Safest Cities in Ohio, 2019

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Though Ohio is in the midrange of U.S. states in terms of crime rates, with the 25th lowest property crime rate and 18th lowest violent crime rate, a considerable number of its cities earned very high scores on our Safety Index, which factors in FBI crime stats and law enforcement employment numbers to judge the safety of a community.

In all, 50 Ohio cities earned a Safety Index score of 0.3 or above, meaning they are very safe communities to live in, while 13 recorded a 0.6 or above, placing them in the upper echelon of U.S. cities in terms of safety. Let’s look at Ohio’s five safest cities to see the best the Buckeye State has to offer.

Maumee is Ohio’s safest city, earning a remarkably high 0.98 Safety Index score. The cozy community of around 14K logged a violent crime rate of 0.36 per 1,000, which is less than a tenth of the national average.

Similarly sized Brecksville recorded even more impressive crime rates, including a 0.15 per 1,000 rate of violent crime and 3.87 per 1,000 rate of property crime. Brecksville is in the #2 position because its ratio of law enforcement officers to residents is lower than #1 Maumee’s.

Ranking third, Cleveland suburb Solon continues Ohio’s streak of low-crime communities, managing a very low 0.56 violent crimes per 1,000 residents. At number four, Wickliffe is not far behind: the city of 12.6K recorded just 9 violent crimes in 2017 for a 0.77 Safety Index score.

New Albany rounds out Ohio’s top five safest communities. The Columbus area suburb recorded less than fifteen violent and property crimes combined in 2017.

Safest Cities in Ohio, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Maumee0.98
2Brecksville0.97
3Solon0.83
4Wickliffe0.82
5New Albany0.79
6Sylvania0.76
7Worthington0.68
8Macedonia0.67
9Aurora0.66
10Bedford Heights0.65
11Blue Ash0.61
12Lyndhurst0.6
13Perrysburg Township0.6
14Amherst0.59
15Centerville0.55
16Tiffin0.54
17Seven Hills0.53
18Avon Lake0.51
19Springboro0.51
20Powell0.5
21North Ridgeville0.5
22Clayton0.5
23Hilliard0.49
24Miamisburg0.49
25Harrison0.49
26Brunswick0.49
27Berea0.48
28Bedford0.44
29Streetsboro0.43
30Strongsville0.42
31Poland Township0.42
32Mason0.42
33North Olmsted0.41
34Upper Arlington0.39
35Pierce Township0.38
36Richmond Heights0.38
37Tallmadge0.38
38Mentor0.36
39Kettering0.36
40Monroe0.35
41Gahanna0.35
42Clearcreek Township0.35
43Vandalia0.35
44Cambridge0.34
45Eastlake0.33
46Copley Township0.33
47Wadsworth0.33
48Toledo0.31
49Shawnee Township0.31
50Kent0.3
51Norton0.28
52Delhi Township0.27
53Lakewood0.26
54Ashland0.26
55Bowling Green0.24
56Bexley0.23
57Parma0.23
58Van Wert0.2
59Troy0.2
60Cuyahoga Falls0.19
61Union Township, Clermont County0.19
62Stow0.18
63Cleveland Heights0.18
64Xenia0.17
65Miami Township, Clermont County0.17
66West Carrollton0.14
67Delaware0.14
68Beavercreek0.12
69Defiance0.12
70Forest Park0.09
71Fairfield0.08
72Greenville0.08
73Fairborn0.07
74Springfield Township, Hamilton County0.05
75Englewood0.05
76Austintown0.04
77Huber Heights0.04
78Reading0.03
79Salem0.02
80Mount Vernon-0.02
81American Township-0.03
82Zanesville-0.07
83Reynoldsburg-0.09
84Sidney-0.1
85Elyria-0.16
86Findlay-0.18
87Wilmington-0.19
88Colerain Township-0.22
89Urbana-0.22
90Fairfield Township-0.23
91Alliance-0.23
92Piqua-0.27
93Sandusky-0.28
94Washington Court House-0.31
95Heath-0.32
96Lancaster-0.34
97Wooster-0.43
98Barberton-0.44
99Steubenville-0.51
100Columbus-0.56
101Youngstown-0.59
102Hamilton-0.62
103Circleville-0.63
104Lorain-0.66
105Cincinnati-0.83
106Warren-0.85
107Akron-0.86
108Whitehall-0.94
109Middletown-0.94
110Lima-1.01
111Springfield-1.26

