Safest Cities in Missouri, 2021

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Missouri is a good example of a state whose statewide crime averages are poorly representative of many communities within the state. On a whole, Missouri ranks 38th in property crime and 44th in violent crime, which isn’t very impressive. However, a large number of the state’s cities score very high on our Safety Index, which combines FBI crime statistics along with law enforcement employment numbers to measure the safety of a given community. 

Overall, 21 Missouri cities log a 0.3 score or higher on the Safety Index, a strong indication that, despite Missouri’s statewide performance (skewed by high crime rates in large cities), there is certainly no shortage of safe, family-friendly communities in the Show Me State. Let’s look at some of the safest. 

Town and Country is our pick for the safest city in Missouri. The affluent suburb of St. Louis earned a remarkable 0.81 Safety Index score based on the strength of a very low 0.45 per 1,000 violent crime rate, along with a property crime rate well under half of the state average.

Clayton’s safety record is nearly as impressive as Town and Country’s: the city of 16.7K logged just 20 violent crimes in 2017, or less than 1 every two weeks.

Third in the ranking is Kirkwood, which logged a violent crime rate of just over 1 incident per 1,000 residents, a number that is over five times below the Missouri state average. The city is a great place in which to raise a family.

If it weren’t for its low ratio of law enforcement employees to residents (perhaps no more are needed), #4 Ballwin would be higher in the ranking: the city of over 30,000 achieved a scant 0.4 per 1,000 violent crime rate.

Manchester (#5) and Creve Coeur (#6) are two further Missouri cities to distinguish themselves by earning Safety Index scores higher than 0.6 through recording violent crime rates significantly below the state average.

Safest Cities in Missouri, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Town and Country0.81
2Clayton0.77
3Kirkwood0.67
4Ballwin0.66
5Manchester0.62
6Creve Coeur0.61
7Eureka0.54
8St. Ann0.53
9Webster Groves0.53
10Lake St. Louis0.51
11Crestwood0.51
12Maryland Heights0.48
13Mexico0.44
14Chesterfield0.43
15Excelsior Springs0.43
16Wentzville0.38
17Jackson0.36
18Raymore0.36
19Maryville0.35
20Nixa0.35
21Kearney0.34
22Lee's Summit0.29
23Overland0.28
24O'Fallon0.27
25Sikeston0.23
26Florissant0.22
27Webb City0.21
28St. Peters0.2
29Grain Valley0.2
30Festus0.19
31Blue Springs0.16
32Marshall0.14
33Hazelwood0.12
34St. Charles0.09
35Arnold0.09
36Liberty0.07
37Jefferson City0.07
38Warrensburg0.03
39Fulton0.03
40Troy-0.06
41West Plains-0.08
42Ozark-0.09
43Republic-0.11
44Farmington-0.16
45Lebanon-0.2
46Washington-0.21
47Belton-0.21
48Gladstone-0.22
49Harrisonville-0.22
50Union-0.25
51Kirksville-0.26
52Moberly-0.3
53Carthage-0.35
54Neosho-0.36
55Rolla-0.44
56Bolivar-0.47
57Cape Girardeau-0.47
58Hannibal-0.54
59University City-0.55
60Columbia-0.57
61Bellefontaine Neighbors-0.66
62Bridgeton-0.72
63Poplar Bluff-0.74
64Grandview-0.75
65Kennett-0.86
66Sedalia-0.9
67Independence-0.91
68Raytown-0.93
69Ferguson-0.94
70Branson-0.96
71St. Joseph-1.09
72Joplin-1.12
73Vinita Park-1.16
74Kansas City-2.13
75St. Louis-2.5
76Springfield-2.6

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 Maine, 2021

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Maine is one of the safety states in the United States, if not the safest state. The Pine Tree State recorded the 4th lowest property crime rate and the lowest violent crime rate in the country.

Correspondingly, Maine’s cities boast some of the highest Safety Index scores in the nation, which is our way of determining the safety of U.S. cities based on crime rates and the ratio of law enforcement employees to residents in a given community. Let’s take a look at the five Maine cities which scored above a 0.6 on our Safety Index.

Wells is our pick for the safest community in Maine. The York County coastal town of just over 10K –which was founded all the way back in 1643– recorded a violent crime rate of 0.39 per 1,000 inhabitants based on just four reported violent crimes in 2017. Wells’ property crime rate is similarly impressive: less than half of the national average.

On second place, Scarborough is double the size of Wells, yet managed a nearly identical 0.40 per 1,000 violent crime rate, and a property crime rate a bit higher than our #1 pick, at 15.04, which is well below the national average.

