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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Safest Cities in Colorado, 2021

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Despite an uptick in Denver crime in recent years, Colorado is a very safe state to live in overall, as its violent and property crime rates are lower than the national averages. Let’s look at Colorado’s safest cities in 2019.

Firestone, a small town of 13,426 in Weld County, is Colorado’s safest community, owing to a low violent crime rate of 0.67 incidents per 1,000 inhabitants and a property crime rate of 8.87 per 1,000. Like many Colorado communities, the population of Firestone rapidly expanded in the first decade of the 21st century, but in this city’s case, the population growth did not lead to a higher rate of crime.

Second place goes to Louisville of Boulder County frequently comes up in the discussion of the best communities to live in in the United States, with one of the key reasons being its very low crime rate. The city’s property crime rate of 4 per 1,000 is well below many cities’ violent crime rates.

Third in the ranking of Colorado’s safest cities is Frederick, a small Weld County community near Firestone with similarly low crime rates and a reputation as a safe, family-friendly town.

Placing fourth is Golden, the county seat of Jefferson County and home to the famous Coors Brewery.  At 28.64 per 1,000, Golden’s property crime rate is a bit higher than some of the others on the list but its low rate of violent crime and high ratio of law enforcement employees to residents make it a safe place to live.

Rounding out Colorado’s top 5 safest cities is Broomfield, which is larger than other high-charting communities with a population topping 68K, yet still managed a violent crime rate of just 1.23 per 1,000.

Safest Cities in Colorado, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Firestone0.59
2Louisville0.57
3Frederick0.55
4Golden0.52
5Broomfield0.51
6Windsor0.43
7Parker0.42
8Erie0.41
9Johnstown0.39
10Steamboat Springs0.34
11Castle Rock0.31
12Thornton0.28
13Durango0.23
14Littleton0.17
15Fruita0.17
16Lone Tree0.14
17Arvada0.1
18Fort Collins0.03
19Westminster0.02
20Glenwood Springs-0.05
21Longmont-0.05
22Evans-0.06
23Lafayette-0.06
24Loveland-0.08
25Fort Morgan-0.11
26Montrose-0.19
27Wheat Ridge-0.27
28Greeley-0.3
29Canon City-0.35
30Northglenn-0.35
31Sterling-0.37
32Brighton-0.38
33Fountain-0.44
34Colorado Springs-0.5
35Grand Junction-0.55
36Commerce City-0.56
37Aurora-0.57
38Federal Heights-0.61
39Denver-0.69
40Lakewood-0.76
41Alamosa-0.83
42Pueblo-1.75

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 California, 2021

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Owing to its huge size and great diversity, California is home to some of the nation’s more dangerous communities as well as some of its safest. However, those that score highest on our Safety Index, scattered about the state, are some of the most desirable communities to live in in the entire country: naturally beautiful, prosperous, and with very low crime. Let’s take a look at what makes California’s five safest cities so safe.

Hillsborough is the safest city in California. A small, affluent city of 11.5K in the San Francisco Bay area, Hillsborough notched a very high 0.89 score in our Safety Index due to a very low violent crime rate of 0.69 per 1,000 inhabitants and an even more impressive 6.07 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

Second place goes to Palos Verdes Estates, a wealthy city in Los Angeles County planned by the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olemsted Jr., boasts a similarly impressive Safety Index score of 0.84 bolstered by a remarkable 0.22 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.

Third in the ranking is Beverly Hills, the posh LA County city made famous by the television show, Beverly Hills 90210, and its various offshoots and reboots. Beverly Hills boasts a low violent crime rate, yet a somewhat high property crime rate of 52.30 per 1,000, perhaps due its famous populace drawing in a negative element that increases the frequency of home invasion. However, the city benefits from a high law enforcement to resident ratio, meaning that police response time is very quick.

At number four, Coronado is the southernmost of California’s five safest cities, located across San Diego Bay from the heart of San Diego. Coronado posted very low violent and property crime rates in 2017 that should put residents at ease.

Rounding out California’s top five is Truckee, a small city in the northeast part of the state away from major metropolitan areas. With a violent crime rate just over 1 per 1,000 and a similarly low property crime rate, Truckee earns its high position in the ranking.