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in Mississippi, 2019

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When states are ranked in categories like public education or economic production, it is Mississippi’s perennial misfortune to rank at the low end of the spectrum. Such is not the case in regards to violent crime, as Mississippi’s violent crime rate is the 16th lowest in the country, so they are doing something correctly. However, there’s a lot of missing data in the FBI’s statistical data for Mississippi, indicating that we aren’t getting the entire picture of crime in the state. 

Nevertheless, a handful of Mississippi cities achieved very favorable scores on our Safety Index, which uses FBI crime statistics and law enforcement employment numbers to determine the safety of a community. Let’s take a look at these cities.

Madison is Mississippi’s safest city, scoring a very impressive 1.02 score on the Safety Index via an extremely low violent crime rate of 0.42 per 1,000 and property crime rate of 9.53 per 1,000, which is well below half of the state average.

Not far behind in terms of low crime rates and relative safety is #2 Petal. The delicately named city of about 10.7K recorded a property crime rate less than a third that of the Mississippi average of 27.34 per 1,000.

Byram, a small city in Hinds County, earns the title of Mississippi’s #3 safest city on the strength of a very good 1.59 per 1,000 violent crime rate. Byram is followed closely behind by #4 Oxford, a larger city with a similarly low violent crime rate and slightly higher levels of property crime.

Two more Mississippi cities earn the distinction of a Safety Index score topping 0.5: McComb (#5), of Pike County, and Brandon (#6), of Rankin County.

Safest Cities in Mississippi, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Madison1.02
2Petal0.94
3Byram0.66
4Oxford0.61
5McComb0.53
6Brandon0.5
7Vicksburg0.46
8Ridgeland0.46
9Horn Lake0.31
10Southaven0.24
11Ocean Springs0.18
12Starkville0.16
13Brookhaven0.02
14Hattiesburg-0.01
15Laurel-0.09
16D'Iberville-0.12
17Pascagoula-0.13
18West Point-0.14
19Gautier-0.18
20Biloxi-0.29
21Meridian-0.29
22Gulfport-0.36

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in Minnesota, 2019

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Perhaps Minnesota’s cold weather renders the prospect of committing crimes less enticing, considering that its violent crime rate (11th in the nation) and property crime rate (20th in the nation) compare favorably with those of the rest of the United States. Thinking about a move to Minnesota? Let’s take an in-depth look at the Land of 10,000 Lakes’ five safest cities for a good idea of where to settle in the state.

Big Lake is Minnesota’s safest city: the modest community of 10.7K recorded just 1 violent crime in 2017 for a near nonexistent rate of 0.09 per 1,000, while its low property crime rate of 5.5 per 1,000 is similarly impressive.

Orono is about twice the size as Big Lake, yet city posted similarly impressive rates of violent and property crime well below state and national averages.

Third in the ranking is Worthington, the county seat of Nobles County which recorded a not-too-shabby 1.59 per 1,000 violent crime rate as well as a 15.61 property crime rate, which is below the state average.

Lino Lakes, an outer Twin Cities suburb, placed #4 in the ranking of Minnesota’s safest cities. The peaceful community of 21,000 earned a 0.43 on our Safety Index, owing to a very low violent crime rate of 0.43 per 1,000.

Rounding out the list of Minnesota’s top five safest cities is Hutchinson. The city’s violent and property crime rates don’t rank among the state’s safest, but are well under the national averages in both categories.

