America’s Top Ten Safest Cities
According to Pew Research – a nonpartisan American think tank that provides information on the world's social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends – over the past century, violent crimes in the United States has fallen sharply. The two commonly cited measures of the nation's crime rate – the annual report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Uniform Crime Reports) and of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (National Crime Victimization Survey) both show a decline in the crime rate since the early 1990's.
However, public perceptions about crime and being safe do not always align with the statistics – everyone always fears certain kinds more than others. As reported by Gallup Inc. – an American research-based consulting company – four in ten Americans fear to be a victim of a mass shooting while cybercrime tops the American worries (i.e., worrying about hackers stealing personal information and/or identity theft). Some fear hazards like physical harm, sexual assault, and the list goes on and on.
One great advice from attorney Samantha Greene of San Diego Domestic Violence Defense is to reduce the risk of being involved in crimes, saying that "While it's not always possible to prevent incidents, there are precautions you can adapt to deter crime in and around your premises like choosing your places to live in." Some cities are just really better at protecting their citizens from harm.
Niche.com, Inc., a company that researches, collects reviews on cities, and ranks them, listed the safest cities in America in 2017. Researchers at Niche, analyze public crime data – such as larceny and homicide theft – from sources like the FBI. In addition, the 100 million reviews from users who rated how safe they feel in their cities were also considered.
The following are the 10 safest cities in America in 2017, according to Niche:
10. Cape Coral (Florida)
Located in Lee County, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. With over 400 miles of navigable waterways than any other cities in the world, this place is known for its fishing and boating. But it isn't only because of its canals that it is popular, above anything else, it is one of the safest cities in America.
With 0 number of murder, rape (7), robbery (26), and assault (83), Cape Coral has an overall Niche grade of B+. According to one review, the city is friendly, diversified, and "always looking for ways to make things better, safer, greener, and healthier."
9. Sunnyvale (California)
With an overall Niche grade of A+, Sunnyvale is the home for 148,178 people – seventh most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area. However, even though populated, the city is safe to live in with an A+ Niche grade in diversity and B- in crime and safety.
The residents' reviews are also favorable saying that "there are minimum number of crimes… and no more than petty crimes."
8. Port St. Lucie (Florida)
On the eighth spot is the most populous municipality in St. Lucie County with a population of 172,054. According to its residents, the city is a "great area for families, students, and tourists." In addition, "daily commutes to work are much quicker and easier opposed to major cities."
Niche gave Port St. Lucie an overall grade of B+ - with B- in crime and safety and A in diversity.
7. Carlsbad (California)
Located in the northern San Diego County in California, Carlsbad is an affluent seaside resort. Referred to by the locals as the "Village by the Sea", it is a tourist destination, among the nation's top 20 wealthiest communities, and the fifth richest city in California.
It's not surprising as Niche ranked the city as the seventh safest place in America. With an overall grade of A+, it has many resources and quite racially diverse – according to residents.
6. Ann Arbor (Michigan)
Ranking as 6th in the list of the safest cities to live in America, Ann Arbor has also topped the list of Niche's best cities to live in.
And despite being the sixth largest city in Michigan, this place has small number of crimes. With murder as 0 rates, robbery at 35, rape at 49, and assault at 108, it is "amazing town to live in." It is "friendly, socially conscious and diverse, fitness focused, environmentally minded."
5. Round Rock (Texas)
Best known as the international headquarters of Dell Technologies, Round Rack is Niche's fifth safest place to live in. Also, in August 2008, the city has been named as the seventh-best American small city to live in by Money magazine – the only Texas city to make it to the Top 10.
With a rating of 'Very Good' from its residents and an overall Niche grade of A+, Round Rock can be definitely called "home".
4. Provo (Utah)
The third largest city in Utah is the fourth safest places to call "home" in America. Furthermore, Niche has ranked the city as the third healthiest cities and places to live in the U.S.
3. Thousand Oaks (California)
Making it to the third place is Thousand Oaks – the second largest city in Ventura County, California. With an A+ overall Niche grade, the residents' reviews are really favorable, saying that "the city in a nutshell is fantastic!"
Moreover, based on consistent FBI reporting and FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Reports, Thousand Oaks was ranked as the fourth safest among cities with a population greater than 100,000 in America.
2. Irvine (California)
Another safe city in California is Irvine, landing at the second spot. Aside from being the home to a number of corporations (i.e., technology and semiconductor sectors) and higher education institutions, Irvine is a home of friendly people as well.
With a small number of violent crimes – murder (1), rape (10), robbery (22), assault (22), and a diversity both ethnic and economic, Niche gave an overall grade of A+ to this beautiful city.
1. Naperville (Illinois)
And finally, with an overall grade of A+ and getting the top spots for the best cities to raise a family and cities with the best schools – in America, Naperville in Illinois was named as Niche's safest place to live in America.
Aside from these, the city was also ranked as the wealthiest city in the Midwest and eleventh in the nation, the safest city by USA Today and Business Insider, voted the second-to-the-best place to live in America by the Money magazine, and was listed as the top city for early retirement by Kiplinger.