Safest Cities in Rhode Island, 2021

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With the 9th lowest violent and property crime rates in the nation, Rhode Island can definitely lay claim to being one of the safest states to live in. Of all of the state’s cities, just 4 (Central Falls, Pawtucket, Woonsocket, and Providence) recorded violent crime rates above the national average. The rest enjoy low rates of both violent and property crime, though 7 cities truly distinguished themselves through earning a Safety Index score above 0.7, putting them in the upper echelon of safe cities in the United States.

Narragansett is Rhode Island’s safest community. The coastal resort town, whose population is known to double in size during the summer months, recorded a violent crime rate of just 0.64 per 1,000, Furthermore, Narragansett logged a property crime rate of 6.94 per 1,000, which is unusually low for a resort community. Following closely behind is #2 East Greenwich, the wealthiest municipality in Rhode Island, which boasts a violent crime rate even lower than Narragansett.

Ranking #3 is Scituate, a modestly-sized town in Providence County that logged just 5 violent crimes and 43 property crimes in 2017, followed by #4 Smithfield, a city that boasts a similar violent crime rate yet slightly higher property crime rate.

Three other Rhode Island cities, South Kingstown, Glocester, and Middletown, earned a Safety Index of 0.7, based on the strength of violent and property crime rates a mere fraction of national averages in each category. Of these, Glocester has the lowest amount of crime, posting a 0.29 per 1,000 violent crime rate and 3.26 property crime rate (lower than the overall U.S. violent crime rate).

Safest Cities in Rhode Island, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Narragansett0.99
2East Greenwich0.93
3Scituate0.78
4Smithfield0.72
5South Kingstown0.71
6Glocester0.71
7Middletown0.7
8Portsmouth0.69
9Bristol0.69
10Tiverton0.68
11Westerly0.61
12North Providence0.61
13Barrington0.6
14Warwick0.56
15Johnston0.56
16North Kingstown0.55
17Warren0.55
18Newport0.5
19North Smithfield0.5
20Cumberland0.49
21Burrillville0.47
22East Providence0.45
23Cranston0.42
24Coventry0.42
25Lincoln0.31
26West Warwick0.3
27Central Falls-0.16
28Pawtucket-0.16
29Woonsocket-0.19
30Providence-0.28

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 Pennsylvania, 2021

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Among the 50 states, Pennsylvania fares very well in terms of safety: the Keystone State’s violent crime rate is 21st lowest in the nation, while its property crime rate is 8th lowest. Pennsylvania’s overall safety looks more impressive when we examine its cities on an individual basis.

We gave each of Pennsylvania’s cities with a population over 10,000 a score on our Safety Index, which factors in FBI crime data as well as law enforcement employee numbers, and 99 of the state’s cities scored a 0.3 or above, indicating a high level of safety and crime rates considerably below national averages. What’s more, 7 Pennsylvania cities earned a score of 0.6 or higher on the Safety Index, placing them among the safest cities in the country to settle down in and raise a family.

Munhall is Pennsylvania’s safest city, garnering a 0.71 Safety Index score on the strength of an extremely low violent crime rate of 0.54 per 1,000 and a property crime rate a quarter of the national average. With a Safety Index score of 0.7, Willistown Township is close behind. The small community of near 11K didn’t log a single violent crime in 2017.

Whitemarsh Township is third in the ranking of Pennsylvania’s safest cities. The Philadelphia suburb posted an admirable 0.56 per 1k violent crime rate. Another suburb of Pennsylvania, Whitehall, lands at #4 with some of the most impressively low crime rates in the state. Whitehall logged just 4 violent crimes in 2017, the latest year for which complete statistics are available.

Three further Pennsylvania communities, Lower Merion Township, Cecil Township, and Horsham Township, truly distinguished themselves as extremely safe places to live, with each recording violent crime rates a small fraction of the nationwide average.

