The 10 Safest Cities In America For 2023

We used Saturday Night Science to determine the cities in America where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort, and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in America, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless, of course, you live in Carmel.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in America. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook but not from your neighbor.

After analyzing 302 cities in America with a population of more than 100,000, we came up with this list of the safest cities in America for 2023:

  1. Carmel, IN
  2. Naperville, IL
  3. Thousand Oaks, CA
  4. Cary, NC
  5. Frisco, TX
  6. Murrieta, CA
  7. Allen, TX
  8. Port St. Lucie, FL
  9. McKinney, TX
  10. League City, TX

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your city ranked. We have a long infographic to show you individual crime data for each of the safest cities.

If that's not up your alley, for more reading on safe places to live, check out:

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Safest Cities In The United States

Carmel, IN
Source: Wikipedia User Serge Melki from Indianapolis, USA | CC BY 2.0
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Population: 103,540.0
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 654 (4th safest)
More on Carmel: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Taking the crown as the safest city in America for 2023 is Carmel -- a classic example of everything that makes America great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 152.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 2,070 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO or Memphis, TN -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

Naperville, IL
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Population: 149,137.0
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 66 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 166 (1st safest)
More on Naperville: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Welcome to Naperville. One heck of a safe and quiet place. The number of violent and property crimes is just about as low as you can get for a city this big - where you have a 1 in 1,300 chance of being the victim of a major crime.

Naperville is a Chicago suburb. But this ain't nothin like Chicago. Noooo. In Chicago, 1,400 people got shot last year. In Naperville, there were half as many car break-ins, last year, let alone people getting shot. In Chicago, your kids have to run home from school every day.

You can bet that if a missing dog, a little old lady, or even Kathy Griffin needed help in Naperville, someone would lend a helping hand, no matter what. That's the type of place this is.

Thousand Oaks, CA
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Population: 126,823.0
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,036 (16th safest)
More on Thousand Oaks: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Thousand Oaks certainly has a reason to feel safe. We could make a thousand jokes about how safe Thousand Oaks is. But I will say for perspective, in nearby Los Angeles, you'd have a 1 in 131 chance of being the victim of a bad crime. Here in Thousand Oaks, your chances would be faaaar less - closer to 1 in 750.

Plus, if you lived in LA, you'd probably have bad guys for your neighbors.

Crime has been steadily falling in Thousand Oaks for the past few years, too, which puts it towards the bottom when it comes to the number of crimes that take place here. This is certainly the type of place where you can sleep well at night. However, we have to talk about what happened here in 2018 when a man went into the Borderline Bar and Grill and wiped out 12 patrons. That was in Thousand Oaks. If it wasn't for that, Thousand Oaks would be in the top 3 on our list. It was considered a truly random crime.

Cary, NC
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Population: 177,735.0
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 962 (14th safest)
More on Cary: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Cary, North Carolina? Now, since I live so close, I figured I might as well investigate and see what's going on and why Cary is so safe.

Cary is quite a gem. And so safe. You have only a 1 in 1,500 chance of being the victim of a major crime when you live here. There's been 8 murders here since 2002, which is very low for a city that's nearly 200,000 in population. You have only a 1 in 93 chance of being robbed here. For comparison, in Memphis, Tennessee, America's most dangerous city, you have a 1 in 30 chance of being robbed every year. That's three times higher.

You hardly ever see a Cary police car driving around. We spotted two sitting in a vacant lot for some reason.

As you drive through Cary, it seems safe enough. The supermarket looks safe. The laundromat feels safe. So does the pottery place. The African and Caribbean Market? Safe. Walmart feels safe. Even the Park N Shop looks safe. The mall is...empty. People in Cary must be Prime members or something.

The thing about Cary that is annoying is the people here are pretty rude, snobby and self entitled. They're mostly wealthy, and come from the northeast - places like New York, Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Draw your own conclusions.

Statistically, the number of crimes that happen in this Raleigh suburb is off the charts low. Like, nothing ever happens here but peace and quiet low. Is it boring? Perhaps. But can you leave your door unlocked at night? You betcha.

Frisco, TX
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Population: 222,416.0
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 94 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 901 (11th safest)
More on Frisco: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Welcome to Frisco, Texas. Now if you talk to Frisco residents, they'll probably tell you they should be atop this list. If you walked around here, there's no way you'd see neighborhood bullies running around. And there's practically no chance you'd get robbed by this idiot walking around at night, that's for sure.

You only have a 1 in 1,000 chance of being the victim of a terrible crime here. That's low.

