December 28, 2017

The 28 safest American cities to live in!

Crime levels have declined sharply in the US over the past two decades. According to FBI statistics, the rate of violent crime fell 50% between 1993 and 2015, the most recent full year available.

However, public perceptions about crime don't always align with the data. In 21 Gallup surveys since 1989, the majority of Americans said there was more crime compared to the year before, despite the downward trend in both violent and property crime rates in the US during that period.

Niche, a company that researches and collects reviews on cities, recently pinpointed the safest cities in the country in a 2017 ranking.

The researchers analyzed public crime data — including larceny, vehicular theft, and homicide rates — from sources like the US Census and the FBI. They also considered over 100 million reviews from users, who rated how safe they feel in their cities. The ranking suggests that California, with seven of the top 28 cities, is one of the safest states in the nation.

One caveat: the cities below have relatively low population numbers. As The Atlantic notes, cities with higher densities tend to have more crime. But within a city, high traffic areas are generally safer than low-traffic areas. (The more foot traffic, the riskier an assault becomes for the assaulter.)

Check out the 28 safest cities in America, according to Niche:

28. Corona, California

Population: 159,595

Annual violent crimes (e.g. assault, homicide) per 100,000: 129

Annual property crimes (e.g. burglary, motor vehicle theft) per 100,000: 2,281


27. Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Population: 448,290

Annual violent crimes (e.g. assault, homicide) per 100,000: 139

Annual property crimes (e.g. burglary, motor vehicle theft) per 100,000: 2,205


26. Roseville, California

Population: 126,327

Annual violent crimes (e.g. assault, homicide) per 100,000: 183

Annual property crimes (e.g. burglary, motor vehicle theft) per 100,000: 2,515


25. McAllen, Texas

Population: 136,993

Annual violent crimes (e.g. assault, homicide) per 100,000: 107

Annual property crimes (e.g. burglary, motor vehicle theft) per 100,000: 3,298


24. Boulder, Colorado

Boulder fosters community through farmers and artisan flea markets throughout the year.

Population: 103,919

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 208

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,645


23. Bellevue, Washington

Bellevue, across Lake Washington, is Seattle's largest suburb.

Population: 134,630

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 110

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 3,127


22. Torrance, California

Torrance is on the Pacific Ocean, making the beach its favorite destination for residents and visitors.

Population: 147,589

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 143

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,930


21. College Station, Texas

A panorama of the interior of Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Taken at the Ball State game during the 2015 season.

Population: 101,141

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 222

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,319


20. Santa Clara, California

Home of the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl 50, Santa Clara is popular for its sports scene and thriving tech community.

Population: 121,374

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 126

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,897


19. Rochester, Minnesota

Home of the revered Mayo Clinic, Rochester has a bustling city life to accompany its many parks and paved trails.

Population: 110,275 

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 176

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,263


18. Boise, Idaho

Boise is the capital of Idaho and gives residents an extensive system of running and biking trails.

Population: 214,196 

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 308

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,275


17. Fort Collins, Colorado

Home to Colorado State University, Fort Collins is known for its many parks and trails, craft breweries, and laid-back atmosphere.

Population: 153,292 

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 196

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,516


16. Richardson, Texas

Live music is a favorite pastime in Richardson.

Population: 106,123

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 151

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,004


15. Burbank, California

Just a few miles from Hollywood, Burbank is home to numerous media and entertainment companies, as well as a thriving downtown scene.

Population: 104,725

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 150

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,510


14. Overland Park, Kansas

Overland Park holds weekly farmers markets in its historic downtown.

Population: 181,464

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 214

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,842


13. Temecula, California

The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival has attracted visitors to the area for over 30 years.

Population: 107,153

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 102

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,612


12. Glendale, California

A suburb in the greater Los Angeles area, Glendale has hosted its annual Cruise Night, featuring vintage cars, for the past 23 years.

Population: 196,984

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 95

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,736


11. Plano, Texas

Plano, despite being home to many major corporations like Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Frito-Lay, keeps its Texas charm through its historic downtown.

Population: 275,645

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 152

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,799


10. Cape Coral, Florida

Cape Coral is on the Gulf of Mexico and known for its fishing and boating, with over 400 miles of canals.

Population: 165,843

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 116

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,804


9. Sunnyvale, California

Sunnyvale is a part of the larger Silicon Valley area, with large tech companies and smaller startups headquartered in the city.

Population: 148,178 

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 104

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,545


8. Port St. Lucie, Florida

Port St. Lucie is along the coast of Southeast Florida and hosts the New York Mets' spring training each year.

Population: 172,054

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 147

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,364


7. Carlsbad, California

Carlsbad, a seaside resort city near San Diego, attracts visitors for its many outdoor activities and tourist destinations, such as Legoland.

Population: 110,830

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 151

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,873


6. Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor is home of the University of Michigan and its passionate football legacy, making it a major scene of college sports.

Population: 116,194

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 192

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,992


5. Round Rock, Texas

Round Rock is recognized as a "super suburb" of Austin, Texas, and is home of the international headquarters of Dell.

Population: 109,690

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 132

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,924


4. Provo, Utah

The downtown historic district in Provo, Utah

Population: 115,345

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 133

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,040


3. Thousand Oaks, California

Thousand Oaks, between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, has over 15,000 acres of natural, publicly owned open space within its boundaries.

Population: 128,565

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 105

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,213


2. Irvine, California

University of California, Irvine.

Population: 238,474

Annual violent crimes (assault, homicide, etc.) per 100,000: 55

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,499


1. Naperville, Illinois

Naperville is a suburb of Chicago and has over 130 parks, two public golf courses, and its historic Riverwalk for residents to enjoy.

Population: 144,058

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 87

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,122