50 Safest Colleges in California 2016

CaliforniaAs the nation’s most populous state, it’s not surprising that California also has one of the most extensive university and college systems in the country. There are over 140 four-year colleges in the state of California to choose from, some over a century old. If a higher education in The Golden State is in your future, here are the 50 safest colleges in California.

For the sake of this list, a “college” is considered any accredited public or private not-for-profit institution that offers four-year degree programs. Campus crime stats, graduation rates, and student retention rates were taken from U.S. Department of Education annual reports. Campus crime rates are based on the number of crimes per 1,000 residents.

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#1 Menlo College, Atherton, CA

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Located in the Bay Area’s Silicon Valley, Menlo College is a private four-year college that specializes in business.  The college sits on a 45-acre campus in the town of Atherton and is just 25 miles southeast of San Francisco.  The school was founded in 1927 and has an enrollment of just 750 students.  The school has a freshman retention rate of 82% and a graduation rate of 40.8%.  Menlo College is the safest college in the state of California with a campus crime rate of 0.

#2 Biola University, La Mirada, CA

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Biola University is a private non-denominational Christian university located in La Mirada, CA.  The 96-acre campus is just 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, and the college has a total enrollment of over 5,300 students.  The university is divided into six schools and offers more than 40 fields of study at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.  The freshman retention rate here is 85%, and the graduation rate is 68.2%.  Another safe choice,  the campus crime rate at Biola University is also 0.

#3 The Master’s College & Seminary, Santa Clarita, CA

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Located in Santa Clarita, The Master’s College is a private non-denominational conservative liberal arts college.  The school offers degree programs in 58 areas of study from a biblical perspective and has an average enrollment of 1,100 students.   The Master’s College has a freshman retention rate of 81%, and its graduation rate is 53.6%.  The campus crime rate here is also 0.

#4 Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA

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Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is located on the oceanfront in San Diego’s Point Loma area.  The school is a private Christian liberal arts college that was founded in 1902 by the Church of the Nazarene.  PLNU has over 3.400 enrolled students and offers more than 60 areas of study for both undergraduates and graduates.  Freshmen here have an 89% retention rate, and the school has an impressive 72.1% graduation rate.  PNLU’s campus crime rate is 0.

#5 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

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Located in Pasadena, ArtCenter College of Design is a private specialized college that specializes in a variety of art and design fields.  The college was founded in 1930, owns a 175-acre campus, and has an enrollment of over 1,700 students.  The school has gained recognition for its programs in industrial design, media design, and film from several outlets.  The freshman retention rate here is 80%, and the graduation rate is 64.4%.  The crime rate on this school’s campus is 0.

#6 Woodbury University, Burbank, CA

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Woodbury University is private university located in Burbank.  The school was established in 1884 and has four schools that offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees.  The schools are Liberal Arts, Business, Architecture, and Media, Culture & Design.  Woodbury has approximately 1,500 students on its 22.4-acre campus and has residence halls that can accommodate 225 residents.  The school retains 75% of freshmen, and its graduation rate is 44.7%.  The campus crime rate here is also 0.

#7 Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach, CA

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Located in Laguna Beach, Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) is a private fine arts college with an enrollment of just 500 students.  Founded in 1961, the school offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in several areas including Animation, Design & Digital Media, and Illustration.   LCAD is considered by many leading companies to be one of the best design schools in the world.  The freshman retention rate here is 84%, and the graduation rate is 63.3%.  The campus crime rate at LCAD is 0.

#8 Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

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Pepperdine University is private research university in Malibu that is affiliated with the Churches of Christ.  The school owns an 830-acre campus that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has a total enrollment of 7,600 students.  The school offers many undergraduate and graduate programs and is also home to a School of Law.  in 2016, Pepperdine was ranked 52nd among top “National Universities” and 25th on the list of Best Value Schools by U.S. News and World Report.  The freshman retention rate here is 92%, the graduation rate is 80.4%, and the campus crime rate is also 0.

#9 Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, CA

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A liberal arts college in Aliso Viejo, Soka University of America was established in 2001.  The school has an endowment of over $1 billion, serves just 400 undergraduates, and specializes in liberal arts studies with an emphasis on such areas as Humanities, International Studies, and Environmental Studies.  Class sizes here average 12 students, the freshman retention rate is 96%, and the graduation rate is 84.2%.  The campus crime rate at Soka University is 0.

