Special Report

America's Safest Cities

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10. League City, Texas
> 2018 violent crime rate: 100.7 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 1
> Poverty rate: 6.2%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.6%

League City is a suburb of approximately 108,000 residents located approximately 25 miles southeast of downtown Houston. While Houston is one of the most dangerous cities in the country — there were 1,026 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in 2018 — League City is one of the safest. There were just 101 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in 2018, less than one-third the national rate of 369 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans.

League City’s low crime rate may be one factor attracting new residents to the area. From 2009 to 2018, the city’s population jumped by 44.8% — nearly seven times the 6.6% national growth rate.

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9. Glendale, California
> 2018 violent crime rate: 98.7 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 1
> Poverty rate: 15.6%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 4.4%

Glendale is a suburb of approximately 205,000 residents located just north of Los Angeles. In 2018, there were just 99 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Glendale, the fourth lowest rate of any city with a population of at least 100,000 in California and the ninth lowest nationwide.

While wealth is one of the main determinants of crime, and many of the safest cities in the country are among the wealthiest, Glendale is about as wealthy as the U.S. as a whole. The typical Glendale household earns $58,657 a year, only about $1,000 more than the $57,652 national median household income. Similarly, some 15.6% of residents live in poverty, slightly higher than the 14.6% national poverty rate.

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8. Thousand Oaks, California
> 2018 violent crime rate: 97.4 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 14
> Poverty rate: 5.7%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.0%

There were a total of 97 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Thousand Oaks in 2018, less than one-third the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 people and the eighth lowest rate of any U.S. city with a population of at least 100,000.

While Thousand Oaks is one of the safest cities in the country, in November 2018 a mass shooting took place there that left 13 dead, including the gunman. In total, there were 11 homicides per 100,000 residents in Thousand Oaks in 2018, more than twice the national homicide rate of 5 murders per 100,000 Americans.

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7. Pearland, Texas
> 2018 violent crime rate: 95.0 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 2
> Poverty rate: 3.8%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.4%

Pearland is one of several suburbs in the Houston metro area to rank among the safest cities in the United States. While there were 1,026 murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported per 100,000 residents in Houston in 2018 — nearly three times the national violent crime rate — Pearland is one of the safest cities in the country. In 2018, there were 95 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Pearland, compared to the national rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

Like many of the cities with the lowest crime rates, Pearland has experienced rapid population growth over the past decade. From 2009 to 2018, the city’s population rose 40.3% — more than six times the 6.6% national growth rate.

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6. Gilbert, Arizona
> 2018 violent crime rate: 94.6 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 2
> Poverty rate: 5.9%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.5%

Gilbert is a suburb of approximately 232,000 residents located some 20 miles southeast of Phoenix. According to the most recent FBI data, in 2018 there were two murders, 75 rapes, 32 robberies, and 125 aggravated assaults reported in Gilbert. Adjusted for population, there were just 95 violent crimes per 100,000 Gilbert residents, less than one-third the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans and the least of any city in Arizona with a population of at least 100,000.

Wealthier cities typically have lower crime rates than poorer places. In Gilbert, the typical household earns $87,566, the most of any city with at least 100,000 people in Arizona and well above the national median household income of $57,652.