Safest Cities in California, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Hillsborough0.89
2Palos Verdes Estates0.84
3Beverly Hills0.66
4Coronado0.53
5Truckee0.53
6El Segundo0.5
7Sierra Madre0.49
8Hermosa Beach0.47
9Los Altos0.45
10Mill Valley0.45
11Los Gatos0.44
12San Marino0.44
13Piedmont0.43
14Scotts Valley0.4
15Los Alamitos0.39
16Ripon0.39
17Imperial0.38
18Healdsburg0.34
19Newport Beach0.34
20Manhattan Beach0.32
21Pacific Grove0.3
22Foster City0.3
23Moraga0.3
24South Pasadena0.3
25Clayton0.29
26Sunnyvale0.28
27Benicia0.28
28Laguna Beach0.27
29Torrance0.25
30Belmont0.25
31Irvine0.25
32Glendale0.24
33Folsom0.24
34San Ramon0.23
35Murrieta0.23
36Newman0.21
37Palo Alto0.21
38South Lake Tahoe0.21
39Monrovia0.21
40Menlo Park0.2
41Simi Valley0.19
42Morro Bay0.19
43Cypress0.16
44Orange0.15
45Arroyo Grande0.15
46Rocklin0.14
47Redondo Beach0.13
48Novato0.13
49La Palma0.12
50Morgan Hill0.11
51Pleasanton0.11
52Placerville0.1
53Corona0.09
54Tustin0.09
55Placentia0.09
56Seal Beach0.08
57Bell Gardens0.08
58Martinez0.07
59Burbank0.07
60Hercules0.06
61Lincoln0.06
62Port Hueneme0.05
63Grover Beach0.05
64Livermore0.04
65Soledad0.04
66Vacaville0.03
67Mountain View0.03
68Santa Clara0.03
69Oakdale0.03
70Davis0.03
71San Gabriel0.02
72La Habra0.02
73Shafter0.02
74Paso Robles0.01
75Exeter0.01
76Monterey Park0.01
77Cathedral City0.01
78Dixon0.01
79Huntington Beach0.01
80Albany0
81Carlsbad-0.01
82Central Marin-0.01
83Marina-0.01
84Arcadia-0.02
85Claremont-0.02
86Walnut Creek-0.02
87Redwood City-0.02
88Roseville-0.03
89Milpitas-0.03
90Chino-0.04
91Fountain Valley-0.04
92La Mesa-0.04
93Alhambra-0.04
94Daly City-0.05
95Pasadena-0.05
96La Verne-0.05
97Fremont-0.06
98Burlingame-0.06
99Pacifica-0.06
100Seaside-0.06
101Tracy-0.08
102San Mateo-0.09
103Newark-0.09
104Livingston-0.1
105Brea-0.1
106Clovis-0.1
107Fullerton-0.1
108Azusa-0.11
109Brentwood-0.11
110Elk Grove-0.11
111Paradise-0.11
112Farmersville-0.11
113Galt-0.11
114Tehachapi-0.12
115Napa-0.13
116Kingsburg-0.13
117Reedley-0.13
118Chula Vista-0.13
119Auburn-0.16
120West Covina-0.16
121Glendora-0.16
122Ontario-0.17
123San Diego-0.17
124Kerman-0.19
125San Bruno-0.19
126West Sacramento-0.19
127Covina-0.19
128Hollister-0.19
129Fontana-0.19
130Culver City-0.2
131Campbell-0.2
132Santa Barbara-0.2
133Santa Paula-0.2
134South San Francisco-0.2
135Lindsay-0.21
136Corcoran-0.21
137King City-0.22
138Whittier-0.22
139Petaluma-0.22
140Escondido-0.23
141East Palo Alto-0.23
142Atascadero-0.24
143Rialto-0.25
144Anaheim-0.25
145Montebello-0.25
146National City-0.26
147Union City-0.27
148Chowchilla-0.27
149Hayward-0.27
150McFarland-0.28
151San Fernando-0.29
152San Rafael-0.29
153Oceanside-0.29
154Santa Rosa-0.29
155El Cajon-0.29
156Sanger-0.29
157Los Banos-0.3
158Gilroy-0.31
159Suisun City-0.31
160Rohnert Park-0.32
161Beaumont-0.33
162Tulare-0.33
163Alameda-0.33
164Garden Grove-0.34
165Upland-0.34
166Santa Maria-0.35
167El Monte-0.36
168Downey-0.36
169Redlands-0.36
170Avenal-0.37
171Oxnard-0.37
172Arcata-0.37
173Ukiah-0.37
174Woodland-0.38
175Calexico-0.38
176Westminster-0.38
177Visalia-0.39
178Ridgecrest-0.4
179Manteca-0.4
180Santa Ana-0.41
181Costa Mesa-0.41
182Buena Park-0.41
183Concord-0.41
184San Jose-0.42
185Baldwin Park-0.42
186Porterville-0.42
187Monterey-0.43
188Lemoore-0.44
189Los Angeles-0.44
190Fortuna-0.44
191Colton-0.44
192Pleasant Hill-0.44
193Anderson-0.46
194Citrus Heights-0.46
195San Luis Obispo-0.46
196Blythe-0.47
197Capitola-0.47
198Signal Hill-0.47
199Ventura-0.49
200Greenfield-0.49
201Long Beach-0.5
202Pittsburg-0.51
203Banning-0.52
204Yuba City-0.52
205Delano-0.53
206Hanford-0.53
207Fairfield-0.54
208Lodi-0.54
209Santa Monica-0.55
210Lompoc-0.56
211Palm Springs-0.57
212Pinole-0.58
213San Pablo-0.6
214Gardena-0.61
215Riverside-0.62
216California City-0.62
217Mendota-0.63
218Pomona-0.63
219Watsonville-0.65
220El Centro-0.65
221Chico-0.66
222Ceres-0.67
223Fresno-0.69
224Inglewood-0.71
225Bell-0.71
226Coalinga-0.72
227Turlock-0.76
228Sacramento-0.76
229Hawthorne-0.77
230Madera-0.77
231Bakersfield-0.78
232Brawley-0.82
233Berkeley-0.82
234Parlier-0.82
235Antioch-0.83
236Hemet-0.83
237Montclair-0.84
238Dinuba-0.84
239Salinas-0.88
240San Leandro-0.89
241San Francisco-0.92
242Merced-0.92
243Atwater-0.95
244Indio-0.97
245Huntington Park-1
246Grass Valley-1.02
247South Gate-1.05
248Marysville-1.06
249El Cerrito-1.1
250Redding-1.13
251Santa Cruz-1.14
252Richmond-1.17
253Eureka-1.28
254Vallejo-1.37
255Arvin-1.44
256Oroville-1.46
257Desert Hot Springs-1.48
258Clearlake-1.5
259Modesto-1.51
260Selma-1.71
261Barstow-1.76
262Red Bluff-1.82
263San Bernardino-1.92
264Stockton-1.97
265Susanville-2.06
266Oakland-2.07
267Emeryville-3.22

