Special Report

America's Safest Cities

15. Orange, California
> 2018 violent crime rate: 113.4 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 3
> Poverty rate: 12.5%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 2.9%

Orange, a city in Orange County, California, is one of several cities in the state to rank among the safest in the country. In 2018, there were just 113 violent crimes reported per 100,000 city residents, far less than the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

Violent crime is disproportionately concentrated in low-income neighborhoods, while wealthier cities tend to have lower crime rates. In Orange, the typical household earns $83,500 a year, approximately $26,000 more than the national annual median household income.

Source: earleliason / Getty Images

14. Richardson, Texas
> 2018 violent crime rate: 113.0 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 2
> Poverty rate: 10.2%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.2%

Richardson is a suburb slightly north of Dallas with a population of approximately 119,000. While there were 765 murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported per 100,000 residents in Dallas in 2018 — more than twice the national violent crime rate — Richardson is one of the safest cities in the country. There were just 113 violent crimes reported per 100,000 city residents, less than one-third the national rate of 369 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans.

Richardson’s low crime rate may have been a pull factor for the large number of residents who moved to the area over the past decade. From 2009 to 2018, the population of Richardson rose 16.4% — more than twice the national population growth rate of 6.6% over that time.

Source: felixmizioznikov / Getty Images

13. Port St. Lucie, Florida
> 2018 violent crime rate: 112.9 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 2
> Poverty rate: 12.1%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.8%

Port St. Lucie is a city of about 193,000 residents located near the Atlantic Coast of southeast Florida, approximately midway between Orlando and Miami. According to the FBI, there were two murders, 26 rapes, 31 robberies, and 159 aggravated assaults reported in Port St. Lucie in 2018. Adjusted for population, there were just 113 violent crimes reported per 100,000 city residents, less than one-third the national violent crime rate and the lowest rate of any city with at least 100,000 residents in Florida.

Income is one of the main correlates of violent crime, and a majority of households in the safest cities outearn the typical U.S. household by tens of thousands of dollars. In Port St. Lucie, however, the typical household earns $54,046 a year — about $3,600 less than the U.S. median household income.

Source: Zeete / Wikimedia Commons

12. Woodbridge Township, New Jersey
> 2018 violent crime rate: 112.0 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 0
> Poverty rate: N/A
> 2018 unemployment rate: N/A

Located roughly 35 miles from midtown Manhattan, Woodbridge is one of several New Jersey townships in the New York metro area to rank among the safest cities in the United States. In 2018, there were no murders, six rapes, 32 robberies, and 75 aggravated assaults reported in Woodbridge. The population adjusted rate for each of these violent crimes in Woodbridge is less than half the corresponding national rate. In total, there were 112 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, less than one-third the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

Source: TheBoy765 / Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

11. Allen, Texas
> 2018 violent crime rate: 107.6 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 0
> Poverty rate: 5.1%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.2%

Allen is a suburb of approximately 103,168 residents located some 25 miles north of downtown Dallas. While there were 765 murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported per 100,000 residents in Dallas in 2018 — more than twice the national violent crime rate — Allen is one of the safest cities in the country. There were just 108 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Allen, less than one-third the national rate of 369 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans. Similarly, while there were 3,249 property crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Dallas, but in Allen there were just 1,238 incidents per 100,000 — among the least of any city.