York, Maine’s #3 safest city, is just a hair behind Scarborough in terms of safety, earning a 0.78 Safety Index score versus the latter’s 0.79. The city of 13K logged a mere 9 violent crimes in 2017, along with 143 property crimes.

Fourth in the ranking of Maine’s safest cities is Falmouth, which recorded the lowest violent crime rate of any Maine community with a population over 10,000: a very low 0.33 per 1,000 based on just 4 violent crimes in 2017. The city’s ratio of law enforcement to residents is slightly below others on the list and is the only thing keeping it out of the top spot. 

At number five, Kennebunk is noteworthy for its extremely low property crime rate, just 4.03 per 1,000, which is lower than many cities’ violent crime rates.

Safest Cities in Maine, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Wells0.92
2Scarborough0.79
3York0.78
4Falmouth0.66
5Kennebunk0.63
6Gorham0.47
7Brunswick0.42
8Orono0.41
9Saco0.4
10Windham0.39
11Westbrook0.31
12Portland0.28
13Bangor0.24
14Auburn0.22
15South Portland0.21
16Augusta0.18
17Lewiston0.17
18Biddeford0.1
19Sanford0.04
20Waterville-0.02

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 Louisiana, 2021

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Louisiana is not among the safest states in the nation: the state’s violent crime rate of 5.57 per 1,000 and property crime rate of 33.67 per 1,000 are quite a bit above the national averages in both categories. However, much of Louisiana’s crime problem is localized in big cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge, while many of the state’s smaller communities are relatively safe.

In fact, 11 Louisiana cities scored a 0.2 or above on our Safety Index, indicating that their crime rates are favorably low compared to state and national averages. Let’s take a closer look at Louisiana’s safest cities doing their best to challenge popular perception.

Gretna, a city in Jefferson Parish across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, is our pick for Louisiana’s safest city. While Gretna’s violent and property crime rates are below the state average, the main reason for the city’s high Safety Index score is its extremely high law enforcement employee to resident ratio of 10.88 per 1,000. Few police forces in the country are this well-staffed.

Second in the ranking is Mandeville, which earned a very high Safety Index score of 0.78 based on a low violent crime rate of 1.12 per 1,000, which is nearly five times lower than the state average. At just 19.91 per 1,000, the city’s property crime is nearly as impressive, resting below both national and state averages.

The small city of Minden in the northwest part of the state is #3 in the ranking of Louisiana’s safest cities. Minden recorded just 8 violent crimes in 2017 for a total rate of 0.64 per 1,000.

At fourth place, Covington is a small city in St. Tammany Parish that has seen growth in the past decade following the relocation of many New Orleans residents that lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina. The city boasts crime rates well below state averages. 

Youngsville and De Ridder share the #5 position, each earning a 0.47 Safety Index score for logging violent crime rates less than a third of Louisiana’s state average.

Safest Cities in Louisiana, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Gretna2.55
2Mandeville0.78
3Minden0.6
4Covington0.56
5Youngsville0.47
6De Ridder0.47
7Thibodaux0.29
8Broussard0.29
9Kenner0.23
10Jennings0.22
11Slidell0.2
12Houma-0.1
13Baker-0.11
14Abbeville-0.16
15Sulphur-0.18
16Eunice-0.27
17Denham Springs-0.38
18Morgan City-0.38
19Ruston-0.46
20West Monroe-0.47
21Lafayette-0.66
22Zachary-0.79
23Gonzales-0.89
24Bossier City-0.9
25Pineville-1.08
26Lake Charles-1.09
27New Orleans-1.17
28Baton Rouge-1.25
29Shreveport-1.26
30Bogalusa-1.38
31Natchitoches-1.56
32Hammond-2.15
33Crowley-2.24
34Alexandria-2.34
35Monroe-3.65

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 Kentucky, 2021

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Kentucky is a very safe state, overall. The Bluegrass State logged a violent crime rate of 2.26 per 1,000 and a property crime rate of 21.29, both of which are below the national averages. Therefore, it should be no surprise that many of Kentucky’s individual cities fare well on our Safety Index, which assesses the overall safety of a city based on crime rates and proportional size of a community’s police force. In total, 13 Kentucky cities scored above a 0.2, meaning they are very safe indeed. Let’s look at the five Kentucky cities that scored a 0.4 or above.

Kentucky’s safest city is Somerset, a small city in Pulaski County that achieved a terrific 1.08 safety score. The city recorded just 23 violent crimes in 2017.

