Special Report

America's Safest Cities

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20. Amherst Town, New York
> 2018 violent crime rate: 119.5 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 0
> Poverty rate: N/A
> 2018 unemployment rate: N/A

Amherst is a suburb of approximately 121,000 residents located just outside of Buffalo. According to the FBI, there were no murders, 25 rapes, 49 robberies, and 71 aggravated assaults reported in Amherst in 2018. Adjusted for population, there were 120 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, the lowest violent crime rate of any city in New York and less than one-third the national violent crime rate of 369 per 100,000. Similarly, there were just 1,455 burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 residents, far less than the national property crime rate of 2,200 per 100,000.

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19. Temecula, California
> 2018 violent crime rate: 119.4 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 0
> Poverty rate: 6.8%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.5%

The typical household in Temecula earns $87,115 a year, about $29,000 more than the U.S. median annual household income. Just 6.8% of residents live in poverty, and 3.5% of the labor force is unemployed, compared to the national poverty rate of 14.6% and unemployment rate of 3.9%.

Cities with better economic conditions tend to have less violent crime. In Temecula, there were just 119 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in 2018, less than one-third the national violent crime rate of 369 per 100,000 and among the lowest rate of any city nationwide.

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18. Edison Township, New Jersey
> 2018 violent crime rate: 118.4 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 2
> Poverty rate: N/A
> 2018 unemployment rate: N/A

Edison is one of several townships just outside of New York City to rank among the safest cities in the country. According to the most recent FBI data, there were two murders, eight rapes, 44 robberies, and 66 aggravated assaults in Edison in 2018. In total, there were 118 violent crimes per 100,000 city residents, less than one-third the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans. Similarly, there were just 1,132 burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 Edison residents, far less than the national property crime rate of 2,200 per 100,000 and one of the lowest rates of any U.S. city.

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17. Sandy Springs, Georgia
> 2018 violent crime rate: 117.8 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 2
> Poverty rate: 11.2%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.1%

Sandy Springs is a suburb of approximately 109,000 residents located in Fulton County, just north of Atlanta. While in Atlanta there were 769 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in 2018 — more than twice the national violent crime rate — Sandy Springs is one of the safest cities in the country. In 2018, there were just 118 reported murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults per 100,000 residents in Sandy Springs, far less than the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

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16. Virginia Beach, Virginia
> 2018 violent crime rate: 117.1 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 7
> Poverty rate: 8.0%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 2.9%

Virginia Beach is an independent city located in southeastern Virginia along the Atlantic coast. Home to approximately 451,000 people, it is by far the largest city on this list. According to the FBI, there were seven murders, 81 rapes, 174 robberies, and 266 aggravated assaults reported in the city in 2018. Adjusted for population, there were a total of 117 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, less than one-third the national violent crime rate of 369 per 100,000 and the lowest violent crime rate of any city in Virginia.

Similarly, there were just 1,723 property crimes per 100,000 Virginia Beach residents, compared to the national property crime rate of 2,200 per 100,000.