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Safest Cities in South Carolina, 2021

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Although it’s not one of the safer states in the country, South Carolina is home to a number of communities that are quite safe and family-friendly. In total, 9 South Carolina cities scored a 0.25 or higher on our Safety Index, which factors in FBI crime statistics and law enforcement employee numbers to determine the safety of a given community.

 A score of 0.25 or higher indicates a high level of safety and crime rates below national averages, i.e., a suitable community to settle down and raise a family in. Let’s look at some of South Carolina’s safest cities.

North Myrtle Beach is the safest city in South Carolina, according to our Safety Index. While property crime is high in the beachside community, it logged a violent crime rate below the state average and features one of the most well staffed police forces around, boasting a law enforcement to resident ratio of 9.17 per 1,000 residents.

Second is Clemson, home to Clemson University, boasts considerably lower crime rates than #1 North Myrtle Beach, logging a very low 0.49 per 1,000 violent crime rate and 19.16 per 1,000 property crime rate. Clemson is kept out of the top spot only because of its lower ratio of police to residents, yet depending on your perspective, it may actually be the safest city in the state.

Two other South Carolina cities, Tega Cay (#3) and Charleston (#4), scored above a 0.5 on the Safety Index, with each city logging violent and property crime rates below state and national averages. Tega Cay boasts a lower violent crime rate, yet Charleston offers a considerably higher ratio of police officers to residents.

Safest Cities in South Carolina, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1North Myrtle Beach0.91
2Clemson0.59
3Tega Cay0.58
4Charleston0.55
5Aiken0.43
6Bluffton0.4
7North Augusta0.29
8Mount Pleasant0.25
9Mauldin0.25
10Lexington0.07
11Summerville-0.07
12Hanahan-0.09
13Goose Creek-0.11
14Port Royal-0.2
15Greer-0.21
16Greenville-0.35
17Moncks Corner-0.36
18Orangeburg-0.4
19Anderson-0.41
20Irmo-0.44
21Beaufort-0.45
22Sumter-0.5
23Newberry-0.55
24Gaffney-0.58
25Conway-0.64
26Forest Acres-0.71
27Columbia-0.94
28Easley-0.95
29North Charleston-1.06
30West Columbia-1.46
31Myrtle Beach-1.69
32Florence-2.07
33Greenwood-2.29

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 South Dakota, 2021

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With a higher-than-average violent crime rate and lower-than-average property crime, South Dakota is something of an anomaly as far as its overall crime situation is concerned. Fortunately, for those seeking a safe haven in the Mount Rushmore state, South Dakota is home to three cities with favorably low rates in both key crime categories.

Brandon is South Dakota’s safest city. The quaint Sioux Falls suburb recorded a scant 26 property crimes in 2017, calculating into an extremely low 2.57 per 1,000 rate of property crime, which is lower than the national violent crime rate. Even more impressive is Brandon’s violent crime situation: none were reported in 2017, the latest year for which complete statistics are available. If there’s anywhere in South Dakota where you can be completely assured of the safety of you and your loved ones, it’s Brandon.

Ranking #2 in South Dakota is Brookings, which, with a population of 24,198, is the 4th largest city in the state. The city’s violent crime rate of 1.49 per 1,000 is around a third of South Dakota’s state average, while its property crime rate is also below the state average. This is all the more impressive considering that Brookings is home to South Dakota State University, the state’s largest higher learning institute.

Huron, named after the Huron Native American tribe, is the last of the three South Dakota cities deemed to be very safe. The city earned a 0.14 Safety Index score based on the strength of its  violent and property crime rates below state average. 

Safest Cities in South Dakota, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Brandon0.6
2Brookings0.34
3Huron0.14
4Watertown0.06
5Spearfish-0.07
6Pierre-0.09
7Aberdeen-0.17
8Vermillion-0.2
9Yankton-0.22
10Mitchell-0.43
11Sioux Falls-0.46
12Rapid City-0.78

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 Tennessee, 2021

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Looking at Tennessee’s statewide crime statistics, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that it’s not a safe place to be. The state has the 3rd highest violent crime rate and the 9th highest property crime rate in the nation. However, these figures don’t tell the whole story, as Tennessee’s poor showing is mostly to do with very high crime rates in large cities like Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga that skew the numbers. 

In fact, plenty of Tennessee cities boast exemplary safety records, with low crime rates and well-staffed police forces. In all, 13 cities in the state earned a Safety Index score of 0.2 or higher. The Safety Index is our way of determining the safety of a given community based on FBI crime data, population, and law enforcement employee numbers, and a score above 0.2 indicates that a city is very safe. However, four Tennessee cities truly distinguished themselves with SI scores topping 0.4, placing them among the nation’s elite in terms of safety.

Germantown is our pick for Tennessee’s safest city. The affluent Memphis suburb garnered a Safety Index score of 0.84, which is remarkable for a city its size. Germantown’s high SI score is based on its very low 0.79 per 1,000 violent crime rate, which is less than six times lower than the state average, in addition to its similarly low rate of property crime.

?On second place, Collierville can’t quite match Germantown’s safety record, but does quite well in its own right. The community of nearly 50K logged a violent crime less than three times lower than the state average, along with an impressive 18.3 per 1,000 property crime rate, rendering it a safe choice for families settling in the Memphis metropolitan area. 

Third place, Brentwood and fourth place, Collegedale are two more Tennessee cities to distinguish themselves via crime rates well below state and national averages. Both logged violent crime rates below 1 incident per 1,000 residents, a mere fraction of Tennessee’s 6.52 per 1,000 state average.

Safest Cities in Tennessee, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Germantown0.84
2Collierville0.5
3Brentwood0.49
4Collegedale0.42
5Soddy-Daisy0.35
6Hendersonville0.31
7Martin0.31
8Portland0.28
9Mount Juliet0.24
10Franklin0.24
11Maryville0.23
12Spring Hill0.2
13Gallatin0.2
14Bartlett0.05
15Sevierville0.03
16White House0.02
17Bristol-0.01
18Goodlettsville-0.06
19Greeneville-0.1
20Paris-0.11
21Smyrna-0.21
22Oak Ridge-0.26
23Johnson City-0.31
24Lebanon-0.37
25Clinton-0.39
26Cookeville-0.4
27McMinnville-0.46
28Lewisburg-0.48
29Elizabethton-0.49
30Murfreesboro-0.54
31Clarksville-0.55
32Red Bank-0.59
33Tullahoma-0.63
34Lawrenceburg-0.65
35Alcoa-0.67
36Columbia-0.74
37Crossville-0.78
38Morristown-0.81
39Shelbyville-0.84
40Manchester-0.89
41East Ridge-0.9
42Jackson-0.91
43Kingsport-0.93
44Union City-0.99
45Springfield-1.08
46Knoxville-1.3
47Cleveland-1.37
48Dyersburg-1.4
49Nashville Metropolitan-1.43
50Chattanooga-1.5
51Dickson-1.53
52Athens-1.68
53Memphis-2.83

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 Maryland, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Safest Cities in Maryland, 2019

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

Methodology

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

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Safest Cities in Massachusetts, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Safest Cities in Massachusetts, 2019

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

Methodology

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

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Safest Cities in 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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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 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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