Safest Cities in Minnesota, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Big Lake0.51
2Orono0.5
3Worthington0.48
4Lino Lakes0.43
5Hutchinson0.39
6Eden Prairie0.37
7Grand Rapids0.37
8Hibbing0.36
9Centennial Lakes0.35
10Hopkins0.35
11South Lake Minnetonka0.35
12Farmington0.34
13Rosemount0.33
14Golden Valley0.32
15New Hope0.32
16St. Peter0.3
17New Ulm0.3
18Elk River0.3
19Lakeville0.27
20Savage0.26
21Chaska0.26
22Champlin0.25
23Plymouth0.25
24Northfield0.25
25Edina0.25
26Minnetonka0.24
27Fairmont0.23
28Cottage Grove0.22
29Albert Lea0.2
30Ramsey0.2
31North Mankato0.18
32Owatonna0.18
33Maple Grove0.17
34Sartell0.16
35Sauk Rapids0.16
36Buffalo0.15
37Eagan0.15
38Woodbury0.15
39Rochester0.13
40Mendota Heights0.13
41Stillwater0.13
42Mounds View0.11
43Rogers0.11
44Shakopee0.09
45Moorhead0.07
46Marshall0.07
47St. Louis Park0.07
48North St. Paul0.06
49Crystal0.05
50Anoka0.05
51New Brighton0.04
52Winona0.03
53Hastings0.03
54Apple Valley0.01
55Bloomington0.01
56Robbinsdale0.01
57Prior Lake-0.02
58Fergus Falls-0.04
59Inver Grove Heights-0.05
60Blaine-0.05
61North Branch-0.05
62Red Wing-0.05
63White Bear Lake-0.06
64Faribault-0.06
65Austin-0.08
66Burnsville-0.08
67Alexandria-0.11
68Columbia Heights-0.11
69Cloquet-0.12
70Coon Rapids-0.14
71Willmar-0.17
72Richfield-0.17
73Forest Lake-0.2
74Mankato-0.21
75Oakdale-0.21
76Brooklyn Park-0.25
77South St. Paul-0.32
78Fridley-0.36
79Brooklyn Center-0.39
80Duluth-0.42
81St. Cloud-0.45
82Maplewood-0.47
83Roseville-0.55
84St. Paul-0.59
85Brainerd-0.61
86West St. Paul-0.76
87Bemidji-1.03
88Minneapolis-1.53

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in Michigan, 2019

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Parts of Michigan are not very safe: troubled cities such as Detroit and Flint are plagued by high rates of violent crime several times above the national average. However, the Great Lakes State is also home to scores of extremely safe communities. 

In fact, 26 Michigan cities scored above a 0.3 on our Safety Index, which measures the safety of a given community based on crime rates and the size of its police force. Let’s take a look at the eight very safe Michigan cities that managed to score above a 0.8 on the Safety Index.

Michigan’s safest community is Grosse Ile Township, comprising twelve islands on the Detroit River. Perhaps island life keeps people living peacefully, as the community of just over 10,000 logged zero violent crimes in 2017.

Michigan’s #2 spot is shared by two communities each earning a high 0.78 Safety Index score: Beverly Hills and Grosse Pointe Park. The two affluent suburbs of Detroit both recorded violent and property crime rates below state and national averages, with Beverly Hills sticking out for its tiny 0.09 violent crimes per 1,000 inhabitants.

Ranking #4 is Berkley, another suburb of Detroit that earned a 0.7 Safety Index score based on a very low violent crime rate of 0.46 per 1,000 and a property crime rate of just 6.79 per 1,000, which is less than half of Detroit’s rate of violent crime.

#5 on the list is Farmington, logging a 0.67 on the Safety Index. The well-to-do Oakland County community notched a mere 4 violent crimes in 2017.

Three more cities in Michigan, Bloomfield Township, Grand Haven and Birmingham, earn the distinction of a 0.6+ Safety Index score, a high guarantee of their relative safety.

