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:
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:
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|3||Thousand Oaks, CA||126,823||59||1,036|
|8||Port St. Lucie, FL||206,450||127||806|
|10||League City, TX||111,279||83||1,097|
|12||Sugar Land, TX||118,888||65||1,246|
|14||Santa Clarita, CA||221,932||131||907|
|15||Cape Coral, FL||199,503||127||1,067|
|17||Simi Valley, CA||125,742||132||1,048|
|18||Coral Springs, FL||135,027||121||1,232|
|20||Sterling Heights, MI||131,911||181||845|
|23||Pembroke Pines, FL||175,757||118||1,419|
|26||Virginia Beach, VA||451,938||112||1,569|
|30||Daly City, CA||106,855||179||1,366|
|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|
|40||El Paso, TX||684,737||247||1,247|
|41||Round Rock, TX||141,927||138||1,733|
|46||Lee's Summit, MO||102,519||151||1,769|
|51||Chula Vista, CA||275,978||315||1,208|
|53||Broken Arrow, OK||112,990||156||1,908|
|56||College Station, TX||122,051||186||1,761|
|57||Ann Arbor, MI||119,805||287||1,439|
|60||Palm Bay, FL||116,897||280||1,514|
|63||Grand Prairie, TX||196,334||220||1,747|
|68||El Monte, CA||115,690||300||1,534|
|71||Boca Raton, FL||101,583||202||1,964|
|76||West Covina, CA||104,989||196||2,106|
|77||Huntington Beach, CA||200,128||246||1,962|
|81||Rancho Cucamonga, CA||178,916||307||1,824|
|83||West Jordan, UT||117,862||251||2,069|
|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|
|90||Jurupa Valley, CA||111,198||257||2,110|
|91||Jersey City, NJ||263,273||443||1,496|
|96||Fort Collins, CO||170,744||301||2,055|
|97||San Mateo, CA||105,246||260||2,191|
|100||Fort Wayne, IN||274,295||256||2,242|
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