Safest Cities in Pennsylvania, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Munhall0.71
2Willistown Township0.7
3Whitemarsh Township0.68
4Whitehall0.67
5Lower Merion Township0.63
6Cecil Township0.62
7Horsham Township0.62
8Upper Providence Township, Delaware County0.59
9Upper St. Clair Township0.59
10Jefferson Hills Borough0.58
11Central Bucks Regional0.56
12Lower Moreland Township0.56
13Silver Spring Township0.56
14West Mifflin0.52
15Tredyffrin Township0.52
16Upper Southampton Township0.51
17East Whiteland Township0.5
18Buckingham Township0.5
19Mount Lebanon0.5
20Towamencin Township0.49
21Upper Dublin Township0.49
22Forks Township0.48
23Warwick Township, Bucks County0.48
24Derry Township, Dauphin County0.47
25Easttown Township0.47
26West Chester0.47
27Ferguson Township0.46
28South Fayette Township0.46
29Upper Saucon Township0.46
30South Park Township0.46
31Northampton Township0.46
32Newtown Township, Delaware County0.46
33Newtown Township, Bucks County0.46
34Emmaus0.45
35Upper Allen Township0.45
36Lower Salford Township0.44
37New Britain Township0.43
38Upper Macungie Township0.42
39Upper Gwynedd Township0.42
40Franklin Park0.42
41Adams Township, Butler County0.42
42Ephrata0.42
43Upper Uwchlan Township0.41
44Haverford Township0.41
45Peters Township0.41
46Penn Township, Westmoreland County0.41
47Meadville0.41
48Buffalo Valley Regional0.4
49Northwest Lancaster County Regional0.4
50Northern Berks Regional0.4
51Patton Township0.39
52Murrysville0.39
53Radnor Township0.38
54West Hempfield Township0.38
55Doylestown Township0.38
56Lower Burrell0.38
57Lower Makefield Township0.38
58Hampton Township0.38
59Bethel Park0.38
60Aston Township0.37
61Montgomery Township0.37
62Northern Regional0.37
63Lansdale0.37
64McCandless0.37
65Upper Merion Township0.37
66Plumstead Township0.36
67Palmer Township0.36
68Warrington Township0.36
69Upper Moreland Township0.36
70Moon Township0.36
71Pennridge Regional0.36
72Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County0.35
73Lower Gwynedd Township0.35
74North Fayette Township0.35
75West Deer Township0.35
76Franconia Township0.34
77Plymouth Township, Montgomery County0.34
78Salisbury Township0.34
79West Lampeter Township0.34
80Cranberry Township0.34
81Springfield Township, Montgomery County0.34
82St. Marys City0.33
83Phoenixville0.33
84West Hills Regional0.33
85Penn Township, York County0.32
86New Hanover Township0.32
87Marple Township0.32
88Uwchlan Township0.32
89Lower Saucon Township0.32
90Hatfield Township0.32
91West Goshen Township0.31
92Baldwin Borough0.31
93North Strabane Township0.31
94State College0.31
95Spring Township, Berks County0.3
96Whitpain Township0.3
97Nether Providence Township0.3
98Elizabeth Township0.3
99Robinson Township, Allegheny County0.3
100Shaler Township0.29
101Hampden Township0.29
102Amity Township0.29
103West Norriton Township0.29
104Bethlehem Township0.29
105Exeter Township, Berks County0.29
106East Pennsboro Township0.29
107Easton0.28
108East Hempfield Township0.28
