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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Safest Cities in Idaho, 2021

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Idaho is a great state to live in if you are a lover of the outdoors: magnificent mountain ranges and picturesque lakes make it a playground for hiking and skiing enthusiasts. In order to help you decide which Idaho city is right for you and your family, we’ve rated them all in terms of safety, based on violent crime rate, property crime rate, and the ratio of law enforcement employees to residents. Let’s see which Gem State cities fared the best.

Rexberg is Idaho’s safest city, earning a 0.48 score in our Safety Index based on a very low 0.38 per 1K violent crime rate as well as a property crime rate several times below the nationwide average. The family-first Madison County community has expanded considerably in recent decades thanks to an influx of LDS Church members.

At second place, Mountain Home is a small, yet growing city of around 14,000 located near an Air Force base. The city’s low crime and high concentration of military personnel should be enough to keep residents feeling safe.

Third in our ranking is Post Falls, a city of around 35,000 with a postcard-worthy location along the Spokane River. In addition to its natural beauty, Post Falls also boasts a violent crime rate below 2 incidents per 1,000 residents. 

Located on the border of Washington, #4 Lewiston holds the distinction of being the first capital of the Idaho Territory. Nowadays, the city is a safe, family-friendly hub for those working in agriculture and manufacturing.

Meridian, Idaho’s third largest and fastest growing city earns the #5 spot on the list, recording a low violent crime rate of 1.5 per 1,000.

Safest Cities in Idaho, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Rexburg0.48
2Mountain Home0.29
3Post Falls0.2
4Lewiston0.13
5Meridian0.12
6Moscow0.08
7Jerome0.07
8Idaho Falls-0.01
9Blackfoot-0.04
10Caldwell-0.06
11Boise-0.11
12Nampa-0.12
13Coeur d'Alene-0.13
14Pocatello-0.25
15Twin Falls-0.31
16Garden City-0.31

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 Georgia, 2021

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Considering a move to the Peach State with your family? For peace of mind, you’ll likely want to move to a community with low crime rates and an effective police force. We’ve made the search easier for you by giving all Georgia’s cities with a population over 10,000 a Safety Index score based on violent crime rate, property crime rate, and the ratio of law enforcement employees to residents. Let’s take a closer look at Georgia’s five safest cities, which are uniformly located in the upper half of the state.

The small city of Holly Springs in Cherokee County earns the title of Georgia’s safest. Holly Springs violent crime rate of 1.03 per 1K and property crime rate of 12.36 per 1K are considerably below both national and state averages. 

Peachtree City earns Georgia’s #2 spot. The Fayette County community of 35,300 recorded a mere 14 violent crimes in 2017 for a very low rate of 0.4 per 1,000, making it a great place to raise a family without fear of incident. 

At third place, Duluth is another mid-sized suburb of Atlanta with very low violent crime and property crime rates. In addition to being very safe, Duluth is also an affordable place to settle for middle class families. 

We move away from the Atlanta area for #4 Grovetown, a small yet growing city of 13,841 with a violent crime rate of just 0.65 per 1,000 residents. Low crime and steady development make it a great place to relocate to if you are working in the Augusta metropolitan area.  

Next, Loganville rounds out our look at Georgia’s five safest cities. About 32 miles west of downtown Atlanta, Loganville recorded a violent crime rate of 1.18 per 1,000, which is over twice as low as the Georgia average.

Safest Cities in Georgia, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Holly Springs0.62
2Peachtree City0.47
3Duluth0.45
4Grovetown0.42
5Loganville0.4
6Milton0.4
7Braselton0.38
8Johns Creek0.36
9Fayetteville0.36
10Roswell0.35
11Acworth0.3
12Lawrenceville0.29
13Dallas0.28
14Woodstock0.27
15Suwanee0.26
16Kennesaw0.25
17Milledgeville0.23
18Bainbridge0.22
19Decatur0.21
20Snellville0.18
21Rincon0.15
22Sandy Springs0.12
23Doraville0.11
24Dalton0.11
25Kingsland0.09
26Calhoun0.06
27Lilburn0.03
28Powder Springs0
29Smyrna-0.01
30Thomasville-0.02
31Norcross-0.03
32Marietta-0.04
33Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan-0.08
34Covington-0.1
35Villa Rica-0.12
36LaGrange-0.14
37Conyers-0.16
38McDonough-0.17
39Gainesville-0.17
40Dublin-0.2
41Statesboro-0.2
42Chamblee-0.21
43Dunwoody-0.22
44Fairburn-0.24
45Athens-Clarke County-0.25
46Brookhaven-0.3
47Cordele-0.32
48Carrollton-0.42
49Forest Park-0.42
50Newnan-0.45
51Valdosta-0.46
52Rome-0.53
53Jesup-0.55
54Vidalia-0.56
55College Park-0.69
56Atlanta-0.75
57Riverdale-0.84
58Clarkston-0.85
59Moultrie-0.9
60Warner Robins-0.9
61Winder-0.91
62Douglasville-0.93
63Griffin-0.96
64Brunswick-1.14
65Albany-1.75
66Tifton-1.83
67Union City-2.52
68East Point-2.66

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 Florida, 2021

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As home to wild college towns, booming metropolises, and quiet retirement communities, it’s not surprising that there’s a lot of fluctuation in the crime rates of Florida’s cities, yet the Sunshine State’s safest cities are indeed among the safest in the nation, earning remarkable Safety Index scores for their combination of scant crime and effective policing.