Madisonville earned a very high 0.73 Safety Index score, rendering it Kentucky’s #2 safest city. The Western Coal Fields region community managed a 1.55 per 1,000 violent crime rate and a 15.18 per 1,000 property crime rate, besting Kentucky’s already low state averages in both categories.

In the third position is Lawrenceburg, a city of 11,211 that logged just 9 violent crimes in 2017, good for a rate of 0.8 per 1,000. The city’s property crime rate is also significantly below the state average.

At number four, Fort Thomas achieved a violent crime rate of just 0.49 per 1,000, which is the lowest in the state for qualifying cities (those with a population above 10,000). The city rests on the bank of the Ohio River in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.

Nearby Erlanger (#5 in the ranking of Kentucky’s safest cities) achieved nearly as impressive crime rates, including a violent crime less than half of the Kentucky state average.

Safest Cities in Kentucky, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Somerset1.08
2Madisonville0.73
3Lawrenceburg0.5
4Fort Thomas0.43
5Erlanger0.4
6Mount Washington0.39
7Independence0.34
8Elizabethtown0.33
9Hopkinsville0.32
10Henderson0.3
11Berea0.3
12Danville0.3
13Jeffersontown0.29
14Shepherdsville0.19
15Georgetown0.15
16Versailles0.15
17Glasgow0.12
18Nicholasville0.09
19Shelbyville0.06
20Bardstown0.06
21Ashland0.06
22Florence-0.05
23Newport-0.07
24Campbellsville-0.13
25Covington-0.18
26St. Matthews-0.18
27Richmond-0.23
28Radcliff-0.24
29Paducah-0.25
30Frankfort-0.26
31Owensboro-0.27
32Bowling Green-0.38
33Lexington-0.4
34Shively-0.41
35Louisville Metro-0.81

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 Kansas, 2021

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Though Kansas has a violent crime rate slightly above the national average, many of its cities are very safe places to live. In fact, 14 Kansas cities achieved a positive score on our Safety Index, indicating favorably low rates of violent and property crime. Here’s a closer look at the Sunflower State’s five safest cities, all of which recorded violent crime rates below the national average, while 4 out of 5 have property crime rates below the national average.

Leawood, a city of just over 35K in the Kansas City metropolitan area, has the lowest violent crime rate of all qualifying cities, making it Kansas’ safest city.  Leawood logged just 0.88 violent crimes per 1,000, putting it in great company with similar sized communities around the country.

Andover, a modestly sized suburb of Wichita, is Kansas’ #2 safest city, logging a violent crime rate less than half that of the state average. The city’s property crime rate of 22.37 per 1K, which is below the national average, is quite an achievement in a state with a high instance of property crime.

Third place goes to Derby, another suburb of Wichita, bests Andover in both violent and property crime rate, logging a slightly lower Safety Index score due to a lower ratio of law enforcement employees to residents (2.57 vs. 2.35). However, both cities are very safe, family-friendly communities.

The fourth spot in the ranking belongs to Lenexa, a large suburb in the Kansas City area that logged a 1.68 per 1,000 violent crime rate and 17.46 per 1,000 property crime rate. These statistics are very impressive for a city of over 50,000 in population.

Fifth place, McPherson is located in central Kansas, away from major metropolitan areas. The small city recorded a higher than national average property crime rate, but it’s violent crime rate of 2.05 per 1,000 is lower than both state and national averages.

Safest Cities in Kansas, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Leawood0.56
2Andover0.41
3Derby0.4
4Lenexa0.35
5McPherson0.26
6Liberal0.22
7Gardner0.19
8Shawnee0.17
9Olathe0.14
10Lansing0.12
11Overland Park0.11
12El Dorado0.09
13Emporia0.04
14Winfield0.01
15Hays-0.12
16Haysville-0.17
17Garden City-0.2
18Pittsburg-0.2
19Atchison-0.24
20Dodge City-0.33
21Merriam-0.36
22Salina-0.43
23Junction City-0.5
24Arkansas City-0.62
25Newton-0.68
26Hutchinson-0.7
27Great Bend-0.72
28Topeka-0.8
29Leavenworth-0.85
30Wichita-1.66

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 Iowa, 2021

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As you’d expect from a quiet midwestern farm state, Iowa boasts violent and property crime rates below the national average. If you and your family are up for a move to The Hawkeye State, you can be confident that crime will be less of a factor in your life than in most other areas of the United States. Yet, all of Iowa’s cities aren’t equal in terms of safety, with several truly distinguishing themselves.