Safest Cities in Michigan, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Grosse Ile Township0.88
2Beverly Hills0.78
3Grosse Pointe Park0.78
4Berkley0.7
5Farmington0.67
6Bloomfield Township0.66
7Grand Haven0.66
8Birmingham0.6
9Rochester0.56
10Trenton0.51
11Plymouth Township0.49
12Royal Oak0.49
13South Lyon0.49
14Fraser0.47
15Milford0.47
16Grosse Pointe Woods0.47
17West Bloomfield Township0.46
18Troy0.41
19Livonia0.39
20Novi0.36
21Farmington Hills0.36
22New Baltimore0.35
23Clawson0.35
24White Lake Township0.32
25Northville Township0.32
26Hamburg Township0.31
27Shelby Township0.27
28Marquette0.27
29Riverview0.26
30Metro Police Authority of Genesee County0.25
31Ferndale0.25
32Madison Heights0.24
33Fenton0.23
34Canton Township0.21
35Dewitt Township0.2
36Flushing Township0.19
37Escanaba0.19
38Green Oak Township0.19
39Midland0.18
40Davison Township0.17
41St. Clair Shores0.16
42Wyandotte0.16
43Thomas Township0.15
44Lincoln Township0.14
45Bath Township0.14
46Huron Township0.14
47Big Rapids0.13
48Sterling Heights0.12
49Dearborn0.1
50Grand Blanc Township0.09
51East Lansing0.09
52Waterford Township0.08
53Allen Park0.07
54Chesterfield Township0.07
55Wixom0.06
56Pittsfield Township0.05
57Southfield0.04
58Walker0.03
59Auburn Hills0.01
60Mount Pleasant0.01
61Brownstown Township0
62Oak Park0
63Ionia-0.03
64Van Buren Township-0.03
65Ann Arbor-0.04
66Sault Ste. Marie-0.05
67Sturgis-0.05
68Norton Shores-0.1
69Hazel Park-0.12
70Holland-0.13
71Portage-0.16
72Westland-0.16
73Saginaw Township-0.17
74Meridian Township-0.19
75Garden City-0.2
76Kalamazoo Township-0.2
77Grandville-0.21
78Kentwood-0.22
79Southgate-0.24
80Dearborn Heights-0.25
81Coldwater-0.25
82Clinton Township-0.29
83Monroe-0.3
84Alpena-0.35
85Genesee Township-0.37
86Warren-0.4
87Traverse City-0.41
88Niles-0.41
89Melvindale-0.46
90Burton-0.47
91Wyoming-0.48
92Owosso-0.5
93Fruitport Township-0.5
94Blackman Township-0.53
95Roseville-0.55
96Taylor-0.63
97Muskegon Township-0.66
98Mount Morris Township-0.73
99Grand Rapids-0.73
100Redford Township-0.86
101Emmett Township-0.89
102Bay City-0.9
103Cadillac-0.92
104Lincoln Park-0.94
105Muskegon-0.95
106Port Huron-0.99
107Hamtramck-1.03
108Harper Woods-1.05
109Romulus-1.08
110Ypsilanti-1.18
111Eastpointe-1.2
112Wayne-1.23
113Battle Creek-1.24
114Kalamazoo-1.32
115Lansing-1.51
116Jackson-1.73
117Flint Township-1.76
118Inkster-2.15
119Benton Township-2.15
120Saginaw-2.18
121Detroit-2.4
122Highland Park-2.82
123Muskegon Heights-2.91
124Flint-2.91

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in Massachusetts, 2019

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Massachusetts may have the highest concentration of very safe cities of any state in the United States. Remarkably, 98 cities in the state scored above a 0.3 on our Safety Index, which is a measure of the safety of a community based on local crime rates and the ratio of law enforcement employees to residents in the city. A score of 0.3 indicates that a city is quite safe and has very favorable violent and property crime rates compared to nationwide averages. 

What’s even more impressive is that 35 Massachusetts cities scored a 0.6 or above, meaning that any of them would be considered the safest city in a large number of states. However, let’s turn our focus towards Massachusetts five safest cities, each of which earned a Safety Index score higher than 0.8.

Massachusetts’ safest city is Weston, which logged just 5 property crimes in 2017, good for a very low 0.41 per 1,000 crime rate. Even more impressive is Weston’s property crime rate, which at 3.02 per 1,000, is lower than the national violent crime rate, a considerable feat. 

With a Safety Index score of 0.9, Clinton is not far behind Weston. The Worcester County city of nearly 14K achieved a similarly low violent crime rate and an even lower property crime rate of 2.46 per 1,000, indicating that residents of the city are some of the most law abiding citizens in the country.

Wayland continues Massachusetts safety streak by recording only 2 violent crimes in 2017 for a miniscule 1.43 per 1,000 inhabitants, along with just 9 property crimes in that same year.

Two more Massachusetts cities, #4 Norwell and #5 Bedford, earned Safety Index scores above 0.8. Both achieved a violent crime rate below 1 per 1,000 inhabitants and a property crime rate below 5 per 1,000, indicating that crime is a near non-factor in each community.

