Special Report

America's Safest Cities

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25. Santa Clarita, California
> 2018 violent crime rate: 134.8 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 4
> Poverty rate: 8.8%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 4.3%

Santa Clarita is a Los Angeles suburb of approximately 217,000 residents. The typical household in Santa Clarita earns $90,544 a year, approximately $33,000 more than the U.S. median and one of the most of any city with at least 100,000 residents nationwide.

While the relationship between income and crime is complicated, wealthier areas tend to have lower incidence of violent crime than poor areas. In Santa Clarita, there were just 135 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in 2018, far less than the corresponding national rate of 369 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans.

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24. Bellevue, Washington
> 2018 violent crime rate: 132.1 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 0
> Poverty rate: 7.4%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.2%

According to the most recent data from the FBI, there were zero murders, 27 rapes, 82 robberies, and 85 aggravated assaults reported in Bellevue in 2018. Adjusted for population, there were 132 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, the least of any city in Washington state and far less than the national violent crime rate of 369 per 100,000.

While Bellevue has one of the lowest violent crime rates nationwide, property crime is more common in the Seattle area suburb than in a majority of midsize to large U.S. cities. In 2018, there were 2,923 burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts reported per 100,000 residents in Bellevue, compared to the national rate of 2,200 property crimes per 100,000 Americans.

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23. Lakewood Township, New Jersey
> 2018 violent crime rate: 125.3 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 0
> Poverty rate: N/A
> 2018 unemployment rate: N/A

Lakewood is a township of approximately 103,000 residents located in Ocean County, New Jersey. One of the safest cities in the country, there were just 125 violent crimes reported per 100,000 city residents in 2018. By comparison, nationwide some 369 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans were reported in 2018. Similarly, there were just 757 burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts reported per 100,000 Lakewood residents in 2018, the lowest property crime rate of any U.S. city of 100,000 people or more and about one-third the national property crime rate of 2,200 per 100,000.

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22. Round Rock, Texas
> 2018 violent crime rate: 120.9 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 1
> Poverty rate: 8.2%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 2.9%

Round Rock is a suburb of the Austin metro area of approximately 127,000 residents. In 2018, there were just 121 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Round Rock residents, about one-third of the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

While the relationship between wealth and crime is complicated, areas with lower poverty and unemployment rates tend to have less violent crime. In Round Rock, just 8.2% of residents live in poverty, far less than the 14.6% national poverty rate. Similarly, just 2.9% of the labor force is unemployed, compared to the national unemployment rate of 3.9%.

21. Surprise, Arizona
> 2018 violent crime rate: 120.8 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 7
> Poverty rate: 9.1%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 4.7%

Located northwest of downtown Phoenix, Surprise is one of many suburbs of major cities to rank among the safest in the country. While nationwide there were 369 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Americans in 2018, in Surprise there were just 121 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents, the second lowest rate of any mid to large sized city in Arizona and the 21st lowest nationwide.

While Surprise is less dangerous than a majority of cities, there were seven reported murders in the city in 2018, contributing to a murder rate of 5.1 per 100,000 people, in line with the national murder rate.