square miles, is accessible by the Deception Pass Bridge, and is the site of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.  The violent crime rate in Oak Harbor is 169.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3%.

#33 Arlington

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Located in northern Snohomish County, the city of Arlington is home to 17,900 residents.  This fast-growing city has several distinct neighborhoods and has long been known for its timber industry and local shingle producing mills.  The violent crime rate here is 174.6, and residents have a 4.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#34 Lacey

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A city in Thurston County, Lacey is home to 42,300 residents.  Considered a suburb of Olympia, the community has been designated a “Tree City, USA” as well as an official “Green Power Community” by the EPA for its use of renewable energy sources.  The violent crime rate in Lacey is 176.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3.3%.

#35 Shoreline

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Located in King County, the city of Shoreline is home to 53,000 residents.  Just 9 miles north of downtown Seattle, the community maintains 300 acres of parkland and is served by the Shoreline School District.  The violent crime rate here is 181.4, and residents of Shoreline have a 3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#36 Mill Creek

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A city in Snohomish County, Mill Creek is home to 18,200 residents.  Originally a planned community built around a golf course, the city was incorporated in 1983 and is located approximately 20 miles northeast of downtown Seattle.  The violent crime rate in Mill Creek is 182.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.8%.

#37 Kirkland

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Located in King County, the city of Kirkland has a current population of 85,700 residents.  The city sits on the shores of Lake Washington and is home to Northwest University, as well as many tech companies including branch offices of Google and Microsoft.  The violent crime rate here is 183.1, and residents of Kirkland have a 3.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#38 Marysville

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A city in Snohomish County, Marysville is home to 60,000 residents. Known as “The Strawberry City” for its history of strawberry production, the community is also the site of Mount Pilchuck, with a 5,300-foot summit.  The violent crime rate in Marysville is 189, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 3.8%.

#39 Lynnwood

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Also located in Snohomish County, the city of Lynnwood is home to 36,400 residents.  Considered a bedroom community to nearby Seattle, the city is the site of Central Washington University, the Lynnwood Convention Center, and several regional shopping destinations.  The violent crime rate here is 201.9, and residents have a 5.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#40 Mountlake Terrace

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Another city in Snohomish County, Mountlake Terrace is home to 19,900 residents.  Considered a northern suburb of Seattle, the community sits on the shores of Lake Ballinger and is served by the Edmonds School District. The violent crime rate in Mountlake Terrace is 211.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.7%.

#41 Spokane Valley

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Also known as “The Valley,” the city of Spokane Valley is located in Spokane County and is home to 92,000 residents.  Incorporated in 2003, the city lies on both banks of the Spokane River, consists of several distinct communities, and is served by the Central Valley School District.  The violent crime rate here is 215, and residents of Spokane Valley have a 5.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#42 Wenatchee

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Located in Chelan County, the city of Wenatchee is home to 31,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is located at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers and is known for its series of hydroelectric dams as well as its abundance of apple orchards.  The violent crime rate in Wenatchee is 241.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.2%.

#43 Mount Vernon

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A city in Skagit County, Mount Vernon is home to 31,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the city is remembered for its Tulip Festival Street Fair each Spring and its unique Historic Lincoln Theatre.  The violent crime rate here is 243.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Mount Vernon is 4.7%.

#44 Covington

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Located in King County, the city of Covington is home to 17,500 residents.  Just 30 miles southeast of Seattle, the city encompasses 5.9 square miles and is known for its parks and annual Covington Days Festival in July.  The violent crime rate here is 248.6, and residents of Covington have a 3.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#45 Puyallup

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A city in Pierce County, Puyallup is home to 38,600 residents.  Located 10 miles southeast of Tacoma, the community is known for its antique district, its arts community, the annual Daffodil Festival Parade, and as the home of the Washington State Fair.  The violent crime rate in Puyallup is 253.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 8%.

#46 Tumwater

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Located in Thurston County, the city of Tumwater is home to 17,300 residents.  The community lies at the southernmost point of Puget Sound, where the Deschutes River enters Budd Inlet.  The Washing State Department of Corrections is also headquartered here.  The violent crime rate in the city is 257.8, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Tumwater is 3.5%.

#47 Cheney

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A city in Spokane County, Cheney has a current population of 10,500 residents.  The city has a vibrant downtown historic district, is close to Fairchild Air Force Base, and is most noted as being home to Eastern Washington University.  The violent crime rate in Cheney is 260.5, and residents have a 3.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#48 Bellingham

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Located in Whatcom County, the city of Bellingham is home to 83,300 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is known for recreation opportunities as well as for its proximity to both Seattle and Vancouver, making it a popular stop with Canadian tourists.  The violent crime rate here is 266.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Bellingham is 4.8%.

#49 University Place

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A city in Pierce County, University Place is home to 31,100 residents.  Originally named for a liberal arts college in the 1800’s, the city is located on Puget Sound between Seattle and the state capital of Olympia.  Another safe place to live, the violent crime rate here is 270.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime in University Place is 2.8%.

#50 Grandview

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Located in Yakima County, the city of Grandview is home to 10,800 residents.  Named for its views of Mount Ranier and Mount Adams, the community’s economy is largely agriculture-based and this remains a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate in Grandview is 296, and residents have a 2.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

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50 Safest Cities in North Carolina 2016

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

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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 330 for violent crime and 2,873 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Holly Springs

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

#2 Morrisville

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

#3 Pinehurst

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

#4 Cary

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

#5 Apex

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

#6 Concord

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

#7 Archdale

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

#8 Waxhaw

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

#9 Chapel Hill

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

#10 Clayton

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

#11 Leland

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

#12 Wake Forest

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

#13 Mint Hill

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

#14 Matthews

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

#15 Huntersville

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

#16 Boone

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

#17 Havelock

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

#18 Newton

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

#19 Knightdale

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

#20 Jacksonville

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

#21 Cornelius

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

#22 Garner

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

#23 Kannapolis

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

#24 Lenoir

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

#25 Mooresville

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

#26 Asheboro

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

#27 Morganton

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

#28 Sanford

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

#29 Carrboro

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

#30 Kings Mountain

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

#31 Belmont

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

#32 Lexington

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

#33 Mount Holly

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

#34 Lincolnton

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

#35 Hope Mills

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

#36 Reidsville

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

#37 Raleigh

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

#38 Fuquay-Varina

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

#39 Tarboro

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

#40 Kernersville

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

#41 Asheville

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

#42 Graham

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

#43 High Point

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

#44 Thomasville

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

#45 Greenville

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

#46 Wilson

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

#47 Albemarle

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

#48 New Bern

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

#49 Mount Airy

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

#50 Greensboro

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

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25 Safest Cities in Arizona 2016

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

Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data.  Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 400 for violent crime and 3,198 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Sahuarita

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

#2 Oro Valley

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

#3 Paradise Valley

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

#4 Gilbert

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

#5 Marana

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

#6 San Luis

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

#7 Buckeye

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

#8 Lake Havasu

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

#9 Florence

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

#10 Somerton

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

#11 Surprise

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

#12 Scottsdale

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

#13 Goodyear

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

#14 Peoria

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

#15 Camp Verde

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

#16 Sedona

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

#17 Nogales

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

#18 Bullhead City

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

#19 Prescott Valley

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

#20 Chandler

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

#21 El Mirage

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

#22 Sierra Vista

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

#23 Avondale

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

#24 Payson

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

#25 Kingman

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

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