Special Report

America's Safest Cities

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30. McKinney, Texas
> 2018 violent crime rate: 151.9 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 0
> Poverty rate: 7.0%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.5%

McKinney is a suburb of approximately 132,000 residents located about 30 miles north of downtown Dallas. While Dallas is one of the more dangerous cities in the country — there were 765 murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported per 100,000 residents in 2018, more than twice the national violent crime rate — McKinney is one of the safest cities in the country. There were just 152 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in McKinney, less than half the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

Crime tends to be less concentrated in more affluent areas. In McKinney, the typical household earns $87,608, well above the national median of $57,652 — which itself is far more than the median household income of $47,285 in Tulsa.

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29. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
> 2018 violent crime rate: 142.3 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 3
> Poverty rate: 7.6%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.0%

Broken Arrow is a small city of approximately 110,000 residents located about 15 miles southeast of Tulsa. While there were 1,065 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Tulsa in 2018 — nearly three times the national violent crime rate — Broken Arrow is one of the safest cities in the country. There were 142 murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported per 100,000 residents in Broken Arrow in 2018, less than half the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans and the least of any city in Oklahoma.

Crime tends to be less concentrated in more affluent areas. In Broken Arrow, the typical household earns $70,788, well above the national median of $57,652 — which itself is far more than the median household income of $44,577 in Tulsa.

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28. Cape Coral, Florida
> 2018 violent crime rate: 142.1 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 3
> Poverty rate: 12.7%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.4%

Cape Coral is a seaside city on the Gulf Coast of Florida with a network of over 400 miles of canals. Developed as a planned community, the city grew from about 200 residents in 1960 to approximately 188,000 today. It is the second safest midsize to large city in Florida and the 28th safest nationwide, with a violent crime rate of just 142 incidents per 100,000 residents.

While income is one of the main correlates of violent crime, and wealthier cities tend to be less dangerous, the median household income in Cape Coral is lower than the U.S. figure. The typical Cape Coral household earns $53,653 a year, less than the national median household income of $57,652.

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27. Plano, Texas
> 2018 violent crime rate: 138.7 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 5
> Poverty rate: 7.0%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.3%

The typical household in Plano, a suburb of the Dallas metro area of approximately 290,000 residents, earns $88,578 a year. This is over $30,000 more than the U.S. median household income and the 21st highest income of any U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents. While the relationship between wealth and crime is complicated, wealthier cities tend to have a lower incidence of violent crime.

There were 139 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Plano in 2018, the ninth lowest crime rate among midsize to large cities in Texas and the 27th lowest nationwide. By comparison, there were 369 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans nationwide in 2018.

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26. Carrollton, Texas
> 2018 violent crime rate: 138.2 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 5
> Poverty rate: 10.1%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.2%

Carrollton is one of several suburbs in the Dallas metro area to rank among the safest cities in America. In 2018, there were just 138 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in the city, less than half the national crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans. Additionally, there were 1,710 property crimes, which include burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft, per 100,000 city residents, compared to the national property crime rate of 2,200 per 100,000.