109Limerick Township0.28
110Cumru Township0.27
111North Huntingdon Township0.27
112Douglass Township, Montgomery County0.27
113Harrison Township0.27
114Manheim Township0.27
115Waynesboro0.26
116Hilltown Township0.26
117Southwestern Regional0.26
118Logan Township0.25
119Warminster Township0.25
120Ridley Township0.25
121North Versailles Township0.24
122Westtown-East Goshen Regional0.24
123Northern Lancaster County Regional0.24
124Bensalem Township0.22
125North Middleton Township0.22
126Wyomissing0.21
127Middletown Township0.21
128Ross Township0.21
129Greensburg0.2
130Springfield Township, Delaware County0.2
131South Whitehall Township0.19
132Northern York Regional0.18
133Mifflin County Regional0.18
134Slate Belt Regional0.18
135East Lampeter Township0.18
136Northeastern Regional0.18
137Monroeville0.17
138Southern Regional York County0.16
139Lehigh Township, Northampton County0.16
140Colonial Regional0.15
141Columbia0.15
142Carlisle0.15
143Lower Pottsgrove Township0.15
144Falls Township, Bucks County0.15
145Elizabethtown0.15
146West Whiteland Township0.13
147Abington Township, Montgomery County0.13
148Richland Township, Bucks County0.13
149Millcreek Township, Erie County0.13
150Newberry Township0.12
151Scott Township, Allegheny County0.12
152Bloomsburg Town0.12
153Coal Township0.12
154Scranton0.12
155Lower Providence Township0.11
156York Area Regional0.11
157Hopewell Township0.1
158Manor Township, Lancaster County0.1
159Lower Allen Township0.1
160Muhlenberg Township0.1
161Plum0.08
162Washington Township, Franklin County0.07
163Lower Paxton Township0.07
164Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County0.06
165East Norriton Township0.05
166Kingston0.05
167Rostraver Township0.05
168Hermitage0.05
169Bristol Township0.03
170Butler Township, Butler County0.02
171Upper Chichester Township0.02
172Berwick0.01
173Pocono Township0.01
174Hanover0
175Sandy Township-0.01
176Nanticoke-0.04
177Fairview Township, York County-0.04
178Erie-0.05
179Hazleton-0.05
180Altoona-0.05
181Spring Garden Township-0.07
182Whitehall Township-0.07
183Hanover Township, Luzerne County-0.07
184Richland Township, Cambria County-0.08
185Springettsbury Township-0.09
186Center Township-0.09
187Lansdowne-0.09
188North Lebanon Township-0.1
189West Manchester Township-0.1
190Pocono Mountain Regional-0.11
191Caln Township-0.15
192Lebanon-0.15
193Chambersburg-0.15
194Stroud Area Regional-0.16
195Norristown-0.21
196Lower Southampton Township-0.24
197Upper Darby Township-0.25
198Pottsville-0.29
199Williamsport-0.29
200Washington, Washington County-0.29
201Allentown-0.37
202Penn Hills-0.38
203Swatara Township-0.39
204Philadelphia-0.4
205Pittsburgh-0.44
206Sharon-0.45
207New Kensington-0.51
208Wilkes-Barre-0.57
209Butler-0.61
210Reading-0.65
211Bethlehem-0.7
212Pottstown-0.76
213Johnstown-0.84
214Indiana-0.91
215Lancaster-0.92
216Wilkinsburg-0.99
217Yeadon-1.07
218Harrisburg-1.12
219York-1.14
220Chester-1.97
221Darby-2.43
222McKeesport-2.8