Safest Cities in Massachusetts, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Weston0.91
2Clinton0.9
3Wayland0.87
4Norwell0.86
5Bedford0.81
6Belmont0.77
7Groton0.77
8Norfolk0.77
9Harwich0.74
10Hopkinton0.73
11Reading0.73
12Rehoboth0.72
13Medway0.69
14Norton0.69
15Hudson0.69
16Winchester0.68
17Wellesley0.68
18Waltham0.68
19Westford0.67
20Southborough0.66
21Littleton0.66
22Sharon0.65
23Sudbury0.65
24Braintree0.65
25Ipswich0.65
26Shrewsbury0.64
27Longmeadow0.63
28Newton0.63
29Brookline0.63
30Acton0.63
31Concord0.62
32Franklin0.62
33Needham0.61
34Hingham0.61
35Westwood0.6
36Dedham0.59
37Maynard0.58
38Holliston0.57
39Watertown0.56
40Northborough0.56
41Norwood0.55
42Arlington0.54
43North Reading0.54
44Billerica0.53
45Wilmington0.53
46North Andover0.52
47Swampscott0.51
48Marshfield0.5
49Westborough0.5
50Ashland0.5
51Stoneham0.49
52Melrose0.48
53Bourne0.47
54Seekonk0.47
55Beverly0.46
56Wilbraham0.45
57Westport0.44
58Foxborough0.43
59Natick0.43
60Dennis0.43
61Burlington0.42
62East Bridgewater0.42
63Swansea0.42
64Marblehead0.42
65Oxford0.42
66Kingston0.41
67Bellingham0.41
68Easton0.41
69Hanson0.41
70Mansfield0.41
71Lakeville0.4
72Wrentham0.4
73Winthrop0.4
74Spencer0.4
75Methuen0.4
76Woburn0.4
77Whitman0.39
78Mashpee0.38
79Somerset0.37
80Grafton0.37
81Wakefield0.37
82Sandwich0.36
83Ludlow0.36
84North Attleboro0.36
85Medford0.36
86Amesbury0.35
87Auburn0.35
88Chelmsford0.35
89Plymouth0.34
90Andover0.34
91Belchertown0.34
92Milford0.32
93Pepperell0.32
94Tewksbury0.32
95Gloucester0.31
96Raynham0.31
97Cambridge0.31
98Millbury0.31
99Dracut0.29
100Dartmouth0.29
101Saugus0.29
102Walpole0.28
103Easthampton0.28
104South Hadley0.28
105Danvers0.26
106Lowell0.25
107East Longmeadow0.25
108Weymouth0.24
109Abington0.24
110Agawam0.24
111Carver0.24
112Attleboro0.23
113Westfield0.23
114Peabody0.22
115Barnstable0.22
116Quincy0.2
117Everett0.2
118Acushnet0.18
119Salem0.18
120Stoughton0.17
121Fairhaven0.17
122Somerville0.15
123Northbridge0.14
124Leicester0.13
125Framingham0.12
126Taunton0.1
127Holbrook0.1
128Amherst0.09
129Lunenburg0.08
130Middleboro0.07
131Canton0.06
132Palmer0.04
133Boston0.03
134Winchendon0.01
135Dudley0.01
136Malden0.01
137Randolph-0.03
138Falmouth-0.05
139Marlborough-0.06
140Southbridge-0.12
141Gardner-0.15
142Revere-0.2
143Yarmouth-0.21
144Chicopee-0.26
145Wareham-0.26
146Greenfield-0.28
147Northampton-0.29
148New Bedford-0.37
149West Springfield-0.39
150Leominster-0.4
151Chelsea-0.44
152Worcester-0.47
153Haverhill-0.48
154Fitchburg-0.54
155Lynn-0.59
156Lawrence-0.61
157Webster-0.62
158Springfield-0.65
159Fall River-0.7
160Pittsfield-0.82
161Brockton-0.99
162Holyoke-1.26
163North Adams-1.87

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in Maryland, 2019

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Although it’s overall violent and property crime rates are marred by the high crime in Baltimore, by far Maryland’s largest city, the Old Line State is home to many very safe communities. In fact, six Maryland cities scored a 0.6 or higher on our Safety Index, which rates the safety of U.S. cities on a variety of factors, including crime rates and the concentration of law enforcement.