Our choice for Iowa’s safest city is Spencer, a cozy community located at the confluence of two rivers renowned for its widely-attended annual Clay County Fair. The quintessential Iowa berg logged a mere 15 violent crimes in 2017, good enough for a violent crime rate less than half of the statewide average.

Just behind Spencer, is Norwalk, a little city in the Des Moines area that earned a 0.43 score on our Safety Index. With a violent crime rate below 1 per 1K and property crime rate under 10 per 1K, Norwalk residents can rest assured of their safety.

At third place, Pella has some historical distinction as the childhood home of famous Old West lawman Wyatt Earp and his brothers. Perhaps its status as the hometown of the fabled lawman has had a positive effect on the city, which recorded just 19 violent crimes in 2017.

Fourth in the ranking goes to Clive, a Des Moines area suburb notable for the busy Greenbelt Trail that runs through the city. Clive scored an impressive 0.32 on our Safety Index due to its very low violent and property crime rates. 

Johnston, #5, is the last Iowa community to score above a 0.2 on our Safety Index, which it achieved via a low violent crime rate and doubly impressive 11.09 per 1,000 property crime rate, despite a low law enforcement employee to residents ratio of 1.33 per 1,000.

Safest Cities in Iowa, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Spencer0.45
2Norwalk0.43
3Pella0.38
4Clive0.32
5Johnston0.21
6Waukee0.14
7Marion0.13
8Bettendorf0.12
9Fairfield0.06
10Mason City0.05
11Altoona0.03
12Urbandale0.02
13Ankeny-0.01
14North Liberty-0.03
15Ames-0.05
16Iowa City-0.07
17Dubuque-0.09
18Cedar Falls-0.1
19Coralville-0.17
20Cedar Rapids-0.21
21Oskaloosa-0.28
22Boone-0.33
23Waterloo-0.45
24Council Bluffs-0.47
25Newton-0.5
26Indianola-0.6
27Storm Lake-0.6
28Sioux City-0.62
29Muscatine-0.84
30Des Moines-0.92
31Fort Dodge-0.95
32Ottumwa-1.02
33Davenport-1.23
34Burlington-1.29
35Keokuk-1.39
36Clinton-1.83

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 Indiana, 2021

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While not one of the safest states in the nation in terms of violent and property crime rates, Indiana does have its share of safe, family-friendly communities. Over twenty cities in the Hoosier State earned favorable scores in our Safety Index, indicating violent crime rates below the nationwide average, although property crime tends to be higher than average in many Indiana cities. Yet, a select few cities in the state truly distinguished themselves for their top-notch safety records.

Bluffton is our pick for the safest city in Indiana. The modestly-sized Wells County community of around 10,000 logged a mere 7 violent crimes in 2017.

Not far behind are Shelbyville and Dyer, which both earned a 0.7 Safety Index score, tying for second place in our ranking of Indiana’s safest cities. Both are small cities with a friendly, midwestern congenial character and populations under 16K boasting low violent and property crime rates. In fact, Dyer recorded just 4 violent crimes in 2017, for a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents.

Fourth in the ranking is Brownsburg, a rapidly expanding suburb of large city Indianapolis that has earned national recognition as a great place for family life on account of its great public school district, healthy economy, and very low crime. In fact, Brownsburg’s property crime rate of 11.44 per 1K is nearly three times below the Indiana state average.

Four other Indiana cities (Beech Grove, Bedford, Carmel, and Crown Point) earned a 0.5 score or higher on our Safety Index, due to their low crime rates and effective policing.

Safest Cities in Indiana, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Bluffton0.71
2Shelbyville0.7
3Dyer0.7
4Brownsburg0.6
5Beech Grove0.56
6Bedford0.55
7Carmel0.51
8Crown Point0.5
9St. John0.46
10Cedar Lake0.45
11Fishers0.39
12West Lafayette0.34
13Warsaw0.33
14Munster0.33
15Goshen0.3
16Jasper0.26
17Speedway0.25
18Valparaiso0.25
19Lake Station0.13
20Merrillville0.1
21Logansport0.1
22Jeffersonville0.08
23New Haven0.05
24Highland0.04
25Seymour-0.04
26Marion-0.1
27Plainfield-0.15
28Hobart-0.18
29Crawfordsville-0.22
30Fort Wayne-0.27
31Lafayette-0.38
32East Chicago-0.39
33Muncie-0.43
34Hammond-0.5
35Franklin-0.51
36Gary-0.52
37Anderson-0.55
38Bloomington-0.58
39Greenwood-0.74
40Kokomo-0.81
41Evansville-0.92
42South Bend-1.39
43Indianapolis-1.97

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 Illinois, 2021

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While Chicago’s violent crime problem often gets national attention, the city’s suburbs are among the safest and best places to raise a family in the country. In fact, 14 smaller Illinois cities–the majority of which are found in greater Chicagoland– earned a score of 0.6 or higher on our Safety Index, which is very good. Here’s a look at the Land of Lincoln’s top five safest cities.