Frisco is a posh, Dallas/Fort Worth suburb. Like League City, it's growing really fast - in fact it's just about the fastest growing city in the US. And somehow, despite the fact people are flocking here in droves, people have managed to remain civilized. Hmm. Imagine that, here in America. Average home prices here are about a half million. Likely, the criminals and creeps can't afford to live here, so they stay away. Are we seeing a pattern here? Fancy rich suburbs are safe? Who'd have thunk it?

Former Miss USA Courtney Gibbs is from Frisco.

Murrieta, CA
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Population: 117,639.0
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 80 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,024 (15th safest)
More on Murrieta: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Next on our list of safest places to live in America brings us to the ostentatious community of Murrieta, California. Whatever ostentatious means. It sounded like the right word.

Murrieta undoubtedly has a very bored police department. If you spent a year in Murrieta, you'd have only a 1 in 250 chance you'd be the victim of even a basic property crime. In fact, most years, there's only a handful of violent crimes reported within city limits.

Murrieta calls itself the future of California. That's quite a stretch - I grew up near here, but I will say if driving two hours to work each way each day is the future of living in California, than maybe their motto is spot on. But, Murrieta's the type of place that If you need a ride to work one day, someone will give you a lift. Heck, if your dog shows up missing, it's probably just at the neighbor's house.

Next time you see a Murrieta police officer, thank em!

Allen, TX
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Population: 108,218.0
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 97 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 920 (13th safest)
More on Allen: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Welcome to Allen, Texas, the 7th safest city in America. So peaceful/ Allen is another Dallas suburb. It's basically right next door to Frisco. Here, you have a 1 in 1,200 chance of being the victim of some sort of crime. When someone gets rubbed out here, it's like a huge deal. There's only been five people wiped out here since 2002.

In Allen, neighbors support their local sports teams. People pitch in to help one another. And you can bet that residents in Allen are proud of their accomplishments. You and I have to worry about all sorts of stuff people in Allen don't. You know, like having our car stolen when we're at the club. Or, getting beat up because we talked to the wrong girl.

Seems like Allen is just the opposite of that lifestyle. If you live there, consider yourself lucky!

Port St. Lucie, FL
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Population: 206,450.0
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 127 (24th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 806 (7th safest)
More on Port St. Lucie: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

The eighth safest city in America for 2019 goes to Port St. Lucie. Let's see why.

There were only 264 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 1,666 property crimes to boot.

Mckinney, TX
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Population: 217,841.0
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 127 (22nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 887 (10th safest)
More on Mckinney: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

If you're looking for a safe place to live in America, may we present McKinney as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for America, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

1,933 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 10th best in America on a rate basis.

League City, TX
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Population: 111,279.0
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 83 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,097 (22nd safest)
More on League City: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

League City, Texas is actually a pretty quiet place - considered a Houston suburb. It's located about halfway between Houston and Galveston. Now, Houston ranks as Texas' 8th most dangerous city, and Galveston is about average. But they're doing something right right smack dab in the middle in League City.

It's BOOMING population wise, but still a relatively quiet place. League City might not be very exciting, but it certainly isn't dangerous. It has really low numbers when it comes to both violent and property crimes. There were only 97 total violent crimes here in all of last year. That's about one every four days. Sadly, for a city of 85,000 people, that's good in America.

That means there's hardly anyone getting assaulted or attacked. And it also means that you're super smart to live there.

We searched really hard for like 20 seconds and this was really the only crime story we could find coming out of League City in the last few weeks. Besides random Uber knife pullings, there's a good chance you won't have to worry about someone committing a crime here, and odds are, if someone does, everyone will know who dunnit.

Breaking Down Crime In The Safest And Most Dangerous Cities In America

Breaking Down Crime In The Safest And Most Dangerous Cities In America

How we calculated the safest cities in America

While there are surveys and public polls on the safest cities in a state, we wanted to rely on something other than speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2022). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)

For example, there were a total of 728 crimes committed in Carmel which had a reported population of 103,540. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.007, which translates into a 1 in 142 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 100,000 people reported to the FBI in 2021. This left us with a total of 302 of the biggest cities in America to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 302 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each place's two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score, "The Safest Place In America."

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Carmel. The most dangerous city in America? Mobile, where residents had a 1 in 7 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We updated this report for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the safest cities in America.