#10 California Baptist University, Riverside, CA

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Located in Riverside, California Baptist University (CBU) is a private, Christian liberal arts university.  Founded in 1950, the school is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of more than 8,500 students.    The freshman retention rate at CBU is 77%, and the graduation is 58.1%.  The campus crime rate here is also 0.

#11 Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, CA

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A private Catholic liberal arts college, Mount Saint Mary’s University is located in Los Angeles.  The school is considered primarily a women’s college and has an enrollment of over 2,700 students.  Mount St. Mary’s University now has two urban campuses and is among the highest-ranking graduate universities in the western U.S.  The school’s freshman retention rate is 79%, its graduation rate is 63.8%, and its campus crime rate is 0.

#12 Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA

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Located in the Bay Area suburb of Moraga, Saint Mary’s College of California is a private college that is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church that serves over 4,100 students.  This suburban school sits on a 420-acre campus just 20 miles east of San Francisco and offers 40 academic majors through its four schools.  The school’s freshman retention rate is 90%, its graduation rate is 67.5%, and its campus crime rate is 0.

#13 Cogswell College, Sunnyvale, CA

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A private college in San Jose, Cogswell Polytechnical College has just 600 enrolled students.  Founded in 1887, the school has programs that range from Engineering to Digital Audio Technology to Game Design Art.  The student to faculty ratio at Cogswell is just 7:1.  The freshman retention rate here is 80%, and the graduation rate is 31.3%.  The campus crime rate at this school is 0.

#14 California State University – Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

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Located in Fullerton in Southern California, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a public research university that is part of the “CSU” system.  With over 38,900 students, the school has the second-largest student body in the CSU system, and it offers more than 240 degree programs.  The freshman retention rate at CSUF is 89%, and the graduation rate is 53.5%.  The campus crime rate here is 0.

#15 University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

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The University of La Verne is a private university located in the city of La Verne, just 35 miles east of Los Angeles.  Founded in 1891, the school has a total enrollment of 7,000 students in its four schools that includes a College of Law.  The school retains freshmen at a rate of 88%, has a graduation rate of 59.3%, and its campus crime rate is 0.

#16 Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

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Westmont College is located in Montecito in Santa Barbara County.  This private Christian liberal arts college was founded in 1937 and serves over 1,300 registered students.  The school offers 26 degree programs and has an average class size of just 18 students.  The freshman retention rate here is 85%, the graduation rate is 75.8%, and the crime rate on campus is 0.

#17 Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa, CA

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Located in Costa Mesa, Vanguard University of Southern California is a private Christian university that serves over 2,500 students.  The school’s programs specialize in liberal arts and professional studies through its more than 30 degree programs.  The retention rate of freshmen here is 76%, the graduation rate is 52.3%, and the campus crime rate is 0.

#18 California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA

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A private liberal arts university, California Lutheran University (CLU) is located on a 225-acre campus in Thousand Oaks.  Founded in 1959 by the Evangelical Church in America, the school is now nonsectarian and has over 4,200 students.  CLU’s freshman retention rate is 85%, its graduation rate is 70.1%, and its campus crime rate is 0.

#19 University of California – Merced, Merced, CA

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Located in the San Joaquin Valley city of Merced, the University of California, Merced (UCM) is the newest of the state University of California campuses.  Founded in 2005, the school is a public research university that serves over 6.200 students, offering 21 degree programs through its three schools.  The freshman retention rate at UCM is 84%, the graduation rate here is 56.7%, and the campus crime rate is 0.

#20 California State University – Stanislaus, Turlock, CA

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A campus in the California State University system, CSU Stanislaus is located in Turlock and serves over 9,200 students.  The school offers 170 degree programs and is the only school in the CSU system to offer a program in cognitive studies.  Stanislaus State’s freshman retention rate is 87%, its graduation rate is 52%, and the crime rate on campus here is 0.

#21 Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA

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Located in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles, Otis College of Art and Design is a private art and design school that serves just over 1,000 undergraduates.  Founded in 1918, the school offers four-year degrees in such areas as graphic design, landscape design, illustration, and toy design.  The freshman retention rate here is 81%, the graduation rate is 57.3%, and the campus crime rate is 0.

