Special Report

Safest Cities in America

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10. Bellevue, Washington
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 100.2
> 2017 murders: 0
> Poverty rate: 7.5%
> 2017 unemployment rate: 3.4%

Bellevue is a suburban city of approximately 144,000 residents located in the Seattle metropolitan area. There were no murders in the city in 2017 and just 100 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents, less than one-third the national violent crime rate of 383 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

While the relationship between income and crime is complicated, wealthy cities tend to be safer. In Bellevue, the typical household earns $100,703 a year, one of the highest median incomes of any mid-size U.S. city.

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9. Port St. Lucie, Florida
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 98.6
> 2017 murders: 2
> Poverty rate: 14.1%
> 2017 unemployment rate: 4.4%

Port St. Lucie is the safest city in Florida and one of the safest in the country. After declining by about 33% from 2016, the city’s violent crime rate stood at 99 reported incidents per 100,000 residents in 2017. For reference, there were 383 violent crimes for every 100,000 Americans nationwide that year. The city’s property crime rate of 1,127 incidents per 100,000 residents is also nearly the lowest of any city tracked by the FBI.

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8. Allen, Texas
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 98.3
> 2017 murders: 2
> Poverty rate: 5.1%
> 2017 unemployment rate: 3.3%

The Dallas suburb of Allen is one of the safest cities in the country. The area’s violent crime rate of just 98 incidents per 100,000 residents is approximately one fourth of the national violent crime rate. Property crimes like motor vehicle theft and burglary are also relatively rare. There were just 1,246 property crimes for every 100,000 people in Allen in 2017, compared to the national rate of 2,362 incidents per 100,000 people.

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7. Lakewood Township, New Jersey
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 92.4
> 2017 murders: 1
> Poverty rate: N/A
> 2017 unemployment rate: N/A

Lakewood is one of several small, wealthy townships in New Jersey to rank among the safest cities in America. There were just four reported incidents of rape in Lakewood Township in 2017, the least of any U.S. city when adjusted for population. Additionally, only one murder was reported that year. Adjusted for population, there were just 92 violent crimes per 100,000 Lakewood Township residents, less than one-fourth of the national violent crime rate of 383 incidents per 100,000 Americans and among the least of any city.

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6. League City, Texas
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 92.1
> 2017 murders: 3
> Poverty rate: 5.3%
> 2017 unemployment rate: 3.9%

According to data recently released by the FBI, League City is the safest city of at least 100,000 residents in Texas and the sixth safest in the United States. Despite climbing by 13.9% from 2016, the city’s violent crime rate of 92 incidents per 100,000 residents is a fraction of the national violent crime rate of 383 per 100,000.

Like many cities on this list, League City is relatively affluent. The typical area household earns $97,087 a year, far more than the median household income nationwide of $55,322.