10 safest places to live in the US
Everyone wishes to live in a safe city like Gotham where you can have Batman patrolling the streets, but this is a mere fantasy. In-case you are considering to leave Cleveland and want to move to a safe community to live in where the crime rate is low, and risk of theft is minimal, this post is for you.
The latest FBI records show the cities which have less population have lower crime rate numbers compared to densely populated cities. But this fact can be rejected if we look at cities like Flint, Michigan, America’s most dangerous city which show high in crime rates – Forbes rated Flint as the most dangerous city to live for women.
The cities which enjoy high incomes have low crime rates as compared to the towns with low household income. In addition to low crime rates, the safest cities also have lowest property crime rates. As reported by Urban Institute’s Roman, the reduction in crime has to do more about the economic policies, the well-being of its civilians and not about the crime policies or law enforcement.
To identify the safest cities in America a review of violent crime rates among the nation’s cities with population of 1000,000 or more is taken based on the records with the FBI. The data is fragmented into eight types of crimes: homicide, robbery, rape and aggravated assault; property crimes comprise of burglary, incendiarism, larceny and motor vehicle theft. In addition to all these hideous and gruesome crimes, poverty and literacy rate is accumulated from the 2013 census Bureau’s American Community Survey. We have shortlisted ten safest cities in U.S.A.
- Irvine, California
It is a suburban city in Orange Country, California, United States. With a population of 235,000 just 113 crime rates were reported in Irvine last year. Irvine was chosen in 2008 by CNNMoney.com as the fourth best place to live in the United States. The city violent crime rates was just 48 per 100,000 people. High earning and well-educated population can be considered as the reason of low crime rates. Irvine had a murder rate 80% below average – rape rate 86% below average – robbery rate 86% below average.
- Naperville, Illinois
A lower poverty rate, a city where 98% of people 25 and older had at least a high school diploma can be regarded as the reason of its low crime rates. It was rated as the second best city to live in by MONEY magazine in 2006.
- Cary, North Carolina
Located in the Piedmont region of the eastern United States, Cary enjoys remarkably low poverty rate of just 5.5% and high incomes. Here economic growth has led to declining crime rates. Violent crime rate is 79% less than North Carolina.
- Gilbert, Arizona
Gilbert covers 76 square miles of land in Maricopa County, Arizona. Last year less than 6% of Gilbert residents lived in poverty, the lowest rate in the country is likely to be a major factor in low crime rates in its streets. In 2005 Gilbert was the largest town in United States with zero murder. This city has managed to provide high living standards for its citizen with low crime rates throughout these years.
- Frisco, Texas
Frisco is just 25 minutes from Dallas Love Field and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. It was also given the designation of ‘Tree City U.S.A’ by the National Arbor Day Foundation. It is the fastest growing suburbs and CNN listed Frisco as one of the “Best Places to live “in the nation.
Frisco was among the first two largest cities with lowest poverty line of 5.5%. It has a number of primary and secondary schools. The University of Dallas has moved its Carrollton Campus to Frisco. High incomes and well-funded schools may discourage crimes. Along with Naperville, Illinois, Frisco Texas did not report a single murder in 2013.
- Murrieta, California
The population of Murrieta was 103,466 at the 2010 census. This city have residents who are quite well-off financially. Property crimes are relatively uncommon. Murrieta had a higher violent crime rate than Irvine in 2013, the city reported a total of just 70 violent crimes last year, the lowest nominal figure among all large cities. A typical household earned $72,385 in 2013.
- Temecula, California
Temecula is located between Los Angeles and San Diego. As compared to rest of the country, Temecula cost of living is 42% than the U.S average. Temecula also recorded just 38 aggravated assaults last year, or 36 reported assaults per 100,000 residents.
- Glendale, California
Glendale is a countryside of Los Angeles and is considered as one of the safest cities in both California and the nation. To our surprise Glendale showed up low crime rates despite of its not so wealthy citizens. Last year just one murder was recorded. The median household income in this peaceful city last year was 50,172 lower than the national median of 52,250. In Glendale you have a 1 in 58 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. It’s safer to live here than the 71% of the cities in United States.
- Amherst, New York
Amherst is a largest and heavily populated suburb of Buffalo, New York. The town is in the northern part of country and a small section is adjoined with Eric Canal.
Time and again Amherst has been ranked as the Safest City in America in 1996–1998, 2000–2003, 2010 based on statistics reported to FBI. However in 2013 it showed increasing crime rates from 75 reported incidents per 100,000 residents in 2012 to per 100,000 residents in 2013. This can be taken as an exception among other cities which have declining crime rates.
- Sunnyvale, California
Sunnyvale is a city in Santa Clara Country, California. The population here is 148,160.
There were 97 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people which brings to the 10th lowest rate among large U.S cities. The fierce crimes mainly consisted of robberies and aggravated incursions. It has a crime prevention unit for tips and information on how to prevent crime. Like in other large cities safety comes with financial welfare and sound literacy rate. There were just four documented murder cases last year.