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 Oregon , 2021

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Oregon is an outlier among U.S. states due its starkly contrasting rates of violent and property crime. Its violent crime rate of 2.82 per 1,000 is good for 15th lowest in the nation, yet its property crime rate is 7th highest in the U.S.

Regardless, a handful of Oregon cities are very safe and family friendly communities, with 8 of them scoring above a 0.2 on our Safety Index, which factors in FBI crime data along with law enforcement employment numbers to rate the safety of a given community. A score of 0.2 or higher indicates a very favorable level of public safety and crime rates below national averages. However, four Oregon cities truly distinguished themselves with Safety Index scores higher than 0.3. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Oregon’s safest community is Newberg-Dundee, actually two cities in the Portland area combined for statistical purposes.  Newberg-Dundee logged an impressive violent crime rate of 1.42 per 1,000 inhabitants.

Lake Oswego is Oregon’s second safest city. The affluent Clackamas County community recorded very impressive crime rates well below state and national averages, making it one of the best places in the state to live. In particular, Lake Oswego’s violent crime rate of 0.38 per 1,000 (about a tenth of the national average) stands out as an admirable achievement.

La Grande, a city of around 13K in the northeast part of the state, ranks #3 on the list, earning a Safety Index score of 0.36 based on the strength of its low rate of violent crime. #4 Sherwood bests La Grande in both violent and property crimes, which are some of the lowest in the state. Sherwood is kept out a higher position in the ranking due to its low ratio of law enforcement employees to residents, although with such a low rate of crime, perhaps a large police force is unnecessary.

Safest Cities in Oregon, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Newberg-Dundee0.54
2Lake Oswego0.43
3La Grande0.36
4Sherwood0.31
5Monmouth0.25
6Canby0.24
7Milwaukie0.21
8Beaverton0.2
9Albany0.18
10Silverton0.13
11St. Helens0.05
12Corvallis0.04
13Bend0.02
14Hillsboro0
15Tualatin0
16Tigard-0.01
17Hermiston-0.02
18McMinnville-0.03
19Prineville-0.04
20Forest Grove-0.05
21Keizer-0.09
22Dallas-0.09
23Lebanon-0.11
24Central Point-0.11
25Cottage Grove-0.17
26Ashland-0.17
27Grants Pass-0.21
28Redmond-0.23
29Springfield-0.38
30Woodburn-0.39
31Gresham-0.44
32Eugene-0.44
33Salem-0.47
34Klamath Falls-0.48
35Roseburg-0.51
36Medford-0.94
37Portland-0.97
38Coos Bay-1

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 Oklahoma , 2021

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Although Oklahoma’s statewide crime rates are not very impressive (the state is 40th in property crime and 39th in violent crime), many of the Sooner State’s cities are very safe, logging low rates of violent and property crime. Here’s a glance at Oklahoma’s five safest cities.

Weatherford earns the honor of being named Oklahoma’s safest city on the strength of a violent crime rate of just 1.64 per 1,000, which is less than half of the national average. The city’s below average property crime rate is not bad, either. 

In the #2 spot is Elk City, a city in Beckham County with remarkably low crime numbers. The city, a stop along Historic U.S. Route 66, logged a mere 9 violent crimes in 2017 for an average below 1 violent crime per 1,000. Elk City’s property crime rate is less impressive, yet still below the national average.

Oklahoma City suburb Yukon is #3 in the ranking of Oklahoma’s safest cities. Yukon’s violent crime rate is less than a third of the Oklahoma state average, making it a safe, family friendly community to settle down in for those commuting into OKC for work.

Fourth place, Miami is the capital city of Oklahoma’s Miami Tribe as well as that of four other Native tribes. While its crime rates are not as impressive as those of the state’s top three safest cities, Miami still logged violent and property crime rates under state and national averages.

At #5 is El Reno, another Oklahoma City suburb that posted a 2.77 per 1K violent crime rate and 17.2 per 1K property crime rate.

Safest Cities in Oklahoma, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Weatherford0.58
2Elk City0.56
3Yukon0.45
4Miami0.37
5El Reno0.31
6Guymon0.31
7Newcastle0.31
8Mustang0.3
9Guthrie0.27
10Edmond0.24
11Claremore0.23
12Duncan0.22
13Owasso0.21
14Broken Arrow0.18
15Altus0.18
16Bixby0.16
17Sand Springs0.15
18Choctaw0.15
19Stillwater0.14
20Sapulpa0.14
21Jenks0.11
22Moore0.09
23Glenpool0.05
24Bartlesville0.03
25Bethany-0.06
26Midwest City-0.07
27Norman-0.1
28Woodward-0.1
29Tahlequah-0.11
30Enid-0.14
31Ada-0.2
32Warr Acres-0.38
33Chickasha-0.44
34Durant-0.45
35Ardmore-0.64
36McAlester-0.65
37Ponca City-0.88
38Okmulgee-0.95
39Oklahoma City-1
40Del City-1.03
41Lawton-1.04
42Muskogee-1.59
43Tulsa-1.61
44Shawnee-1.63

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 Ohio, 2021

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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, 2021

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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, 2021

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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, 2021

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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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