#22 California State University – Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

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CSU Long Beach is one of the campuses in the California State University system.  Located in the coastal city of Long Beach, the university serves 37,400 students and offers over 200 degree programs.  The school is the largest publicly funded university in the western U.S. and was included on Princeton Review’s list of “Best Value Colleges.”   The freshman retention rate at Long Beach State is 82%, the graduation rate is 64.9%, and the campus crime rate here is 0.

#23 Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

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Located in the San Gabriel Valley in Azusa near Los Angeles, Azusa Pacific University is a private evangelical Christian university that serves over 10,700 students.  Founded in 1899, the school offers a variety of degree programs as well as a seminary and Graduate School of Theology.  The freshman retention rate at Azusa Pacific University is 82%, the graduation rate is 64.9%, and the crime rate on campus is just 0.

#24 Simpson University, Redding, CA

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A private liberal arts college in Redding, Simpson University is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance.  The school has a 92-acre campus, serves over 1,300 students,  and offers over 300 degree programs.  The freshman retention rate at Simpson is 81%, the graduation rate is 47.2%, and the campus crime rate here is 0.

#25 San Diego Christian College, El Cajon, CA

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Located in the San Diego suburb of Santee, San Diego Christian College (SDCC) is a private non-denominational evangelical Christian college.  The school was founded in 1970, serves over 1,000 enrolled students, and offers a variety of Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees. SDCC’s freshman retention rate is 68%, its graduation rate is 41.3%, and the rate of crime on campus is 0.

#26 California State University – Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

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California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) is a public space-grant university in the CSU system in the state’s capital city.  The school has over 30,200 enrolled students, offers more than 200 degree programs, and has a sprawling 300-acre campus.  Sac State retains freshmen at the rate of 83%, has a 42.9% graduation rate, and its on campus crime rate is 0.

#27 California State University – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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Located in Los Angeles, California State University, Los Angeles is another CSU school that sits in the University Hills district, just five miles from downtown.  Founded in 1947, the university has a 175-acre urban campus that serves over 27,600 students and offers more than 240 degree programs.  The freshman retention rate here is 82%, the graduation rate is 35.7%, and the crime rate on campus is 0.

#28 University of California – Davis, Davis, CA

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The University of California, Davis (UCD) is a public research university that is the third-largest in the UC system.  The 7,309-acre campus serves 36,100 students, and the school is known for its graduate and professional programs in medicine, law, education, business, and veterinary medicine.  Its  School of Veterinary Medicine is ranked number one in the country.  The freshman retention rate at UCD is 93%, the graduation rate here is 81.3%, and the campus crime rate is 0.

#29 Life Pacific College, San Dimas, CA

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Located in San Dimas, Life Pacific College is a private college that is affiliated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.   The school has an enrollment of approximately 500 students, is a center for missionary studies, and offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in several areas.  The freshman retention rate here is 63%, the graduation rate is 51.1%, and the crime rate on campus is 0.

#30 Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

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Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit university located in the Bay Area city of Santa Clara.  Founded in 1851, the school is the oldest college in the state and serves over 8,700 students.  Santa Clara University offers many areas of study, including a law school, and has been named one of the most beautiful colleges in the country.  The freshman retention rate here is 95%, the graduation rate is 84%, and the campus crime rate is 0.

#31 California State University – San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA

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Located on a 441-acre campus in the Palm Desert area of San Bernardino, California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is a public university in the CSU system.  The school was named best college in the western region by The Princeton Review, has over 200 degree programs, and serves more than 20,000 enrolled students.  The freshman retention rate at CSUSB is 89%, the graduation rate is 41.1%, and the crime rate on campus here is 0.

#32 California State University – Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA

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Another CSU school, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is located in Carson in Los Angeles’ South Bay area.  Founded in 1960, the school doesn’t offer doctorate degrees but offers over 65 majors and serves more than 14,600 students.  The freshman retention rate here is 79%, the graduation rate is 29.4%, and the rate of crime on campus is 0.

#33 Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

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Located in San Rafael, Dominican University of California is a private college on an 80-acre campus at the base of San Pedro Mountain.  Founded in 1890, the schools is one of the oldest colleges in the state, has an enrollment of 2,200 students, and an average class size of 16.  The freshman retention rate at this school is 86%, the graduation rate is 53.9%, and the rate of crime on campus here is 0.

#34 Hope International University, Fullerton, CA

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Hope International University is a private non-denominational Christian university in the Orange County city of Fullerton.  The school was founded in1928, have five colleges that offer both graduate and undergraduate programs, and serves more than 2,000 enrolled students.  The freshman retention rate at Hope International University is 73%, the graduation rate is 45.1%, and the campus crime rate is 0.

