Special Report

These Are America's Safest Cities for Tourists

Picking spots to visit in a foreign country is a matter of local attractions, climate, cost of travel, and often restaurants and hotels. The U.S. keeps a list of countries it is not safe for Americans to visit. Similarly, some tourists who come to the United States are likely to consider their own safety.

24/7 Wall St. has put together a list of the safest cities for tourists to visit. By its nature, any analysis of this kind yields the safest cities for anyone to visit, but tourists want to know about amenities like hotels and restaurants, so our analysis covers those factors as well. At the outset, overseas visitors should know that the United States is one of the most tourist-friendly countries in the world.

To provide a guide for tourists who come to America and want to visit the country’s safest cities, we reviewed violent crime levels per 100,000 people, the number of hotels and the number of restaurants.

Place State Population Violent crime per 100,000 Hotels Restaurants
United States . 321,004,407 382.90 52,424 553,102
Carmel Indiana 88,595 18.26 6 158
Johns Creek Georgia 83,397 29.40 4 80
Edina Minnesota 50,603 44.30 4 55
Mount Prospect Illinois 54,493 46.16 3 85
Fishers Indiana 87,557 46.55 12 57
Buckeye Arizona 62,090 47.66 N/A 1
Eden Prairie Minnesota 63,660 49.67 10 109
Alpharetta Georgia 63,929 50.97 12 158
Port Orange Florida 60,315 51.70 50 78
Rochester Hills Michigan 73,458 52.83 N/A 18
Newton Massachusetts 88,479 54.60 1 19
Weston Florida 69,802 57.91 4 79
Arlington Heights Illinois 75,911 58.21 3 85
Flower Mound Texas 71,575 58.59 2 38
Orland Park Illinois 59,161 59.09 1 39
Palatine Illinois 69,099 59.60 3 85
Irvine California 256,877 61.21 N/A 47
South Jordan Utah 65,523 62.04 15 109
Yorba Linda California 67,740 65.32 3 79
Troy Michigan 83,336 65.41 1 51
Minnetonka Minnesota 52,102 66.27 3 35
Orem Utah 94,420 69.67 2 75
Lakeville Minnesota 61,056 69.89 N/A 29
Maple Grove Minnesota 68,362 70.46 2 27
Murrieta California 110,043 70.79 2 107
Wheaton Illinois 53,577 71.10 2 56
Novi Michigan 58,835 71.79 2 51
San Ramon California 75,048 73.37 N/A 31
Brookline Massachusetts 59,246 75.97 4 108


Tourism is a mammoth business in the United States, and some states and cities rely on it for much of their gross domestic product and a large portion of their workforces. A report by the World Tourism Organization shows that, in 2017, tourist spent more in the United States than any other nation: about $211 billion. Spain and France are next on the list by the same measurement, but their revenue is less than half of the U.S. figure

At the local level, tourism revenue is concentrated in several states. The Council of State Governments research shows the figures are $128.9 billion in California and $90.9 billion in Florida.

Tourism is even more concentrated at the local level. The top tourist destination in the United States is the Grand Canyon. That is followed by Manhattan, Yellowstone National Park, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Niagara Falls. Obviously, visitors to the Grand Canyon are a more important source of revenue than is the case for Manhattan. The Grant Canyon and some of the other attractions that are of high importance to their state rank as some of the most beautiful attractions in the U.S.

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