Special Report

America's Safest Cities

There were 369 violent crimes reported for every 100,000 Americans in 2018, nearly the lowest violent crime rate in the United States in more than three decades. In an interview with 24/7 Wall St., John Roman, a senior fellow with NORC at the University of Chicago, an independent social research institution, explained that the latest crime statistics reflect an encouraging continuation of a long-term trend. 

“If you are under the age of 40, you’ve never been safer than you are today,” Roman said. 

While the United States is safer than it has been for as far back as many Americans can remember, some cities are even safer, with violent crime rates less than half the current national rate. Using data from the FBI, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crimes rates — a population-adjusted measure of incidents of rape, robbery, homicide, and aggravated assault — to identify America’s safest cities. Only the 294 midsize and large cities tracked by the FBI with populations of at least 100,000 were considered. 

The cities with the lowest violent crime rates tend to share several other socioeconomic characteristics as well — notably, economic prosperity. “The more affluent a place is, the less crime there is on average,” Roman said. Indeed, the vast majority of the cities on this list have a low unemployment rate and a high median household income — some even rank among the wealthiest places in the country. Here is a look at the top 25 richest cities in America  

Many of these cities have capitalized on existing features — whether that means marketing a natural waterway or vista as a tourist destination — or industries built around a local university. “Successful cities market their assets and build around their assets,” Roman said. 

With a healthy economy and safe streets, the population in the vast majority of cities on this list is growing rapidly. “Growing cities tend to grow because they’re perceived as safe, and that safety compounds in a virtuous cycle,” Roman said. “Safe places get safer.” Here is a look at America’s 25 fastest growing cities.

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