#35 Chapman University, Orange, CA

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Located in the city of Orange, Chapman University is a private university that is affiliated with the Christian Church, aka Disciples of Christ.  The school has eight colleges on its 75-acre campus and has a current enrollment of over 7,500 students.  The freshman retention rate here is 91%, the graduation rate is 76.1%, and the rate of crime on campus is 0.

#36 California State University – Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA

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A public university in the CSU system, California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is located in the city of Bakersfield.  Founded in 1965, the school offers more than 110 degree programs, has an enrollment of over 9,200 students, and has the only public petroleum geology program west of the Rockies.  The freshman retention rate at CSUB is 74%, the graduation rate is 39.5%, and the rate of crime on campus is 0.

#37 California State University – East Bay, Hayward, CA

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Located in the East Bay city of Hayward, California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) is a public university that is part of the CSU system.  Founded in 1957, the university still operates on the quarter system but will convert to semesters by 2020 and serves over 15,500 enrolled students.  The freshman retention rate at CSUEB is 78%, the graduation rate is 38.1%, and the on campus crime rate is 0.

#38 Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

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Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a private university in both the Jesuit and Marymount traditions.  The school is located in the Westchester are of West Los Angeles, is considered one of the west coast’s largest Roman Catholic universities, and has an enrollment of over 9,000 students.  The freshman retention rate at LMU is 91%, the rate of graduation here is 75.8%, and the on campus crime rate is 0.

#39 California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, Pomona, CA

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Located in Pomona, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly) is a public polytechnic university that is a part of the CSU system.  The school is the second-largest polytechnic university in the country, with over 23,700 enrolled students, and it offers more than 130 degree programs through its nine colleges.  The freshman retention rate at Cal Poly is 90%, the graduation rate is 52.4%, and the crime rate on campus is 0.

#40 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

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The University of Southern California (USC) is a private research university located in Los Angeles.  Founded in 1880, the school’s is the state’s oldest private research university, has an endowment of over $4.7 billion, and serves more than 42,400 enrolled students.  Notable alumni include Neil Armstrong, Clint Eastwood, and George Lucas.  The freshman retention rate at USC is 96%, the school’s graduation rate is 91.2%, and the rate of crime on campus here is 0.

#41 University of California – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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Located in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university that is part of the state’s UC system.  The school offers over 300 degree programs, has more than 43,300 enrolled students, and has several professional schools including a medical school and a law school.  UCLA retains freshman at a rate of 96%, has a graduation rate of 90.3%, and has an on-campus crime rate of 0.

#42 California State University – San Marcos, San Marcos, CA

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A public university in the CSU system, California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) is located in north San Diego County.  Founded in 1989, the school offers over 70 degree programs in its four colleges and has an enrollment of more than 12,700 students.  The freshman retention rate here is 82%, the graduation rate is 47.9%, and the rate of crime on campus is 0.

#43 California State University – Northridge, Los Angeles, CA

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Located in the Northridge area of Los Angeles, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is a public university and one of the largest universities in the CSU system.  The school sits on a 353-acre campus, offers more 200 areas of study, and has a current enrollment of 41,500 students.  The freshman retention rate at CSUN is 78%, the graduation rate here is 45.8%, and the campus crime rate is 0.

#44 Mills College, Oakland, CA

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A private liberal arts college, Mills College is located in the Bay Area city of Oakland.  Founded in 1852, the school offers undergraduate programs for women only and graduate programs for both women and men.  More than 65 degree programs are available, and Mills College has an enrollment of 1,500 students.  The freshman retention rate here is 81%, the school’s graduation rate is 61.4%, and the rate of crime on campus is 0.

#45 Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA

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Located in the Bay Area city of Belmont, Notre Dame de Namur University is a private Catholic university that serves over 1,900 students.  Founded in 1851, the school is the third-oldest college in the state and was the first college that granted baccalaureate degrees to women.  The school now offers over 30 different areas of study.  The freshman retention rate here is 77%, the graduation rate is 47.9%, and the campus crime rate is 0.

#46 William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA

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Located in the Sacramento suburb of Rocklin, William Jessup University is a private Christian liberal arts university that serves approximately 1,500 students.  Founded in 1939, the school has a wide range of both graduate and undergraduate degree programs.  The freshman retention rate here is 82%, the graduation rate is 56.1%, and the campus crime rate is 1.