Florida’s safest city is Sweetwater, a community of over 20,000 in Miami-Dade County often known as “Little Managua” for its high concentration of Nicaraguan Americans. Sweetwater earned its high Safety Index score due its low violent crime rate, which is well below the national average, and a very high law enforcement employees to residents ratio of 5.81 per 1K.

The #2 spot goes to Naples, a very affluent beach community of just over 22K. Naples logged just 23 violent crimes in 2017 for a rate of just over 1 incident per 1,000, and its property crime rate is similarly low. 

We head back to Miami-Dade County for #3 Key Biscayne, a peaceful island town which recorded a mere 2 violent crimes in all of 2017. However, the city is often at risk during hurricane season due to its position in the Atlantic Ocean and low elevation.

At number four, Coral Gables is the largest of the three Miami-Dade County cities in Florida’s top five safest, with a population topping 51K. Nevertheless, the city logged an impressively low violent crime rate for a community its size that is less than half of the national rate.

Filling out the list is #5 Satellite Beach, another idyllic South Florida beach community which accomplished the feat of logging under 10 violent crimes and 100 property crimes in 2017.

Safest Cities in Florida, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Sweetwater1.21
2Naples1.12
3Key Biscayne1.06
4Coral Gables1
5Satellite Beach0.83
6Lighthouse Point0.78
7Village of Pinecrest0.67
8North Palm Beach0.66
9Marco Island0.64
10Punta Gorda0.61
11Vero Beach0.57
12Venice0.54
13Cooper City0.52
14Maitland0.5
15Lake Mary0.5
16St. Cloud0.49
17Palm Beach Gardens0.47
18Key West0.45
19Weston0.45
20Niceville0.43
21Miami Springs0.42
22Winter Springs0.4
23Haines City0.39
24Parkland0.37
25Lady Lake0.36
26Boca Raton0.36
27Port St. Lucie0.36
28Hialeah Gardens0.35
29Coconut Creek0.34
30Margate0.34
31Jupiter0.33
32Sebastian0.33
33North Port0.31
34Coral Springs0.29
35Winter Park0.29
36Cape Coral0.28
37Oviedo0.27
38Port Orange0.26
39Milton0.24
40Miami Shores0.24
41Rockledge0.22
42Stuart0.21
43West Melbourne0.2
44Lake Wales0.19
45Auburndale0.17
46Pembroke Pines0.15
47Tampa0.14
48Davie0.14
49Miramar0.13
50Plantation0.13
51Tavares0.12
52Longwood0.1
53Edgewater0.1
54Lakeland0.09
55Aventura0.09
56Lynn Haven0.08
57Temple Terrace0.07
58Eustis0.06
59Tarpon Springs0.06
60Fort Walton Beach0.06
61Clermont0.04
62Hollywood0.03
63Atlantic Beach0.02
64South Daytona0.01
65Altamonte Springs-0.01
66Hialeah-0.01
67South Miami-0.03
68Winter Garden-0.04
69Tamarac-0.05
70St. Augustine-0.1
71Wilton Manors-0.1
72Zephyrhills-0.13
73Winter Haven-0.14
74Ocoee-0.14
75Sarasota-0.15
76Mount Dora-0.16
77Gulfport-0.17
78Kissimmee-0.19
79Bradenton-0.21
80New Smyrna Beach-0.22
81Clearwater-0.24
82Palmetto-0.24
83Bartow-0.24
84Apopka-0.25
85Hallandale Beach-0.26
86Palm Bay-0.3
87Holly Hill-0.3
88Jacksonville-0.32
89Largo-0.36
90Jacksonville Beach-0.37
91Delray Beach-0.37
92Deerfield Beach-0.4
93Titusville-0.45
94Fort Pierce-0.46
95Pinellas Park-0.5
96Miami-0.5
97Panama City Beach-0.51
98Plant City-0.51
99Ormond Beach-0.51
100New Port Richey-0.51
101Deland-0.51
102Fort Lauderdale-0.54
103Sebring-0.55
104North Lauderdale-0.56
105Casselberry-0.57
106Boynton Beach-0.59
107Palm Springs-0.6
108Gainesville-0.6
109North Miami Beach-0.62
110Ocala-0.68
111Lantana-0.7
112Palatka-0.73
113St. Petersburg-0.73
114Dania Beach-0.74
115Oakland Park-0.75
116Sanford-0.79
117Orange City-0.82
118Fort Myers-0.84
119Miami Gardens-0.87
120Orlando-0.87
121West Palm Beach-0.9
122North Miami-0.96
123Melbourne-0.98
124West Park-1.02
125Cocoa-1.07
126Tallahassee-1.11
127Leesburg-1.2
128Homestead-1.24
129Pompano Beach-1.28
130Daytona Beach-1.31
131Lauderdale Lakes-1.4
132Riviera Beach-1.41
133Opa Locka-2.93
134Florida City-3.66

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 Delaware, 2021

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Delaware’s modest size and proportionately small communities means that only six of the state’s settlements met the population parameter of 10,000 residents or greater that we set in our search for the United State’s safest cities. 

