Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S. for 2018

2/12/2018
Location, Inc.

The Safest Cities list compares the safety of cities with 25,000 or more people nationwide, based on the number of crimes reported and the population of each city.

 

"We continue to see bedroom communities, which are within large metro areas and near major urban centers like Boston, Chicago, and New York, make the top of our list," said Dr. Andrew Schiller, CEO and founder of Location, Inc. and NeighborhoodScout.

 

"These safe communities within the urban/suburban fabric of America's largest metropolitan areas often combine access to high-paying jobs in the urban center, decent schools, and a high quality of life. This access to opportunity increases home values, with the result often being lower crime."

 

NeighborhoodScout® Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S. – 2018*

2018 Rank

City, State

2017 Rank

#100

Shelton, CT

#90

#80

Wakefield, MA

N/A

#60

Bella Vista, AR

#73

#40

Huntley, IL

#43

#20

Harrison, NY

#26

#1 Safest City

Ridgefield, CT

#3

See NeighborhoodScout's complete list of 100 safest cities.

* Cities with 25,000 or more people nationwide

 

For example, Ridgefield, CT is a low-crime, high-opportunity haven. The community's proximity to New York, Stamford, Danbury and other business and financial hubs, via car or public transit, make Ridgefield appealing to professionals. Families also appreciate Ridgefield's combination of top public schools, low crime rates, and owner-occupied single-family homes.

 

These location "must-haves" appear repeatedly among states with the largest number of cities making the list, including Massachusetts and Illinois. Residents of Harrison, NY, Huntley, IL, and list newcomer Wakefield, MA enjoy quiet pockets in metropolitan America, with close access to New York, Chicago, and Boston, respectively.

 

States with the Highest Number of Cities on the

NeighborhoodScout® Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S. – 2018 List

2018 Rank

State

# of Cities in on the List

#5

New Jersey

5

#4

Connecticut, Texas (tie)

6, 6

#3

California

10

#2

Illinois

18

#1

Massachusetts

19

 

While NeighborhoodScout's list of the Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. comprises violent crimes, the Safest Cities list comprises both violent and property crimes. The reason for this distinction: The general public tends to equate a "dangerous" city with "violent" crime (armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape, homicide), while a "safe" city means safety from both property crime (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft) and violence.

 

The Safest Cities list results are based on the number of crimes reported and the population of each city, divided by 1,000 to make crime rates comparable across all cities. By providing a rate for crime per 1,000 residents, only NeighborhoodScout offers an accurate, normalized comparison of cities of different sizes.

 

NeighborhoodScout's analysis of annual crime rates by city is the most comprehensive available because it factors in all reported crimes from all 18,000 local law enforcement agencies across the country. This is important because many cities are served by more than one agency (municipal police, county sheriff, transit police, etc.).  

 
TOP 100 Safest Cities in the U.S. 
 
RankCity
100Shelton, CT
99Syracuse, UT
98Foster City, CA
97Oviedo, FL
96New Milford, CT
95Mission Viejo, CA
94Mount Prospect, IL
93New Berlin, WI
92Hilliard, OH
91Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
90Poway, CA
89Fishers, IN
88Bethel Park, PA
87Cumberland, RI
86Lakeville, MN
85Park Ridge, IL
84Saratoga, CA
83Arlington Heights, IL
82Little Elm, TX
81Lake Forest, CA
80Wakefield, MA
79Spring Hill, TN
78Mason, OH
77Gloucester, MA
76Mundelein, IL
75Des Plaines, IL
74Danville, CA
73Brentwood, TN
72Milton, GA
71Highland Park, IL
70Wylie, TX
69Glen Ellyn, IL
68Beverly, MA
67Hoffman Estates, IL
66Moorpark, CA
65Palatine, IL
64Kaysville, UT
63Holly Springs, NC
62Johns Creek, GA
61Westport, CT
60Bella Vista, AR
59Carmel, IN
58South Kingstown, RI
57Long Beach, NY
56Sayreville, NJ
55Westfield, NJ
54Flower Mound, TX
53Londonderry, NH
52Aliso Viejo, CA
51Carol Stream, IL
50Milton, MA
49Plainfield, IL
48Rochester Hills, MI
47Lockport, IL
46Melrose, MA
45Cheshire, CT
44Ridgewood, NJ
43Friendswood, TX
42Wellesley, MA
41Newton, MA
40Huntley, IL
39Ballwin, MO
38Madison, MS
37Plymouth, MA
36Fort Lee, NJ
35Saratoga Springs, UT
34Hanover Park, IL
33North Andover, MA
32Belmont, MA
31Reading, MA
30Sammamish, WA
29Ossining, NY
28Brunswick, OH
27Rexburg, ID
26Bartlett, IL
25Wheaton, IL
24Pleasant Grove, UT
23Andover, MA
22Florence, AZ
21Greenwich, CT
20Harrison, NY
19Independence, KY
18Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
17Arlington, MA
16Keller, TX
15Parkland, FL
14Marshfield, MA
13North Ridgeville, OH
12Needham, MA
11Colleyville, TX
10Billerica, MA
9Lake in the Hills, IL
8Weston, FL
7Buffalo Grove, IL
6Zionsville, IN
5Shrewsbury, MA
4Lexington, MA
3Franklin, MA
2Bergenfield, NJ
1Ridgefield, CT

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