Summary: The Safest Cities In The USA

Looking at the data, you can tell that Carmel is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most people would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in America according to the data:

  1. Mobile
  2. Springfield
  3. Memphis
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Safest Cities In The United States For 2023

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Carmel, IN 103,540 48 654
2 Naperville, IL 149,137 66 166
3 Thousand Oaks, CA 126,823 59 1,036
4 Cary, NC 177,735 73 962
5 Frisco, TX 222,416 94 901
6 Murrieta, CA 117,639 80 1,024
7 Allen, TX 108,218 97 920
8 Port St. Lucie, FL 206,450 127 806
9 Mckinney, TX 217,841 127 887
10 League City, TX 111,279 83 1,097
11 Concord, NC 100,631 81 1,195
12 Sugar Land, TX 118,888 65 1,246
13 Gilbert, AZ 272,941 118 1,069
14 Santa Clarita, CA 221,932 131 907
15 Cape Coral, FL 199,503 127 1,067
16 Meridian, ID 126,744 171 726
17 Simi Valley, CA 125,742 132 1,048
18 Coral Springs, FL 135,027 121 1,232
19 Provo, UT 116,642 117 1,344
20 Sterling Heights, MI 131,911 181 845
21 Irvine, CA 297,069 51 1,498
22 Pearland, TX 126,983 107 1,447
23 Pembroke Pines, FL 175,757 118 1,419
24 Elgin, IL 111,127 233 223
25 Carrollton, TX 141,694 152 1,364
26 Virginia Beach, VA 451,938 112 1,569
27 Glendale, CA 200,168 102 1,597
28 Surprise, AZ 145,832 132 1,476
29 Miramar, FL 143,470 243 1,045
30 Daly City, CA 106,855 179 1,366
31 Yonkers, NY 200,397 264 827
32 Stamford, CT 132,292 199 1,327
33 Sandy Springs, GA 111,533 187 1,469
34 Elk Grove, CA 177,331 224 1,342
35 New Braunfels, TX 100,427 243 1,220
36 Bend, OR 104,833 173 1,553
37 Plano, TX 294,496 157 1,632
38 Olathe, KS 143,307 245 1,268
39 Orange, CA 138,846 129 1,725
40 El Paso, TX 684,737 247 1,247
41 Round Rock, TX 141,927 138 1,733
42 Orem, UT 100,060 175 1,640
43 Aurora, IL 197,709 333 216
44 Laredo, TX 266,489 300 1,187
45 Hialeah, FL 234,235 190 1,644
46 Lee's Summit, MO 102,519 151 1,769
47 Fontana, CA 216,553 307 1,156
48 Peoria, AZ 194,566 254 1,463
49 Temecula, CA 116,442 127 1,942
50 Chandler, AZ 281,162 188 1,702
51 Chula Vista, CA 275,978 315 1,208
52 Alexandria, VA 160,457 206 1,670
53 Broken Arrow, OK 112,990 156 1,908
54 Henderson, NV 337,375 228 1,650
55 Mcallen, TX 144,973 178 1,803
56 College Station, TX 122,051 186 1,761
57 Ann Arbor, MI 119,805 287 1,439
58 Carlsbad, CA 116,633 201 1,742
59 Vista, CA 102,600 336 1,172
60 Palm Bay, FL 116,897 280 1,514
61 Centennial, CO 111,199 174 1,919
62 Richardson, TX 122,872 148 2,036
63 Grand Prairie, TX 196,334 220 1,747
64 Lowell, MA 112,230 326 1,336
65 Vacaville, CA 101,616 243 1,732
66 Sunnyvale, CA 154,133 148 2,061
67 Corona, CA 171,848 139 2,100
68 El Monte, CA 115,690 300 1,534
69 Nampa, ID 105,619 339 1,405
70 Roseville, CA 144,128 192 1,972
71 Boca Raton, FL 101,583 202 1,964
72 Torrance, CA 143,421 191 2,046
73 Clovis, CA 116,809 205 1,998
74 Lewisville, TX 113,998 278 1,798
75 Hillsboro, OR 113,053 242 2,004
76 West Covina, CA 104,989 196 2,106
77 Huntington Beach, CA 200,128 246 1,962
78 Downey, CA 111,054 271 1,938
79 Midland, TX 151,243 392 1,489
80 Fremont, CA 244,259 166 2,342
81 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 178,916 307 1,824
82 Rochester, MN 121,225 293 1,941
83 West Jordan, UT 117,862 251 2,069
84 Burbank, CA 102,419 169 2,415
85 Denton, TX 150,975 277 2,042
86 Overland Park, KS 199,881 235 2,170
87 North Las Vegas, NV 264,877 375 1,665
88 Santa Clara, CA 131,976 156 2,501
89 Cambridge, MA 121,699 305 1,942
90 Jurupa Valley, CA 111,198 257 2,110
91 Jersey City, NJ 263,273 443 1,496
92 Palmdale, CA 155,321 479 1,373
93 Escondido, CA 150,507 362 1,756
94 Scottsdale, AZ 245,886 214 2,355
95 Davie, FL 107,988 243 2,264
96 Fort Collins, CO 170,744 301 2,055
97 San Mateo, CA 105,246 260 2,191
98 Newark, NJ 295,039 490 1,456
99 Joliet, IL 148,155 530 1,231
100 Fort Wayne, IN 274,295 256 2,242

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