Of those, Wilmington–by far the state’s largest city with a population topping 70,000–faired the poorest, earning the lowest score in our Safety Index. Let’s take a look at Delaware’s other large communities to see how they stack up.

Newark wins the title of Delaware’s safest city with a Safety Index score well above the others on the list. The city’s violent crime rate of 2.85 per 1,000 is over five times lower than Wilmington’s and below the national average.

The second place, Middletown, logged violent and property crime rates slightly below the national average, and compares favorably to Wilmington and other larger Delaware communities. 

Smyrna, a town in New Castle and Kent Counties, lands at the #3 spot. The community’s violent crime rate, at 5.43 per 1K, is above the national average, as is its property crime rate. 

Subsequent Delaware cities do not fare well: #4 Dover, the state capital, and #5 Milford posted crime rates significantly above the national averages in both violent and property crime. 

For the good of Delaware residents, let’s hope these communities can effectively address their crime issues in the near future.

Safest Cities in Delaware, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Newark0.23
2Middletown-0.15
3Smyrna-0.26
4Dover-0.5
5Milford-1.08
6Wilmington-1.6

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 Connecticut, 2021

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Peaceful Connecticut is home to some of the safest communities in the United States, with a whopping 13 of the state’s cities scoring above a 0.7 in our Safety Index, a score based on  a city’s violent and property crime rates, as well the ratio of law enforcement officers to residents. For comparison, just two California cities scored a 0.7 or over, while no Colorado cities managed the feat, despite the state’s reputation for safe communities. Let’s take a closer look at Connecticut’s safest cities, to see how they earned their high marks. 

New Haven County’s Orange is Connecticut’s safest community. The affluent town of nearly 14,000 logged a scant 7 violent crimes in 2017 and has an excellent ratio of 4 law enforcement officers per 1,000 working to keep residents safe.

The large city of Greenwich is Connecticut’s #2 safest city. With a violent crime rate of 0.34 per 1K and a property crime of 7.53 per 1K, Greenwich logged some of the lowest crime rates in the country for a community its size.

Third is New Canaan’s safety record is equally impressive: the city of 20,364 recorded a mere 2 violent crimes in 2017, rendering crime almost a non-factor in the community. 

Fourth on the list is Monroe, a bedroom community similar in size to New Canaan. Like many Connecticut communities, Monroe provides a peaceful respite from the large cities where many of its residents work, with a cozy small time atmosphere and streets virtually devoid of crime.

Closing out this rundown of Connecticut’s five safest cities is Brookfield, a city of over 17,000 which logged only 3 violent crimes in 2017.

Safest Cities in Connecticut, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Orange0.91
2Greenwich0.9
3New Canaan0.86
4Monroe0.84
5Brookfield0.84
6Westport0.83
7Wilton0.83
8Madison0.8
9Old Saybrook0.79
10Darien0.77
11Bethel0.76
12Seymour0.72
13Ridgefield0.71
14Avon0.69
15Cheshire0.69
16Rocky Hill0.69
17Simsbury0.67
18Canton0.67
19Plymouth0.66
20Granby0.65
21Stonington0.65
22Newtown0.63
23Windsor Locks0.63
24Middletown0.62
25Winchester0.6
26Guilford0.6
27Weston0.6
28Milford0.59
29Suffield0.58
30Willimantic0.57
31Cromwell0.55
32Coventry0.54
33Glastonbury0.54
34Vernon0.53
35Wethersfield0.53
36Ansonia0.52
37Ledyard0.52
38North Branford0.52
39North Haven0.52
40Branford0.51
41East Hampton0.51
42Bristol0.5
43New Milford0.49
44Wallingford0.49
45Naugatuck0.48
46South Windsor0.48
47Watertown0.48
48Torrington0.48
49Berlin0.48
50East Windsor0.47
51Plainfield0.46
52Farmington0.46
53Wolcott0.46
54Groton Town0.46
55Clinton0.46
56Fairfield0.45
57Southington0.42
58Enfield0.41
59Waterford0.4
60Shelton0.38
61Stamford0.38
62East Hartford0.34
63Trumbull0.33
64Windsor0.33
65Bloomfield0.33
66Norwich0.32
67West Hartford0.24
68Stratford0.24
69East Haven0.24
70Manchester0.23
71Norwalk0.22
72Danbury0.22
73West Haven0.19
74Derby0.15
75Plainville0.12
76Newington0.11
77Hamden0.09
78New London-0.09
79Meriden-0.14
80New Britain-0.15
81Waterbury-0.31
82New Haven-0.68
83Bridgeport-0.68
84Hartford-1.1

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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