#47 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

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Also known as CalTech, the California Institute of Technology is a private university located in Pasadena. Originally founded as a vocational school in 1891, the influential scientists that have passed through its doors have evolved the institution, which now manages and operates NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  The school serves over 2,200 students with an endowment of over $2.1 billion.  CalTech’s freshman retention rate is 97%, its graduation rate is 93.1%, and its campus crime rate is 1.

#48 Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA

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Located in the Central Valley city of Fresno, Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian liberal arts university that is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church.  The school has over 3,600 enrolled students, offers more than 60 areas of study, and has a program that guarantees 4-year graduation for some students.  The freshman retention rate at FPU is 83%, the graduation rate is 54.1%, and the rate of crime on campus here is 1.

#49 La Sierra University, Riverside, CA

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A private Seventh-day Adventist university located in Riverside, La Sierra University serves 2,400 students.  The school is considered a liberal arts college, has four distinct schools, and has a 150-acre suburban campus.  The freshman retention rate here is 76%, the graduation rate is 49.2%, and the rate of on-campus crime is 1.

#50 Pomona College, Claremont, CA

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Located in the city of Claremont, Pomona College is a private liberal arts college that serves 1,600 students.  The school offers 47 majors, has an endowment of over $2 billion, and is ranked among the top  undergraduate schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report and Forbes.  The freshman retention rate at Pomona College is 97%, the graduation rate here is 95.7%, and the rate of crime on campus is 3.

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5 Safest Cities in Wyoming 2016

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

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

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#1 Evanston

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

#2 Laramie

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

#3 Gillette

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

#4 Sheridan

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

#5 Casper

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

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5 Safest Cities in Vermont 2016

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

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

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#1 Essex Junction

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

#2 Milton

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

#3 South Burlington

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

#4 Colchester

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

#5 Bennington

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

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5 Safest Cities in North Dakota 2016

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

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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 265 for violent crime and 2,110 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Jamestown

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

#2 Dickinson

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

#3 West Fargo

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

#4 Minot

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

#5 Mandan

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

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5 Safest Cities in South Dakota 2016

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

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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 327 for violent crime and 1,864 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Brookings

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

#2 Spearfish

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

#3 Aberdeen

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

#4 Vermillion

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

#5 Watertown

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

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20 Safest Cities in Rhode Island 2016

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

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#1 East Greenwich

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

#2 Portsmouth

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

#3 North Kingstown

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

#4 Barrington

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

#5 Middletown

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

#6 Narragansett

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

#7 Scituate

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

#8 Burrillville

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

#9 Cumberland

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

#10 Smithfield

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

#11 Bristol

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

#12 Coventry

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

#13 Westerly

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

#14 North Smithfield

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

#15 South Kingstown

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

#16 Lincoln

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

#17 Warwick

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

#18 Johnston

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

#19 Tiverton

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

#20 East Providence

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

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10 Safest Cities in Maine 2016

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

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

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#1 York

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

#2 Falmouth

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

#3 Orono

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

#4 Scarborough

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

#5 Kennebunk

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

#6 Brunswick

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

#7 Windham

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

#8 Saco

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

#9 Gorham

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

#10 Westbrook

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

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15 Safest Cities in New Hampshire 2016

New HampshireLocated in the New England region of the United States, New Hampshire is home to 1.3 million residents.  The state is the 5th smallest and 9th least populated U.S. state, with its largest city being Manchester and its capital being Concord.  New Hampshire has neither a general sales tax nor a state or local income tax and it is noted for its extensive granite formations.   The state has many large ski resorts in the White Mountains, hosts a portion of the Appalachian Trail, and is known for its many quality educational institutions.  If you’d like to make The Granite State your next home, here are the 15 safest cities in New Hampshire so that you can make an informed choice.

Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data.  Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 196 for violent crime and 1,963 for property crime.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Merrimack

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

#2 Amherst

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

#3 Bedford

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

#4 Goffstown

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

#5 Pelham

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

#6 Hanover

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

#7 Londonderry

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

#8 Windham

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

#9 Exeter

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

#10 Dover

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

#11 Hudson

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

#12 Salem

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

#13 Durham

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

#14 Hampton

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

#15 Portsmouth

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

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