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Top 10 Safest US Cities to Live in 2013

| July 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
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When looking for a new city to live in, safety is one of the important factors taken into consideration these days. Especially if you have a family or planning to have one, you want your children to grow up in a safe environment. You want a place where your child can go out and play without your being paranoid; you want a place where you can walk outside without the fear of being a victim to one of the horrible crimes. Where there are humans, there are crimes. No place is a hundred percent crime-free place but we do have cities with spectacularly low crime rates. This list of top 10 safest US cities is more reliable than many other rankings since the data is taken not only from one security agency such as FBI, but also from almost all the other agencies including the local ones. There are seven variables taken into account to determine the crime index: burglary, larceny theft, vehicle theft, armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape, and homicide. The data is taken from cities with a population of 25,000 people or more. The crime rate for 1000 people in each city is determined so a comparison can be made across cities.

10. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

With a crime index of 87, Rancho Santa is safer than 87% of the US cities. Also, when its crimes are compared with areas of similar population, Rancho Santa scores well in terms of safety. For this reason it is one of the top 10 safest cities to live in 2013. It is important to look at the violent crimes and property crimes separately so the more dangerous crimes can be evaluated on their own. In Rancho Santa Margarita, the ratio of property crimes per 1000 people is 7.6 (well below the national median of 29.1) while that of violent crimes per 1000 people is only 0.66 (below the national median of 3.9).

9. Shrewsbury, MA

Shrewsbury, MA

Shrewsbury also has a crime index of 87 where it is 87% safer than other US cities. However, it is placed above Rancho in terms of safety because of its lower violent crime rate. Shrewsbury has a violent crime of merely 0.17 per 1000 people and property crime rate of 7.92 per 1000 people. The data reveals that your chances of being a victim of violent crimes in Shrewsbury are only 1 in 5955.

8. Saratoga, CA

Saratoga, CA

Saratoga is safer than 88% the other US cities. It has a violent crime rate of 0.53 per 1000 people where your chances of being a victim are 1 in 1900. It has a property crime rate of 7.3 per 1000 people where your chances of being a victim are 1 in 137. Its safety is complemented by its being wealthy and generally educated. The CNN/Money, in 2008, ranked Saratoga 4th amongst top-earning towns whereas the Forces (2011) listed it amongst America’s 20 most educated small towns.

7. Sammamish, WA

Sammamish, WA

Sammamish is also safer than 88% of the other US cities. It is ranked above Saratoga in terms of safety because it has a slightly lower violent crime rate. It has a violent crime rate of 0.34 per 1000 people where your chances of being a victim are 1 in 2919. It has a property crime rate of 7.62 per 1000 people where your chances of being a victim are 1 in 131. Forbes, in its list of the Friendliest Towns in the United States, ranked Sammamish as 1st in 2012. Thus, it seems fair to claim that Sammamish is one of the safest places to live in the US in 2013.

6. Ridgewood, NJ

Ridgewood, NJ

Ridgewood is also safer than 88% of US cities but due to its lower violent crime rates it is places higher than both, Saratoga and Sammamish. It has a violent crime rate of 0.32 per 1000 people where your chances of being a victim are 1 in 3140. The property crime rate is 7.44 per 1000 people where your chances of being a victim are 1 in 134. It’s not only one of the top safest places but also one of the best places to live in the United States (ranked as 26th by the Money magazine in 2011).

5. Bella Vista, AR

Bella Vista, AR

Bella Vista, a city in Arkansas, is safer than 89% of the US cities! It has a violent crime rate of 0.81 per 1000 people where your chances of being a victim are 1 in 1237. It has a property crime rate of 6.69 per 1000 people where your chances of being a victim are 1 in 134. Bella Vista was originally a retirement community for the affluent and governed privately. However, now it is lived by many young couples and in 2006 it was made into a municipality.

4. Bartlett, IL

Bartlett, IL

Bartlett is also safer than 89% of the US cities but due to its lower violent crime rate, it is ranked higher than Bella Vista. In a population of 41, 458, Bartlett has a violent crime rate of 0.39 per 1000 people where the chances of your being a victim are 1 in 2591. It has a property crime rate of 7 per 1000 people where your chances of being a victim are 1 in 143.

3. Greenwich, CT

Greenwich, CT

Greenwich is safer than 90% of the other US cities! It has a violent crime rate of 0.44 per 1000 people where your chances of being a victim are 1 in 2288. It has a property crime rate of 6.85 per 1000 people where your chances of being a victim are 1 in 146. CNN/Money along with the Money magazine listed Greenwich 1st in their lists of 100 Best Places to Live in the United States (2005). In addition, the Money magazine also ranked it 1st in the list for Biggest Earners.

2. Bergenfield, NJ

Bergenfield, NJ

Bergenfield is safer than 91% of the other US cities! In a population of 26,939, it has a violent crime rate of 0.67 per 1000 people where your chances of being a victim are 1 in 1497. It has a property crime rate of 5.98 per 1000 which is far below the national median of 29.1. It is one of best cities of United States to live in 2013.

1. Franklin, MA

Franklin, MA

Franklin is safer than a whopping 95% of the US cities. It has a population of 31,851. With violent crime rate of only 0.25 per 1000 people, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 3981. It has a property crime rate of a mere 4.71 per 1000 people. Due to such spectacularly low crime rates, Franklin has been listed as 1st in our list of top 10 safest cities to live in 2013.

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