The number of violent crimes per capita in the United States fell 0.9% last year, according to recent data from the FBI, from 386.3 incidents per 100,000 Americans in 2016 to 382.9 per 100,000 in 2017. The decline is part of a long-term trend that began in the early 1990s after decades of rising violent crime.
The national violent crime rate dipped below 400 incidents per 100,000 Americans for the first time in 40 years in 2011. In a handful of large and midsize cities, however, violent crime is currently at a level not seen on a national scale since the 1960s.
To identify the safest cities in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the violent crime rate for cities with populations of 100,000 or more from the FBI’s 2017 Uniform Crime Report.