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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Safest Cities in Arkansas, 2021

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Though Arkansas does not rank with the top states in terms of public safety and law enforcement, very safe communities are to be found within its borders. Here’s a glance at The Natural State’s safest cities.

Two Arkansas cities, Maumelle and Bentonville, share the honor of the state’s safest city, each earning a 0.32 score in our Safety Index. Of the two cities, Bentonville edges out Maumelle in crime rate, with a 1.4 per 1,000 violent crime rate and 17.54 per 1,000 property crime rate. Yet, Maumelle benefits from a higher law enforcement employee to resident ratio, which elevates its Safety Index score, allowing it to share the top spot on the list.

Third in rank is Cabot, a suburb of state capital Little Rock, posted a very good 2.18 violent crimes per 1K and an even more impressive 15.54 property crimes per 1K to earn its high Safety Index score.

Fourth on the list is the idyllic resort and retirement community of Bella Vista, which just incorporated into a city in 2006. WIth the lowest property crime rate of any of Arkansas top five safest cities, Bella Vista residents can rest easy knowing there is little chance of their homes or property being vandalized or broken into.

Arkansas #5 safest city is Batesville, a small community of 10,806 in the foothills of the Ozarks that just edges within our population parameters. The city’s violent and property crime rates are well below the state average.

Safest Cities in Arkansas, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Maumelle0.32
2Bentonville0.32
3Cabot0.25
4Bella Vista0.17
5Batesville0.15
6Mountain Home0.14
7Centerton0.04
8Siloam Springs-0.06
9Van Buren-0.18
10Bryant-0.24
11Rogers-0.26
12Benton-0.31
13Conway-0.33
14Arkadelphia-0.38
15Malvern-0.41
16Harrison-0.42
17Sherwood-0.49
18Jonesboro-0.55
19Russellville-0.57
20North Little Rock-0.7
21Hot Springs-0.73
22Magnolia-0.79
23Paragould-0.82
24Texarkana-0.86
25Fayetteville-0.88
26Jacksonville-1.1
27Blytheville-1.18
28El Dorado-1.2
29Marion-1.25
30Helena-West Helena-1.27
31Fort Smith-1.42
32Camden-1.82
33West Memphis-2.25
34Pine Bluff-2.52
35Little Rock-2.54

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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