Maryland’s safest city is Bel Air, which earned a 0.57 Safety Index score based on a violent crime rate well below the state average and a high 4.06 per 1,000 ratio of law enforcement employees to residents.

Ranking #2 is the eloquently named Havre de Grace, which recorded a decent violent crime rate below the state average, along with a very good 14.1 per 1,000 property crime rate.

The #3 spot belongs to Easton, a city of 16,598 that earned a 0.38 Safety Index score based on a violent crime rate of 2.29 per 1,000 inhabitants, which is less than half the state average, along with a comfortingly high law enforcement to resident ratio above 3 per 1,000.

Ocean Pines is the final Maryland city to score above a 0.3 on the Safety Index (it scored a 0.33), which it did by managing very impressive crime rates compared to the state, at large: a violent crime rate below 2 per 1,000 and a property crime below 7 per 1,000.

Two more cities in Maryland, Tacoma Park and Bowie, achieved Safety Index scores above 0.2. Both prove to be relatively safe places to live, recording violent crime rates considerably below the state average.

Safest Cities in Maryland, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Bel Air0.57
2Havre de Grace0.51
3Easton0.38
4Ocean Pines0.33
5Takoma Park0.26
6Bowie0.23
7Aberdeen0.17
8Annapolis0.05
9New Carrollton-0.02
10Hagerstown-0.31
11Frederick-0.33
12Laurel-0.35
13Westminster-0.41
14Greenbelt-0.5
15Hyattsville-0.55
16Salisbury-1.18
17Cumberland-1.19
18Elkton-1.79
19Cambridge-1.8
20Baltimore-2.36

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in New York, 2019

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Overall, New York fares very well in terms of safety compared to the rest of the nation: its violent crime rate is 24th lowest in the country, but the state is just 5th in property crime. New York’s individual cities fare very well on our Safety Index, which is a combination of FBI crime statistics and law enforcement employee to resident ratio used to measure the safety of a given community. While an impressive 61 New York cities score a 0.3 or higher on the Safety Index, indicating a very high level of safety, let’s place our focus on the state’s top five safest cities.

New York State’s safest community is East Hampton Town, an affluent Long Island community which logged a very high 1.29 score on the Safety Index. East Hampton enjoys a low violent crime rate of 0.85 per 1,000 and a property crime rate of 11.34 per 1,000.

Not far behind is #2 Port Washington, another wealthy Long Island community known for its myriad parks, marinas and golf courses. The well-to-do community of 19K recorded a scant 5 violent crimes in 2017 for a rate of violent crime over 14 times lower than the national average.

Ranking #3 is Floral Park, our third Long Island community in a row. Floral Park logged a 0.98 Safety Index score based on a 0.56 per 1,000 violent crime rate and property crime rate below the national violent crime rate (a considerable feat). Behind it is Southold (#4), another very safe Long Island town with a violent crime rate under 1 per 1,000.

Rounding out New York’s top five safest cities is the first non-Long Island community, Mamaroneck of Westchester County, which averaged 1 violent crime per 1,000 residents.  