Two Chicago suburbs share the distinction of being named Illinois’ safest city, each earning an excellent 0.91 Safety Index score: Warrenville, a modestly sized community in DuPage County, and Deerfield, a wealthy north shore suburb. Both are terrific places to raise a family and kickstart a career, with award-winning public school systems and thriving local economies. Deerfield edges out Warrenville in violent crime, logging just 0.26 incidents per 1,000 residents, while the latter boasts a slightly lower property crime rate. 

The third spot is shared by three other Chicagoland suburbs, each earning a Safety Index score of 0.75: Elk Grove Village, Burr Ridge, and Wood Dale. Let’s have a glance at all three.

Elk Grove Village is a near northwest Chicago suburb that recorded a violent crime rate over ten times lower than the large city that it borders. Elk Grove is home to the largest business park in the country, which is the center of employment for many residents and inhabitants of neighboring communities, alike.

As one of the richest communities in Illinois, Burr Ridge is a bit more exclusive than middle-class Elk Grove Village. The city of nearly 11,000 recorded just 9 violent crimes in 2017, rendering it a very safe place to raise a family if you can afford the real estate.

Wood Dale, the third of our three third-place entries, is a DuPage County suburb with low violent and property crime rates and a high law enforcement to resident ratio of 2.97.

Safest Cities in Illinois, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Warrenville0.91
2Deerfield0.91
3Elk Grove Village0.75
4Burr Ridge0.75
5Wood Dale0.75
6Mundelein0.7
7Winnetka0.68
8Lake Zurich0.67
9Vernon Hills0.66
10Buffalo Grove0.62
11Palos Hills0.62
12Columbia0.62
13Hanover Park0.61
14Plano0.6
15Wilmette0.58
16Bartlett0.57
17Western Springs0.56
18Lockport0.56
19Schiller Park0.56
20Evergreen Park0.56
21Carol Stream0.54
22Park Ridge0.53
23Mount Prospect0.53
24Hoffman Estates0.52
25Yorkville0.52
26McHenry0.51
27Hickory Hills0.51
28Arlington Heights0.5
29Des Plaines0.5
30Glendale Heights0.5
31Orland Park0.5
32Villa Park0.49
33Evanston0.47
34Hinsdale0.47
35Brookfield0.47
36Shorewood0.46
37Effingham0.45
38Westmont0.45
39Oswego0.45
40La Grange0.44
41Roscoe0.44
42Downers Grove0.43
43Round Lake0.42
44Bensenville0.42
45West Chicago0.41
46Wheaton0.41
47St. Charles0.4
48Oak Lawn0.39
49Alsip0.39
50Oak Forest0.39
51Glenview0.39
52Morton0.38
53Berwyn0.37
54Schaumburg0.37
55Campton Hills0.36
56Plainfield0.36
57Sycamore0.35
58Westchester0.34
59Antioch0.33
60Tinley Park0.32
61Mokena0.32
62Lindenhurst0.31
63South Elgin0.31
64Woodstock0.3
65Crystal Lake0.3
66Elgin0.3
67Lyons0.3
68Charleston0.28
69Burbank0.27
70Gurnee0.26
71Carpentersville0.26
72Lombard0.26
73Morris0.26
74O'Fallon0.26
75Chicago Ridge0.24
76Collinsville0.19
77Fox Lake0.17
78Elmwood Park0.16
79Rantoul0.15
80Bradley0.14
81Park Forest0.14
82Skokie0.1
83Crest Hill0.09
84Bourbonnais0.08
85Midlothian0.07
86Freeport0.05
87Rock Island0.05
88Joliet0.04
89Oak Park-0.01
90Streator-0.05
91Macomb-0.05
92Mattoon-0.07
93Cicero-0.08
94Pontiac-0.1
95Machesney Park-0.13
96Bloomington-0.14
97Waukegan-0.14
98Wood River-0.19
99Carbondale-0.2
100Jacksonville-0.32
101Kewanee-0.37
102Belleville-0.4
103De Kalb-0.43
104Moline-0.46
105Quincy-0.53
106Decatur-0.54
107Chicago-0.57
108Riverdale-0.83
109Champaign-0.9
110Springfield-1.52
111Rockford-2.2
112Danville-2.82

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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