Safest Cities in America

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25. Round Rock, Texas
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 135.6
> 2017 murders: 2
> Poverty rate: 9.6%
> 2017 unemployment rate: 3.1%

There were two murders, 33 incidents of rape, 44 robberies, and 90 aggravated assaults reported in the midsize city of Round Rock in 2017. Adjusted for population, there were 136 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, less than half the national violent crime rate of 383 incidents per 100,000 Americans and among the least of any U.S. city.

While the relationship is complicated, violent crime is often less common in areas with greater economic opportunity, and cities with low poverty and unemployment tend to be safer overall. In Round Rock, 9.6% of residents live in poverty, far less than the 15.1% national poverty rate. Also, just 3.1% of the workforce is unemployed, less than the 4.4% national share and one of the lowest unemployment rates of any city.

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24. Glendale, California
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 135.4
> 2017 murders: 3
> Poverty rate: 14.7%
> 2017 unemployment rate: 4.3%

There were 135 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Glendale residents in 2017, far less than the national violent crime rate of 383 incidents per 100,000 Americans and among the least of any U.S. city. Like in many other cities with low violent crime, property crimes — such as burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft — are also relatively uncommon in Glendale. There were 1,541 property crimes reported per 100,000 city residents in 2017, far below the national rate of 2,362 property crimes per 100,000 Americans.

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23. Thousand Oaks, California
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 133.1
> 2017 murders: 2
> Poverty rate: 6.5%
> 2017 unemployment rate: 3.6%

There were just 133 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Thousand Oaks residents in 2017, just over one-third of the national violent crime rate of 383 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

While the wealthy Southern California city regularly ranks as one of the safest cities in America, in November 2018 it was home to one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. On Nov. 8, a gunman shot and killed a security guard outside of the Borderline Bar & Grill and continued to fire into a crowded room of approximately 200 patrons. A total of 13 people were killed, including the gunman.

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22. Corona, California
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 131.8
> 2017 murders: 1
> Poverty rate: 11.7%
> 2017 unemployment rate: 4.0%

Corona, a city in Southern California of approximately 169,000 people, is one of the safest communities in the country. There were just 132 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents in the city in 2017, about a third of the national violent crime rate that year. The low incidence of violence may have partially reduced the need for police in Corona. There are only 91 law enforcement officers for every 100,000 Corona residents, less than half the national proportion.

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21. Cape Coral, Florida
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 127.5
> 2017 murders: 3
> Poverty rate: 13.1%
> 2017 unemployment rate: 4.0%

There were just 127 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in Cape Coral, Florida, in 2017, the second lowest violent crime rate of any city with at least 100,000 residents in Florida and one of the lowest nationwide. Like other communities to rank on this list, Cape Coral is a popular family vacation destination, boasting beachfront properties along the Gulf Coast, golf courses, and hundreds of miles of canals for boating and fishing.