Safest Cities in New York, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1East Hampton Town1.29
2Port Washington1.13
3Floral Park Village0.98
4Southold Town0.96
5Mamaroneck Town0.95
6Tarrytown Village0.92
7New York0.91
8Garden City Village0.91
9Harrison Town0.88
10Bedford Town0.85
11Lynbrook Village0.85
12Rye0.84
13Scarsdale Village0.81
14Long Beach0.79
15Dobbs Ferry Village0.78
16Mamaroneck Village0.78
17Eastchester Town0.75
18Rockville Centre Village0.7
19White Plains0.69
20Glen Cove0.68
21Peekskill0.66
22Warwick Town0.6
23Yorktown Town0.6
24Orangetown Town0.56
25Cortland0.56
26Stony Point Town0.53
27East Aurora-Aurora Town0.52
28Freeport Village0.5
29Plattsburgh City0.49
30Saratoga Springs0.49
31Tonawanda Town0.47
32Southampton Town0.47
33Haverstraw Town0.47
34Lancaster Town0.45
35Depew Village0.45
36New Rochelle0.45
37Clarkstown Town0.45
38Oswego City0.44
39East Fishkill Town0.44
40Yonkers0.43
41Fallsburg Town0.43
42Ramapo Town0.42
43New Windsor Town0.41
44Schodack Town0.41
45Port Chester Village0.41
46East Greenbush Town0.39
47North Greenbush Town0.38
48West Seneca Town0.38
49Evans Town0.37
50Amsterdam0.36
51Kingston0.35
52Lloyd Town0.35
53Orchard Park Town0.35
54Manlius Town0.34
55Kenmore Village0.34
56New Paltz Town and Village0.32
57Glens Falls0.31
58Lewisboro Town0.3
59Blooming Grove Town0.3
60Ulster Town0.3
61Fredonia Village0.3
62Saugerties Town0.29
63Oneonta City0.29
64Rome0.28
65Cohoes0.28
66Geneva0.28
67Geddes Town0.27
68North Tonawanda0.27
69Amherst Town0.26
70Olean0.26
71Camillus Town and Village0.26
72Beacon0.23
73Dunkirk0.23
74Shawangunk Town0.23
75Colonie Town0.21
76Hamburg Town0.21
77Guilderland Town0.21
78Niskayuna Town0.21
79Ogden Town0.17
80Vestal Town0.17
81Ithaca0.15
82Brighton Town0.14
83Newburgh Town0.12
84Canandaigua0.11
85Glenville Town0.11
86Tonawanda0.11
87Ogdensburg0.1
88Middletown0.08
89Woodbury Town0.05
90Rotterdam Town0.01
91Dewitt Town0.01
92Mount Vernon0
93New Hartford Town and Village-0.02
94Cheektowaga Town-0.02
95Poughkeepsie-0.03
96Watervliet-0.03
97Greece Town-0.06
98Wallkill Town-0.07
99Hempstead Village-0.08
100Irondequoit Town-0.09
101Corning-0.1
102Gloversville-0.11
103Spring Valley Village-0.16
104Gates Town-0.21
105Utica-0.31
106Syracuse-0.41
107Albany-0.49
108Endicott Village-0.5
109Watertown-0.51
110Rochester-0.55
111Jamestown-0.58
112Troy-0.66
113Batavia-0.69
114Binghamton-0.77
115Johnson City Village-0.8
116Buffalo-0.88
117Schenectady-0.91
118Newburgh-1.19
119Niagara Falls-1.26

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in New Mexico, 2019

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Unfortunately, New Mexico is not one of the safest states in the nation, recording the highest rate of property crime and 2nd highest rate of violent crime. However, some individual communities achieved decent scores on our Safety Index, which rates the safety of a city based on FBI crime statistics and law enforcement data, proving that there solid, safe options in the state in which to raise a family.

New Mexico’s safest city is Los Alamos, earning a very high 0.98 Safety Index score that dwarfs those of every other community in the state. The small city, which is famous for its proximity to the Los Alamos National Lab where the atomic bomb was created, recorded a 1.65 per 1,000 inhabitants rate of violent crime, which is nearly five times lower than the state average, as well as a property crime rate seven times below the state average.

It’s a steep drop off to New Mexico’s #2 safest city, Portales, which logged a -0.02 Safety Index score. Yet, despite the city’s high level of property crime, Portales achieved a decent 2.01 per 1,000 violent crime rate that is a third of New Mexico’s state average.

Alamogordo logged a violent crime rate of 3.6 per 1,000 that is slightly below the national average, while its property crime level is slightly above the national average. Capital city Santa Fe (#4) logged similar numbers, which isn’t bad for a city its size, and shouldn’t detract from the city’s many charms.

Rounding out New Mexico’s top five safest cities is Las Vegas (not that one), recording a 7.52 per 1,000 violent crime rate which is near New Mexico’s state average.

Safest Cities in New Mexico, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Los Alamos0.98
2Portales-0.02
3Alamogordo-0.07
4Santa Fe-0.17
5Las Vegas-0.28
6Carlsbad-0.3
7Deming-0.47
8Roswell-0.8
9Artesia-1.14
10Clovis-1.28
11Farmington-1.36
12Los Lunas-1.66
13Gallup-2.22

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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