Communities in large urban centers and metro areas continue to remain some of the safest to live in according to a list of the Safest Cities in the U.S. released by NeighborhoodScout on Monday. The list compares the safety of cities with 25,000 people or more across the country, based on the number of crimes reported and the population of the city.
“We continue to see bedroom communities which are within large metro areas and near major urban centers like Boston, Chicago, and New York, make the top of our list,” said Dr. Andrew Schiller, CEO, and founder of Location Inc. and NeighborhoodScout. “These safe communities within the urban/suburban fabric of America’s largest metropolitan areas often combine access to high-paying jobs in the urban center, decent schools, and a high quality of life. This access to opportunity increases home values with the result often being lower crime.”
The list takes into account both, violent crimes and property crimes and is based on population data available with the US Census Bureau at the time of each analysis. For the 2018 rankings, NeighborhoodScout used the 2016 population figures. The crime data used for these rankings are based on FBI’s most recent ‘Final, non-preliminary’ data, which is the most up-to-date data for full national coverage.
According to the list, Ridgefield, Connecticut is the safest city to live in. Ridgefield jumped two spots to first place after being placed third in the 2017 rankings. Bergenfield, New Jersey, took the second spot for 2018 after jumping four spots from No.6 in 2017. Franklin, Massachusetts occupied the third position, followed by Lexington and Shrewsbury, both in Massachusetts, rounding up the top 5 safest cities in the U.S.
Other cities that made it to the Top 10 list included Zionsville, Indiana; Buffalo Grove, Illinois; Weston, Florida; Lake in the Hills, Illinois, and Billerica, Massachusetts.
At 19 cities, Massachusetts was the state with the most number of safe cities, followed by Illinois (18 cities), California (10 cities), Connecticut and Texas (six cities each), and New Jersey (5 cities).
To view the entire list of America’s 100 safest cities by NeighborhoodScout, click here.