Special Report

America's Safest Cities

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35. Santa Clara, California
> 2018 violent crime rate: 161.6 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 1
> Poverty rate: 7.7%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 2.4%

Located in the Silicon Valley area, Santa Clara is one of several California cities on this list. One of the wealthiest parts of the country, Santa Clara’s median annual household income is $108,609, well above the $57,652 national median. Wealthy areas tend to have lower crime rates on average, and in Santa Clara, there were just 162 violent crimes for every 100,000 people, well below the 369 per 100,000 national rate.

While violent crimes are relatively rare in Santa Clara, property crimes like larceny and motor vehicle theft are not. There were 2,907 property crimes for every 100,000 people in the city in 2018, compared to a much lower national property crime rate of 2,200 per 100,000.

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34. Alexandria, Virginia
> 2018 violent crime rate: 159.9 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 4
> Poverty rate: 10.5%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 2.2%

Alexandria is an independent city of approximately 163,000 residents located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. While there were 941 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Washington, D.C. in 2018 — more than twice the national violent crime rate — Alexandria is one of the safest cities in the country. There were just 160 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Alexandria residents in 2018, compared to the national rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

While the relationship between wealth and crime is complicated, wealthier areas tend to have lower crime rates. In Alexandria, the typical household earns $93,370 a year, about $36,000 more than the national median household income. Similarly, just 2.2% of the Alexandria labor force is unemployed, far less than the 3.9% national unemployment rate.

33. Meridian, Idaho
> 2018 violent crime rate: 159.0 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 2
> Poverty rate: 9.8%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 2.5%

According to the most recent FBI data, there were two murders, 42 rapes, 14 robberies, and 107 aggravated assaults reported per 100,000 residents in Meridian in 2018. Adjusted for population, there were just 159 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents, the least of any midsize or large city in Idaho and less than half the national rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

The low prevalence of crime may be a pull factor for the new residents moving to Meridian. From 2009 to 2018, the population of Meridian grew by 45.0%, nearly seven times the 6.6% national growth rate and among the highest growth rates of any city nationwide.

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32. Coral Springs, Florida
> 2018 violent crime rate: 155.2 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 1
> Poverty rate: 10.0%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.3%

Coral Springs is a city of approximately 135,000 residents in Broward County located about 50 miles north of Miami. In 2018, there were 155 murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported in Coral Springs, less than half the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans and the third least of any city in Florida with a population of at least 100,000.

One factor that may account for the lower violent crime rate in Coral Springs is the high area incomes. Crime is disproportionately concentrated in low-income areas and Coral Springs is one of the wealthier midsize cities in both Florida and the U.S. as a whole. The typical Coral Springs household earns $70,768 a year, far more than the national median household income of $57,652.

31. Corona, California
> 2018 violent crime rate: 154.7 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 6
> Poverty rate: 11.6%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.3%

Corona is one of several cities in Riverside County to rank among the safest in the country. In 2018, there were 155 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in the city, far less than the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

Crime is disproportionately concentrated in low-income neighborhoods, and many of the safest cities in the United States are among the wealthiest. In Corona, the typical household earns $73,594 a year, nearly $16,000 more than the national median household income. Some 11.6% of residents live in poverty, compared to the 14.6% national poverty rate.