Special Report

The Safest Cities in America

7. Gilbert, Arizona
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 86
> Population: 225,232
> 2013 murders: 1 (tied-19th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 5.9% (5th lowest)
> Pct. of adults with high school degree: 94.1% (22nd highest)

Less than 6% of Gilbert residents lived in poverty last year, nearly the lowest rate in the nation, and likely a major factor in the region’s low crime rate. There was just one murder reported in Gilbert last year, and only 21 robberies per 100,000 residents, a fraction of the national robbery rate of 109 per 100,000 people. Gilbert’s stellar crime record may be a relatively isolated phenomenon, as surrounding areas reported far higher levels of violent crime. Nearby Phoenix, for example, reported a violent crime rate well above the national rate.

6.Temecula, California
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 85
> Population: 106,680
> 2013 murders: 3 (67th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 7.6% (15th lowest)
> Pct. of adults with high school degree: 92.3% (48th highest)

Temecula is situated between Los Angeles and San Diego in the southwestern corner of Riverside County. In 2013, the city of nearly 107,000 residents had just 91 violent crimes in total. Temecula also recorded just 38 aggravated assaults last year, or 36 reported assaults per 100,000 residents. This was lower than in all but two cities. Property crime in Temecula, however, was comparatively more common. Last year, Temecula reported 2,670 such crimes for every 100,000 people, not much lower than the national property crime rate of 2,731 per 100,000.

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5. Frisco, Texas
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 76
> Population: 131,769
> 2013 murders: 0 (tied-the least)
> Poverty rate: 4.5% (2nd lowest)
> Pct. of adults with high school degree: 94.0% (23rd highest)

Frisco reported a total of just 100 violent crimes in 2013, fewer than almost any other city. Few large cities had less incidents of robbery and aggravated assault. Also, the city did not record a single murder last year.High incomes may contribute to the area’s low crime rates. Interrelated factors such as family wealth, and well-funded schools, may help discourage crime. Frisco had the highest median household income of any large U.S. city last year, at almost $110,000. Additionally, Frisco was one of just two large cities with a poverty rate of less than 5% last year.